General Motors 60° V6 engine
|GM 60° V6 engine|
|Also called||X engine|
|Cylinder block alloy||Cast iron|
|Cylinder head alloy|
|Oil system||Wet sump|
The General Motors 60° V6 engine family is a series of 60° V6 engines which were produced for both longitudinal and transverse applications. All of these engines are 12-valve cam-in-block or overhead valve (OHV) engines, except for the LQ1; which uses 24-valves driven by dual overhead cams (DOHC) instead. These engines vary in displacement between 2.5 and 3.4 liters and have a cast iron block and either cast iron or aluminum heads. Production of these engines began in 1980 and ended in 2005 in the U.S., with production continued in China until 2010. This engine family was the basis for the GM High Value engine family. Some refer to these engines as X engines due to first usage in the X-body cars.
This engine is in no way related to the GMC V6 engine that was designed for commercial vehicle usage.
- 1 Generation I
- 2 Generation II
- 3 Generation III
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The first generation of modern small GM 60° V6 engines featured an iron block and heads with inline valves. This "clean sheet" design was introduced in 1980 and versions were produced through 1995. Two different blocks with minor differences were developed:
The transverse engines began the 60° family in 1980. Like the rest of the Generation I engines, they were updated in 1985 with larger main journals for durability, along with multi-point fuel injection or E2SE carb and OBD I. Production of the Generation I transverse engines ended in 1986.
The 2.8 L LE2 was the first version of the 60° engine. It was a transverse version produced from 1980 through 1986 for the A-Body and X-body cars. The standard ("X-code") engine for this line, it used a 2-barrel carburetor. Output was 115 hp (86 kW) for 1980 and '81 112 hp (84 kW) for 1982-86 and 135 lb·ft (183 N·m). Bore was 89 mm (3.5 in) and stroke was 76 mm (3.0 in).
- 1980–1985 Buick Skylark
- 1986 Buick Century
- 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera & Cutlass Cruiser
- 1980–1984 Oldsmobile Omega
- 1980–1984 Pontiac Phoenix
- 1980–1985 Chevrolet Citation
- 1982–1986 Pontiac 6000
- 1982–1986 Chevrolet Celebrity
- 1986-1987 Jeep Comanche
Introduced in 1981, the 2.8 L LH7 was a High Output ("Z-code") version of the LE2 for the higher-performance X-cars like the Chevrolet Citation X-11 and higher-performance A-cars like the Pontiac 6000 STE. It still used a 2-barrel carburetor and produced 135 hp (101 kW) and 165 lb·ft (224 N·m) for 1981 and 145 lb·ft (197 N·m) for 1982-1984 versions. The LH7 was replaced after 1984 with the MFI L44.
- 1982–1984 Buick Skylark T-Type
- 1982–1984 Oldsmobile Omega SX
- 1982–1984 Pontiac Phoenix SJ
- 1981–1984 Chevrolet Citation X-11
- 1984 Chevrolet Celebrity (optional on first year Eurosport)
- 1983–1984 Pontiac 6000 STE
- 1989–1991 Isuzu Trooper/Trooper II
The L44 was produced from 1985 to 1988, replacing the LH7. It was the first transverse 2.8 L to utilize Multi-Port Fuel Injection, and was a High Output ("9-code") engine option for the higher performance A-cars, X-cars and the Pontiac Fiero. This engine produced 140 hp (104 kW) at 5200 rpm and 170 lb·ft (230 N·m) of torque at 3600 rpm. This engine's camshaft and cylinder heads were later reused in the L32 3.4L engine.
- 1985–1988 Pontiac Fiero
- 1985–1986 Pontiac 6000 STE
- 1985–1986 Chevrolet Celebrity Eurosport
- 1985 Chevrolet Citation X-11
The LB6 engine was introduced in 1985 to replace the original LE2. It used Multi-Port Fuel Injection and produced 130 horsepower.
- 1985–1986 Cadillac Cimarron
- 1985–1986 Chevrolet Cavalier
- 1985 Chevrolet Citation
- 1985 Buick Skylark (sedan)
- 1985-1986 Chevrolet Celebrity
- 1985-1986 Pontiac 6000
- 1985–1986 Oldsmobile Firenza
The LG6 ("D-code") was produced from 1990 to 1996 in both transverse and longitudinal applications. It used throttle-body injection and iron heads. It produced 120 hp (89 kW) and 170 lb·ft (230 N·m).
- 1990–1995 Chevrolet Lumina APV
- 1990–1995 Oldsmobile Silhouette
- 1990–1995 Pontiac Trans Sport
- 1991–1994 Isuzu Pickup
- 1991–1992 Isuzu Rodeo
The longitudinal versions had minor differences from the transverse engines on which they were based. This group appeared in 1982 with the LC1 and LR2 and never added the aluminum heads of the Generation II engines.
A 3.1 L version was added in 1990 with an 8 mm (0.3 in) longer stroke, and a 3.4 L appeared for 1993 with a 92 mm (3.6 in) bore and SFI. Production of the 2.8 L and 3.1 L (Isuzu) engines ended in 1994. Production ended for all longitudinal 60° V6s in 1996, though GM's performance parts division continued production of a related crate engine after 1999.
The longitudinal LC1 was produced from 1982 to 1984. It was a 2-barrel High Output ("1-code") version for the F-body cars. Output was 102 hp (76 kW) and 145 lb·ft (197 N·m). It was replaced by the LB8 for 1985.
The longitudinal LR2 was a truck version ("B-code") produced from 1982 to 1990. It used a 2-barrel carburetor and produced 115 hp (86 kW) and 150 lb·ft (203 N·m).
- 1982–1986 Chevrolet S-10/Chevrolet S-10 Blazer
- 1982–1986 GMC S-15/GMC S-15 Jimmy
- 1984–1986 Jeep Cherokee
- 1986 Jeep Comanche
The longitudinal LL1 was a high-output version of the LC1 produced in 1983 and 1984. It was an optional ("L-code") engine on the Pontiac Firebird with 125 hp (93 kW).
- 1983–1984 Pontiac Firebird
- 1986–1993 Chevrolet S-10/Chevrolet S-10 Blazer
- 1986–1993 GMC S-15/GMC S-15 Jimmy
- 1989–1991 Isuzu Trooper
The LH0 as used in the RWD applications differed significantly from that used in FWD applications. the RWD still retains the generation 1 architecture block and heads. Output was 140 hp and 180 lb·ft.
The power rating of the 3.4 L L32 ("S-code") used in the Camaro and Firebird was 160 hp (119 kW) at 4,600 rpm and 200 lb·ft (271 N·m) torque at 3600 rpm. The F-body cars used the Generation I architecture, with iron heads, and without splayed valves.
- 1993–1994 Chevrolet Camaro (California models)
- 1993–1995 Chevrolet Camaro
- 1993–1994 Pontiac Firebird (California models)
- 1993–1995 Pontiac Firebird
The second generation, still 2.8 liters, was introduced in 1987. It used aluminum heads with splayed valves and an aluminum front cover. It was produced exclusively for transverse, front-wheel drive use.
The next year, Chevrolet introduced a full-production long-stroke 3.1 L (3136 cc, 191 CID) version in the Pontiac 6000 STE AWD, thanks to an 89 mm (3.5 in) bore and 84 mm (3.3 in) stroke compared to the 2.8 which shared the same bore, however with a 76mm/3.0" stroke. It was produced simultaneously with the 2.8 L in various compact & midsized vehicles until 1990 when the 2.8 L was dropped. MPFI was used on both, and a full-production turbo version was available on the 3.1 L. An even higher displacement DOHC 3.4 L LQ1 was also developed and, eventually, the new GM High Value engine family followed. Production of OHV Generation II engines ended in 1994 after the introduction of the Generation III in 1993.
The 2.8 L 60° V6 was used in the following vehicles:
- 1988–1989 Buick Regal
- 1987–1989 Chevrolet Beretta
- 1987–1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24
- 1987–1994 Mexican Chevrolet Cavalier
- 1987–1989 Chevrolet Corsica
- 1987–1989 Pontiac 6000
- 1988–1989 Pontiac Grand Prix
- 1987–1989 Chevrolet Celebrity
- 1987–1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera
- 1987–1989 Buick Century
- 1988-1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
The 3.1 L 60° V6 was used in the following vehicles:
- 1994–2005 Buick Century
- 1989–1996 Buick Regal
- 1994–1998 Buick Skylark
- 1990–1996 Chevrolet Beretta
- 1990–1994 Chevrolet Cavalier
- 1990 Chevrolet Celebrity
- 1990–1996 Chevrolet Corsica
- 1994–1998 Oldsmobile Achieva
- 1989–1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
- 1994–1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera
- 1988–1991 Pontiac 6000 (STE & LE, but primarily for STE)
- 1994–1998 Pontiac Grand Am
- 1989–2003 Pontiac Grand Prix
- 1991–1994 Pontiac Sunbird
The LH0 ("T-code") was introduced in 1988 on the Pontiac 6000 STE AWD. It featured a more exotic (for the time) multi-port fuel injection. While not known for its high rpm power, the LH0 has strong low- and mid-range torque. The 3.1 L engine has retained an excellent reputation for reliability with some going well over 100,000 mi (160,934 km). It was produced until 1994 (1996 for Mexican market) and was exported in some models. This engine produced 135 hp (101 kW) and 180 lb·ft (244 N·m) of torque from 1988–1989, then upgraded to 140 hp (104 kW) at 4800 rpm and 185 lb·ft (251 N·m) of torque at 3600 rpm.
- 1988–1991 Pontiac 6000 (Introduced on AWD STE only in 1988-89, became available for other models in 1990 to replace the 2.8 V6)
- 1990 Chevrolet Celebrity
- mid-1989–1993 Pontiac Grand Prix
- mid-1989–mid-1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
- mid-1989–1993 Buick Regal
- 1990–1993 Chevrolet Beretta
- 1990–1993 Chevrolet Corsica
- 1990–1994 Chevrolet Lumina
- 1990–1994 Chevrolet Cavalier
- 1991–1994 Pontiac Sunbird
- 1990–1996 Chevrolet Cutlass (Mexico)
- 1990–1996 Chevrolet Century (Mexico)
The LG5 ("V-code") was a special 3.1 L turbocharged engine produced with McLaren for just two years, 1989 and 1990. It featured the same multi-port fuel injection intake manifolds and throttle body as the LH0, but cranked out 205 hp (153 kW) at 5200 rpm and 225 lb·ft (305 N·m) of torque at 2100 rpm. Approximately 3,700 engines were produced each year. This engine had a block with more nickel content and hardened internals.
This engine is notable, along with other GM turbo engines of the era (such as that found in the Typhoon/Syclone), for the ease with which significant performance gains can be realized with relatively simple modifications.
The LQ1 (also called the Twin Dual Cam or TDC) was a 3.4 L DOHC V6 motor ("X-code") based on the aluminum-headed second generation of GM's 60° engine line, sharing a similar block with its pushrod cousins, the 3.1 L LH0 V6 and the then recently retired 2.8 L LB6 V6. The motor was built only for front wheel drive applications, and was featured exclusively in the first generation of GM's W-body platform.
It was built from 1991 to 1997. From 1991 to 1993, it used tuned multi-port fuel injection, made 200-210 hp (150-160 kW) at 5200 rpm and 215 lb·ft (292 N·m) of torque at 4000 rpm. From 1994 to 1997, it used sequential port fuel injection, making 210 hp (157 kW) at 5200 rpm and 215 lb·ft (292 N·m) of torque at 4000 rpm. In 1996, the heads were redesigned for better flow as well as now making the engine an interference design and adapting the engine for federally mandated OBDII emissions. Output for the 1996-1997 LQ1 is 215 hp (160 kW) and 220 lb·ft (298 N·m). It had four large valves per cylinder. The 3.4 L engine used a cogged belt to drive the four overhead camshafts and a chain to drive the intermediate shaft, which is mounted in the same slot where the camshaft would go in on any of the pushrod engines in the 60-degree family. Adapting a pushrod block for the LQ1's overhead cams was difficult, and the 60° angle made this a very tall engine. The power output for this engine was impressive during its time; however, this engine has never been well liked by auto mechanics, as important maintenance such as spark plug and timing belt changes is very troublesome, especially on later models. Spark plug changes for the three rear cylinders are thought by some to require removing the upper intake manifold when performed as directed by factory service manual, and timing belt changes have a labor rate of 5 hours as opposed to 2-3 for a typical belt-driven engine. In fact, cylinders 1, 3, and 5 spark plugs can be changed by removing the crosswise stabilizer bar from atop strut towers, and using proper socket extensions and a mirror. Timing belt procedure has been posted to You Tube with some labor-saving tips.
Bore was increased to 92 mm (3.6 in), but the 3.1 L engine's 84 mm (3.3 in) stroke was retained. There are only a few interchangeable parts between this DOHC engine and other members of the 60° family, namely the connecting rods and crankshaft.
The heads and intake manifolds were redesigned for the 1996 model year, incorporating a larger throttle body and plenum area, slightly longer intake runners, cloverleaf combustion chambers, and larger "pill"-shaped exhaust ports. Camshafts and cam timing were also revised for the new, higher rpm powerband.
Optional from 1991 to 1993 was a Getrag 284 5-speed manual transaxle, which was also exclusive to the GM W platform and was available only with the LQ1; parts for the Getrag 284 are not available. The electronically controlled Hydramatic 4T60-E 4-speed automatic transaxle was the alternative, used during the entire production run with the exception of the 1997 Monte Carlo Z34 and 1997 Lumina LTZ, which received the 4T65-E.
Interchange: 1991–1993 models were Multi-port injection, and had a single crank sensor for computer timing. 1994-1995 models used the same long block, but had different cam carriers and timing cover. 1996–1997 models used a modified version of the same short block and had different heads. 91-93 motors cannot be used in later models due to lack of sensors needed for the newer computer systems.
- 1991–1994 Chevrolet Lumina Z34 and the Euro 3.4 sedan
- 1991–1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
- 1991–1996 Pontiac Grand Prix
- 1995–1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34
- 1995–1996 Chevrolet Lumina LS
The third generation of the 60° engine was introduced in the 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. Like its predecessors it continued to utilized an overhead valve configuration with 2 valves per cylinder, a cast iron cylinder block, aluminum cylinder heads, and an aluminum intake manifold. However, the heads and intake manifold were redesigned for better air flow, the cylinder block was stiffened, and the flat-tappets of the generation I and II engines were replaced with roller tappets. This generation also came standard with sequential multiport fuel injection and structural oil pan.
From the mid-1990s to 2003 these engines had failure prone intake manifold gaskets which could cause coolant leakage often leading to engine failure. In 2002 a technical service bulletin (#02-06-01-014) was issued to recommend RTV sealand applied during gasket replacement. Another TSB was issued to change the design of replacement gaskets intended to remedy deterioration of the nylon/silicone material of the original gasket .
Tell-tale signs of such eventual related damage are a white foam that appears on the inside of the oil filler cap and the gradually increasing loss of antifreeze coolant (due to seepage into the intake passages which will lead to engine lock up failure in such cases). External seepage is also found near the valley edge of the lower intake manifold. These engines are also known for problematic EGR Valves in which carbon build-up occurs very rapidly, therefore reducing gas mileage drastically, however without affecting the reliability of the engine.
The L82 ("M-code") was an updated, SFI replacement for the MPFI LH0, produced from 1993 through 1999. It featured a structural oil pan, a stiffer redesigned engine block, sequential fuel injection and revised aluminum heads. Output for the L82 was up 20 hp (15 kW), over the previous Gen II LH0, to 160 hp (119 kW) at 5200 rpm and 185 lb·ft (251 N·m) at 4000 rpm. Compression Ratio for the L82 was 9.5:1 and the bore measured 89 mm (3.5 in) while the stroke was 84 mm (3.3 in) giving it a displacement of 191 CID (3,136 cc). Applications:
- 1994–1999 Buick Century
- 1994–1996 Buick Regal
- 1994–1996 Chevrolet Beretta
- 1994–1996 Chevrolet Corsica
- 1995–1999 Chevrolet Lumina
- 1997–1999 Chevrolet Malibu
- 1993–1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme (1993 received both LH0 and L82 3.1 L motors)
- 1994–1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera
- 1997–1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass GLS
- 1994–1999 Pontiac Grand Prix
- 1994–1998 Pontiac Grand Am
- 1994–1998 Buick Skylark
- 1994–1998 Oldsmobile Achieva
- 1995–1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
The LG8 ("J-code") was an updated version of the 3.1 L engine that displaced 3,136 cc (191 cu in). It was utilized starting model year 2000. It still had an iron block and 2-valve pushrod aluminum heads and full sequential port fuel injection. The LG8 also featured a new intake manifold and numerous changes to improve parts sharing with the larger displacement LA1 3400. Emissions were improved with secondary air injection and it earned LEV status. The engine featured a 89.00 mm (3.504 in) bore and a 84.00 mm (3.307 in) stroke and a 9.6:1 compression ratio. It produced 170–175 hp (127–130 kW) and 190–195 lb·ft (258–264 N·m). The LG8 was built in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, Mexico and Tonawanda, New York.
- 2000–2003 Pontiac Grand Prix SE
- 2000–2005 Buick Century
- 1999–2003 Chevrolet Malibu
- 2000–2001 Chevrolet Lumina (Fleet sales only in 2000 and 2001)
The LA1 or 3400 ("E-code") was a larger bore version of the L82(note that a L82 can not be bored out to match the 3.4). It was first utilized on the 1996 U platform minivans. It displaces 3,350 cc (204 cu in) and has 92.00 mm (3.622 in) bore and an 84.00 mm (3.307 in) stroke with a 9.5:1 compression ratio. Emissions are controlled via a catalytic converter and exhaust gas recirculation; however the Pontiac Aztek and Buick Rendezvous do not utilize the latter. Fuel shut off is at 6000 rpm. Starting around year 2000, most vehicles are equipped with GM's Engine Oil Life Monitor (EOLM). This engine was assembled at both Tonawanda engine and the Mexican Ramos Arizpe engine plant.
|170 hp (130 kW) at 4700 rpm||200 lb·ft (270 N·m) at 4000 rpm||link|
|175 hp (130 kW) at 4700 rpm||205 lb·ft (278 N·m) at 4000 rpm||link|
|180 hp (130 kW) at 5200 rpm||205 lb·ft (278 N·m) at 4000 rpm|
|185 hp (138 kW) at 5200 rpm||210 lb·ft (280 N·m) at 4000 rpm|
- 1996 Chevrolet Lumina APV
- 1997-2005 Chevrolet Venture
- 1996-2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette
- 1996-1998 Pontiac Trans Sport
- 1999-2005 Pontiac Montana
- 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero
- 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
- 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala
- 2000-2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
- 2001-2005 Pontiac Aztek
- 2002-2005 Buick Rendezvous
Production of the 60° family began in China with the success of the Buick marque there. Importation of Chinese-built engines to the United States began in 2004 with the LNJ found in the Chevrolet Equinox.
The LB8 is General Motors' base V6 in China. It is a derivative of the LG8 with the same 89 mm (3.5 in) bore and a shorter 66.7 mm (2.6 in) stroke for 2.5 L (2490 cc). It is still an iron block with pushrods and an aluminum 2-valve head. Power is 145 hp (108 kW) and 155 lb·ft (210 N·m). It is built by Shanghai GM in Shanghai, China.
The LW9 is a larger version of the LB8 with an 80 mm (3.1 in) stroke for 3.0 L (2986 cc). Power is 170 hp (127 kW) and torque is 185 lb·ft (251 N·m).
The 3.4 L is a 204-cubic-inch (3,350 cc) modified version of the normal 3400 engine. It includes a modified intake manifold, oil pan, engine cover, and fuel system as well as electronic throttle control. It is built in China and imported to Canada for use in the Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent. The LNJ makes 185 hp (138 kW) and 210 lb·ft (285 N·m).
- GM High Value engine - The new generation of the GM 60° V6, including the "3900" and VVT-enhanced engines.
- General Motors 90° V6 engine
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