Tuesday, January 18

Why it matters. Automotive: a motorgate at Renault-Nissan-Dacia?

In September 2015, an automobile scandal caused a stir: the dieselgate. A case that involved the Volkswagen group, accused of reducing the emissions of its engines (diesel or gasoline) during tests before marketing. Dieselgate, one of the biggest automotive scandals, has opened everyone’s eyes to the automotive market and its excesses.

Highlighted since 2019, a problem concerning one of the engines used by several brands of the Renault group could lead to a “motorgate”. According to the Sunday newspaper, the lawyer Christophe Lèguevaques could launch, this Tuesday, a collective action in justice which could give a new dimension to the case.

A gasoline engine that causes some problems

Its name: 1.2 TCe. It is a petrol engine, used by Renault, Nissan and Dacia (as well as their partner Mercedes) to equip vehicles between 2012 and 2016. An engine which equips certain flagship models of these manufacturers: Captur, Clio 4 and Mégane 3 (Renault ); Duster, Lodgy (Dacia) or even Juke and Qashqai 2 for Nissan (where the engine is named DIG-T).

The problem with this engine? Many owners report excessive engine oil consumption and loss of engine power. Sometimes it even goes as far as an engine failure. Technically, the UFC-Que Choisir considers that it is a “pressure defect in the intake duct”.

400,000 vehicles affected?

How many owners and vehicles are affected? Quickly, the Argus website, in 2019, estimated that 107,000 vehicles were affected. Some months later, the association UFC-Que Choisir has in turn raised the problem by estimating the number of “cars in danger” at 400,000.

With testimonials from owners who have experienced misadventures: “At the end of January 2019, returning home in the evening, my Dacia Lodgy loses speed and I hear an engine noise less than 500 meters from my home. The next morning, it does not start anymore ”, writes, for example, a user on the forum of the association of consumers“ What to choose ”.

On Facebook, a collective called “Renault-Nissan engine breakage” was set up and brought together 3,700 customers.

Support by the manufacturers in question

Behind the lawyer Christophe Lèguevaques, this collective could lead a joint action today. A major action to bring together thousands of customers who consider themselves wronged. In particular because the question of support by the manufacturers poses a problem. As early as 2019, the UFC-Que Choisir wrote: “Renault does not recognize the problem and is reluctant to take charge of the repair costs”.

“Renault calculated that it was more profitable to leave them to their sad fate rather than replacing their engines, it is a lucrative fault”, believes Me Christophe Lèguevaques in the columns of JDD. What the group replied, in the same article, that “90% of Renault and Nissan customers who have encountered problems with this engine have received support”. Case to follow.


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