Engine Mazda ZL-VE

The 1.5-liter Mazda ZL-VE gasoline engine was produced in Japan from 1998 to 2003 and was installed only on the local modification of the 323 models, better known as the Familia. This motor differed from the similar ZL-DE by the presence of an S-VT phase regulator on the intake shaft.

The Z-engine family also includes:

The engine was installed on:

  • Mazda Familia BJ in 1998 – 2003.


Production years 1998-2003
Displacement, cc 1489
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 130
Torque output, Nm 141
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 78
Piston stroke, mm 78.4
Compression ratio 9.4
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator S-VT, intake
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.3
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Mazda Familia 2001)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~290 000
Weight, kg 129.7

Disadvantages of the Mazda ZL-VE engine

  • This simple and reliable engine is only afraid of untimely maintenance;
  • If you delay the replacement of candles for a long time, you will also have to spend money on ignition coils;
  • According to the regulations, the timing belt is changed every 60,000 km, but when it breaks, the valve does not bend;
  • There are no hydraulic lifters here and valve adjustment is required every 100,000 km;
  • At high mileage, an oil burner occurs due to wear on the valve stem seals.

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