Engine Volkswagen AGZ

The 2.3-liter 10-valve Volkswagen AGZ 2.3 VR5 engine was produced from 1996 to 2001 and was installed longitudinally on the Passat B5 model and transversely on the Bora, Golf 4 and Seat Toledo. This power unit, after upgrading the cylinder head to a 20-valve one, received a different AZX index.

The EA395 series includes: AGZ, AQN, AZX.


Production years 1996-2001
Displacement, cc 2324
Fuel system injector
Power output, hp 150
Torque output, Nm 205
Cylinder block cast iron VR5
Block head aluminum 10v
Cylinder bore, mm 81
Piston stroke, mm 90.2
Compression ratio 10.1
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.0
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2/3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Passat 1999)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~275 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Golf 4 (1J) in 1997 – 2000;
  • Volkswagen Jetta 5 (1K) in 1998 – 2001;
  • Volkswagen Passat B5 (3B) in 1996 – 2000;
  • Seat Toledo 2 (1M) in 1998 – 2001.

Disadvantages of the VW AGZ engine

  • All VR5 power units are famous for their rather high fuel and lubricant consumption;
  • The timing chain does not have a very high resource, and its replacement is difficult and expensive;
  • The reason for the unstable operation of the engine is usually air leakage or dirt on the throttle;
  • Also, the engine often worries about electrics: various sensors fail;
  • The valve cover here is combined with a gasket and changes entirely in case of oil leakage.

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