Engine Opel A13DTE

The 1.3-liter Opel A13DTE or LSF diesel engine was produced from 2009 to 2017 at a joint venture between General Motors and Fiat in the Polish town of Bielsko-Biala. This power unit is essentially an updated version of the famous Z13DTH diesel engine.

The A family: A13DTE, A17DTJ, A17DTR, A20DTH, A22DM, A22DMH.

The engine was installed on:

  • Opel Astra J (P10) in 2009 – 2013;
  • Opel Combo D (X12) in 2012 – 2016;
  • Opel Corsa D (S07) in 2009 – 2014;
  • Opel Meriva B (S10) in 2010 – 2017.


Production years 2009-2017
Displacement, cc 1248
Fuel system Common Rail
Power output, hp 90 – 95
Torque output, Nm 180 – 200
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 69.6
Piston stroke, mm 82
Compression ratio 16.8
Features intercooler
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging VGT
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.2
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 5
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Opel Astra 2011)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 135

Disadvantages of the A13DTE engine

  • This diesel engine is afraid of the cold and its operation is difficult in frosty winter;
  • The timing chain mechanism has a modest resource and is afraid of a drop in oil level;
  • Dirty EGR valve here leads to the fact that the engine stalls immediately after the start;
  • Thermostat leaks are common and are the main cause of overheating;
  • When the particulate filter burns, diesel fuel enters the oil and has to be changed.

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