Engine Volkswagen CMVA

The 3.6-liter VR-shaped Volkswagen CMVA 3.6 FSI engine was produced from 2008 to 2015 and was installed on only one model of the German company: the Faeton executive class sedan. This power unit was essentially a slightly more powerful version of the motor with the CMTA index.

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


Production years 2008-2015
Displacement, cc 3597
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 280
Torque output, Nm 370
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 6.7
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 5
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Phaeton 2009)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~330 000
Weight, kg 188

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Phaeton 1 (3D) in 2008 – 2015.

Disadvantages of the VW CMVA engine

  • This motor has already been rid of most of the diseases of the series and is very reliable;
  • The most famous engine problems are caused by the formation of soot on the valves;
  • Frequent repairs require the crankcase ventilation system, usually the membrane is changed;
  • Timing chains here can stretch out and start rattling after 200 – 250 thousand kilometers;
  • The rise in oil level and the smell of gasoline under the valve cover hint at injection pump leaks.

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