Engine Mazda B6-ME

The Mazda B6-ME or B6-2E 1.6-liter gasoline engine was produced from 1989 to 1994 and was installed on various modifications of the 323 model in the back of the BG and the first generation MX-3. Also, this unit is found on the third generation Ford Laser and the US version of the Escort.

The B-engine family includes: B1, B3, B3‑ME, B5, B5‑DE, B5‑ME, B6, B6‑ME, B6‑DE, BP, BP‑ME.

The engine was installed on:

  • Mazda 323 BG in 1989 – 1994;
  • Mazda MX-3 EC in 1991 – 1993.


Production years 1989-1994
Displacement, cc 1597
Fuel system injector
Power output, hp 85 – 90
Torque output, Nm 135 – 140
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 78
Piston stroke, mm 83.6
Compression ratio 9.0
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.0
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 1/2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Mazda 323 1993)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~280 000
Weight, kg 138.3

Disadvantages of the Mazda B6-ME engine

  • Structurally simple and reliable motor worries only at high mileage;
  • On specialized forums, failures of the ignition system are most often discussed;
  • Often, idle speeds float here, mainly due to throttle contamination;
  • The timing belt resource is approximately 60,000 km, but when it breaks, the valves usually do not bend;
  • After 150 – 200 thousand km, hydraulic lifters often knock and oil burn begins.

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