The QR25 engine – is it really better than the SR20?
Some say no.
Some say yes. See below:
The link to the item above is that of an eBay item: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NISSAN-SENTRA-ALTIMA-2-5L-QR25-QR25DE-T3-T04E-T3-T4-TURBO-KIT-350HP-38MM-WG-BOV-/300651906511
Have you had your QR25 engine replaced recently? Maybe a while back? Nice engine or a dodgy piece of design? The forums are full of dragstrip wannabes telling us of the pitfalls of the QR motor. Having read about thirty odd pages of drivel I was encouraged after reading an article about how brilliant the QR motor is and we all have nothing to worry about. The snag is, much of the accolades were given by Nissan themselves. I am a firm believer that the QR motor is indeed a better motor, possibly not equal to the SR for performance gains at relatively low cost but based on the very important fact that emission control kills engine performance and the QR engine is designed around emission control and quietness. The QR engine is also designed around torque – the X-Trail is a case in point. Thinner connecting rods, lighter parts and with 4-cylinder balancer plus a rather high sitting top compression ring I have no intention of turbo charging this engine. Or would I?
I can get a brand new SR2 for U$1500. The repairs to the damaged cylinder of the QR cost about U$2300. Not something I want to talk about. While the engine was stripped I should have paid the extra and had a turbo fitted. Reason being that I could have made some money back if I had decided to resell or at least killed myself with a smile on my dial. Back to the SR20. I note the campaigns against the QR. They have merit. Just like the old Ford V6 Essex motor which only stopped South African production in 2000. Yet, my friends, there are many older engines that we can boast about, going back to the 60’s and 70’s that proved themselves over and over again. While I know of many Toyota motors still running today after 40 years of service I must admit I never once thought of race tuning any Toyota motor that had two valves per cylinder. Toyota was seen as the reliable force to reckon with, Nissan the young man’s street racer. Nissan had worse trade in value, their engines ran but their bodies died. Toyota Camry is a case in point. 500 000 to 600 000 miles and going strong is a common occurrence. Nissan’s don’t carry this mileage only because I think in many cases they are used for purposes other than the original design intended. I won’t knock Nissan, I won’t knock the QR motor either. Under standard driving conditions and the cat doesn’t decide to flake on your older model they should see many miles of useful service. Unfortunately most of them don’t. The negativity on the forums covering these motors is a case in point. The newer engines don’t suffer from the same issues as the older versions. Nissan did have recalls to remedy the situation. No finger pointing. So just where are we sitting then?
Having a look at Jim Wolf Technologies mods on the QR and their complaints about certain aspects of the QR motor I think our petrol heads have a reason to complain. If you are a 45 year old (or older) driver, there is no merit. The QR motor has proven itself besides the earlier CAT problems (expensive). If you want durability go the 2.2L diesel route or upwards. I don’t know why Nissan dropped the power of the QR motor from 2006. I also don’t know why they would want to put the turbo charged SR2.0L VET motor into a compact SUV.
Back to the beginning: The QR motor nowadays is a great motor. Looking at the forums, I cannot agree with most of what has been said. The SR motor proved itself – cheap and easy to modify. At the time of print I don’t see a comparison as yet, the SR motor is still the petrol head’s motor. Nissan in many ways may have a huge disadvantage against our expensive players in the field, Porche, BMW and other exotic animals – but where they lack in snob value the one thing that is abundantly clear, they have good engines and modifying these engines dollar for dollar they beat a lot of these snob value cars hands down.
Oh yes, the turbocharged modified QR25 did prove the petrol heads wrong. That’s where American muscle cars show their worth – low revving locomotive pullers.