There is nothing to break: 7 most reliable gasoline engines

VW 1.6 MPI ЕА 211

We exchange ten from the VW 1.6 MPI engine of the EA 211 series. This unit was conceived as a simple and unpretentious engine for inexpensive models of the concern. It is familiar to our compatriots from the Polo model, which has been produced in Kaluga since 2010. It cannot be said that the motor turned out to be impeccable in terms of reliability, although in general it turned out to be quite durable and quite reliable.

True, at first I had to put up with the oil burner – the consumption of liquid lubricant sometimes reached 500 grams per 1000 kilometers. After changing the design of the piston group, the flow rate has decreased markedly. It is believed that since 2015 the engine got rid of most of its sores. True, the oil burner on some specimens still remains, as well as the leakage of oil and coolant through the gaskets. The motor can be selected in two power options: 90 and 110 forces. Its resource is 250,000 – 300,000 km.

Opel 1.8 Z18XER

Opel’s 1.8-liter “four” of the Z18XER series was installed not only on Vectra, Astra and Insignia, but also on related GM models. By design, the engine is quite simple – distributed injection, the absence of valve lifters. Of the technical delights, only the valve timing adjustment system can be called. Maybe that’s why he is able to run 300,000 km, and often more, before a major overhaul. True, before that you will have to change the timing belt, valve cover gaskets, heat exchanger and crankshaft oil seals. However, it is not very costly. In addition, the motor has good maintainability, and spare parts are inexpensive.

Hyundai/Kia 1.6 G4FC

This motor has been installed on Solaris and Rio since 2010. On the second generation of these models, the unit acquired a second phase shifter on the exhaust shafts. The engine is based on an aluminum block and cylinder head, in the timing drive there is a metal chain with a resource of at least 150,000 km. Valve clearances are mechanically adjusted every 40 thousand km.

which can sometimes fail even after 50 – 70 thousand km. The main thing is to recognize the malfunction in time and take action. Otherwise, ceramic particles from a collapsed converter enter the piston and kill the engine. If you use high-quality fuel and oil, then the engine will last up to 350,000 km, although before that you will have to change almost all gaskets and seals.

Nissan HR16DE

The sixteen-valve engine from Nissan dates back to the 90s, when it was installed on many models of the concern. During this time, the unit managed to get rid of its childhood illnesses and today has shown itself from the best side. It is endowed with frisky traction at the top and pulls beautifully from idle. For a subcompact C-class, it is enough even for drivers with racing ambitions, within reason.

of course. The motor loves high speed, but turns sour in daily traffic jams. If you drive at low speeds for a long time, pushing in car lines, piston rings may lie. Therefore, from time to time, the engine must be fired up, running along the highway at above-average speeds. The rest of the motor is exemplary reliable. Even the timing chain will have to be updated only after 250,000 km. And the engine resource reaches 350 thousand km.

Mitsubishi 2.0 4B11

This engine has been in production since 2005. It was installed on many models of the concern, in particular on the Outlander and the tenth Lancer. The engine is completely aluminum, with cast-iron liners pressed into the block, a 16-valve head and hydraulic compensators in the valve drive. The variable valve timing system in two versions: only on the intake valves or on both shafts, and the timing mechanism is chain.

Build quality and metal is very decent. The engine enters the repair zone mainly due to the natural wear of the cylinder-piston group. And this can happen to 300-400 thousand km. In addition, it has a repair size, and original spare parts can be purchased separately.

Mazda 2.0 Skyactiv-G

The petrol “four” from Mazda in our rating is the exception rather than the rule. The motor is simply crammed with innovative technologies – except that there is no turbocharging. Of the technical delicacies, we note direct injection, a phase change system in the timing chain mechanism on both shafts.

an exhaust manifold that came from motorsport, operating according to the 4-2-1 scheme, as well as a compression ratio of 14: 1, a record for modern gasoline engines. In addition, the engine operates simultaneously on the Atkinson and Otto cycles, which makes it possible to achieve high power (150-168 forces and 208 Nm) and environmental friendliness with record low fuel consumption (4.9 l / 100 km according to the manufacturer).

But the most important thing is that the sky-active “four” turned out to be extremely reliable. However, the reverse side of the coin can be called its exactingness to the quality of fuel and oil. Since “Skyactiv” motors use oil generously for waste, and its deficiency can lead to breakdown.

The motor of this series has been produced since 2011 and there have not been any special problems yet, and those that happened were quickly eliminated. Some cars with such an engine have run more than 250,000 km, and are still in service. True, the maintainability of the engine is not the highest, and there may be difficulties with spare parts.

Renault 1.6 K4M

The K4M engine from Renault traces its ancestry back to the 90s and has not changed much during this time. And modern bells and whistles – a two-shaft scheme of the timing mechanism and hydraulic compressors in the valve drive. The cylinder block is cast iron, the piston group is time-tested and is not prone to oil consumption. The motor is distinguished by excellent traction on the bottoms and a rather modest fuel appetite, and is also indifferent to slight overheating. When using high-quality consumables, timely replacement of consumables, especially a timing belt with rollers and a coolant pump, the motor shows miracles of reliability.

True, the masters call the engine snotty – after 150,000 km, valve cover gaskets, oil seals and crankshaft and camshaft seals begin to flow. Occasionally, failures occur in motor electronics – sensors and blocks, ignition coils fail. And that’s probably all. Before the overhaul, the K4M can easily run 400,000 km. Moreover, the cost of parts and labor will be very modest.