Renault 3.0 V6 dCI P9X engine.  Powerful diesel: review, failure rate, operation |

Renault 3.0 V6 dCI P9X engine. Powerful diesel: review, failure rate, operation |

The Renault 3.0 V6 diesel engine is a powerful drive unit that was used under the hood of the brand’s most popular vehicles, such as the Vel Satis and the Espace.

When looking for a used car, we often come across attractive price offers whose appearance and graphic wear suggest their exemplary technical condition. Then it is worth checking if the car unit will not cause us any problems. The six-cylinder diesel flagship 3.0 V6 dCI P9X, despite its advantages, can mean expensive maintenance.

Renault, along with many other manufacturers, have often used technology developed by other companies, usually the engines purchased turned out to be durable and trouble-free. The exception is the top diesel engine developed and produced by Isuzu. The 3.0 V6 dCI P9X was also available in the Opel and Saab offer at the same time, offering owners the same set of incentives. In the range of the Renault model, it was found in the fourth generation Vel Satis and Espace, in fact providing in a short time a high culture of work and high flexibility due to the large capacity of the cylinders.

Japanese engineers tried to create an efficient and compact engine suitable for installation in a wide range of models. The six-cylinder iron block was covered with twelve valves each. Of course, as befits a modern diesel engine, a common rail fuel injection developed by Denso and a turbocharger with different blade geometry are used. Depending on version and market, the 3.0 V6 dCI may also be equipped with a diesel particulate filter. Dual-mass flywheels were a must for ride comfort. Timing is done by a timing belt. The unit provides a very good power of 177-181 hp and 350 Nm of high torque at those times, ensuring very good performance and flexibility, also the fuel consumption is satisfactory.

Traditionally, for modern diesel engines offered by Renault, the oil change interval is set at a year or 30,000 km. For the benefit of the individual and to reduce the losses, experts advise to shorten it by at least half – although even such changes will not save us from the problem. The timing belt is replaced every 180,000 km, here the safe value is the mileage of 100-120,000 km – the replacement cost is around PLN 1,500.

The main problem of the engine is the tendency to overheat, especially in the 2003-2005 versions. The result is the collapse of the cylinder sleeves, which contributed to the failure of the cooling system and, as a result, to the seizure of the engine. Repairs in today’s reality will be expensive and may exceed the value of the car.

Denso electromagnetic injectors are also not very durable – according to the manufacturer, their regeneration is impossible (a new injector costs more than PLN 2,000), but there are companies that do repairs, with different results. More than a thousand zlotys will also have to be paid for the repair of the injection pump.

It is worth noting that after the first comments from customers and information from service centers, the 3.0 dCi engine has been modernized and in the 2005-2008 versions the magnitude of the problem is very small. The new engine was designated P9X715.

The main diesel offered by Renault requires careful maintenance and high costs should be expected in the event of a breakdown. Today, his diseases are known. Is the pleasure of driving a big diesel worth the increased cost and risk of breakdown? Everyone has to answer this question for themselves.

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