Engine Volkswagen AXB

The 1.9-liter Volkswagen AXB 1.9 TDI diesel engine was produced from 2003 to 2009 and was installed on the popular Caravelle and Transporter T5 minibuses. Such a diesel engine has become quite widespread.

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


Production years 1992-2003
Displacement, cc 1896
Fuel system unit-injectors
Power output, hp 105
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 18.5
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging yes
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 5.8
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 3/4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Transporter 2006)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~330 000

The engine was installed on:

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

Disadvantages of the VW AXB engine

  • This is not a very powerful engine, up to a hundred the minibus accelerates in almost 20 seconds;
  • And with reliability, everything is not bad with him, breakdowns happen only at high mileage;
  • Due to low-quality oil, hydraulic lifters and camshafts can wear out quickly;
  • Fastening nozzles with one bolt loosens over time and leaks appear;
  • Servicemen refer to the turbine and tandem pump as potential weak points of the engine.

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