1992 Toyota LiteAce Wagon 1.5


I love this car

General Comments:

The car has good performance in general.

I have had previous overheating experiences, but that was practically solved when I changed the cylinder head. Now the engine is running smoothly, even with air con switched on the temp. cannot even reach 1/4 on the gauge.

3 years after overhauling it, the car still runs good, though I changed the carburetor due to vibration when the engine was cold. Now the revs are as smooth as a new ride. You can hardly hear the engine revs when running at 80 to 90 kph.

Last April 2014 me and my family had a very nice trip from Binan Laguna to Bacolod with an overnight stopover in Puerto Galera and Iloilo. No problems at all with the air con running full time.

I had plans to change the engine to a diesel, but have decided not to push through with that now that I have very good 5k performance. With 70 to 80 kph, Highway Negros occ. fuel consumption reaches 11k/liter. My advice folks... don't rush... be easy with the accelerator... don't rev too much before changing gears. After all, it's just a commuter van with an undersized engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2014

26th May 2014, 06:04

Your post is very encouraging, and I myself am a proud owner of a LiteAce GXL 1993. Though my ride is a bit temperamental. When I change gear from a high gear to a low gear, it suddenly loses power. This is where I need your advice on what to do. By the way, it happens when I have my air con turned on. What are the changes that I have to make? I seek your advice. Thanks in advance.

1996 Toyota LiteAce GXL


Nice car.. handy, easy to maneuver in turns..


I just bought a Toyota Lite Ace...

I have some problems with overheating, but I think my mechanic is doing great solving it... he tweaked my spark plugs and it is doing great, but I know that it is not yet perfect...

My power is okay, just a little tweaking on the air intake...

General Comments:

I maintained the standard tires, and fitted it with roof rails and racks.. it really looks nice and cute...

I use it to drive to my office every day, and drive my family twice a month on long drives looking for beaches here in Manila, Philippines...

I would love to correspond with other Lite-Ace owners... email me at frontlinemedia7@yahoo.com

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th September, 2009

10th Jun 2011, 11:04

I also have a 96 model Toyota Lite Ace, and have a problem on its carburetor; one of the jets broke, and my mechanic has a hard time removing it. He recommends that the carburetor be sent to the machine shop, where the jet in question be removed. I am thinking of changing the whole unit - I mean the whole carburetor - do you think this is a nice idea, and if so, where can I get a good used carburetor, if not a new carburetor? Thanks.

22nd Apr 2013, 08:37

My mechanic had the same problem, and he got me a surplus carburetor, and it looks good. The engine feels so great... so I suggest you buy a new one. I paid 1800 for that.

1993 Toyota LiteAce LX 1.5 gasoline



Not-so-cool air-con.

Frequent timing adjustments.

General Comments:

Lite Aces are very sturdy and reliable vans. My father bought this van when we were still kids and what a van it was then. It was very stylish and comfortable. 10 years after, he gave me this van as my first "car". I love this van and I intend to keep it until I can buy my own car and have my own family. But then, I usually have these problems with overheating, poor air-con (which they say is because of the overheating problem), and frequent timing adjustment. I had the aircon condenser fixed under the middle part of the van so as not to burden the main engine compartment with its heat, I also installed another auxillary fan (4 all in all), had the alternator changed to accommodate the additional electrical load, used good quality engine oil, had the tubes and hoses changed, I drain the radiator often like once every month, bought good quality radiator caps, and put coolant... but I still experience overheating when there is traffic. The van can take 30 minutes in traffic, but longer than that, the temperature starts to heat up. I usually turn off the aircon for 5-10 minutes to let it cool down.

I hope some of you guys can help me with this problem. I read that removing the thermostat helps. Give me an idea. Thanks!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th July, 2007

15th Jul 2007, 22:34

I have the same LiteAce model and had the same problems before. My suggestions are, remove the thermostat and buy an 'original' radiator cap from Toyota. I used to use different expensive caps, but still the van overheated, but after I bought an original cap from Toyota around PhP700, my overheating problems, cooled away...