Engine GM LE9

The 2.4-liter General Motors LE9 gasoline engine was produced in the USA from 2008 to 2018 and was installed on such popular concern models as the Chevrolet Captiva, HHR, and also the Malibu. This power unit was only an updated version of the LE5 engine and is similar to the Opel A24XE.

The second generation of GM Ecotec includes: LDK, LHU, LNF, LAF, LEA, LE5, LE9.


Production years 2008-2018
Displacement, cc 2384
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 165 – 175
Torque output, Nm 225 – 230
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 88
Piston stroke, mm 98
Compression ratio 10.4
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator Dual VVT
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.7
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4/5
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Chevrolet Captiva 2012)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~350 000
Weight, kg 145

The engine was installed on:

  • Chevrolet Captiva 1 (C140) in 2011 – 2018;
  • Chevrolet HHR 1 (GMT001) in 2008 – 2011;
  • Chevrolet Malibu 7 (GMX386) in 2009 – 2012.

Disadvantages of the GM LE9 engine

  • The main complaints of the owners are related to the rather modest resource of the timing chain.
  • The balancer chain tensioner is not reliable (not included in the timing kit).
  • If you tighten it strongly with the replacement of chains, you will have to buy new phase regulators.
  • After 100,000 km of run, lubricant consumption is often encountered due to the occurrence of rings.
  • It should be noted that constantly appearing cracks on the exhaust manifold.

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