Engine Opel X22XE

The 2.2-liter Opel X22XE engine was assembled from 1995 to 1999 at different factories of the concern and was installed on the first generation of the Frontera SUV and the popular Sintra minivan. This power unit in the EURO 3 version of the Y22XE was installed on the well-known Omega model.

The X20 series also includes engines: X20SE, X20XEV, X22SE, X25XE and X30XE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Opel Frontera A (U92) in 1995 – 1998;
  • Opel Sintra A (APV) in 1996 – 1999.


Production years 1995-1999
Displacement, cc 2198
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 135 – 140
Torque output, Nm 200 – 205
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 86
Piston stroke, mm 94.6
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 5.0
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Opel Frontera 1996)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~350 000
Weight, kg 140

Disadvantages of the X22XE engine

  • Traction dips and floating engine speeds are associated with contamination of the idle speed controller, crankcase ventilation or EGR;
  • Quite often the exhaust manifold cracks;
  • There are many problems with the timing belt, when jumping, the phases go astray, when it breaks, the valves bend;
  • All kinds of sensors often fail, more often than others, the camshaft position sensor and the crankshaft position sensor are buggy;
  • When using low-quality lubricant, hydraulic lifters can knock to 100,000 km.

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