Engine Toyota 5A-FHE

The 1.5-liter Toyota 5A-FHE gasoline engine was produced by the concern from 1989 to 1992 and was installed on the sixth generation of the popular Corolla model or a similar Sprinter. This power unit was essentially a sports modification of the 5A-FE engine.

The A family also includes engines: 8A‑FE, 5A‑FE, 5A‑FHE, 4A‑FE, 4A‑FHE, 4A‑GE, 4A‑GZE, 7A‑FE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Toyota Corolla 6 (E90) in 1989 – 1992;
  • Toyota Sprinter 6 (E90) in 1989 – 1992.


Production years 1989-1992
Displacement, cc 1498
Fuel system injector
Power output, hp 105
Torque output, Nm 132
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 78.7
Piston stroke, mm 77
Compression ratio 9.5
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.0
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Toyota Corolla 1990)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~280 000
Weight, kg 127

Disadvantages of the 5A-FHE engine

  • Despite the sporty settings, this engine has not lost in reliability at all;
  • On specialized forums, problems of ignition system components are most often discussed;
  • Also, nozzles and a throttle quickly become dirty here, so the engine speed floats;
  • There are no hydraulic lifters and once every 100,000 km you need to adjust the valve clearances;
  • On long runs, an oil burner is often found or piston pins knock.

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