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Old 24-04-16, 07:52 AM   #1
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Hello, I am new to these forums, and will possibly be an owner of a Peugeot very soon. I'm looking at getting a 58 plate, 308 1.6 vti se, this week. It has done approximately 51,000 miles, without any mention of the cam chain ever being replaced, in the service history. Does anyone know what the recommended age/mileage is for replacing one? I've heard of some nightmare stories of the chain stretching and snapping. roughly, how much would I be looking at getting it replaced ?

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there isnt usually an interval for replacement. they are 'designed' to last the life of the engine,hence you only replace if they cause problems i.e rattling, out of time, excessive stretching etc.

VTI/THP engines do go through them more often but even then id just advise waiting until there are any issues or noises
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I don't think 1.6 VTi has a chain, it is belt. Generally, car makers plans change after 100-150.000 km or every five years, which is first. You can find right info in car manual. Whit belt it is recommended to change pulley and water-pump as well.
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there isnt usually an interval for replacement. they are 'designed' to last the life of the engine,hence you only replace if they cause problems i.e rattling, out of time, excessive stretching etc.

VTI/THP engines do go through them more often but even then id just advise waiting until there are any issues or noises
Oh, so it is chain in this engine? In this case you're right about replacement.
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yes the VTI and THP engines both stem from the PSA-BMW agreement and all use chains and the BMW variable valve timing technology to varying degrees

on a side note, watch for the oil consumption on the vti - they can drink up to 1L per 1000 miles
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yes the VTI and THP engines both stem from the PSA-BMW agreement and all use chains and the BMW variable valve timing technology to varying degrees

on a side note, watch for the oil consumption on the vti - they can drink up to 1L per 1000 miles
Thanks for the info. First French car I've ever owned (or will be, pending an RAC inspection) , always had vauxhall or ford. 1 litre per 1,000 miles? That's a thirsty engine.
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yes they are, these and the THP engines all use a fair bit of oil, poor PCV design which was revised post 2010 (at least on THP engines) which helped, but still consume oil. 1L per 1000 miles should be worst case scenario, my THP uses about 600ml per 1000 miles. short journeys cause it to burn more
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