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My 163 diesel is on 108k at the minute. Fully serviced, etcetera, but just wondering about the non maintenance parts. I suspect the weakest point would be the turbo.

I would guess a remanufactured turbo could be bought and fitted for several hundred pounds, where as letting it to fail would likely mean a new engine at considerably more...

Any thoughts? Is it possible to assess turbo condition?

Any other components that should be checked/swapped before failure?
 

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I think it will depend on the sort of driver you are?

Slow and steady with full service is going to be a lot better than an idiot with a very heavy right foot and never put a drop of oil in the motor.

Keeping the car on the tarmac and away from pot holes will also prolong the stability of suspension etc.

Making sure its kept well serviced and obvious things like Cam Belt change will deffoe keep it running smooth.

I'm trying to keep mine as I love the mk1, and have 120,000 on clock as we speak and hoping for many more.
 

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These engines were used in a wide variety if vehicles, vans included, so there must be some with big mileages. Anyone know any stats?
 

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Personally I wouldn't do anything with the turbo unless it was showing signs of failing such as whining, oil leaks, down on power etc. If you are really concerned you need to contact a specialist. You have a couple in the Glasgow area you could contact. I couldn't find anyone closer.
 
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Had the turbo on my 2.0 140ps Mondeo done last year.
Cost £250 for reconditioned turbo and £300 labour.
Once i saw how much of a pig of a job it was to do (thanks to Alan Howitt videos on youtube) i knew straight away it was a garage job.
Mine was making a whiney/howling noise for about 12 months so i knew it was on its way out, then the "variable vanes" stopped working on the turbo so the car lost a lot of power through the revs.
To Add:- Mines now on 122,000 miles and it was remapped back in 2012 to 194ps. So its managing fine with the extra hp.

If they are looked after, the Ford Duratorq engines can easily see 250k+ miles. There are many mondeos going dirt cheap that are around that mileage. Ive seen one mondeo with 420k miles on the clock (though im not certain if that was on the original engine)
 

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My current 09 SMax with the 140 engine has done 139,000 miles. Changed the EGR valve a few years ago, but no problems and still running without a problem on other original parts. Did a 5 person fully loaded with bikes on roof trip cross country through Wales this year without issue. Mostly driven sensibly unless stuck behind a 40mph country road chugger or I’m feeling bored!
 

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These PSA engines are incredible quite frankly. (The 1.6HDIs really need to be serviced to protect the turbo) the 2.0HDIs less so but you should still keep changing the oil every year if you do it yourself or follow servicing if you pay a garage and they will last and last and make sure you have the timing belt replaced at the correct time.

I've had 4 cars with these engines so far over the past 17 years and none of the engines died or had any issues at all (maybe I have been lucky), all 200,000+ miles by the time they were moved on. The cars around them all fell to bits though. This is why I bought the Kuga because I wanted this engine and fancied something different.

I have had other cars, BMWs, Audi, Toyota and a 1.8TDCi Focus (which did nothing but have engine problems was a real pig and I vowed to never have another ford but after finding out the Kuga has the PSA engine, I'm in, so far so good touch wood).

Only difference I know of between the Ford Variant and PSA Variant is the way the DPF is handled, which seems a common hiccup in these compared to PSA.

All this is only in my own experience and opinion, so YMMV
 
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