Changing the timing belt on Peugeot 207

The Peugeot 207 remains a very popular model in France

When should you replace the timing belt of your Peugeot 207? Are all engines affected? And what budget should you plan for this operation? The Peugeot 207 was sold in France from 2006 to 2014. Despite its disappearance from the Peugeot catalog for 8 years, it still represents a significant part of the car fleet. No wonder: even if it never dethroned the Renault Clio, it was still produced in more than 4 million copies.

The cost of replacing the timing belt of a Peugeot 207?

According to price comparators, the average price of this operation is 530 euros, labor included.

On certain engines such as the 1.4 e of 75 hp which was already found on the 206 (block XU), the price is more accessible and can be found at less than 300 euros.

On the other hand, it is much more expensive on the 1.6 THP engines, which are found in particular on the sporty 207 RC. On this engine, the minimum price is more around 550 euros and can climb up to 700 euros. Logical, because it is a timing chain and not a belt.

On a 207 diesel, the price also varies according to the engine and according to the garages, with a wide range going from 450 to 650 euros.

A distribution kit bought on the internet in spare parts will only cost you a few tens of euros. But beware: certain subtleties are to be known, in particular so as not to damage a valve on a twin camshaft engine. Unless you’re an expert, it’s best to hire a pro. And having an invoice allows you to turn against the garage in the event of a problem following assembly, and also to prove that the operation was indeed carried out when the 207 was resold.

When to change the timing belt of a Peugeot 207?

On a 207, the belt replacement frequency varies from 5 to 10 years depending on the engine. This information can be found in the maintenance booklet.

Two deadlines are mentioned: the mileage and the duration between two changes. The belt must be changed at the first of the two terms reached.

But even if the belt is supposed to withstand a use of ten years, intensive use may force you to revise this duration downwards.

On a 207 1.4 HDI, replacement can only be done at 240,000 km. But if you bought this car used and it has already had several owners, are you going to wait that long? On a 207 HDI 90, the recommendation is 10 years or 100,000 km.

In the case of a chain like on the 207 1.6 THP, engine maintenance and the frequency of oil changes will prolong its life. No fixed mileage is therefore indicated, some speak of 200,000 km: rather not bad on a sports model.

Why should I replace the timing belt?

Like any wear part, the timing belt is not designed to last as long as the engine. Its lifespan being shorter, it is subject to replacement at certain deadlines. A belt that breaks can cause major engine damage, which will usually require replacing the engine, or scrapping the car if its value is too low. Do not change your bracelet, it is therefore risky to find yourself on foot!

Also avoid buying a 207 for which you do not have the invoice for the last belt replacement. If in doubt, it will be better if not to make the change as soon as you buy the car. Which can also be a good way to negotiate the price before signing!

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