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Engine of the month

Mercedes 1.6 / 1.8i M.271

The M 271 engine series applies to 1.6 & 1.8i petrol units fitted to many popular models since 2002, built around an aluminium block and utilising variable valve technology.

The units were flexible enough to be stretched anywhere from 120 HP to 201 HP – the higher of which was reserved for the 1.8 Supercharged version. The very thirsty 2.5 V6 petrol units slowly dropped off as the M 271 became the go-to for petrol power.

This was around the time that diesel was being hailed as the answer to our prayers so coined a large proportion of sales but for those who wanted a more refined power-plant, anything badged Kompressor or later CGI was your answer.

The sheer number of applications make the M 271 numerous variants worth stocking for. FAI have fantastic coverage to help you with that.

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