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Diesel Injector problems at 30k miles?
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Hi there, my first post on this forum!  Smile

Looking to buy my first Berlingo, I'm looking to buy a 2013 vehicle 112hp 1.6 HDi (engine code DV6C / 9HL). Appears to have been very little used for last 6/7 years (between 600 & 3000 miles per year)

Checking the vehicle history, it seems that it broke down and visited two different garages at around 30k miles, with injector problems. It was Summer time and garages were in Croatia & Austria. At least 1 injector was replaced - cylinder 4. I'm not sure if the other garage visit was related to the same injector, or another one (the invoice is all in Croatian, though there is a reference to "PSA Injector" and a part number).

Vendor told me that towbar was fitted in 2020 by previous owner, to tow a small camping trailer.

Question - is it normal for injectors to go on these at 30k?

Are there known issues with Siemens/VDO injectors?

Or is it just a result of a low mileage vehicle suddenly being required to pull heavy loads up steep roads in hot conditions? (Austria & Croatia both hilly and very hot in Summer).

AFAIK these are the injectors in question:

Citroen Berlingo 1.6 HDi 2008 Onwards New Siemens/VDO Diesel Injector A2C59513556
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Also query a about whether cambelt should be changed on this vehicle - now at 32,000 miles, and nearly 10 years old.

AFAIK cambelt has not been done, but presumably it should be (on age rather than mileage)?
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(30-05-2023, 11:28 AM)TeeBlingo Wrote:  Hi there, my first post on this forum!  Smile

Looking to buy my first Berlingo, I'm looking to buy a 2013 vehicle 112hp 1.6 HDi (engine code DV6C / 9HL). Appears to have been very little used for last 6/7 years (between 600 & 3000 miles per year)

Checking the vehicle history, it seems that it broke down and visited two different garages at around 30k miles, with injector problems. It was Summer time and garages were in Croatia & Austria. At least 1 injector was replaced - cylinder 4. I'm not sure if the other garage visit was related to the same injector, or another one (the invoice is all in Croatian, though there is a reference to "PSA Injector" and a part number).

Vendor told me that towbar was fitted in 2020 by previous owner, to tow a small camping trailer.

Question - is it normal for injectors to go on these at 30k?

Are there known issues with Siemens/VDO injectors?

Or is it just a result of a low mileage vehicle suddenly being required to pull heavy loads up steep roads in hot conditions? (Austria & Croatia both hilly and very hot in Summer).

AFAIK these are the injectors in question:

Citroen Berlingo 1.6 HDi 2008 Onwards New Siemens/VDO Diesel Injector A2C59513556

The injectors on the 1.6Hdi are known to work loose and leak around the seals if not checked regularly [check torque at every service] If the leak is not dealt with quickly it can cause a large build up on the head and can also damage the injector, so that may be a reason that it was replaced?

With regard to the vehicle you are looking at, the low mileage may not be as great a thing as you think, as low miles/usage tends to mean short journeys and that can cause the dpf to clog up prematurely. Also with a 2013 vehicle it will be fitted with a Eolys system and these can be problematic.

Finally, you will probably get more answers if this was posted in the correct section, a 2013 Berlingo is a B9 model [the K9 didn't appear until 2018] but I'm sure one of the moderators will move it to the correct section.
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(30-05-2023, 11:33 AM)TeeBlingo Wrote:  Also query a about whether cambelt should be changed on this vehicle - now at 32,000 miles, and nearly 10 years old.

AFAIK cambelt has not been done, but presumably it should be (on age rather than mileage)?

Yes, even though low miles, at 10 years old the cambelt/waterpump should be replaced. If it hasn't, factor that into the price you are willing to pay for the vehicle and get it replaced ASAP. Think it is 100,000 miles or 10 years from memory.
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Moved to B9 section.
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The Siemens/VDO injectors on these aren't amazing. It isn't unheard of for one to fail at fairly low mileage. There's also a wiring loom just to the injectors that I've had on more than one of these come in to us just not plugged in properly. I suspect its likely if this were the case a garage sees "injector 4 circuit open" decides "injector is dead" orders an injector and then while fitting the new injector realises the connector isn't plugged in right.
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