Engine Toyota 1N / 1N-T

The 1.5-liter Toyota 1N diesel engine was assembled at a factory in Japan from 1986 to 1999 and was installed in three generations of the compact Starlet model, popular in the Asian market.

The 1.5-liter Toyota 1NT turbo diesel engine was assembled by the company from 1986 to 1999 and was installed in three generations of the popular Tercel model, as well as its Corsa and Corolla II clones.

The engine was installed on:

  • Toyota Starlet 3 (P70) in 1986 – 1990; Starlet 4 (P80) in 1989 – 1995; Starlet 5 (P90) in 1996 – 1999;
  • Toyota Tercel 3 (L30) in 1986 – 1990; Tercel 4 (L40) in 1990 – 1994; Tercel 5 (L50) in 1994 – 1999.


Production years 1986-1999
Displacement, cc 1453
Fuel system prechamber
Power output, hp 55 (1N)
67 (1NT)
Torque output, Nm 93 (1N)
130 (1NT)
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 8v
Cylinder bore, mm 74
Piston stroke, mm 84.5
Compression ratio 22.0
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no (1N)
yes (1NT)
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.5
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 0
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Toyota Starlet 1993)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~200 000
Weight, kg 130 (1N)
137 (1NT)

Disadvantages of the 1N / 1N-T engine

  • Usually the cylinder-piston group wears out here and then the compression drops;
  • Carefully monitor the condition of the timing belt, as when it breaks, the valves bend;
  • This diesel engine has a modest resource and often begins to crumble already by 200,000 km;
  • The turbine on the 1N-T also does not shine with reliability and often drives oil to a run of 150,000 km.

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