Engine Nissan CG13DE

The 1.3-liter Nissan CG13DE engine (or CG13 for short) was produced from 1992 to 2003 at a plant in Japan and was installed mainly in very compact models for the local automotive market. Such a power unit is most often found on babies like Micra, March or Cube.

The CG family also includes internal combustion engines: CG10DE and CGA3DE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan Micra 2 (K11) in 1992 – 2003;
  • Nissan March 2 (K11) in 1992 – 2003;
  • Nissan Cube 1 (Z10) in 1998 – 2000.


Production years 1992-2003
Displacement, cc 1275
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 75 – 82
Torque output, Nm 103 – 106
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 71
Piston stroke, mm 80.5
Compression ratio 9.5
Features no
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive two chains
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.1
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2/3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Nissan Micra 1999)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~220 000

Disadvantages of the CG13DE engine

  • Most often, owners turn to a service to replace stretched timing chains;
  • Throttle body needs to be cleaned regularly due to floating RPM;
  • Often the thermostat needs to be replaced, it can start acting weird even at low mileage;
  • Cracked oil seals are usually the culprit for numerous oil leaks;
  • This motor is very afraid of moisture, which then easily seeps into the candle wells.

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