Engine Mazda FE-DE

The 2.0-liter 16-valve Mazda FE-DE or FE-DOHC engine was assembled from 1987 to 2004 and installed on various versions of the 626 in the GD body and on the Kia Sportage crossover under the FED index. Modifications of this motor in other markets are also known as FE3 or FE-ZE.

The F-engine family includes: F6, FP, FP‑DE, F8, FE, FE‑DE, FE3N, FS, FS‑DE, FS‑ZE, F2.

The engine was installed on:

  • Mazda 626 GD in 1987 – 1992;
  • Mazda Capella GD in 1987 – 1992;
  • Mazda MX-6 GD in 1987 – 1992;
  • Kia Clarus 1 (FE) in 1995 – 2001;
  • Kia Spectra 1 (SD) in 2001 – 2004;
  • Kia Sportage 1 (JA) in 1993 – 2006.


Production years 1987-2004
Displacement, cc 1998
Fuel system injector
Power output, hp 130 – 150
Torque output, Nm 170 – 185
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 86
Piston stroke, mm 86
Compression ratio 9.2 – 10
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.9
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 1/2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Mazda 626 1990)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~350 000
Weight, kg 168.2

Disadvantages of the Mazda FE-DE engine

  • The engines of this series are equipped with a 16-valve cylinder head, which is very afraid of overheating.
  • And hydraulic lifters do not tolerate cheap oil and quickly fail because of this.
  • Closer to 200,000 km, an oil burn often begins due to the occurrence of piston rings.
  • The timing belt resource is about 60,000 km, but if it breaks, the valves will not bend here.
  • The remaining engine problems are associated with lubrication leaks and the vagaries of the ignition system.

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