Engine Opel X16SZR

The 1.6-liter Opel X16SZR engine was assembled from 1995 to 2000 at a German enterprise and was installed on the basic modifications of such popular company models as the Astra and Vectra. Until 1996, a slightly less powerful version of this unit was also offered under the X16SZ index.

The X10 line includes: X12XE, X14XE, X16XEL, X16SZR, X18XE, X18XE1.

The engine was installed on:

  • Opel Astra F (T92) in 1996 – 2000; Astra G (T98) in 1998 – 2000;
  • Opel Vectra B (J96) in 1995 – 2000.


Production years 1995-2000
Displacement, cc 1598
Fuel system single injection
Power output, hp 75
Torque output, Nm 128
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 8v
Cylinder bore, mm 79
Piston stroke, mm 81.5
Compression ratio 9.6
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.50
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Opel Astra 2000)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~350 000
Weight, kg 100

Disadvantages of the X16SZR engine

  • This unit is often scolded for low power, but everything is in order with reliability;
  • Floating engine speeds, traction dips are usually caused by a dirty EGR valve;
  • The timing belt runs no more than 60,000 km, however, when it breaks, the valves never bend;
  • Minor engine failures include failures of ignition system components and oil leaks.

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