Engine Toyota 2VZ-FE

The 2.5-liter Toyota 2VZ-FE engine was assembled from 1988 to 1991 at the concern’s American plant and was installed only on the popular Camry Prominent sedans and its analogue Lexus ES 250. Constant problems with overheating forced the manufacturer to soon withdraw it from production.

The VZ family includes engines: 1VZ‑FE, 2VZ‑FE, 4VZ‑FE, 3VZ‑FE, 3VZ‑E, 5VZ‑FE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Toyota Camry 2 (V20) in 1988 – 1991;
  • Lexus ES250 1 (V20) in 1989 – 1991.


Production years 1988-1991
Displacement, cc 2507
Fuel system MPI
Power output, hp 159
Torque output, Nm 216
Cylinder block cast iron V6
Block head aluminum 24v
Cylinder bore, mm 87.5
Piston stroke, mm 69.5
Compression ratio 9.0
Features no
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.9
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 1/2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Lexus ES 250 1991)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~250 000
Weight, kg 195

Disadvantages of the 2VZ-FE engine

  • Often in these engines, the cylinder head cracked as a result of a gasket breakdown.
  • Often the culprit of overheating was an unreliable fan hydraulic drive.
  • There is increased wear on the crankshaft journals and connecting rod bearings.
  • Spare parts for this engine are very difficult to find and they are very expensive.
  • Also in the minuses we will add a high fuel consumption and a progressive oil burner.

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