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Engine of the month

Citroen / Peugeot 1.6i EPC6

The EP6C sits firmly in the middle of a series of engines designed by PSA, with the added help of BMW that would also benefit from a new 4-cylinder petrol unit. The family was designated as the ‘Prince’ engine with a 1.4, 1.6 & 1.6T making up the range. All of which can be found in popular Citroens, Peugeots and Minis from 2005 onwards.

The unlikely tie-up between PSA and BMW would have many drivers of premium products unaware that the Peugeot 208 sitting next to them at the traffic lights had the same engine. The 1.4 was a bit lacklustre so it fell on the 1.6 120PS naturally-aspirated EPC6 to fill the void between the 1.4 and the 1.6T.

One of the common issues with the engine is the failure of both timing chains and tensioners. FAI have a selection of repair kits depending on the repair needed, all designed to the latest OE configuration. Our most comprehensive kit is TCK129VVTOCV which includes VVT hubs and oil control valve.

The sheer amount of popular vehicles the mid-range powerplant was assigned to has generated a large parts demand and with the unit in use until 2016, it shows no slowing. As always, FAI has a great selection on offer.

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