Engine Toyota 5E-FHE

The 1.5-liter Toyota 5E-FHE gasoline engine was produced in Japan from 1990 to 1999 and was installed in many of the company’s popular compact models such as the Cynos, Tercel and Sera. This motor is distinguished from the 5E-FE by evil camshafts and the ACIS intake geometry change system.

The E 1.5 L family includes engines: 3E, 3E‑E, 3E‑TE, 5E‑FE, 5E‑FHE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Toyota Cynos L40 in 1991 – 1995; Cynos L50 in 1995 – 1999;
  • Toyota Sera 1 (XY10) in 1990 – 1995;
  • Toyota Tercel 4 (L40) in 1991 – 1994; Tercel 5 (L50) in 1994 – 1999.


Production years 1990-1999
Displacement, cc 1497
Fuel system injector
Power output, hp 110 – 115
Torque output, Nm 130 – 135
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 74
Piston stroke, mm 87
Compression ratio 9.8
Features DOHC, ACIS
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 Tercel 1996)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~250 000
Weight, kg 120

Disadvantages of the 5E-FHE engine

  • This engine overheats quickly, so keep an eye on the condition of the cooling system;
  • From overheating, the cylinder head gasket often breaks, the seals crack and start to leak;
  • The reason for floating engine speeds is usually contamination of the throttle and the idle speed controller channel;
  • Closer to 150,000 km, an oil burn often begins due to wear of rings or caps;
  • There are no hydraulic lifters and approximately every 100,000 km the valves need to be adjusted.

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