Engine Toyota 4E-FTE

The 1.3-liter Toyota 4E-FTE turbo engine was assembled at a factory in Japan from 1990 to 1999 and was installed in the fourth and fifth generations of the Starlet model in the back of the P80 and P90, respectively. This turbo engine is very often used for budget swaps for other Toyota cars.

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

The engine was installed on:

  • Toyota Starlet 4 (P80) in 1990 – 1995; Starlet 5 (P90) in 1996 – 1999.


Production years 1990-1999
Displacement, cc 1331
Fuel system injector
Power output, hp 135
Torque output, Nm 157
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 74
Piston stroke, mm 77.4
Compression ratio 8.2
Features DOHC, intercooler
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging CT9
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 Starlet 1997)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~200 000
Weight, kg 115

Disadvantages of the 4E-FTE engine

  • The reliability of this turbo engine is not bad if you follow its cooling system;
  • From frequent overheating, seals crack and flow here, pierces the cylinder head gasket;
  • Due to contamination of the throttle or idle speed controller channel, idle speed often floats;
  • Already after 100,000 km, oil scraper rings may lie down and lubricant consumption will appear;
  • There are no hydraulic lifters here and valve clearances require periodic adjustment.

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