Engine Opel Z16XE

The 1.6-liter Opel Z16XE or Ecotec L91 engine was produced from 2000 to 2005 in Hungary and was installed on the most popular concern models of its time, such as Astra, Vectra, Zafira. The power unit is essentially just an updated version of the famous X16XEL motor.

The Z15 family also includes engines: Z16SE, Z16XEP, Z16XER, Z18XE and Z18XER.

The engine was installed on:

  • Opel Astra G (T98) in 2000 – 2005;
  • Opel Meriva A (X03) in 2003 – 2005;
  • Opel Vectra B (J96) in 2000 – 2002; Vectra C (Z02) in 2004 – 2005;
  • Opel Zafira A (T98) in 2000 – 2005.


Production years 2000-2005
Displacement, cc 1598
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 101
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 4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Opel Astra 2004)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~320 000
Weight, kg 120

Disadvantages of the Z16XE engine

  • Most often, owners complain about the oil burner and decarbonization does not always help here;
  • The reason for the oil consumption is usually in valve stem seals that have come off the guides;
  • The culprit for the loss of traction and floating engine speed is a clogged EGR valve;
  • According to the regulations, the timing belt changes every 60,000 km or, if it breaks, it will bend the valves;
  • Electrical problems regularly arise due to weak wiring or ECU glitches.

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