Engine Volkswagen AXE

The 2.5-liter Volkswagen AXE 2.5 TDI diesel engine was produced from 2003 to 2009 and was installed only on Transporter, Caravelle or Multivan minibuses in the T5 body. There is a modification of this unit for EURO 4 with a particulate filter and BPC 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 174
Torque output, Nm 400
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 VGT
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 Multivan 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 AXE engine

  • The main problems are leaks from the seals of the nozzles and the tandem pump;
  • Another aluminum block without sleeves is very afraid of bad diesel fuel and is prone to scuffing;
  • Often, the oil system heat exchanger leaks here and the lubricant enters the antifreeze;
  • Closer to 200,000 km of run, rockers or camshaft cams may already wear out;
  • This unit still has a lot of weaknesses, but they are typical for modern diesel engines.

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