The 2.0-liter Toyota 1AZ-FE or 2.0 VVT-i engine was assembled by the company from 2000 to 2014 and installed on such well-known concern models as the Camry, RAV4, Ipsum and Avensis Verso. Most versions of the power unit were equipped with a VVT-i phase regulator on the intake shaft.
In 2000, a 2.0-liter gasoline engine made its debut on the RAV4 crossover to replace the 3S-FE. This is an engine with an aluminum block, cast iron sleeves and an open cooling jacket, an aluminum 16-valve DOHC head without hydraulic lifters and a timing chain drive. Almost all engine modifications had an inlet phase regulator and a block of balancer shafts.
In 2006, in connection with the transition to Euro 4 environmental standards, this motor was modernized. In addition to the updated piston, an ETCS-i electric choke appeared (it was immediately on a number of markets), more modern sensors, a slightly different phase regulator, a generator already with an overrunning clutch, and a spacer in the cooling jacket to improve heat dissipation in the upper part of the cylinder. Like its counterparts in the series, this power unit received cylinder head bolts with a longer thread.
The engine was installed on:
- Toyota Avensis Verso 1 (XM20) in 2001 – 2009;
- Toyota Aurion 1 (XV40) in 2006 – 2009;
- Toyota Camry 5 (XV30) in 2001 – 2006; Camry 6 (XV40) in 2006 – 2012; Camry 7 (XV50) in 2012 – 2014;
- Toyota Ipsum 2 (XM20) in 2001 – 2009;
- Toyota RAV4 2 (XA20) in 2000 – 2005; RAV4 3 (XA30) in 2005 – 2010.
|Fuel system||distributed injection|
|Power output, hp||134 – 152|
|Torque output, Nm||190 – 194|
|Cylinder block||aluminum R4|
|Block head||aluminum 16v|
|Cylinder bore, mm||86|
|Piston stroke, mm||86|
|Compression ratio||9.5 – 9.8|
|Recommended engine oil||0W-30, 5W-30|
|Engine oil capacity, liter||4.2|
|Euro standards||EURO 3/4|
|Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Toyota RAV4 2003)
|Engine lifespan, km||~400 000|
Disadvantages of the 1AZ-FE engine
- In the engines of the first years of production, cylinder head bolts with too short threads were used, which resulted in a breakdown of the gasket and the appearance of an emulsion in the expansion tank. In 2006, the manufacturer increased the length of the thread and the problem became less common.
- Oil consumption after 150,000 km of run is a characteristic feature of engines after 2006, probably due to the renewal of the piston using thin oil scraper rings.
- The single-row bush-roller chain of the AZ motor is more reliable than modern lamellar ones, but closer to 200,000 km of run it often needs to be replaced, usually together with a phase regulator.
- This power unit does not tolerate low-quality fuel and gets dirty pretty quickly from it. The search for the cause of floating engine speeds should start with cleaning the throttle, mass air flow sensor and injectors.
- The water pump and the overrunning clutch of the generator are also distinguished by a low resource here. And since there are no hydraulic lifters, every 100,000 km you need to adjust the valve clearance.