Engine Volkswagen AAA

The 2.8-liter injection engine Volkswagen AAA 2.8 VR6 was produced from 1991 to 1998 and was installed on charged versions of such models as Golf, Jetta, Passat or Sharan. This motor is considered the ancestor of the company’s VR-shaped powertrain family.

The EA360 series includes: AAA, AQP, ABV, BUB.


Production years 1991-1998
Displacement, cc 2792
Fuel system Motronic M2.9
Power output, hp 174
Torque output, Nm 235
Cylinder block cast iron VR6
Block head aluminum 12v
Cylinder bore, mm 81
Piston stroke, mm 90.3
Compression ratio 10.0
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 5.5
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Sharan 1996)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~280 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Corrado 1 (509) in 1991 – 1995;
  • Volkswagen Golf 3 (1H) in 1991 – 1997;
  • Volkswagen Passat B3 (31) in 1991 – 1993; Passat B4 (3A) in 1993 – 1996;
  • Volkswagen Sharan 1 (7M) in 1995 – 1998;
  • Volkswagen Vento 1 (1H) in 1992 – 1998.

Disadvantages of the VW AAA engine

  • Most often, car owners with such a unit complain about high fuel consumption.
  • In second place in popularity is oil consumption, which also grows with mileage.
  • This is followed by a short-lived and, moreover, complex and expensive to replace the timing chain.
  • Minor problems include frequent failures of sensors and ignition distributor.
  • Also, these engines are famous for regular oil and coolant leaks.

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