Toyota 3ZZ-FE Engine

  1. Specifications
  2. Overview, problems
  3. Performance tuning

Toyota 3ZZ engine specs

Manufacturer Shimoyama Plant
Also called Toyota 3ZZ
Production 2000-2007
Cylinder block alloy Aluminum
Configuration Straight-4
Valvetrain DOHC
4 valves per cylinder
Piston stroke, mm (inch) 81.5 (3.21)
Cylinder bore, mm (inch) 79 (3.11)
Compression ratio 10.5
Displacement 1598 cc (97.5 cu in)
Power output 81 kW (109 HP) at 6,000 rpm
Torque output 150 Nm (110 lb·ft) at 3,800 rpm
HP per liter 68.2
Fuel type Gasoline
Weight, kg (lbs)
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (mpg)

for Celica T230
9.0 (26)
5.9 (39)

7.0 (33)
Turbocharger  Naturally aspirated
Oil consumption, L/1000 km
(qt. per miles)
up to 1.0
(1 qt. per 750 miles)
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, L (qt.) 3.7 (3.9)
Oil change interval, km (miles) 5,000-10,000
Normal engine operating temperature, °C (F) ~95 (203)
Engine lifespan, km (miles)
-Official information

~200,000 (120,000)
Tuning, HP
-Max HP
-No life span loss


The engine is installed in Toyota Corolla
Toyota Avensis

Toyota 3ZZ-FE engine reliability, problems and repair

In 2000 a 3ZZ-FE engine being the next generation after Toyota 4A. was introduced. The 3ZZ motor was a younger model of the 1ZZ and 2ZZ types. It was developed out of the 1ZZ-FE model having a crankshaft with a 81.5 mm decreased piston stroke installed inside the cylinder block. Pistons and connecting rods were modified with compression ratio increased to 10.5. Another inlet manifold and smaller throttle body was mounted. The smallest ZZ – 4ZZ model would be created in a similar way later on. Though, mostly, the 3ZZ didn’t differ much from the 1ZZ.
In comparison with the 4A, any modifications were not designed out of the 3ZZ. There is only one unique model.
The 3ZZ was manufactured during 7 years and later it was replaced with the 1ZR.

Toyota 3ZZ engine problems and malfunctions

When it concerns failures and malfunctions, the 3ZZ motor is very much the same as its 1ZZ-FE elder brother. Soon, in some period of time, it will consume more oil, develop vibrations, knocking noise, etc. You will find more detailed information on that HERE.
Mostly, the 3ZZ engine possesses a low rate of engine lifespan (~120,000 miles/200,000 km) and is not the best motor as for the most owners.

Toyota 3ZZ engine tuning

3ZZ-FE Turbo. 3ZZ-FTE

You can design a 3ZZ-FTE in the same way as you did it with the 1ZZ. Although, to make an 3ZZ, you need a Garrett GT25 turbo kit.

3ZZ-FE Supercharger

It is not that easy to increase the capacity of the 3ZZ as there are no aftermarket parts for that model. Purchasing a Toyota SC-14 superchager is the least reasonable way of tuning the 3ZZ. There is no need for buying an intercooler, blow-off, 2ZZ-GE injectors, and ECU Greddy E-manage Ultimate. All those performance modes are bolt on the stock pistons. Boost pressure mustn’t exceed 7 psi (0.5 bar). Finally, you can get about 150 horsepower.
Taking into account all the improvements, it would be more simply to buy a 1ZZ-FE and make a swap.


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