Engine Kia A3E

The 1.3-liter 8-valve Kia A3E engine was produced at a factory in Korea from 1999 to 2005 and was installed only on the basic modifications of the first generation of the popular Rio model. This power unit is built on the basis of the well-known Japanese Mazda B3 engine.

Kia engines of its own design: A3E, A5D, BFD, S5D, A6D, S6D, T8D, FED, FEE.


Production years 1999-2005
Displacement, cc 1343
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 75 – 82
Torque output, Nm 113 – 116
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 8v
Cylinder bore, mm 75.5
Piston stroke, mm 75
Compression ratio 9.5
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.4
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Kia Rio 2003)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~220 000
Weight, kg 115.3

The engine was installed on:

  • Kia Rio 1 (DC) in 1999 – 2005.

Disadvantages of the Kia A3E engine

  • This is a simple, but not very resourceful unit and all problems are from natural wear and tear;
  • The timing belt can break even up to 50 thousand km, and when it breaks, the valve bends;
  • From cheap grease, the oil pump pressure reducing valve and hydraulic lifters wedge;
  • Closer to 200,000 km, oil scraper rings often lie down and an oil burn begins;
  • Often breaks the gasket, components of the ignition system, the fuel pump fails.

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