Engine Volkswagen ABU

The Volkswagen ABU 1.6-liter mono-injection engine was produced from 1992 to 1994 and was installed on the third generation of the Golf and Vento models, as well as the Seat Ibiza and Cordoba. There was an upgraded version of this power unit under its AEA index.

The EA111-1.6 series includes: ABU, AEE, AUS, AZD, BCB, BTS, CFNA, CFNB.


Production years 1992-1994
Displacement, cc 1598
Fuel system injector
Power output, hp 75
Torque output, Nm 126
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 8v
Cylinder bore, mm 76.5
Piston stroke, mm 86.9
Compression ratio 9.3
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.0
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 1
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Golf 3 1993)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~320 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Golf 3 (1H) in 1992 – 1994;
  • Volkswagen Vento 1 (1H) in 1992 – 1994;
  • Seat Cordoba 1 (6K) in 1993 – 1994;
  • Seat Ibiza 2 (6K) in 1993 – 1994.

Disadvantages of the VW ABU engine

  • The main problems for the owner are caused by failures in the operation of the mono-injection system.
  • At floating engine speeds, look at the throttle position potentiometer.
  • In second place are failures in the ignition system, here it is not very reliable.
  • Electrically, the coolant temperature sensor often fails.
  • The remaining breakdowns are usually associated with wiring or attachments.

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