Engine Honda J32A

The Honda J32A 3.2-liter V6 gasoline engine was produced in the USA from 1998 to 2008 and was installed on the third generation Inspire and many models manufactured under the Acura brand. This power unit existed in three modifications, which differed in power.

The J-series also includes internal combustion engines: J25A, J30A, J35A and J37A.

The engine was installed on:

  • Acura CL 2 (YA4) in 2000 – 2003;
  • Acura TL 2 (UA4) in 1998 – 2003;
  • Acura TL 3 (UA6) in 2003 – 2008;
  • Honda Inspire 3 (UA4) in 1998 – 2003;
  • Honda Saber 2 (UA4) in 1998 – 2003.


Production years 1998-2008
Displacement, cc 3206
Fuel system injector
Power output, hp 225 (J32A1)
260 (J32A2)
260 – 270 (J32A3)
Torque output, Nm 295 (J32A1)
315 (J32A2)
315 – 325 (J32A3)
Cylinder block aluminum V6
Block head aluminum 24v
Cylinder bore, mm 89
Piston stroke, mm 86
Compression ratio 9.8 (J32A1)
10.5 (J32A2)
11.0 (J32A3)
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator VTEC
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.4
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 3/4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Honda Inspire 2002)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~375 000
Weight, kg 195

Disadvantages of the Honda J32A engine

  • The power units of this line are famous for their reliability and unpretentiousness.
  • Due to the modest amount of oil in the system, you need to carefully monitor its level.
  • The timing belt runs up to about 100,000 km, and when it breaks, the valve always bends.
  • Contamination of the throttle and nozzles often leads to floating engine speeds.
  • Unadjusted valves are often to blame for unstable engine operation.

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