Engine Mazda ZL-DE

The 1.5-liter Mazda ZL-DE engine was produced by a Japanese company from 1998 to 2003 and was installed only on Asian modifications of the 323 family, better known as the Familia. The version of this motor for the European market is simply called ZL, but there are no special differences.

The Z-engine family also includes:

The engine was installed on:

  • Mazda 323 BJ in 1998 – 2003;
  • Mazda Familia BJ in 1998 – 2003.


Production years 1998-2003
Displacement, cc 1489
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 110
Torque output, Nm 137
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 78
Piston stroke, mm 78.4
Compression ratio 9.0
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.2
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Mazda 323 1999)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~320 000
Weight, kg 127.9

Disadvantages of the Mazda ZL-DE engine

  • This is a reliable motor and most of its problems are due to poor maintenance;
  • We recommend not to delay the replacement of candles, there are quite gentle ignition coils;
  • The timing belt changes every 60,000 km, but when it breaks, the valve almost never bends;
  • Once every 100,000 km, the valves are adjusted, since there are no hydraulic lifters;
  • After 200,000 km, due to wear on the valve stem seals, an oil burn may appear.

2 thoughts on “Engine Mazda ZL-DE”

    1. I love this make and I am trying to modify the body but I am have some challenges with the crankshaft pulley

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