Engine Volkswagen ABL

The 1.9-liter VW ABL 1.9 TD diesel engine was produced by the company from 1992 to 2003 and was installed in various versions of the popular Transporter minibus in the back of the T4. It is such power units as the ABL that have earned the Transporter a reputation as a workhorse.

The EA086 series also includes: JK, JP, JX, SB, 1X, 1Y, AAZ, ABL.


Production years 1992-2003
Displacement, cc 1896
Fuel system prechambers
Power output, hp 68
Torque output, Nm 140
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 8v
Cylinder bore, mm 79.5
Piston stroke, mm 95.5
Compression ratio 22.5
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging yes
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.8
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 1/2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Transporter T4 1995)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~475 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Transporter T4 (7D) in 1992 – 2003.

Disadvantages of the VW ABL engine

  • This power unit is afraid of overheating, the aluminum cylinder head cracks quickly;
  • Another well-known diesel problem is fuel leaks through injection pump gaskets;
  • The timing belt is designed for 60,000 km, if you miss a replacement, the valves will bend if it breaks;
  • At long runs, the turbine often requires attention, it simply drives lubricant;
  • The main disadvantage of these motors is their age and wear, respectively.

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