Engine Volkswagen MH

The 1.3-liter Volkswagen MH carbureted engine was produced from 1985 to 1992 and was installed on such popular models as the Golf, Jetta and Polo. This power unit was equipped with a Pierburg 2E3 carburetor known for its time.

The EA111-1.3 series includes: MH, NZ.


Production years 1985-1992
Displacement, cc 1272
Fuel system carburetor
Power output, hp 54
Torque output, Nm 95
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 8v
Cylinder bore, mm 75
Piston stroke, mm 72
Compression ratio 9.5
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.5
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 0
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Golf 2 1986)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~275 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Golf 2 (1G) in 1985 – 1992;
  • Volkswagen Jetta 2 (1G) in 1985 – 1992;
  • Volkswagen Polo 2 (80) in 1985 – 1989.

Disadvantages of the VW MH engine

  • This is a simple and reliable unit, and most of its problems are related to age.
  • Most often, owners complain about malfunctions in the Pierburg 2E3 carburetor.
  • In second place in popularity are regular failures in the ignition system.
  • Monitor the condition of the timing belt, its resource is small, and when it breaks, the valves bend.
  • In severe frost, the crankcase ventilation often freezes up and oil presses through the dipstick.

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