Engine Honda F20A

The 2.0-liter Honda F20A gasoline engine was produced by the concern from 1989 to 2002 and was installed on a number of popular models of the Japanese company, primarily on the Accord and Prelude. There were three carburetor and five injection modifications of the F20A power unit.

The F-series also includes internal combustion engines: F18B, F20B, F20C, F22B and F23A.

The engine was installed on:

  • Honda Accord 4 (CB) in 1989 – 1994;
  • Honda Accord 6 (CG) in 1997 – 2002;
  • Honda Ascot 1 (CB) in 1989 – 1993;
  • Honda Ascot Innova 1 (CB) in 1992 – 1996;
  • Honda Prelude 4 (BA8) in 1991 – 1996;
  • Honda Prelude 5 (BB) in 1996 – 2001;
  • Rover 620i in 1993-1999 (under the indices F20Z1 and F20Z2).


Production years 1989-2002
Displacement, cc 1997
Fuel system carburetor (F20A2, F20A3, F20A6)
injector (F20A4, F20A5, F20A7, F20A8)
injector (DOHC F20A)
Power output, hp 90 – 110 (F20A2, F20A3, F20A6)
130 – 140 (F20A4, F20A5, F20A7, F20A8)
152 (DOHC F20A)
Torque output, Nm 150 (F20A2, F20A3, F20A6)
175 – 185 (F20A4, F20A5, F20A7, F20A8)
185 (DOHC F20A)
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 85
Piston stroke, mm 88
Compression ratio 8.9 (F20A2, F20A3, F20A6)
9.5 (F20A4, F20A5, F20A7, F20A8)
9.5 (DOHC F20A)
Features SOHC (F20A2, F20A3, F20A6)
SOHC (F20A4, F20A5, F20A7, F20A8)
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.8
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2/3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Honda Accord 1997)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 145

Disadvantages of the Honda F20A engine

  • The most famous problem of these units is oil burn after 100,000 km;
  • In second place in popularity are frequent oil and coolant leaks;
  • The timing belt serves approximately 90,000 km, and when it breaks, the valve most often bends;
  • The motor can often start to blunt due to the failure of the distributor or one of the sensors;
  • There are no hydraulic lifters and valve clearances need to be adjusted every 40,000 km.

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