1993 Toyota LiteAce LX 1.5 gasoline from Philippines



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...

1991 Toyota LiteAce Toyota 5K from Philippines


Reliable family car


Engine temperature tends to rise close to overheating, especially when stuck in traffic, with the air con turned on.

Air conditioning is weak.

There is a persistent knocking noise at the sliding door area that could not be located.

Dim headlight.

Hard starting, when hot.

General Comments:

I like the ample cabin space.

The engine has so far been reliable as long as proper maintenance is performed.

One of the general comments about the car is its being under-powered. Could this be one reason for the tendency of the engine to overheat?

I am thinking of replacing the 5K engine with a larger 7K, what considerations should I keep in mind should I proceed with this? Would there be compatibility problems?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2007

30th Jul 2008, 07:48

Yes, it's true, I have noticed also on my lite ace van it is hard starting when the engine is hot especially if you are driving from one place to another, I wonder if that's normal. Every time start I still have to pump the accelerator.

4th Aug 2010, 08:12

I owned a Lite Ace van, can you tell me where I can buy cheap parts? Thanks!

16th Dec 2014, 07:55

Hard starting when the engine is hot? Clean the carb floater.

1991 Toyota LiteAce Lite Ace 91 5K from Philippines


The car is a great value-for-money, too bad they already stopped its production


Constant problem with the steering and under chassis assembly.

Engine temperature tends to rise close to overheating when used with air-con turned on and in idle.

Weak air-con.

General Comments:

The car is relatively easy to maintain, engine-wise.

I also appreciate the ample space inside the car.

Being a >15 year old car, I can say that I am satisfied with how the car has serviced my family over the years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2007

1994 Toyota LiteAce van[camper conv] 2ltr diesel from UK and Ireland


Want another when this dies!


Had to replace the rear leaf springs recently 1 leaf broke on each side, bad front tyre wear!

General Comments:

Very good road view a pleasure to drive,very nippy for the size and none turbo, very very economical!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2006

1991 Toyota LiteAce KM36 1.5 petrol from Malaysia


Durable, but high fuel consumption


The radiator needs to be refilled after a long journey especially when driving uphill.

The engine noise can be so deafening when driving at high speed (80 km/h and above).

The engine also knocks when the speed reaches 70 km/h and above.

Warm starting needs at least two cracking.

High fuel consumption consuming almost RM50+ for 300+ km (petrol priced at RM1.90/liter) probably because of the weight of the car.

Engine lacks power especially when going uphill or when the van is full of passengers.

Because of the location of the battery and the radiator reservoir, it is very 'difficult' to check them.

When the van is delivered to me new, the alignment is much to be desired.

General Comments:

I have been using this van for the past 15 years without major problems except those mentioned above.

I have sent it for 'repair' complaining about the lack of power and the difficulty of starting warmed engine and the annoying knocking. The mechanics could not do anything about it and assured me that the symptoms are 'normal'.

With luck, I managed to adjust the fuel and air ratio myself by listening (tuning by ear!) the engine 'noise', now the knocking is gone, engine noise is significantly reduced and engine power is slightly better than before, but fuel consumption is still high especially when the petrol price has increased to RM1.90/liter.

Regarding the 'leaking' radiator, I discovered that the 'ring' of the radiator 'head' (connected to the engine) where the cap is screwed on is uneven. To minimize coolant lost, I add in a piece of self-made rubber washer or ring using old and used tyre tube. It did the trick. I am still looking for a 'second hand' radiator head to fix the problem permanently.

I can say I am a self-proclaimed mechanic and proud to be able to solve the problems myself. In return, the van gives me a long 15 years of good service. I am thinking of getting a 2000 cc diesel engine to lower the fuel consumption. Any good advice anyone?

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

Review Date: 24th June, 2006

4th Jul 2006, 23:41

Regarding hot water in the radiator, I managed to solve by making sure both cooling fans of the aircon (electric motors) are in working condition. The engine radiator fan uses a direct fan from the engine.

My LiteAce is 10 years old. Bought new in May 1996. I only use filtered water for the radiator. Now there are no problems.

Already done 176000 KM. Fuel C is about 25sen per km. Highway and city driving using regular petrol. RM 1.88/liter Mobil. So no problem with power when ascending hills after I change to new clutch assemblies.

Aji Puzi 0133654038. Thinking of trade in, but new LiteAce 1.5 petrol model I saw in Bangladesh is not yet in our local market.

Avanza is too small for my family of 7, Innova is too long for my garage. The LiteAce just fits, if it comes with 2 sliding doors, it's splendid.

So wait and see.