Engine Opel X30XE

The 3.0-liter Opel X30XE or Ecotec L81 engine was produced in England from 1994 to 2001 and was installed on such popular concern models as Omega, Sintra and Cadillac Catera. There was an even more powerful and very rare version of this unit with the X30XEI index.

The X20 series also includes engines: X20SE, X20XEV, X22SE, X22XE and X25XE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Opel Omega B (V94) in 1994 – 2001;
  • Opel Sintra A (APV) in 1996 – 1999;
  • Cadillac Catera 1 in 1996 – 2001.


Production years 1994-2001
Displacement, cc 2962
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 200 – 210
Torque output, Nm 260 – 270
Cylinder block cast iron V6
Block head aluminum 24v
Cylinder bore, mm 86
Piston stroke, mm 85
Compression ratio 10.8
Features Multiram
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 5.8
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Opel Omega 2000)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~380 000
Weight, kg 190

Disadvantages of the X30XE engine

  • This motor does not like frost and there are problems with starting at low temperatures;
  • Lubrication here constantly oozes from under the valve cover and fills the candle wells;
  • The oil cooler leaks very often, from there the lubricant enters the cooling system;
  • Due to the low position of the oil receiver, any damage to the sump will block it;
  • Monitor the condition of the timing belt, its resource is 60 thousand km, and when it breaks, the valves bend.

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