Engine Toyota 3E-TE

The 1.5-liter Toyota 3E-TE turbo engine was produced at the factory in Japan from 1986 to 1990 and was installed in the local version of the Tercel model in the back of the L30, better known as the Corolla II. This power unit is very rare and also has poor reliability.

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

The engine was installed on:

  • Toyota Tercel 3 (L30) in 1986 – 1990.


Production years 1986-1990
Displacement, cc 1456
Fuel system injector
Power output, hp 115
Torque output, Nm 172
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 12v
Cylinder bore, mm 73
Piston stroke, mm 87
Compression ratio 8.0
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging yes
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 1988)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~210 000
Weight, kg 120

Disadvantages of the Toyota 3E-TE engine

  • This is a fairly rare engine and you will have problems with service and spare parts;
  • This unit regularly overheats and most often with burnout of the cylinder head gasket;
  • From this, valve stem seals quickly tan here and lubricant consumption appears;
  • The reason for the oil burner may be in the piston rings, they lie to 100,000 km;
  • Also, the ignition system often fails here and valve clearances need to be adjusted.

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