Engine Opel Z32SE

The 3.2-liter Opel Z32SE or LU1 engine was produced from 2006 to 2011 and was installed on the popular Antara crossover or almost completely similar to the Chevrolet Captiva. Many confuse this motor with the LA3 power unit, which was installed on the Vectra or Signum models.

The Z family also includes engines: Z20LET, Z22SE, Z22YH, Z24SED, Z28NET, etc.

The engine was installed on:

  • Opel Antara A (L07) in 2006 – 2010;
  • Chevrolet Captiva C100 in 2006 – 2011.


Production years 2006-2011
Displacement, cc 3195
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 227
Torque output, Nm 297
Cylinder block aluminum V6
Block head aluminum 24v
Cylinder bore, mm 89
Piston stroke, mm 85.6
Compression ratio 10.3
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive three chains
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 7.4
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Opel Antara 2009)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~250 000
Weight, kg 190

Disadvantages of the Z32SE engine

  • This motor does not like frost and not only starts poorly in winter, but also freezes on the go.
  • But the main problems of the engine are associated with the low resource of the timing chain mechanism.
  • The chain can stretch already on a run of 50,000 km, and the cost of replacement is not encouraging.
  • The engine is afraid of overheating, when driving with a clogged radiator, rings quickly lie.
  • The remaining breakdowns of the power unit are usually associated with oil leaks and ECU glitches.

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