Engine Volkswagen AXD

The 2.5-liter Volkswagen AXD 2.5 TDI diesel engine was produced from 2003 to 2009 and was installed only on the popular T5 Transporter minibus line. There is a EURO 4 version of this 5-cylinder diesel engine with a particulate filter and the BNZ index.

The EA153 series also includes: AAB, AJT, ACV, AXG, BAC, BPE, AXD, AXE, AJS, AYH.


Production years 2003-2009
Displacement, cc 2460
Fuel system unit-injectors
Power output, hp 131
Torque output, Nm 340
Cylinder block aluminum R5
Block head aluminum 10v
Cylinder bore, mm 81
Piston stroke, mm 95.5
Compression ratio 18.0
Features SOHC, intercooler
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive gears
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging yes
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 7.4
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Transporter 2005)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~350 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Caravelle T5 (7H) in 2003 – 2009;
  • Volkswagen Multivan T5 (7H) in 2003 – 2009;
  • Volkswagen Transporter T5 (7H) in 2003 – 2009.

Disadvantages of the VW AXD engine

  • A massive problem is leaks on the seals of the nozzles and the tandem pump;
  • An aluminum cylinder block without liners is afraid of bad diesel fuel and is prone to scuffing;
  • Oil system heat exchanger often leaks and grease mixes with antifreeze;
  • By a run of 250,000 km, rockers, camshaft lobes or injectors may wear out;
  • There are enough other breakdowns here, but they happen less often and are not so expensive.

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