Engine Nissan KA24DE

Engine Nissan KA24DE/E

In 1988, the Z24 series was replaced by the KA24 gasoline power units. It is already problematic to buy the very first modifications of the KA24E internal combustion engine in our time, since their production was discontinued in 1991 due to modernization. However, especially for several model lines intended for the European and North American markets, production is periodically resumed. Since its inception, the engine has been modified and modernized several times, which was reflected only in the power and CO level. For the rest, nothing of the in-line power unit used in the device has changed.


Manufacturer Aguascalientes plant
Yokohama Plant
Also called KA24
Production years 1988-2004
Cylinder block alloy cast iron
Fuel system injector
Configuration inline
Number of cylinders 4
Valves per cylinder 3
Piston stroke, mm 96
Cylinder bore, mm 89
Compression ratio 8.6 (SOHC)
9.1 (SOHC)
Displacement, cc 2389
Power output, hp 134/5200
Torque output, Nm / rpm 209/3600
Fuel type 92
Euro standards
Weight, kg ~167
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Xterra)
— city
— highway
— combined
Oil consumption, gr/1000 km up to 500
Recommended engine oil 5W-30 / 5W-40 / 10W-30 / 10W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.1
Oil change interval, km 15000
(better 7500)
Normal engine operating temperature, °C
Engine lifespan, km
— official information
— real


Nissan KA24DE was used to create many trucks and cars. The main part of the units was produced in Mexico in the city of Aguascalientes. The exceptions are engines marked U13 Bluebird, 240SX, 1994-97 Altima and FWD, which were assembled directly in Japan for vehicles manufactured in Australia.

  • The reliability of the engine is at its best, only high fuel consumption annoys the owners.
  • The timing chain usually goes up to 300,000 km, but its tensioner can give up even earlier.
  • Too soft engine sump is afraid of impacts and often blocks the oil receiver.
  • This engine categorically does not accept oils of dubious quality.
  • Since there are no hydraulic lifters here, the valves have to be periodically adjusted.

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