Engine Honda L15A

Engine Honda L15A/L15B

The 1.5-liter Honda L15A engine has been produced at the company’s plant in Japan since 2001 and is installed on such popular compact models of the concern as the Jazz, Fried or City. Three modifications of the L15A unit are offered: 8-valve i-DSI and 16-valve VTEC and iVTEC.

L15A initially did not differ much from L13A – the same layout, the same 8 spark plugs. Over time, an “upgrade” version with the iVTEC system appeared. The number of candles decreased to standard, but the candles themselves became iridium (improved spark, increased service life), and space for VTEC cams on the camshaft was also freed up – before that, the candles interfered. The new engine got 20 hp more. These motors have long occupied places under the hoods of Honda.

The L-series also includes internal combustion engines: L13A, L13B and L15B.

The engine was installed on:

  • Honda City 4 (GD) in 2002 – 2008; City 5 (GM) in 2008 – 2014; City 6 (GM4) in 2014 – 2017;
  • Honda Freed 1 (GB) in 2008 – 2016;
  • Honda Fit 1 (GD) in 2001 – 2007; Fit 2 (GE) in 2007 – 2014; Fit 3 (GP) in 2013 – 2017;
  • Honda Jazz 1 (GD) in 2002 – 2008; Jazz 2 (GG) in 2008 – 2015; Jazz 3 (GK) in 2015 – 2017.


Production years since 2001
Displacement, cc 1497
Fuel system injector
Power output, hp 90 (L15A2 i-DSI 8v)
110 (L15A1 VTEC 16v)
120 (L15A7 i-VTEC 16v)
Torque output, Nm 131 (L15A2 i-DSI 8v)
143 (L15A1 VTEC 16v)
145 (L15A7 i-VTEC 16v)
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 8v (L15A2 i-DSI 8v)
aluminum 16v (L15A1 VTEC 16v)
aluminum 16v (L15A7 i-VTEC 16v)
Cylinder bore, mm 73
Piston stroke, mm 89.4
Compression ratio 10.8 (L15A2 i-DSI 8v)
10.4 (L15A1 VTEC 16v)
10.4 (L15A7 i-VTEC 16v)
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator no (L15A2 i-DSI 8v)
VTEC (L15A1 VTEC 16v)
i-VTEC (L15A7 i-VTEC 16v)
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.6
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4/5/6
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Honda Jazz 2012)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~275 000
Weight, kg 100

Disadvantages of the Honda L15A engine

  • The power units of this series are considered very reliable and have no weaknesses;
  • However, the dense engine compartment layout seriously complicates the maintenance of the motor;
  • i-DSI owners often forget to change all eight spark plugs;
  • Excessive use of spark plugs destroys expensive ignition coils;
  • There are no hydraulic lifters here and valve clearances need to be adjusted every 50,000 km.

L15A Engine Repair Parts List

Engine Honda L15A/L15B under the hood

Full name of the part Part code
Valve cap inlet Honda color code “white” (12210-P45-G01) Elring (Inlet 5,5 x 11/13×10 /ACM PR color code “white”) 130.560
Oil scraper cap (exhaust. 5,5 x 11/13×10 HONDA /ACM. Black spring) 130.860
Valve stem seals (130.860+130.560) (set 16 things (130.860+130.560) Black spring = exhaust, White spring = inlet) 084.300
Basic liners Honda L13A/L15A/LDA (13328-PWA-004/3) Taiho M468A STD
Connecting rod bushings Honda L13A/L15A/LDA (13281-PWA-004/3) Taiho R468A STD
Semi-rings persistent Honda B16A Taiho (change to T468A) T461A-STD
Semi-rings persistent Honda L13A/L15A/LDA (13331-PR3-004/3) Taiho (= T461A) T468A-STD
Oil filter Ford/Honda h=87.0 d=66.0 Champion (change to COF102126S) F126 /606
Stop light 12V 21/5W W3x16Q, four pin (for Japanese) (Osram 7515, Philips 12066) Monark (12 V 21/5W W3x16q 7515) 091 612 154
Stop light 12V W5W 2,1×9,5D (Osram 2825, Philips 12961) Monark (12V 5W W2,1 x 9,5d) 091 712 033
Mini fuses set 6 things (5A-15A) Monark (FK1-MINI 6ST/PC) 099 837 975

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