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does anyone have and info on these engines as i was wondering .......

1, why everyone says isuzu engine is better

2, why vauxhall chopped and changed between this and the isuzu engine

3, what engine its based on ( i mean it looks like a 1.6 8v petrol)

4, do they respond to any tuning

i ve owned four of them in various estate and saloon cars and never had problems with them

as with all engines surely it will look afetr you if you look after it ?


 
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does anyone have and info on these engines as i was wondering .......

1, why everyone says isuzu engine is better

2, why vauxhall chopped and changed between this and the isuzu engine

3, what engine its based on ( i mean it looks like a 1.6 8v petrol)

4, do they respond to any tuning

i ve owned four of them in various estate and saloon cars and never had problems with them

as with all engines surely it will look afetr you if you look after it ?

Hi there,

you'll probably get a few opinions on here - I know people love their Isuzus and hate the X17DTL. Everybody's different. I quite like mine - surprisingly peppy (peels out unintentionally) even at 14 years old.

1 People like the Isuzu engine as it is supposed to have more power and can be tweeked to get a little more

2 Don't know why they offered the 2 different engines

3 Don't know what its based on. I did own a 1996 1.6L Astra years ago but I reckon a petrol engine and the X17DTL are only very superficially similar. To me a diesel is quite different.

4 Apparently no tuning can be done with this engine. Just do all the usual servicing, oil filter air filter, fuel filter, could have injectors serviced, glow plugs if and when you need them.

True - look after it and hopefully it will look after you. Cambelt and (inlcuding waterpump) change when required. Sometime flush the cooling system and put in new coolant. Sometime bleed the brakes and put in new DOT 4...

Cheers, Paul
 
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cheers for your responce paul

although i ve had a few im not that clued up , i just know how to do the basics like servicing and bits and bobs , im dreading doing a timing belt :(

as you say about being ' peppty ' out of the few i ve had some have been nippy astra's and 2 that i thought the turbo had seized !! i sold a p reg estate the other week that spun wheels in the wet in 3rd which aint bad

the gm diesel bug has bit me as i might be getting a hatchback at the weekend
 
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I just added a few comments on the other forum...

Grab a Haynes manual (1222) and it should cover most of the basic stuff. I had conflicting info about the timing belt - a couple of people who did it themselves said no problem, take it easy, go slow, you can do it yourself just need a couple of bolts to lock things down.

Then there were others who said absolutely not - you must use a special dial guage to ensure that it is a TDC cylinder#1 and if not you will wreck the engine etc. I doubt the lame mechanic I last went to used any special dial guage but who knows. I asked the local dealership for a quote on doing the cambelt and they said it was too old - can you believe that?

Hey you could plug the vacuum line to the EGR valve as it really doesn't help at all. And then to get good performance might be to remove and clean out the intake manifold as they can get very cruddy and reduce air flow (but you have to remove the turbo to remove intake manifold)....
 

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