Used by approximately 400,000 vehicles produced from October 2012 to June 2016, the Renault 1.2 TCe petrol engine is found under the hood of not far from 100,000 cars in France.
At the house of Renault, we find it in the Clio 4, Megane 3, Capture, Kadjar and Kangoo 2, at Dacia in the Duster, You and Lodgy, at the house of Nissan in the Juke and Qashqai 2, and at Mercedes in the quote which is made on the basis of the Kangoo.
In 2019, after numerous complaints from owners, the Argus magazine investigated the problems with this engine which would affect 107,000 cars worldwide. It is actually a overconsumption of oil which can lead to engine failure.
According to testimonies, cars equipped with this block suddenly slowed down without warning signs. A group called “Renault/Nissan 1.2 Tce & DIG-T engine failure” has been created on facebook and it brings together some 3,800 members.
The spectacular scale of the problem interested Maître Christophe Lèguevaques, a French lawyer specializing in particularly high-profile cases. The latter then invited the owners who feel aggrieved to join him for a collective legal action.
Possibilities of compensation
According to Maître Lèguevaques, this failure has long been known to Renault-Nissan and the owners of affected cars have not been properly helped financially by the manufacturers.
In an interview with the daily JDD, the lawyer even hinted that if the guilt of the two brands was recognized criminally, the amount of individual compensation could exceed the purchase price of the vehicle. For its part, Renault said that 90% of its customers who encountered problems received support. To be continued…