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.

23rd Jan 2017, 09:10

I love my LA. But lately the battery terminals got shorted with the metal cover at the back seat. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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...