Difference Between 5E-FE and 4E-FTE

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Difference Between 5E-FE and 4E-FTE
The Toyota E series engines were used in the 1980s and 1990s. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

The 5E-FE and the 4E-FTE are both variants of the Toyota E series engines which were iron block, inline four-cylinder engines with an aluminium engine head. The E series engines were originally introduced in the 1980s and used through the mid-1990s by Toyota in compact cars in several world markets.

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5E-FE

Introduced in 1990 and used until 1998, the 5E-FE displaced 1.5 litres and saw duty in a wide range of vehicles, including the Toyota Paseo in the United States. It produced up to 110 horsepower at 6,400rpm, and 100 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000rpm.

4E-FTE

The 4E-FTE engine was offered from 1989 through 1995. A turbocharged 16 valve, 1.3 litre inline four, it developed 135 horsepower at 6,400rpm, and 116 foot-pounds of torque at 4,800rpm. The engine used a CT9 turbocharger. The engine saw use in the Toyota Tercel in the Japan Domestic Market (JDM) and was the most powerful version of the Toyota E series engines. The engines have proven to be inexpensive, very durable and capable of producing far greater power over stock levels with aftermarket parts and tuning.

Swap Popularity

Due to the availability of aftermarket turbo kits, swapping from a 5E-FE to a 4E-FTE is popular upgrade option for early Toyota compact owners. In addition, many 5E-FE owners cannibalise parts such as the exhaust manifold and rotating assembly components from a 4E-FTE to turbocharge their 5E-FE without doing an engine swap (thus creating, in effect, a 5E-FTE).

Replacement

The E series engines were replaced by the K series in the late 1990s.

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