Engine Volkswagen AVB

The 1.9-liter Volkswagen AVB 1.9 TDI diesel engine was produced from 2000 to 2005 and was installed on models with a longitudinal arrangement of the power unit such as the Passat B5 and Audi A4. Another such diesel engine can be found under the hood of the very popular Skoda Superb.

The EA188-1.9 series also includes: AJM, ASZ, AUY, AVB, AVF, AWX, AXB, AXC, BKC, BLS, BXE.


Production years 2000-2005
Displacement, cc 1896
Fuel system unit-injectors
Power output, hp 101
Torque output, Nm 250
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 8v
Cylinder bore, mm 79.5
Piston stroke, mm 95.5
Compression ratio 19.5
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging yes
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.8
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Passat 2003)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~350 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Audi A4 B6 (8E) in 2001 – 2004;
  • Skoda Superb 1 (3U) in 2002 – 2005;
  • Volkswagen Passat B5 (3B) in 2000 – 2005.

Disadvantages of the VW AVB engine

  • The reliability of this engine largely depends on the quality of the oil used.
  • Poor lubrication contributes to wear of the camshaft cams and hydraulic lifters.
  • Unsuccessful fastening of unit-injectors with one bolt often results in leaks.
  • Because of this, fuel can enter the lubrication system, which is very dangerous for the unit.
  • Also on specialized forums, problems with the turbine and tandem pump are constantly discussed.

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