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    Where can I find more info about the different engines?

    Such as X18XE1, Z20LET and Z18XER? I have no idea what these mean, or the difference or how to find out what one a car has!

    I ask because I've seen a 2000 X Reg VAUXHALL Astra 2.0i 16v SRi with 37,000 miles for £3993, is that a good price?

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    well that car has an X20XEV
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    If you're looking for an Astra G (98-04) then
    1.8 is X18XE/X18XE1/Z18XE
    2.0 is X20XEV or X20XER (try finding one of them)
    2.0 turbo is Z20LET
    2.2 is Z22SE
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    Wow, loads of info!

    Are there any common problems / things to looks out for with the X20XEV? I understand the SRi turbo's have a problem with manifold's or something

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    Here's a full explanation of what the engine codes mean:

    http://www.m1gst.com/vb/showthread.php?t=42876
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    The only common problem that appears to affect every single X20XEV is that the manifold cracks at about 40-60k miles.
    Other problems are the same as you'd experience in any car.

    SRi-T and GSi(after 1999) both have Z20LET (as standard).
    Turbo engines go through Air Flow Meter's quite regularly when tuned.

    2.2 Hatch has the most tuning potential (parts can be acquired from USA where Chevy use same engine or from Saab who use it in Europe), and obviously has the most power of NA engines as standard.

    1.8 Hatch has close ratio 'box so most of the time is as quick as 2.0, but loses out on torque and top end, so not as quick when car loaded up or at motorway speeds. Cheaper insurance too. If you want a 1.8 and can afford it go post-2001 then you should have a Z18XE (has 125BHP, rather than X18XE which has 115 IIRC)
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    OK, so you say get a late 2001 1.8 SRi rather than the older 2.0l 16v? The insurance on the 2.0L is just over a grand for me, currently paying about £800 on an 02 Ford Ka

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    Hi Sam,

    1.8 - X18XE1 (early Astra G sport/sxi), Z18XE (late Astra G/Coupe as had electronic throttle) Note the X18XE was only fitted in the Mk3 Astra for a short period of time.



    That price is a little high even through the mileage is low. X20XEV's seen to me far lower in price than the others. Check our Parkers web site for an indication of its value and use it as a barganing tool.

    As for problems. The X20XEV was notorious for problem with the manifold studs shearing off due to the change in temperature around the water outlet pipe on the cam belt side. Mine went just after I got mine at 34k but as long as they are replaced correctly you should get much problem.
    They can also suffer from cracked manifolds. It should sound like a blown exhaust. Again this can be used as a barganing tool.

    Other issues were the Bosch rear brake calipers that tended to seize, but this was common on late spec Astra G's

    The engine is good, but can always be made better, and was always over shadowed by the C20XE engine. If you can hold out for a 1.8 they are good engines and nippy too.
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    The late X18XE1 1.8 Sport/SXi was cheapest for insurance, though it was a couple of BHP downon the Z18XE
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkC
    If you can hold out for a 1.8 they are good engines and nippy too.
    Hmm, yeah - this may be abetter idea. I don't do much motorway travelling or with a full load, just around town/dual carriageways really!

    I've alos seen a Y reg (2001 IIRC), SXi, with 43K miles for £3750 which seems a little pricy to me?

    EDIT: A crack in the manifold sounds expensive to me, how much does it cost to get fixed?

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    the sxi price... could be cheaper and you should get them cheaper but is the guided price as the average mileage is 50k so not a bad price but sure as hell will you get them to go cheaper!

    if your mechanicly minded its a simple job to replace the manifold so could do it yourself and just pay parts...
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