Engine Nissan VG33E

The 3.3-liter Nissan VG33E engine has been produced since 1995 and is still installed in China. This power unit is most often found on pickup trucks, SUVs and minibuses. There is a version of the VG33ER equipped with a supercharger with a power of 210 hp and 334 Nm of torque.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan Elgrand 1 (E50) in 1997 – 2002;
  • Nissan Navara 2 (D22) in 1997 – 2004;
  • Nissan Pathfinder 2 (R50) in 1995 – 2004;
  • Nissan Quest 2 (V41) in 1998 – 2002;
  • Nissan Xterra 1 (WD22) in 1999 – 2004;
  • Infiniti QX4 1 (R50) in 1996 – 2000.

Specifications

Production years 1995-…
Displacement, cc 3274
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 170 – 180
Torque output, Nm 265 – 275
Cylinder block cast iron V6
Block head aluminum 12v
Cylinder bore, mm 91.5
Piston stroke, mm 83
Compression ratio 8.9 – 9.0
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.7
Fuel type 92
Euro standards EURO 2/3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Nissan Pathfinder 1999)
— city
— highway
— combined
17.7
10.4
13.9
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 230

Disadvantages of the VG33E engine

  • Due to the breaking off of the crankshaft shank, it may well bend the valves in the motor;
  • The same result can be achieved if you do not follow the belt replacement schedule;
  • After 200,000 km, the pump and the upper radiator cap are often replaced here;
  • The gasket in the outlet regularly burns out, and the collector itself often cracks;
  • The sixth spark plug and the knock sensor are very inconvenient for maintenance.

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