Engine Toyota 3E

The 1.5-liter Toyota 3E carburetor engine was produced by the concern from 1986 to 1994 and was installed on many popular models of its time, such as Tercel, Sprinter and Corolla. This unit was the most unreliable in the line, its owners often struggled with the oil burner.

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

The engine was installed on:

  • Toyota Carina 5 (T170) in 1988 – 1992;
  • Toyota Corolla 6 (E90) in 1987 – 1992;
  • Toyota Corona 9 (T170) 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 carburetor
Power output, hp 79 – 88
Torque output, Nm 118 – 121
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 0
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Toyota Corolla 1990)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~230 000
Weight, kg 110

Disadvantages of the Toyota 3E engine

  • The unstable operation of the motor can usually be eliminated by adjusting the carburetor;
  • This power unit is afraid of overheating, it very often breaks through the cylinder head gasket;
  • For the same reason, valve stem seals are tanned here and lubricant consumption appears;
  • At 150,000 km, piston rings also lie, which also contributes to oil consumption;
  • There are no hydraulic compensators here, the thermal clearances of the valves must be adjusted.

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