Engine Mazda L3C1

The 2.3-liter Mazda L3C1 engine was produced at the company’s enterprise from 2002 to 2008 and was installed only on the first generation of the popular model of the sixth series. In fact, this power unit is not very different from its counterpart under the symbol L3‑VE.

The L-engine family also includes:

The engine was installed on:

  • Mazda 6 I (GG) in 2002 – 2008.


Production years 2002-2008
Displacement, cc 2261
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 165
Torque output, Nm 205
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
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Mazda 6 2007)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~280 000
Weight, kg 112

Disadvantages of the Mazda L3C1 engine

  • Most of the complaints on specialized forums are related to high lubricant consumption;
  • In second place in terms of mass are problems with intake manifold flaps;
  • The weak points of the motor also include a thermostat, pump, lambda probe and engine mounts;
  • After 200,000 km, the timing chain is often extended, the phase regulator fails;
  • Do not forget to adjust the valves every 90,000 km, there are no hydraulic lifters.

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