Engine Volkswagen BJM

The 2.5-liter Volkswagen BJM or Crafter 2.5 diesel engine was assembled from 2006 to 2010 and was installed on the pre-styling version of the famous first generation Crafter minibus. After upgrading to more stringent EURO 5 environmental standards, this unit changed the index to CECB.

The EA381 series includes: CN, AAS, AAT, 1T, AEL, AHD, BJK, BJM.


Production years 2006-2010
Displacement, cc 2461
Fuel system Common Rail
Power output, hp 163
Torque output, Nm 350
Cylinder block cast iron R5
Block head aluminum 10v
Cylinder bore, mm 81
Piston stroke, mm 95.5
Compression ratio 16.8
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging MHI TD04L
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 9.0
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 3/4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Crafter 2008)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~280 000
Weight, kg 220

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Crafter 1 (2E) in 2006 – 2010.

Disadvantages of the VW BJM engine

  • This is a very reliable diesel engine, but piezo injectors are demanding on fuel quality.
  • A well-known weak point of the unit is the system for changing the geometry of the turbine.
  • It is very important to monitor the condition of the timing belt, since when it breaks, the valves bend.
  • Quite often there are leaks of grease through the seals or antifreeze through the flanges.
  • Also in winter, freezing of condensate in the engine breather is often found.

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