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Old 01-15-2010, 09:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I'm in New Zealand for about 6 months and we bought a 1994 Toyota Carina ED with 228,000km (141,000 miles) for $2,700 NZD ($1,996USD).

Can anyone give me an idea of what kind of oil, oil filter, and spark plugs the engine uses? It has the 2.0L 16 valve 3S-GE 3rd generation four cylinder engine.

Are there any problems I should look out for or maintenance I should do to keep this car running through our trip and for the next owner?

I attached a few pictures of the car. Thanks for your help.



So far we've driven the car just under 1,000km and it's running great. Although I haven't really pushed it past 3,500 RPM.
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Very nice!

I've got a 3S-GE engine in my Carina E GTi (2nd gen) aswell

The 3S-GE engines are pretty bullitproof. They tend to use a little oil with age, but mostly nothing really spectaculair. The sparkplugs are platina tiped, so they should last a whole lot longer than regular sparkplugs. Their replacement interval is about 100.000km's!
If you want to replace them: NGK BKR6EP-8

Just put some 10W40 in the engine and it will be fine. It takes about 4 - 4,5 liters of oil. The oilfilter is just a standard replacement.
But check everything with your Toyota dealer just to be shore. I'm talking 2nd gen, so there might be differences.

The real power of these engines just starts at 4500rpm. Even though my engine already has about 230.000km's on it, when they are properly warmed up, you can easily take her to 7000rpm. That's what they are built for!
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Thanks for all the info!

I'll probably wait and see about the spark plugs. But I'd like to get some fresh oil in the car soon.

Thanks again.
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