Engine Nissan SR20VE

The 2.0-liter Nissan SR20VE engine was produced from 1997 to 2003 at a factory in Japan and was installed on sports versions of such models as Primera, Bluebird or Wingroad. This motor is primarily distinguished by the NEO Variable Valve Lift and Timing system.

The SR family also includes internal combustion engines: SR16VE, SR18DE, SR20DE, SR20DET and SR20VET.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan Bluebird U14 in 1997 – 2000;
  • Nissan Primera 2 (P11) in 1997 – 2000;
  • Nissan Primera 3 (P12) in 2001 – 2003;
  • Nissan Wingroad 2 (Y11) in 1999 – 2000.


Production years 1997-2003
Displacement, cc 1998
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 190 – 205
Torque output, Nm 196 – 206
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 86
Piston stroke, mm 86
Compression ratio 11
Features NEO VVL
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator VVL & VVT
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.4
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 3/4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Nissan Primera 2002)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~330 000
Weight, kg 165

Disadvantages of the SR20VE engine

  • This motor is demanding on oil quality due to the complex phase control system;
  • The culprits of floating engine speeds at idle are failures of the idle speed controller or mass air flow sensor;
  • Often there are lubricant leaks from the crankshaft oil seal or oil pressure sensor;
  • By a run of 200 – 250 thousand km, it often stretches and the timing chain begins to rattle;
  • Since there are no hydraulic lifters here, the valves will have to be periodically adjusted.

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