Engine Toyota 3VZ-E

The 3.0-liter Toyota 3VZ-E engine was produced from 1988 to 1995 at the company’s American plant and was installed only on popular pickups and SUVs such as 4Runner, HiLux and T100. There was a 24-valve modification of the power unit with its own index 3VZ-FE.

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

The engine was installed on:

  • Toyota 4Runner 1 (N60) in 1988 – 1989; 4Runner 2 (N120) in 1989 – 1995;
  • Toyota Hilux 5 (N80) in 1989 – 1995;
  • Toyota T100 1 (XK10) in 1992 – 1995.


Production years 1988-1995
Displacement, cc 2958
Fuel system MPI
Power output, hp 145 – 150
Torque output, Nm 245
Cylinder block cast iron V6
Block head aluminum 12v
Cylinder bore, mm 87.5
Piston stroke, mm 82
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 4.3
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 1/2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Toyota 4Runner 1992)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~250 000
Weight, kg 190

Disadvantages of the Toyota 3VZ-E engine

  • Cracks in the heads are formed as a result of overheating due to the breakdown of the gasket;
  • Often the culprit of overheating is an unreliable fan hydraulic drive;
  • There is a rapid wear of the connecting rod bearings and the main journals of the crankshaft;
  • After 100,000 km of run, oil consumption increases with time;
  • The remaining disadvantages include high fuel consumption and expensive spare parts.

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