Engine Chevrolet F18D3

Engine F18D3 under the hood

The 1.8-liter Chevrolet F18D3 or LDA engine appeared in 2006 and replaced the T18SED. This motor is not related to the F14D3 and F16D3, but is essentially a copy of the Opel Z18XE. This power plant is known on the market only for Lacetti models.

According to its characteristics in terms of dynamics and fuel consumption, it is no different from the T18SED. Some parts and components of the engine underwent transformations: the timing drive, rollers, belt, oil filter was moved to another place, the pump, the engine received a single ignition module.

The F series also includes engines: F14D3, F14D4, F15S3, F16D3, F16D4 and F18D4.

The engine was installed on:

  • Chevrolet Lacetti J200 in 2007 – 2014.


Start of production 2006
Displacement, cc 1796
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 121
Torque output, Nm 169
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 80.5
Piston stroke, mm 88.2
Compression ratio 10.5
Features VGIS
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.0
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 3/4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Chevrolet Lacetti 2009)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~330 000

Disadvantages of the F18D3 engine

  • The weak point of this motor is in the electrics, the ECU is especially often buggy;
  • In second place are failures in the ignition module, which is also very expensive;
  • The most common cause of failures in violation of the temperature regime of operation;
  • It is better to change the timing belt more often than the declared 90,000 km, otherwise it bends when the valve breaks;
  • You can get rid of floating engine speed by cleaning the throttle.

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