Engine Mazda L3-VE

The 2.3-liter Mazda L3-VE gasoline engine was produced by the company from 2002 to 2018 and was installed on many popular models, including Ford cars under the SEWA index. The second-generation Mazda MPV minivan was equipped with the L3-DE version without a phase shifter.

The L-engine family also includes:

The engine was installed on:

  • Mazda 3 BK in 2003 – 2008;
  • Mazda 5 CR in 2004 – 2010;
  • Mazda 6 I (GG) in 2002 – 2008;
  • Mazda Biante CC in 2008 – 2018;
  • Mazda MPV III (LY) in 2006 – 2016;
  • Mazda Tribute EP in 2004 – 2008.

Specifications

Production years 2002-2018
Displacement, cc 2261
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 150 – 180
Torque output, Nm 200 – 220
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 87.5
Piston stroke, mm 94
Compression ratio 10.6
Features DOHC, balancers
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator S-VT, intake
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.5 / 4.7
Fuel type 92
Euro standards EURO 4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Mazda 3 2004)
— city
— highway
— combined
10.7
6.8
8.1
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 112

Disadvantages of the Mazda MZR L3-VE engine

  • The most famous problem of such an engine is increased oil consumption;
  • A lot of problems here are caused by a complex intake manifold flap system;
  • A modest resource also has a thermostat, pump, lambda probe, motor mounts;
  • After 200 – 250 thousand km, timing chain and phase shifter may require attention;
  • Once every 90,000 km, you need to adjust the valves by selecting measuring cups.

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