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Engine of the month

Opel / Vauxhall 2.0 CDTi A20DTH

The good old A20DTH ‘a.k.a’ the Opel-Vauxhall 2.0 CDTi; what can be said about one of the most common engines of the 20-10s. Well, we could tell you about the vast array of vehicles that the powerplant fitted or the fact this derivative ran for around decade, but we’re pretty sure you already know this.

So, let’s tell you something you may not have heard about the model where the A20DTH spent most of its life; the Insignia. Back in 2003 when the Insignia concept was launched, GM showcased it with a V8 lifted out of the Corvette, however, from that point to its launch in 2008 the engineers swapped it out for the, you guessed it – the A20DTH.

From a fun factor, this was a pretty big disappointment but considering that V8 would have sent you back to the petrol station on an almost daily basis, we reckon the 2.0 CDTi was a good choice. Plus, if you wore earplugs to drown out the clatter, it performed pretty well too.

Here’s another thing you may not know, FAI has a shed load of parts for them and given the kicking they receive from families, taxi drivers and company car drivers, it’s a good job too.

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