Engine Volkswagen AXC

The 1.9-liter 8-valve VW AXC 1.9 TDI diesel engine was assembled from 2003 to 2009 and installed on various modifications of the popular T5 Transporter minibus. This diesel engine was the weakest in the line and endowed the car with mediocre dynamics.

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


Production years 2003-2009
Displacement, cc 1896
Fuel system unit-injectors
Power output, hp 86
Torque output, Nm 200
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 Volkswagen Transporter 2005)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~350 000

The engine was installed on:

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

Disadvantages of the VW AXC engine

  • Firstly, this is a rather weak unit, acceleration to hundreds takes almost 25 seconds;
  • But in terms of reliability, it is not bad, breakdowns occur only at a significant mileage;
  • Due to the fastening of the unit injectors with one bolt, they can become loose and leak;
  • Poor quality oil contributes to the rapid wear of the camshaft and hydraulic lifters;
  • The weak points of this engine also include a turbine, as well as a tandem pump.

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