Toyota developed the 5VZ-FE engines as a replacement for the 3VZ-E engines. It is a V6 design double overhead camshaft (DOHC) and is 3.4L (3400cc) in size.
The VZ was the first family of V6 engines ever used in the Toyota Hilux. The VZ engine is gasoline operated and all versions featured advanced electronic fuel injection.
To avoid confusion, the Toyota Hilux pickup was introduced in 1969 and still remains in use all over the world as of today. The name Hilux was a replacement name for the Stout. The Hilux name in the US was retied from 1976 until 1995, when it was reintroduced as the Tacoma.
The Toyota Hilux went to the larger displacement engine in 1996, from the lower powered 3VZ motor used from 1988 to 1995. It has been touted as the best V6 Toyota Hilux engine ever used, for its reliability, light weight, and excellent fuel economy.
Many Hilux owners with the 3VZ engine often decide to install the 5VZ-FE rather than rebuilding or replacing a 3VZ with problems or high mileage.
As a matter of interest, the naming process of the 5VZ is as such: the 5th generation of the VZ family of engines with Economy narrow-angle valve DOHC (F) and Electronic Fuel injection (E).
The 5VZ has become a very popular engine swap for owners of pickups and SUV’s which were in need of an replacement engine. Because of the ease of the swap over, many Toyota enthusiast exchange the smaller 3VZ engine when it breaks down or needs to be rebuilt. See the above video.
With that in mind, and the length of time these motors have been in production it is quite obvious that this is one of the most successful V6 engines Toyota has built. We are not engine swap specialists, that type of information is all over the internet. Our job is to supply our customers with the replacement engine requested.
However, the majority of our customers are replacing the engine in a stock application. And that is where our expertise is. So, if you need a bit of education regarding a Toyota Tacoma 5VZFE engine for sale. Call one of our specialists and allow us to provide some council on whether a used, rebuilt, remanufactured, or JDM engine suits your best interests. GotEngines.com