Engine Opel C20XE

The 2.0-liter Opel C20XE engine was produced from 1987 to 1996 at a German plant and was installed on charged versions of such popular models as Astra, Vectra, Calibra. The power unit was seriously upgraded in 1993, so there are two versions of it.

The C20/30 line also includes engines: C20NE, C20LET, C24NE and C30SE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Opel Astra F (T92) in 1991 – 1996;
  • Opel Calibra A (C89) in 1989 – 1994;
  • Opel Kadett E (T85) in 1988 – 1991;
  • Opel Vectra A (J89) in 1988 – 1994.


Production years 1987-1996
Displacement, cc 1998
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 150
Torque output, Nm 200
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 86
Piston stroke, mm 86
Compression ratio 10.5
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.5
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 1
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Opel Vectra 1993)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 136

Disadvantages of the C20XE engine

  • The most famous weak point of this motor is the cylinder head, it often cracks;
  • When replacing, it is recommended to purchase a more reliable cylinder head manufactured by Cosworth;
  • Monitor the condition of the timing belt, it can break up to 50,000 km and the valves will bend;
  • Before the 1993 update, an unreliable ignition system caused a lot of problems;
  • Hydraulic lifters do not like low-quality oil and start knocking at 90,000 km.

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