Engine Toyota 3VZ-FE under the hood

Engine Toyota 3VZ-FE

The 3VZ-FE engine has been installed in Toyota vehicles since 1993. It is a 2-shaft overhead valve engine. The camshaft drive is from the chain. There are 2 intake and outlet valves per cylinder. The left camshaft in the direction of the vehicle controls the intake valves, and the right camshaft controls the outlet valves. All 3VZ engines are equipped with an electronic fuel injection system.


Manufacturer Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky
Also called 3VZ
Production years 1987-1997
Cylinder block alloy cast iron
Fuel system injector
Configuration V
Number of cylinders 6
Valves per cylinder 2/4
Piston stroke, mm 82
Cylinder bore, mm 87.4
Compression ratio 9.0 (3VZ-E)
9.6 (3VZ-FE)
Displacement, cc 2958
Power output, hp 145/4600
Torque output, Nm / rpm 240/3400
Fuel type 95
Euro standards
Weight, kg ~210
Fuel consumption, L/100 km
— city
— highway
— combined
Oil consumption, gr/1000 km up to 1000
Recommended engine oil 5W-30 / 5W-40 / 10W-30 / 10W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.3
Oil change interval, km 7000-10000
Normal engine operating temperature, °C ~90
Engine lifespan, km
— official information
— real


Frequent problems

Engine Toyota 3VZ-FEThe most common ailment of the 3VZ unit is overheating. If the reason for this is a drop in the coolant level, replace the cylinder head gasket. If the antifreeze is at a level, you need to look at the health of the cooling system fan, the radiator cover, the thermostat and the general functionality of the radiator itself.

Cracks in the cylinder head may be observed. Excessive wear of the connecting rod bushings often manifests itself on the motor.

Due to aging, the engine of modification E can be characterized by an increase in oil consumption, as well as a number of other reasons accompanying high mileage. In order to insure as much as possible against the development of any malfunctions or to extend the time of their occurrence, it is necessary to use only proven brands of fuels and lubricants, monitor the cooling system and, in general, regularly service the car. Observing such simple recommendations, you can extend the life of the unit well beyond 300 thousand km.

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