I've owned Corollas since 1989 (still have them both too) - I can't believe I just now found this forum!
I also have 1990 wagon, which is why I'm posting. I lost a cylinder, rebuilt the head and replaced the gasket but #3 is still dead. Piston head looks fine so I guess I broke a ring. I'd rather swap out the motor than pull and rebuild at this point.
My question is this: The engine is a JDI 4A-FE. Am I limited to a 1988-1992 4A-FE or will others be a direct bolt in? I've found a 1993 with low miles but the body changed that year and I assume the engine, wiring, etc did too?
My other option is that I found a 1989 wagon with low miles and a 4A-F, decent shape. I'd consider selling the 1990 for the '89 because I hate the automatic seat belts more than I like fuel injection!
Thanks for any insight,