Engine Volkswagen BHK

The 3.6-liter Volkswagen BHK 3.6 FSI engine was produced by the company from 2005 to 2010 and was installed on two of the most famous SUVs of the German concern: Touareg and Audi Q7. The modification of this motor for a manual gearbox was called BHL.

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


Production years 2005-2010
Displacement, cc 3597
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 280
Torque output, Nm 360
Cylinder block cast iron VR6
Block head aluminum 24v
Cylinder bore, mm 89
Piston stroke, mm 96.4
Compression ratio 12.0
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive 2 chains
Phase regulator on both shafts
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 6.9
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Touareg 2008)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~330 000
Weight, kg 188

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Touareg 1 (7L) in 2005 – 2010;
  • Audi Q7 1 (4L) in 2006 – 2010.

Disadvantages of the VW BHK engine

  • Most often, car owners with such an engine complain about high fuel consumption;
  • Difficulty starting the engine in winter is caused by the accumulation of condensate in the exhaust system;
  • Crankcase ventilation throws up a lot of problems, the membrane fails in it;
  • Regular decarbonization is required due to the formation of carbon deposits on the intake valves;
  • Ignition coils, timing chains and injection pumps have not the highest resource here.

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