Engine Kia BFD

The 1.5-liter 16-valve BFD engine was produced in South Korea from 1992 to 2001 and was installed on the first two generations of the popular Sephia model and similar to it. This unit is an almost complete copy of the well-known Mazda B5-DE motor.

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


Production years 1992-2001
Displacement, cc 1498
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 88 – 107
Torque output, Nm 135 – 147
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 78
Piston stroke, mm 78.4
Compression ratio 9.3 – 9.4
Features DOHC
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 Sephia 1999)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~240 000
Weight, kg 125.5

The engine was installed on:

  • Kia Sephia 1 (FA) in 1992 – 1997; Sephia 2 (FB) in 1997 – 2001;
  • Kia Shuma 1 (FB) in 1997 – 2001.

Disadvantages of the Kia BFD engine

  • This is a completely reliable engine and most of its problems are from natural wear and tear;
  • The timing belt runs here for a relatively short time, but when it breaks, the valves do not bend;
  • After 200,000 km, oil consumption usually appears due to the wear of rings and caps;
  • Hydraulic lifters do not tolerate cheap lubricants and can knock already by 100,000 km;
  • The weak points of the engine include the ignition system, fuel pump and unreliable wiring.

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