Engine Nissan SR20VET

The 2.0-liter Nissan SR20VET engine was produced from 2001 to 2007 at the Japanese plant and was installed only on the sports version of the X-Trail crossover in the version for the local market. The motor stands out for its unique combination of turbocharged NEO VVL phase control system.

The SR family also includes internal combustion engines: SR16VE, SR18DE, SR20DE, SR20DET and SR20VE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan X-Trail 1 (T30) in 2001 – 2007.


Production years 2001-2007
Displacement, cc 1998
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 280
Torque output, Nm 309
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 86
Piston stroke, mm 86
Compression ratio 9.0
Features NEO VVL
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator VVL & VVT
Turbocharging Garrett T28
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 X-Trail GT 2002)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 185

Disadvantages of the SR20VET engine

  • This engine is very demanding on the quality of oil and fuel;
  • Cheap lubrication quickly affects the operation of the turbine and the phase control system;
  • Problems with floating idle speeds are associated with failures of the idle speed controller and the mass air flow sensor;
  • The sources of leaks are usually the crankshaft oil seal and the oil pressure sensor;
  • On runs of 200 – 250 thousand km, the timing chain often stretches and rattles here.

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