Engine Nissan QG13DE

The 1.3-liter Nissan QG13DE engine (or QG13 for short) was produced from 1998 to 2012 in Japan and was installed mainly on local models, as well as on cars for the Southeast Asian market. This power unit is the youngest in the line and is quite rare.

The QG family also includes internal combustion engines: QG15DE, QG16DE, QG18DE and QG18DD.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan AD 3 (Y11) in 1999 – 2005;
  • Nissan Sentra N16 in 2005 – 2012;
  • Nissan Sunny 5 (B15) in 1998 – 2006;
  • Nissan Sylphy N16 in 2000 – 2012.


Production years 1998-2012
Displacement, cc 1295
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 87 – 90
Torque output, Nm 113 – 120
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 71
Piston stroke, mm 81.8
Compression ratio 10
Features no
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 2.7
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 3/4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Nissan Sylphy 2004)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~220 000
Weight, kg 128

Disadvantages of the QG13DE engine

  • A short-lived timing chain often stretches to a range of 120 – 150 thousand kilometers;
  • The culprit for floating engine speeds is usually a dirty throttle;
  • Since there are no hydraulic lifters here, the thermal clearances of the valves need to be adjusted;
  • The source of the whistle under the hood is the alternator belt, you will have to buy a new one;
  • The crumbs of the collapsing catalyst can be sucked into the combustion chamber of the engine.

3 thoughts on “Engine Nissan QG13DE”

  1. Kt says the engine’s span is just about 220,000km. My QG13 in my 2010 Nissan Sentra N16 here in the Philippines is already reaching 600,000km soon..

    1. DatN16boieeee

      dont push your timing chains to its limits lol, it’ll cost a fortune unless you plan on detonating the engine and swapping a different or a larger engine in.

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