Nissan VG33E (3.3 L, 12 valve) V6 Engine Specs, Review & Service data

Nissan VG33E Engine Specs

The Nissan VG33E engine is a 3.3 liter 199.85 cu-in (3,275 cc) V6 60° four-stroke cycle water-cooled naturally aspirated internal combustion gasoline engine from Nissan VG-family. The Nissan VG33E engine was made from 1996 up to 2004.

Nissan VG33E engine delivers from 170 PS (125 kW; 168 HP) at 4,800 rpm to 182 PS (134 kW; 180 HP) at 4,800 rpm of HP and 266 Nm (27.1 kg·m; 196.3 ft·lb) at 2,800 rpm or 274 Nm (27.9 kg·m; 202.2 ft·lb) at 2,800 rpm of torque.

The Nissan VG33E has a 91.5 mm (3.6 in) cylinder bore and 83 mm (3.27 in) piston stroke. The Nissan VG33E engine compression ratio rating is 8.9:1. 

The Nissan VG33E engine is fitted with a multiport fuel injection (MFI) system and a mechanically timed electrical ignition system with a mechanical distributor.

The Nissan VG33E engine features a cast-iron block, two aluminum heads, single overhead camshafts (SOHC), and two valves per cylinder. 

The breakdown of the engine code is as follows:

  • VG – Engine Family
  • 33 – 3.3 Liter Displacement
  • E – Multi-Point Fuel Injection

Nissan VG33E Engine Specs

Nissan VG33E (3.3 L, 12 valve) V6 Engine Specs

Engine Specifications

Engine codeVG33E
LayoutFour stroke, V6
Fuel typeGasoline (petrol)
Production1996-2004
Displacement3.3 L, 3,275 cc (199.85 cu in)
Fuel systemMulti Point Fuel Injection
Power adderNone
Power output170 PS (125 kW; 168 HP) at 4,800 rpm
182 PS (134 kW; 180 HP) at 4,800 rpm
Torque output266 Nm (27.1 kg·m; 196.3 ft·lb) at 2,800 rpm
274 Nm (27.9 kg·m; 202.2 ft·lb) at 2,800 rpm
Firing order1-2-3-4-5-6
Dimensions (L x W x H):
Weight

Cylinder head

Block head alloyAluminium
Valve Arrangement:SOHC, belt drive
Head surface flatnessLess than 0.05 mm (0.002 in)
Valves:12 (2 valves per cylinder)
Intake valve timing244°
Exhaust valve timing:240°
Valve head diameter:INTAKE41.95-42.25 mm (1.652-1.663 in)
EXHAUST35.0-35.2 mm (1.378-1.386 in)
Valve length:INTAKE125.3-125.9 mm (4.93-4.96 in)
EXHAUST124.2-124.8 mm (4.89-4.91 in)
Valve stem diameter:INTAKE6.965-6.980 mm (0.2743-0.2748 in)
EXHAUST7.962-7.970 mm (0.3135-0.3138 in)
Valve spring free length:OUTER51.2 mm (2.016 in)
INNER44.1 mm (1.736 in)
Camshaft cam height:INTAKE39.242-39.432 mm (1.5450-1.5524 in)
EXHAUST38.943-39.133 mm (1.5332-1.5407 in)
Camshaft journal diameter:№146.920-46.940 mm (1.8470-1.8480 in)
№2,3,442.420-42.440 mm (1.6701-1.6709 in)
№547.920-47.940 mm (1.8866-1.8874 in)

Head tightening procedure and torque specs:

  • Step 1: 39 Nm; 4.0 kg·m; 29 ft·lb
  • Step 2: 123 Nm; 12.5 kg·m; 90 ft·lb
  • Step 3: Loosen all bolts completely
  • Step 4: 34-44 kg·m; 3.5-4.5 kg·m; 25-33 ft·lb
  • Step 5: Turn all bolts 65-70° or to 123 Nm; 12.5 kg·m; 90 ft·lb

Camshaft sprocket bolts

  • 78-88 Nm; 8.0-9.0 kg·m; 58-65 ft·lb

Cylinder block

Cylinder block alloyCast-iron
Compression ratio:8.9:1
Cylinder bore:91.5 mm (3.6 in)
Piston stroke:83.0 mm (3.27 in)
Number of piston rings (compression / oil):2 / 1
Number of main bearings:4
Cylinder inner diameter (standard):91.500 mm (3.6024 in)
Piston skirt diameter (standard):91.485 mm (3.6018 in)
Piston pin outer diameter:20.971-20.983 mm (0.8256-0.8261 in)
Piston ring side clearance:Top0.024-0.076 mm (0.0009-0.0030 in)
Second0.030-0.070 mm (0.0012-0.0028 in)
Oil0.015-0.185 mm (0.0006-0.0073 in)
Piston ring end gap:Top0.21-0.44 mm (0.0083-0.0173 in)
Second0.50-0.69 mm (0.0197-0.0272 in)
Oil0.20-0.69 mm (0.0079-0.0272 in)
Connecting rod small end diameter:20.982-20.994 mm (0.8261-0.8265 in)
Connecting rod center distance:154.1-154.2 mm (6.067-6.071 in)
Crankshaft main journal diameter:62.975 mm (2.4763 in)
Crankpin diameter:49.974 mm (1.9675 in)
Crankshaft center distance:41.47-41.53 mm (1.6327-1.6350 in)

Main bearing cap bolts tightening procedure and torque specs:

  • 90-100 Nm; 9.2-10.2 kg·m; 67-74 ft·lb in two-three stages

After securing bearing cap bolts, make sure crankshaft turns smoothly by hand.

Connecting rod bearing nut

  • Step 1: 14-16 Nm; 1.4-1.6 kg·m; 10-12 ft·lb
  • Step 2: Turn nuts 60-65° or 59-65 Nm; 6.0-6.6 kg·m; 43-48 ft·lb

Crankshaft pulley bolt

  • 191-211 Nm; 19.5-21.5 kg·m; 141-156 ft·lb

Flywheel (M/T) or Drive plate (A/T) fixing bolts

  • 83-93 Nm; 8.5-9.5 kg·m; 61-69 ft·lb

Maintenance Data

Compression pressure
Standard12.2 kg/m2 (173 psi) / 300 rpm
Minimun9.0 kg/m2 (128 psi) / 300 rpm
Compression differential limit between cylinders1.0 kg/m2 (15 psi) / 300 rpm
Oil system
Oil consumption , L/1000 km (qt. per miles)up to 0.5 (1 qt. per 1200 miles)
Recommended engine oil5W-30, 10W-30, 10W-40, 20W-40, 20W-50
Oil type APIAPI SG or SH
Engine oil capacity (Refill capacity)With filter change 3.7 l (3-7/8 Us. qt., 3-1/4 Imp. qt)
Without filter change 3.4 l (3-5/8 Us. qt., 3 Imp. qt.)
Oil change interval, km (miles)Every 6,000 (3,750)
Ignition system
Spark plugStandard type: NGK BKR5ES-11
Hot type: BKR4ES-11
Cold type: BKR6ES-11
Spark plug gap1.0-1.1 mm (0.039-0.043 in)

Vehicle Applications

ModelYears Produced
Nissan Pathfinder1996–2004
Infiniti QX41997–2000
Nissan Frontier1999–2004
Nissan Xterra2000–2004
Nissan Elgrand (E50)1997–2002
Nissan Quest (V41)1999–2002
Mercury Villager1999–2002
Nissan Paladin1999–2004
Nissan Terrano (R50)1995–2002

Final Words

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