Engine Opel X22SE

The 2.2-liter Opel X22SE engine was produced by the German concern from 1998 to 2000 and was installed only on the second generation of the very popular Frontera SUV. This unit was updated to EURO 3 environmental standards in 2000 and received a new Y22SE index.

The X20 series also includes engines: X20SE, X20XEV, X22XE, X25XE and X30XE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Opel Frontera B (U99) in 1998 – 2000.


Production years 1998-2000
Displacement, cc 2198
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 136
Torque output, Nm 202
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 86
Piston stroke, mm 94.6
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 4.75
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Opel Frontera 1999)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~400 000
Weight, kg 140

Disadvantages of the X22SE engine

  • The motor does not like high rpm, it often breaks through the gasket at high speed;
  • Also, the exhaust manifold likes to crack here, and it is useless to brew it;
  • The reason for the sudden oil burner here is usually in the blown valve stem seals;
  • There are many problems with the timing, when the belt jumps, the phases go astray, and when it breaks, the valves bend;
  • If the engine starts to freeze at certain speeds, replacing the throttle position sensor will help.

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