Engine Toyota 3E-E

The 1.5-liter Toyota 3E-E injection engine was produced by the company from 1986 to 1994 and was installed on the Tercel model in the back of the L30 and L40, as well as the sixth generation Corolla and Sprinter. This power unit in its line was considered the least reliable and caused a lot of trouble.

The E 1.5 L family includes engines: 3E, 3E‑E, 3E‑TE, 5E‑FE, 5E‑FHE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Toyota Corolla 6 (E90) in 1987 – 1992;
  • Toyota Sprinter 6 (E90) in 1987 – 1991;
  • Toyota Tercel 3 (L30) in 1986 – 1990; Tercel 4 (L40) in 1990 – 1994.


Production years 1986-1994
Displacement, cc 1456
Fuel system injector
Power output, hp 80 – 90
Torque output, Nm 115 – 125
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 12v
Cylinder bore, mm 73
Piston stroke, mm 87
Compression ratio 9.3
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.2
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Toyota Tercel 1992)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~240 000
Weight, kg 110

Disadvantages of the Toyota 3E-E engine

  • This unit overheats easily and quickly, so keep an eye on the cooling system;
  • Overheating breaks through the cylinder head gasket, oil seals and valve stem seals tan;
  • Closer to 100,000 km, piston rings often lie here and an oil burner appears;
  • A lot of trouble for the owners is caused by malfunctions of the outdated ignition system;
  • And do not forget to periodically adjust the valves, there are no hydraulic lifters here.

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