Engine Volkswagen BAD

The 1.6-liter direct-injection engine Volkswagen BAD was produced from 2001 to 2005 and was installed on the fourth generation Golf, the Bora sedan similar to it, as well as the Audi A2. This power unit differed from its counterparts by a timing belt drive instead of a chain.

The EA111-FSI series includes: ARR, BKG, BAD, BAG, BLF.


Production years 2001-2005
Displacement, cc 1598
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 110
Torque output, Nm 155
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 76.5
Piston stroke, mm 86.9
Compression ratio 12.0
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator on the intake shaft
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.6
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Bora 2002)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~220 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Audi A2 1 (8Z) in 2002 – 2005;
  • Volkswagen Bora 1 (1J) in 2001 – 2005;
  • Volkswagen Golf 4 (1J) in 2001 – 2003.

Disadvantages of the VW BAD engine

  • A very complex intake system with a lot of sensors constantly fails.
  • The motor not only breaks down regularly, but also requires highly qualified service.
  • Intake valves, throttle valve and EGR valve are quickly overgrown with soot.
  • Even before 100,000 km, ignition coils or a phase regulator often fail.
  • Oil burning due to the occurrence of rings usually begins to run 100 – 120 thousand km.

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