Engine Volkswagen CAAC

The 2.0-liter Volkswagen CAAC 2.0 TDI diesel engine was produced from 2009 to 2019 and was installed on numerous minibuses created on a restyled platform from the T5. This diesel is the most common in the family and is often found on the secondary market.

The EA189 series also includes: CAYC, CAAC, CAGA, CAHA, CBAB, CFCA, CFGB, CLCA, CLJA, CKTB, CFHC, CKUB.


Production years 2009-2019
Displacement, cc 1968
Fuel system Common Rail
Power output, hp 140
Torque output, Nm 340
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 81
Piston stroke, mm 95.5
Compression ratio 16.5
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging VGT
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 7.0
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 4/5
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Volkswagen Transporter 2010)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~350 000
Weight, kg 165

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Caravelle T5 (7H) in 2009 – 2015; Caravelle T6 (SG) in 2015 – 2019;
  • Volkswagen Multivan T5 (7H) in 2009 – 2015; Multivan T6 (SG) in 2015 – 2019;
  • Volkswagen Transporter T5 (7H) in 2009 – 2015; Transporter T6 (SG) in 2015 – 2019.

Disadvantages of the VW CAAC engine

  • Common Rail piezo injectors cannot tolerate bad diesel fuel;
  • Quite often, increased oil consumption is discussed on specialized forums about T5;
  • The drive belt can break, fall under the timing belt and you are in for a major overhaul;
  • Sometimes the geometry change system gets stuck in the turbine due to pollution and there is underblowing or overblowing;
  • At high mileage, the particulate filter and the EGR valve cause many problems.

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