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Toyota Lite Ace M30, M40, 3 generation 09.1985 - 12.1991

3 generation
(M30, M40) 09.1985 - 12.1991
L-KM31V, L-KM35V, L-KM36V, S-CM31V, S-CM36V, S-CM41V, E-KM30G, E-YM30G, N-CM30G
3 generation
Van
The reason for the popularity of the Lite Ace / Master Ace / Town Ace family of minibuses is the huge number of versions that were available under these three models. There are many versions: a different roof height was adjacent to a different number of hatches; one or two sliding doors; very luxurious or, on the contrary, unpretentious "wooden" interior. Toyota Lite Ace 1985 model year was formally the continuation of the first two generations with the factory index "M" and was considered the youngest in the line, differing from the Town Ace R20 / 30 in a shorter and narrower body, short base. In addition to comfortable passenger station wagons, Lite Ace Wagon produced models that were purely utilitarian in nature. Such commercial and economic Lite Ace were designated by the letter V (Van) in the body brand. As part of the M30, M40 series, they were produced from September 1985 to December 1991, equipped with gasoline and diesel engines with a volume of 1.3 to 2.0 liters, with a capacity of 58-73 hp.
 Unlike Toyota Lite Ace Wagon models, the commercial Lite Ace Van could not boast of a wealth of equipment on board or luxurious interior decoration. Cars with black bumpers might not have upholstery at all, and the only back sofa looked more like a bench. Depending on the modification, the number of seats is from two to six; doors - four or five; different roof height options. All-metal vans with a cargo compartment were offered, models like “Just Low” differed from standard ones by 10-inch wheels instead of 13-inch ones - smaller tires made it possible to get rid of wheel arches in the cargo compartment and get a completely flat floor with the ability to load standard pallets. Lite Ace Van has modest equipment, but a radio was provided, a button for opening the fuel filler flap, a rear window heater, mudguards, an additional power steering, air conditioning, a clock in the instrument panel, a rear wiper, a parking mirror and other equipment were also installed.

 In the commercial series Toyota Lite Ace Van from 1985-1991, a 1.5-liter carburetor engine of the 5K series with a capacity of 70 liters acted as a standard gasoline unit. pp., but simpler modifications could even be equipped with a 1.3-liter 4K-J with a capacity of 58 "horses", although by 1990 it no longer met the demands of customers for power and traction, so it was excluded. Diesel Lite Ace Van was mainly equipped with 2C engines with a return of 73 hp, for some versions (CM35, 1985-1988) a 1.8 liter diesel engine was installed with a capacity of 1.8 liters (64 hp). Standard “mechanics” for models with 5K and 2C engines was supplemented by an “automatic machine”. In general, with proper maintenance, the listed engines are unpretentious and resourceful. The weak point of gasoline models is the carburetor. In diesel engines, due to design features, the slightest malfunctions of the cooling system can easily lead to overheating and cracking in the cylinder head. It is worth noting that the power unit on all Aces is located longitudinally above the front axle under the floor of the passenger compartment, which implies some difficulties in maintenance and repair. With a continuous beam at the rear, the front suspension is an “adult” two-link design. The drive is carried out on back wheels. All-wheel drive models with front axle and lower gear have good cross, but the possibilities are limited by a low-hanging transfer case. The ground clearance is 160-180 mm, and for Just Low models it is underestimated to 145 mm. The minimum turning radius is 4.2 m. Although the Lite Ace has a more compact body before 1992 than the Town Ace, the car is quite roomy: the trunk area of ​​the van with the rear seat folded down is 2235x1440 mm, full height is up to 1235 mm, and the loading height is only 525 mm.

 The security approach is typical of the time when the Lite Ace Van of the M30, M40 generation was produced. The car has an intrinsically safe design of the front panel and steering wheel, head restraints (for passenger-and-freight versions, only front ones integrated in the seatbacks) and seat belts (three-point for front seats and waist ones on the rear). The cabless body layout is not effective enough from the point of view of passive safety, but in those years was considered a common thing.

 The Lite Ace / Master Ace / Town Ace family was the forerunner of Toyota's large Emina family of minivans. Quality and popular! Suffice it to say that with these models the company conquered all of Asia, North America and the Pacific region. And in Russia, a whole generation has grown on the used Aces. Not surprisingly, these vans are among the largest second-hand vans on the market. Their advantages can be called reliability, endurance, spaciousness. The engines of those years are unpretentious in terms of fuel quality, generally simple and maintainable, although low-power and uneconomical. Finding a car in good technical condition will not be easy, but spare parts are more affordable than for some other Japanese counterparts in the class of the same years of manufacture.