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Mazda 1.5 SkyActiv-D Engine Specs, Problems & Reliability

The 1.5 SkyActiv-D or the S5-DPTR and S5-DPTS - 1.5-liter turbo-diesel engines that were offered marketed by Mazda under its 'SkyActiv-D' label. This diesel engine was offered optionally with Mazda's brake energy regeneration system 'i-ELOOP' (Intelligent Energy Loop).

The 1.5 SkyActiv-D engines have the aluminum alloy cylinder head with chain-driven double overhead camshafts. There are four valves per cylinder that actuated via roller rockers. The 1.5 SkyActiv-D engines had a variable turbine geometry (VTG) compact turbocharger. Charged air goes through a water-cooled intercooler that integrated into the plastic intake manifold. The engine had high-dispersion solenoid fuel injectors. For combustion stabilization and reducing knocking, the fuel is injected up to four times per combustion cycle.

The engine cooling system features cooling water control valves (CCV). Also, the cylinder blocks are equipped with water jacket spacers for improved combustion efficiency and reduced mechanical resistance. The 1.5 SkyActiv-D engine had low- and high-pressure exhaust gas recirculation systems to ensure sufficient boost pressure under heavy loads.

Engine Specs

Production years
Cylinder block material
Cylinder head material
Fuel type
Fuel system
Direct fuel injection
Number of cylinders
Valves per cylinder
Valvetrain layout
Bore, mm
Stroke, mm
Displacement, cc
1,497 cc (91.35 cu in)
Type of internal combustion engine
Four-stroke, turbocharged
Compression Ratio
Power, hp
103 hp (77kW)/3,500-4,500
Torque, lb ft
162-199 lb-ft (220-270 Nm)/1,600-2,500
Engine weight
Firing order
Engine oil weight
Engine oil capacity, liter
5.1 - service change, 5.8 - dry , 0.4 - filter
Oil change interval, mile
12,000 (20,000 km)/12 months
Mazda DK CX-3, Mazda 2

1.5 SkyActiv-D Engine Problems and Reliability

The attitude of car owners to the engines of Skyactive is ambiguous. Problems were registered with an increasing oil level and frequent regeneration cycles. Cars with similar symptoms tend to have high fuel consumption. The 1.5 engine is a small performer for a small Mazda SX-3 car or Mazda 2 model; as a result, many car owners are fond of active driving, reducing engine resource, which does not exceed 300,000 km. The engine is expensive to repair even more than other manufacturers because of non-standard and innovative solutions in the design.