Engine Opel Z22SE

Serial production of Z22SE engines began in 2000. This unit replaced the 2-liter X20XEV and was a joint development of General Motors, ITDC, GM Powertrain and SAAB. The final tuning of the engine was already worked on in Britain, in the Lotus Engineering Corps.

In various modifications, the internal combustion engine was installed on almost all General Motors models of that time. Officially, the Z22 line of motors went as “Ecotec Family II Series” and were produced at once at 3 factories – in Tennessee (Spring Hill Manufacturing), in New York (Tonawanda) and in German Kaiserslautern (Opel plant).

In Germany and England, the engine was designated as – Z22SE. In America it was known as – L61 and was installed on a number of Chevrolet, Saturn and Pontiac cars. Under license, the Z22SE was also installed on Fiat Croma and Alfa Romeo 159.

Specifications

Manufacturer Kaiserslautern plant
Tonawanda plant
Spring Hill plant
Also called Z22SE
Production years 2000-2007
Cylinder block alloy aluminum
Fuel system injector
Configuration inline
Number of cylinders 4
Valves per cylinder 4
Piston stroke, mm 94.6
Cylinder bore, mm 86
Compression ratio 9.5
10.0
Displacement, cc 2198
Power output, hp 135/5200
137/5800
140/5600
140/5600
143/5600
145/5600
147/5800
Torque output, Nm / rpm 183/4400
193/4400
203/4000
203/4400
203/4000
210/4000
203/4000
Fuel type 95
Euro standards Euro 4
Weight, kg 138
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Opel Vectra C)
— city
— highway
— combined
12.0
6.7
8.6
Oil consumption, gr/1000 km up to 600
Recommended engine oil 0W-30
0W-40
5W-30
5W-40
5W-50
10W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 5.0
Oil change interval, km 15000
Engine lifespan, km
— official information
— real

300+

Which cars was the Z22SE installed on

Astra G 2000 – 2005
Vectra B 2000 – 2002
Zafira A 2000 – 2005
Speedster A 2001 – 2004
Vectra C 2002 – 2004

Features of Z22SE operation

The problems of the Z22 line are common to all Opel engines of the time.

Frequent problems

  • Timing drive.
  • Maslozhor.
  • Antifreeze in candle wells.

When a diesel sound appears in the Z22SE engine, there is a high probability of failure of the hydraulic timing chain tensioner, which usually jams every 20-30 thousand kilometers. The chain drive on the Z22SE is generally one of the most problematic components of this unit.

Pros

  • Large motor resource.
  • Maintainability.
  • Possibility of tuning.

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