What engines are compatible with my 2013 Prius trim level two 1.8L

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Care, Maintenance & Troubleshooting' started by Allison Meggison, Nov 13, 2019.

  1. Allison Meggison

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    I've been searching all over for engine swap compatibility but haven't found much. How do I know if an engine will work in my car? Will any generation 3 prius engine work?
     
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    any gen 3, and even gen 4, with some shoe horning

    best gen 3 is 15, and 14 is better than earlier
     
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    Any Gen 3 (unless you consider the c part of the 3rd generation; the c engine is not the same).

    People installing Gen 4 engines have been doing some creative mods to make it work.
     
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    Thank you ! I just looked at a 2013 prius C engine 1.5L on ebay that said my vehicle was compatible after I put in the year, make, model and type of my vehicle. This is probably incorrect right?
     
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    right
     
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    c engine can swap to 2nd generation prius but not the 3rd.

    The one you are looking for is officially named the 2ZR-FXE.
     
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    OH thank you so much! That is helpful!
     
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    Try LKQ auto parts.
     
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    When I type in 2zr-fxe into ebay it pops a lot of prius v engines, are these compatible with mine?
     
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    Yes, the Prius v uses the same engine as the regular Gen 3. Maybe one of the v owners can speak to any mods that may or may not be needed.
     
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    Yeah I was thinking that too, a little reluctant to stick my neck out though.

    Corroboration: @Ragingfit has done a couple of 4th gen into third engine transplants. Same transplant engine type both times: one went into a regular third gen Prius, the other into a Prius v.

    I believe the transaxles are internally different, 3rd gen Prius vs Prius v. But that's irrelevant.
     
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    Thank you ! If I went to a pick and pull yard how would I test the engine to make sure it works? On the phone they said I would have to ask the yard when I arrive but I'm thinking if the vehicles don't have any fluids and are missing a lot of other parts like batteries etc, how am I supposed to test it to see if it works?
     
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    You generally can’t test them; so you don’t buy them from a shady dude dealing it out of the back of his truck on a vacant lot. :)

    Generally pick & pulls are good, word gets around fast if they’re selling garbage.
     
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    Yea this is an LKQ pick and pull place, it seems legit. They have 3 locations in San Diego and I think are nation wide. Should I just look it over and try to turn the crankshaft?
     
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    I guess if you had an air compressor and a leakdown test kit, that's a test that could be done without a lot of trouble, at least if the yard staff didn't feel like scowling at you the whole time.

    But for the most part, it's about understanding it's to some extent a gamble of some n hundred dollars, and the odds are at least as decent as on various other things people gamble on.
     
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    LKQ shows the odometer reading of the car the engine was taken from. And I suspect they're on the level.

    That's worth something, when assessing.
     
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