The 2.0 MultiJet / Ecotec / CDTI / TiD4 / Kryotec diesel engine is the successor to the legendary 1.9 MultiJet. This quickly took over the leadership not only in the Fiat lineup, but also at General Motors. But does popular mean that it’s worth paying attention to?
While the 1.9 MultiJet had sales success at the start of the new millennium in the Fiat and Opel series, it became clear that further modifications needed. Italian engineers then raced and presented a new diesel engine in the summer of 2008. The MultiJet 2.0 unit was the first to reach the hood of the Lancia Delta. Then it appeared in the Alfa Romeo lineup, Fiat and – under a licensing agreement – General Motors.
2.0 MultiJet Specs
What can be said about this machine? Diesel is actually based on its predecessor. It has 1,956 cc, 4 cylinders and 16 valves. The dry weight of these engines ranges from 174 to 182 kilograms. The engineers working on the Fiat 2.0 MultiJet engine struggled to meet Euro 5 emission standards. Therefore, the standard equipment has become, among other things, a diesel particulate filter.
Diesel is very popular not only in the ranks of the Fiat group, but also at General Motors. Hence, a further version of the force was created. Models with a herd of 110, 120, 130, 135, 136, 140, 150, 160, 165, 170, 190 and even 195 horsepower are known in the market. The last two variants are the work of GM engineers. They use not one, but two turbochargers in the unit.
2.0 MultiJet Installed on
- 2014–2015 Chevrolet Cruze (NA)
- 2016-2017 Chevrolet Captiva (KOR)
- 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu
- Opel / Vauxhall Astra J (single and twin turbo)
- Opel / Vauxhall Cascada (single and twin turbo)
- Opel / Vauxhall Insignia (single and twin turbo)
- Opel / Vauxhall Zafira Tourer (single and twin turbo)
- Saab 9-5 (single and twin turbo)
- 2020 Cadillac XT4 (EU market)
- Alfa Romeo Giulietta (2010)
- Alfa Romeo 159
- Fiat Bravo
- Fiat Doblò II
- Fiat Ducato III
- Fiat Freemont
- Fiat Sedici
- Fiat Croma II
- Fiat Toro
- Jeep Compass
- Jeep Cherokee (KL)
- Jeep Renegade
- Lancia Delta III
- MG Hector
- Suzuki SX4
- Tata Harrier
2.0 MultiJet Engine Problems & Reliability
Regarding basic service procedures, the 2.0L MultiJet / Ecotec / CDTI / TiD4 / Kryotec engine has two main requirements. First, it is necessary to periodically replace the timing belt. In the case of the Fiat group, drives had to be replaced every 140,000 kilometers on average.
Opel recommends a longer distance of 10,000 kilometers. There may not be any known cases of premature belt damage. Second, it is necessary to change the oil regularly. The manufacturer recommends pouring new lubricant for up to 35,000 kilometers or 2 years. However, the set pause must have been too long. Better to shorten the service interval to one year or 15,000 kilometers.
Disadvantages of the 2.0 MultiJet engine? Just like its predecessor – 1.9 MultiJet, it has some flaws in the area of work culture. Besides, it is not as economical as the driver expected.
2.0 MultiJet / Ecotec / CDTI / TiD4 / Kryotec problems? The most basic problems the diesel particulate filter and is known from Opel cars – especially the Insignia. The driver complained that while parked in the car, the rev started to go up and the computer hit a message saying that the diesel particulate filter had failed. During the service campaign announced by Germany, engine control and diesel particulate filters were updated in the car.
Of course, it just so happens that the problems with the DPF are not the result of faulty programs, but clogged settlers. In this case, of course it will need to be replaced. In terms of symptoms, diesel then smokes white and oil levels and fuel consumption increase.
The problematic element on Fiat with the 2.0 MultiJet engine is the electronically controlled EGR valve. It collects soot, but due to the fact that engineers make it into a set of parts, it is difficult to dismantle and clean. The new mechanism required a minimum cost of $ 175, and the old failure led to a significant increase in fuel consumption and problems starting the engine.
How about the cooling system?
In Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo cars equipped with 2.0 MultiJet diesel, a popular glitch also concerns the cooling system. The main problem is with the water pump and coolant.
Symptoms of failure? The engine temperature indicator changes its position from time to time while driving, and there is not enough coolant in the expansion tank. There are usually three problems. First, a damaged radiator fin may be the cause. Second, there is a leak in the water pump sealant. Third, there are known cases of damage to the water pump blades.
What is very important, the main elements of accessories in the form of an injector, turbocharger or clutch are relatively durable. They have to cover a distance of 250,000-300,000 kilometers without major problems. Their service life can be shortened mainly due to negligence or the operating habits of the driver.
Example? The injector does not like poor quality fuel. Just one refueling can cause a blockage. Clutches – and especially dual mass wheels – hate driving at full speed from the start and then braking hard. This way, it is overloaded.
The Fiat 2.0 MultiJet engine is modern, offers good driving dynamics, and is of course arguably economical. And since at the same time there is no exaggerated list of characteristic faults, the unit can be safely considered the recommended option.
Of course, on one condition! As long as the buyer checks the car thoroughly before making a transaction. Only then will he find out whether the machine is not neglected and if the previous owner was the cause of an operational error.