Engine Volkswagen NZ

The 1.3-liter injection engine Volkswagen NZ was produced from 1985 to 1994 and was installed on the most popular models of the concern of its time: Golf, Jetta and Polo. This power unit was primarily distinguished by the presence of a Digijet injection control system.

The EA111-1.3 series includes: MH, NZ.


Production years 1985-1994
Displacement, cc 1272
Fuel system injector
Power output, hp 55
Torque output, Nm 96
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 1
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Golf 2 1989)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Golf 2 (1G) in 1985 – 1992;
  • Volkswagen Jetta 2 (1G) in 1985 – 1992;
  • Volkswagen Polo 2 (80) in 1990 – 1994.

Disadvantages of the VW NZ engine

  • This engine is structurally simple and reliable, and most of its breakdowns are due to old age.
  • The most difficult thing you can face here is the repair of the Digijet control unit.
  • The components of the ignition system and the coolant temperature sensor are also distinguished by a low resource.
  • Periodically, the fuel pressure regulator and throttle assembly require attention.
  • In winter, the crankcase ventilation system may freeze and squeeze oil through the dipstick.

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