The 1.2 PureTech engine was launched in 2012, and it raises many concerns regarding reliability in Europe, especially in many countries such as Algeria, where many defects have been recorded in this engine that supports Peugeot, Citroen and Opel cars, such as excessive fuel consumption, oil leakage and deterioration. Early timing belt “courroie de distribution”.
Stellantis is fully aware of the flaws in the design of this engine, as permanent technical solutions arrived late, most notably the change in the belt design in July 2022.
With the announcement of the Stellantis complex in Algeria that the Opel Astra and Opel Mokka cars were equipped with a 1.2 PureTech engine, many customers expressed their fear and reservations, especially with the repeated recall campaigns initiated by the Peugeot, Citron, Opel and DS brands in Europe for customers of cars equipped with a 1.2 PureTech engine due to the large number of cars. Technical defects.
Due to the frequent cases of engine failure resulting from a broken timing belt, the matter in Europe is still worthy of condemnation, as Peugeot, Citroën, DS, and Opel are responsible for changing the timing belt in the event that a defect is discovered during regular maintenance or during the recall campaign.
The timing belt is one of the main weak points of PureTech engines. It is checked during every vehicle maintenance, but this support is only possible within the limits of the warranty years estimated at 6 years or 110,000 kilometers, which excludes older vehicles and those that have exceeded this distance from free maintenance services and repair of damages, which makes customers pay the costs of these damages, which is what happened. In Algeria previously with Peugeot and Citron cars.
According to mechanical experts, the defect of this engine is the presence of the timing belt inside the combustion chamber of the engine, which makes the plastic belt affected by the high temperature of the oil, which causes it to corrode and causes serious damage to the operation of the engine.
Among the solutions provided by the Stellantis group is to fix the defect in the 1.2 PureTech engine. It is to replace the plastic “courroie de distribution” timing belt with an iron belt to avoid its deterioration and the scattering of small plastic pieces inside the engine.
The question asked today is whether the brands affiliated with the Stellantis complex, led by Opal, will market cars equipped with the 1.2 PureTech engine with an iron timing belt to avoid any problems and malfunctions in the engine.
According to information provided to the Cars Live website by Opel Algeria employees, the cars that will be marketed to citizens are equipped with a 1.2 PureTech engine with an iron timing belt, and this is what protects this modern engine, which is characterized by high technology in terms of power and economy.
As for the prices revealed by Opel Algeria, the beginning will be with the Opel Astra, equipped with a 1.2 Puretech gasoline engine with a power of 130 horsepower and an automatic gearbox, whose prices officially start at 431.9 million centimes, a reduction of 17 million centimes.
As for the prices of the small crossover, Opel Mokka, with a 1.2 Puretech engine, 130 horsepower, and an automatic gearbox, its prices were set at 384.9 million centimes, a reduction of 9.5 million centimes.
Regarding the Opel Grandland crossover with a 1.6 Puretech engine, 165 horsepower, and an automatic gearbox, its prices were set at 468.9 million centimes, a reduction of 16 million centimes.