Engine Opel X16XEL

The 1.6-liter Opel X16XEL engine was produced from 1994 to 2000 at a plant in Hungary and was installed on the most popular mid-size models of the concern, such as Astra, Vectra. There was a slightly more powerful version of this power unit with a different X16XE index.

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

The engine was installed on:

  • Opel Astra F (T92) in 1994 – 1998; Astra G (T98) in 1998 – 2000;
  • Opel Vectra B (J96) in 1995 – 2000;
  • Opel Zafira A (T98) in 1999 – 2000.


Production years 1994-2000
Displacement, cc 1598
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 100
Torque output, Nm 150
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 79
Piston stroke, mm 81.5
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 3.5
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Opel Vectra 1999)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~275 000
Weight, kg 130

Disadvantages of the X16XEL engine

  • The main problem is valve stem seals flying off the valve guides;
  • Oil consumption begins, and in the service station they offer useless decarbonization in this case;
  • Monitor the condition of the timing belt, it has a resource of 60,000 km, and when it breaks, the valves bend;
  • The cause of floating speed or dips in engine thrust is contamination of the EGR valve;
  • Common breakdowns include drying gaskets under the nozzles.

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