Engine Toyota 4E-FE

The 1.3-liter Toyota 4E-FE gasoline engine was produced by the company from 1989 to 2001 and was installed on many cars of the concern, but is best known for the Corolla model. There was a modification of this turbocharged power unit under the symbol 4E-FTE.

This EFI type port fuel injection engine first appeared in 1989. The design is conventional: a cast-iron in-line block for 4 cylinders, a 16-valve aluminum cylinder head, the timing belt here rotates one camshaft, and the second is connected to it using a gear. Hydraulic compensators are not provided and valve clearances need to be adjusted periodically.

In total, there are three generations of this motor: a sample of 1989, 1996, 1997, respectively. But their differences are minimal and for the most part come down to upgrading the intake or exhaust.

The E 1.3 L family includes engines: 2E, 2E‑E, 2E‑TE, 4E‑FE, 4E‑FTE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Toyota Corolla 7 (E100) in 1991 – 1998; Corolla 8 (E110) in 1995 – 2001;
  • Toyota Cynos L40 in 1991 – 1995; Cynos L50 in 1995 – 1999;
  • Toyota Starlet 4 (P80) in 1989 – 1995; Starlet 5 (P90) in 1989 – 1995;
  • Toyota Tercel 4 (L40) in 1990 – 1994; Tercel 5 (L50) in 1994 – 1999.


Production years 1989-2001
Displacement, cc 1331
Fuel system injector
Power output, hp 80 – 100
Torque output, Nm 110 – 125
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 74
Piston stroke, mm 77.4
Compression ratio 9.6
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 Corolla 1998)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 105

Disadvantages of the Toyota 4E-FE engine

  • This unit overheats very quickly, the cylinder head gasket breaks here quite often. Even from high temperatures, oil seals tan and flow. Watch the cooling system.
  • It is not recommended to pour low-quality gasoline into this engine, otherwise the fuel injectors will clog, the throttle and idle valve will be covered with soot, and the engine will start to fail badly.
  • Already on a run of 120 – 150 thousand km, oil consumption often appears due to the occurrence of rings. Valve stem seals also wear out quickly, which can lead to oil burn.
  • According to the manual, the timing belt is designed for 100,000 km, but often it stretches even earlier. A plus can be considered the fact that when it jumps and breaks, the valves most often do not bend.
  • Like any old motor, it regularly worries about trifles: there are oil leaks, malfunctions in the components of the ignition system and some sensors such as a lambda probe. Due to the lack of hydraulic compensators, the valves need periodic adjustment.

2 thoughts on “Engine Toyota 4E-FE”

  1. Anestis K.

    Could you please include if it’s an interference engine or not in the specs? Thank you 🙂

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