1977 Toyota L Engine Still Existing

Have you ever thought that the first Toyota L Engine is existing these days and is efficiently performing and still owned and loved? Do you know and engine older than this that is still efficient?

Yes, the Toyota L-1977 engine is efficiently performing more than other engines of latter brand new productions. 

This is my first four wheels acquired in 2014. It’s a second-hand AUV passed on to different owners and maybe I’m the fourth. I know this engine is a Toyota but I never know that it’s the first of the L series engines.

According to Wikipedia, the L family first appeared in October 1977, it is a series of inline four-cylinder diesel engines. It is the first diesel engine from Toyota to use a rubber timing belt in conjunction with a SOHC head. Engines like 2L-II and 2L-T are still in production to the present day. Vehicles with the diesel engine were exclusive to Toyota Japan dealership locations called Toyota Diesel Store locations until the sales channel was disbanded in 1988. 

The L is the first L engine produced.  Toyota company just calls it the L engine, not the 1L engine. 2.2 L (2,188 cc), four-cylinder diesel engine. Output is 72 PS (53 kW; 71 hp) at 4200 rpm and 12.9 kg⋅m (127 N⋅m; 93 lb.ft) of torque or 14.5 kg⋅m (142 N⋅m; 105 lb.ft) JIS.


1977 Toyota L Engine Still Existing-first Toyota L Engine
1977 Toyota L Engine


It’s so interesting to know that a 1977 engine still exists and functions efficiently until this time. The only setback of this engine is that its nature as diesel and its age at nearly 42 years of service. However, if compared to two-stroke-motorcycles, with only one cylinder, they emit smoke more than this engine which is a four-cylinder.

As the fourth owner of this vehicle, I do have many repairs due to tear and wear results from long years of service. And for that reason, I learned a lot and that’s what I’m sharing it to you on this site. I enjoyed using the old vehicle and I use it as my specimen in learning what the mechanic does.

It taught me to be patient and learning the practical ways during the times that it stalled along the way. It gave me an understanding of electrical and mechanical defects and was able to do it myself.

I learned to love this engine because it is worth loving. It’s fuel-efficient, has the power and performs well. 

I would encourage you to share your story in having the old engines that still performs these days and learn from the wisdom of the inventions and the inventors.

Do you own an engine of the 1970s? How does it perform? When it comes to durability what do you prefer the old engines or the modern ones?

18 thoughts on “1977 Toyota L Engine Still Existing”

  1. I am always amazed on how everything produced nowadays is done in a trashy way to need huge repairs and replacements within 1 year or 2.. and the old everything, from furniture, tv, cars, they last forever coz of the high quality.

    It is really a pitty, we are just destroying the planet without any sense or reason!

    I wish I could put my hands in a 70s car that still work and needs just some minor repairs, I would enjoy so much the retro style, the fixings and all! 

    I want one of these old communist cars from Yuguslavia… the Yugos, many of them still work well! So I have chances! 

    Cheers, and read you soon!

    • You are absolutely correct, Luiz. Products these days especially and particularly coming from China you can see it as a quality one in form but it will not last long. Most of them are easily destroyed by rust and aside from that, they are easily deformed. It’s low quality.

      I googled Yugos and yes I can see some of those cars are in the Philippines and I see them being used.

      When it comes to environmental consideration this engine is a little friendly but considering its nature as diesel it has to be well maintained.

      I have a video of that vehicle I’m now using with the engine Toyota L. Please watch and comment on it if it’s still environmental friendly or not. The engine was newly run this morning so it emits a lot of smoke but when it’s used for a distance that thick smoke lessens.

  2. I can compare that to the Yamaha RS100 model which a lot of motorized tricycles here in Naga City Philippines is still in use. They were introduced in the ’80s but you will be amazed they’re still here fetching passengers in the city’s busy business district. And thinking of its age, your car may still be running but I bet it won’t be able to climb a steep hill like this old Yamaha RS motorcycles here they are only good in flat terrain. But anyway, it’s good to know that you own a vintage car there, something other collectors would feel envious with. 

    By the way, can you share some pictures of your old car? I’m excited to see how it looks like, the Toyota L-1977. A car that was introduced years before I was born.

    • Thanks, Gomer. This engine came out when I was 15 years old, now I’m 57. I once owned a Yamaha RS100 in the 1990s and I can feel it is old but it can still fetch five people. However, as you said it’s only on level terrain.

      This vehicle now still carries fourteen people and can climb and bring that load up to a ten-degree level road. Think of it and I can assure you it can travel with that load from Davao city to Saranggani because I have been and I saw the road traversing that distance.

      I have a video of that vehicle I’m now using with the engine Toyota L. Please watch and comment on it if it’s still environmental friendly or not. The engine was newly run this morning so it emits a lot of smoke but when it’s used for a distance that thick smoke lessens.

  3. Hello Jimmy, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I am glad you confirmed this as I was discussing with my friend who is mechanic that this engine still exist although I did not know it is still in function lol. I will forward this article to him so he can the truth. It is very surprising how long this engine exists.

    • Wow! Danijel, I’m happy if you would share this article with your friend and I’m sure he will share with you the good things about this engine. 

      I’m still using this vehicle these days and I’m satisfied with its performance. 

      Thank you for leaving a comment and your interest in old engines.

  4. 1997 and. back they are really tough as nails. Use to drive a lot because of my
    business. Proper maintenance and they’ll go close to 400k without a lot
    of trouble. The amazing thing about them is that if you tear one down and
    look at the cylinder well even with 250 K miles you can still see the
    cross hatching on the cylinder walls amazing metals they use to use in
    the castings. I can say from what I’ve seen,  Corollas had one of the best Engines Toyota put out.

    Nice write up. 

    • You have a great observation, Jordan. I don’t know if that quality of cylinders these days matches the quality you mentioned. I happened to have this engine overhauled and the cylinders were replaced but I did not put attention on that detail. I think that adds to our education on being a keen observer. That’s really amazing to know that the kind of metal they used and manufacture for that purpose is really a quality one. You’ve affirmed how good the manufacturers during those times compared today. They really have changed in their outlook from quality to commercialization.

  5. My dad still has one of these engines in his old toyota cars. For real, this was still the time when much efforts were put into the making of car engines. This post is really great and I am so sure that every one else would surely find this interesting if they were to see something like this. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Hi, Shelley. It’s great to know your dad has this engine in his possession. Most of the mechanics appreciate this engine and that proves what you’ve said that during those years companies are for quality productions and not for commercialization. 

  6. Hey Jimmy

    Omg Omg Omg !!!! I have so much respect for the care and content you have gathered on your site, that’ll teach me for looking further into the Accidents tab, scary and also a wake up call, drive to regulated speed, keep your vehicle in good road worthy order too. The information about car care is invaluable thank you, keep your content coming …

    • Hi, Erika. Thank you for navigating on the All-Accident page and you have seen some of the incidents we directly witnessed.

      Old engines really need proper care and maintenance, if not, they will not be environmental friendly particularly the diesel engines. 

  7. The toyota L engine are simply beastly. For them to still be in existence till date, it means that they can actually be for longer. The only deficiency I figure out here is the diesel and after that, I see nothing else as a problem here again. This is imply great to see here and I hope that they can make the new engines to be this much durable like the L series. simply great one to see. thanks 

    • I agree, Bella. Old engines designed for diesel fuel are the only setback when compared to newer engine generations and proper maintenance is a must to be friendly with the environment. Nevertheless, comparing this engine with two strokes motorcycles I think the Toyota L engine is more friendly. Two-stroke motorcycles with sidecars are smoke belchers especially when loaded, the thing that I would recommend to be phased-out. 

  8. I guess that was the time Toyota were still establishing theirselves so they used enough energy to work on their engines rather than the kind that they make now which are somewhat ridiculous. Thanks so much for expatiating on this and I really like the post. I drove this engines some years ago before I left from my grandfather’s place around 2004. Never knew the engines could still work this well now. Wow

    • I agree with you, Ramos that during those years almost all companies think of quality productions that include durability and efficiency, these days I think their thoughts shifted to commercialization. 

      There are still a few numbers of this kind that are still utilized because it works well.

  9. I have an admixture feeling of joy and sadness with this post here. The reason I am happy is that the engine of the L family are still available today after almost 4decades and they work well and I am sad that they no longer make them now. while  most cars these days use less than the time specifications for them, I feel if there were to be proper working, it would be much better. thanks

    • I think I would agree with your opinion, Rodarrick. What functions well should continue to be produced. Although the L series engine continues to be produced there are innovations that would fit the environmental concern. However, I would love to see the quality to be sustained as part of the branding.


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