Engine Volkswagen AVF

The 1.9-liter 8-valve diesel engine VW AVF 1.9 TDI was assembled from 2000 to 2008 and was installed on the mass models of the VAG concern with a longitudinal arrangement of the power unit. Such a diesel engine is often found under the hood not only of the Passat B5, but also of the Skoda Superb and Audi A4.

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


Production years 2000-2008
Displacement, cc 1896
Fuel system unit-injectors
Power output, hp 130
Torque output, Nm 310
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 8v
Cylinder bore, mm 79.5
Piston stroke, mm 95.5
Compression ratio 19.0
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging VGT
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.6
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Passat 2002)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~310 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Audi A4 B6 (8E) in 2000 – 2004;
  • Audi A6 C5 (4B) in 2001 – 2005;
  • Skoda Superb 1 (3U) in 2004 – 2008;
  • Volkswagen Passat B5 (3B) in 2000 – 2005.

Disadvantages of the VW AVF engine

  • This very reliable diesel unit is quite picky about the quality of the lubricant;
  • If you pour low-quality oil, then the camshaft cams and hydraulic lifters wear out;
  • Turbine geometry often wedges from pollution and engine thrust dips appear;
  • Mounting the unit-injectors with one bolt is unreliable, which often leads to leaks;
  • The cause of many failures in the operation of this power unit is the tandem pump.

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