Engine Mazda ZJ-VE

The Mazda ZJ-VE 1.3-liter gasoline engine was produced by the company from 2002 to 2015 and was installed only on the basic versions of the first Mazda 3 and two generations of the Mazda 2 or Demio. A particularly economical version of this motor operates on the Miller cycle and has the ZJ-VEM index.

The Z-engine family also includes:

The engine was installed on:

  • Mazda 2 DY in 2002 – 2007;
  • Mazda 2 DE in 2007 – 2015;
  • Mazda Demio DY in 2002 – 2007;
  • Mazda Demio DE in 2007 – 2015;
  • Mazda 3 BK in 2003 – 2009.


Production years 2002-2015
Displacement, cc 1348
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 75 – 90
Torque output, Nm 120 – 125
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 74
Piston stroke, mm 78.4
Compression ratio 10.0
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator S-VT, intake
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.7
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4/5
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Mazda 2 2008)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~240 000
Weight, kg 103.5

Disadvantages of the Mazda ZJ-VE engine

  • This engine is quite reliable, the only thing that is prone to carbon formation;
  • If you neglect decarbonization, then even before 100,000 km it will begin to lose power;
  • Due to contamination of the throttle or EGR valve, idle speeds often float;
  • The timing chain runs decently, but the replacement is difficult, you have to remove the windshield;
  • Do not forget to adjust the valves every 90,000 km, there are no hydraulic lifters.

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