Engine Opel X17DTL

The 1.7-liter diesel engine Opel X17DTL or 2H8 was produced from 1994 to 2000 and was installed on the first two generations of the very popular Astra model. This motor is the concern’s own development and is part of the GM Family II engine line.

The X family also includes engines: X20DTL, X20DTH and X22DTH.

The engine was installed on:

  • Opel Astra F (T92) in 1994 – 1998;
  • Opel Astra G (T98) in 1998 – 2000.


Production years 1994-2000
Displacement, cc 1700
Fuel system vortex chamber
Power output, hp 68
Torque output, Nm 132
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 8v
Cylinder bore, mm 82.5
Piston stroke, mm 79.5
Compression ratio 22.0
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging yes
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 5.5
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Opel Astra 1995)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 165

Disadvantages of the X17DTL engine

  • The unit is famous for its unpretentiousness to the quality of diesel fuel and good repairability;
  • Most complaints about starting problems due to fuel pump malfunctions;
  • The turbine starts to drive oil rather quickly, and its repair is relatively expensive;
  • The timing belt has a modest resource, and its breakage or jump is dangerous for the motor;
  • The reason for oil consumption is usually a leak in the crankshaft oil seal or crankcase ventilation.

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