I'm from Northern ireland and wherever i go ne1 who knows this engine (1996 1.6 16v X16 XEL) tells me that they are a really weak engine and stand very little abuse. I had to replace mine at 88 000 miles but i think that it may have been clocked as the previous owner was only doing about 5-6000 miles between MOT's for 3 years. The interior is still perfect with no serious signs of wear and the bodywork is still good. The car was brought in from England. It may have been clocked before coming over here.
Anyway i got a little side tracked Has ne1 else had any bad experiences of these engines and if so what. I'd really like to get more power out of mine but i need it to last as i do 22000 miles/year. Any comments are really apprecieated
Sorry for rambling