Timing belt change. 1.6 VTR

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My Name: Doey

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Model: C3 2006-2009, Facelift model
Year: 2008 (08)
Engine Size: 1.6
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 77000
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
Engine name: ET3 16-valve (90 PS)

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Good morning, :)
Really happy to be a c3 owner ( even if it is an old one) . I’m hoping you guys can help and give me some good advice. I’m on quite a tight budget which is why I’m asking the question!
I’ve recently acquired a 2008 Citroen C3 1.6 petrol VTR. It has 77000 miles on the clock , but the owner can’t confirm if the timing belt has been changed.
Manufacturer recommends to change it at 150000 miles or 10 years (I think) . The car has relatively low mileage for its age and a full service history. Do you think I need to change the timing belt? How common is it for the belt to break and wreck the engine on this version of the car? Thanks for your time in advance!
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My Name: C3driver52

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Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2003 (03)
Engine Size: 1.4 i
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 79984
Trim Level: VTR+
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
Engine name: TU3 (75 PS)
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Doey wrote: Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:51 am Good morning, :)
Really happy to be a c3 owner ( even if it is an old one) . I’m hoping you guys can help and give me some good advice. I’m on quite a tight budget which is why I’m asking the question!
I’ve recently acquired a 2008 Citroen C3 1.6 petrol VTR. It has 77000 miles on the clock , but the owner can’t confirm if the timing belt has been changed.
Manufacturer recommends to change it at 150000 miles or 10 years (I think) . The car has relatively low mileage for its age and a full service history. Do you think I need to change the timing belt? How common is it for the belt to break and wreck the engine on this version of the car? Thanks for your time in advance!
Hi

10 years is a long time for a belt to live. It may go on longer, but it may not.

I would have the belt changed. It gives peace of mind and they will do the idler and tensioner at the same time.

If you don't have it changed, it may break and then it becomes even more expensive to repair the engine.
My Name: Kenvtr

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Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:44 pm
Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2006 (06)
Engine Size: 1.6 (16v)
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 72000
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
Engine name: TU5 16-valve (110 PS)

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I've got a vtr 2006 c3 1.6 and changed belt soon as a got it as I didn't know also, I'd never risk it especially if you don't know. I even changed water pump also I had Clio once that snapped 35 miles past its 68000 mile mark I was gutted bent values the lot very costly to repair I ended up scrapping it.
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