Engine Volkswagen AXZ

The 3.2-liter Volkswagen AXZ 3.2 FSI gasoline engine was produced from 2006 to 2010 and was installed only on all-wheel drive modifications of the popular B6 Passat model. Many confuse this VR6 unit with a V6 engine of the same size that was installed on Audi.

The EA390 series includes: AXZ, BHK, BWS, CDVC, CMTA, CMVA.


Production years 2006-2010
Displacement, cc 3168
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 250
Torque output, Nm 330
Cylinder block cast iron VR6
Block head aluminum 24v
Cylinder bore, mm 86
Piston stroke, mm 90.9
Compression ratio 12.0
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator on both shafts
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 5.5
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Passat 2008)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~320 000
Weight, kg 185

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Passat B6 (3C) in 2006 – 2010.

Disadvantages of the VW AXZ engine

  • The main complaints of the owners are caused by the relatively high fuel consumption;
  • The engine may not start in winter due to the accumulation of condensate in the exhaust system;
  • A lot of problems are associated with crankcase ventilation, usually the membrane is changed here;
  • Regular decarbonization is required, exhaust valves quickly become overgrown with soot;
  • Ignition coils, injection pumps, timing chains and tensioners are famous for their low resource.

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