i was looking into doing an engine swap in the Sri but dnt no what to go for. I have heard that so many different things can go into corsa but what really is best?????? whats the benefits of doing certain things and the disadvantages of doing others????
2.0 8valve worked out cheapest for me, x16 xe engines seem to cost around £300-£350 with everything needed to fit.
I got a 2.0 8valve from a cavvy sri (130bhp standard), it came with kent fast road cams an a 4-1 manifold an i got it for £200 fitted, probably cost me about £230 by the time i paid for new oil, oil filter, coolant and transmission fluid.
xe is the cheapst option, the fitting kits are cheap enough now, theres plenty of parts and so much more tuning potential then the others engines plus you can get an xe for pennies or even a full car with the engine and parts for £250 these days
I'd say C20XE is better. You can pick the motors up for the price of an X16XE, 150bhp standard. The only things after that you will need are standard Corsa GSI shafts (22 spline) with big inner CV's, mounts. Obviously there are other little bits a needed but I reckon you could carry out a budget swap for £5-600, and you have 150bhp on tap.
If you want that kind of power from the X16XE, the easiest way to get it is throttle bodies, which erm . . . isn't cheap.