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1.3 JTDM-2 Lifespan?

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I've had my 2012 Mito Sprint 1.3 JTDM-2 for a year now and covered some 25,000+ miles in that period of time. Can some one advise me on how many miles these engines can cover (when serviced regularly) without self destructing.

Also now thinking of a remap, has anyone had direct experience of a 1.3 JTDM-2 remap and if so what are the results (better fuel economy, much more torque, premature engine failure)?

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The engine itself should last a very long time, probably 200k+ if serviced properly.

You may need to replace a few other bits in that time though, such as the DPF, Dual mass flywheel, maybe the turbo etc...
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Hi symon,

Thanks for the prompt reply

I've two years extended warranty yet, so no problems with ancillary parts failing - thank goodness.

It seems like quite a robust little engine, so hopefully a proper remap shouldn't cause any problems.

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Keep the oils and filters changed more frequently than the schedule and it will last.
Turbo engines need more changes to keep them running well. Turbo's really put strain on the oil.

Its a hardly little engine for a diesel but it is small and with quite a high output.
I can't see it being as solid as the larger variants pulling the same weight but by no means it shouldn't out live the car it was put into.

There are quite a few vans with the 1.3 engine that have already clocked over 150k without any issues bar servicing. Most of those get lower service intervals.

Its a good little engine. Its never going to be a rocket but treat it kindly and it'll out live the shell.

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Make sure you keep an eye on the oil level on these.

If the oil level rises above the dipstick max mark it could be because it is being diluted with fuel.

This if left unchecked can cause the engine to run on its sump oil until it self destruct.

This will mainly happen if the car is used for short journeys due to the DPF regeneration process.


There are quite a few Fiat 500's which have lost engines due to this and the power unit is the same.

The 500 being a mainly city car seems especially prone to it though.
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That's because people buy the wrong engine for the job and wonder why they fail.

City = Petrol
Motorway = Diesel

You wouldn't expect to get on a train and it be powered by hamsters.
Choose the right application for the job and it won't fail you.
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Absolutely agree with the above, I do sixty miles a day on the motorway and about six on city and country roads.

It seems to agree with the car ok - so far.
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That's because people buy the wrong engine for the job and wonder why they fail.

City = Petrol
Motorway = Diesel

You wouldn't expect to get on a train and it be powered by hamsters.
Choose the right application for the job and it won't fail you.
Whats wrong with guinea pigs?lol

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