Engine Volkswagen ABV

The 2.9-liter Volkswagen ABV 2.9 VR6 gasoline engine was produced from 1991 to 1997 and was installed on powerful modifications of the third generation Golf, Corrado and Passat station wagon. This power unit was essentially a bored version of the well-known motor with the AAA index.

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


Production years 1991-1997
Displacement, cc 2861
Fuel system Motronic M3.8.1
Power output, hp 184 – 190
Torque output, Nm 245
Cylinder block cast iron VR6
Block head aluminum 12v
Cylinder bore, mm 82
Piston stroke, mm 90.3
Compression ratio 10.0
Features VSR (option)
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive 2 chains
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 Golf 1995)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~290 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Corrado 1 (509) in 1991 – 1995;
  • Volkswagen Golf 3 (1H) in 1994 – 1997;
  • Volkswagen Passat B4 (3A) in 1993 – 1997.

Disadvantages of the VW ABV engine

  • Most of all, on specialized forums, they complain about impressive fuel consumption;
  • At a certain mileage, a progressive oil burner is added to this;
  • The timing chain lasts about 150,000 km, and then an expensive replacement awaits you;
  • Also, the motor often worries about trifles: sensor failures and the ignition system;
  • Often there are oil and antifreeze leaks that are not so easy to fix.

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