Engine Volkswagen AXG

The 2.5-liter Volkswagen AXG 2.5 TDI diesel engine was produced from 1998 to 2003 and was installed on minibuses such as the Transporter, Caravelle and Multivan in the back of the T4. The most powerful diesel engine in this family was distinguished by a variable geometry turbine.

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


Production years 1998-2003
Displacement, cc 2460
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 151
Torque output, Nm 295
Cylinder block cast iron R5
Block head aluminum 10v
Cylinder bore, mm 81
Piston stroke, mm 95.5
Compression ratio 19.5
Features SOHC, intercooler
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging VGT
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 5.5
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 2/3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Multivan 2000)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~400 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Transporter T4 (7D) in 1998 – 2003.

Disadvantages of the VW AXG engine

  • Most often, owners on the forums complain about problems with high pressure fuel pumps or injectors;
  • In second place in frequency is the ever-knocking vacuum pump and failures of the mass air flow sensor;
  • Watch the cooling system, as the aluminum cylinder head is afraid of overheating;
  • Every 100 thousand km, all belts and rollers need to be replaced;
  • After 200,000 km, the variable geometry turbine often starts to drive oil.

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