Engine Toyota 4GR-FSE

The 2.5-liter V6 Toyota 4GR-FSE engine was produced at the Japanese plant from 2003 to 2020 and was installed in many models with rear- and all-wheel drive, such as the Crown and Mark X. However, this power unit is best known for the Lexus IS250 sedans, and also GS250.

In 2003, the GR V6 line of engines was replenished with a new 2.5-liter power unit. This is a classic V-6 with an aluminum block and a 60° camber angle, two DOHC cylinder heads with hydraulic lifters, D-4 direct fuel injection, VVT-i phase shifters on all camshafts and piston cooling oil jets, an intake manifold with change flaps geometry type ACIS and timing chain drive.

The engine was installed on:

  • Toyota Crown 12 (S180) in 2003 – 2008; Crown 13 (S200) in 2008 – 2012; Crown 14 (S210) in 2012 – 2018;
  • Toyota Mark X 1 (X120) in 2004 – 2009; Mark X 2 (X130) in 2009 – 2019;
  • Lexus IS250 2 (XE20) in 2005 – 2013; IS250 3 (XE30) in 2013 – 2015;
  • Lexus IS250C 2 (XE20) in 2008 – 2013;
  • Lexus GS250 4 (L10) in 2011 – 2015.

Specifications

Production years 2003-2020
Displacement, cc 2499
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 205 – 215
Torque output, Nm 243 – 260
Cylinder block aluminum V6
Block head aluminum 24v
Cylinder bore, mm 83
Piston stroke, mm 77
Compression ratio 12.0
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator VVT-i
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-20, 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 6.3
Fuel type 95
Euro standards EURO 4/5
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Lexus IS250 2011)
— city
— highway
— combined
12.7
7.0
9.1
Engine lifespan, km ~400 000
Weight, kg 180

Disadvantages of the 4GR-FSE engine

  • A well-known problem with FSE units from the GR family is scuffing in the fifth cylinder. There are two different theories: local overheating due to a design defect or seepage of abrasive directly into the combustion chambers through a slot in the air filter is to blame.
  • Engines from 2005 to 2008 were subject to a recall campaign to replace defective valve springs, which could simply burst due to impurities in the metal.
  • The proprietary problem of the GR series units is the crackling of the phase regulators at startup. Sometimes you can get by with changing sprockets, but usually you have to buy new clutches.
  • The weaknesses of the engine include short-lived AFS mixture sensors, lambda probes, ignition coils and a pump. Also, engine speed often floats here due to soot on the valves. On the units of the first years, there was corrosion of the fuel pipes and leaks at the joints of the cylinder head.

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