Engine Volkswagen AZX

The 2.3-liter 20-valve Volkswagen AZX 2.3 VR5 engine was produced from 2000 to 2005 and was installed only on the fifth generation Passat and only in a restyled modification. A similar unit for a transverse arrangement under the hood is known under the AQN index.

The EA395 series includes: AGZ, AQN, AZX.


Production years 2000-2005
Displacement, cc 2324
Fuel system injector
Power output, hp 170
Torque output, Nm 225
Cylinder block cast iron VR5
Block head aluminum 20v
Cylinder bore, mm 81
Piston stroke, mm 90.2
Compression ratio 10.75
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive 2 chains
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.6
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Passat 2002)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~275 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Passat B5 (3B) in 2001 – 2005.

Disadvantages of the VW AZX engine

  • The engine is rare, structurally complex and there are few specialists in its repair;
  • Units of this series are known for high fuel consumption, and over time, lubrication;
  • Numerous sensors and crankcase ventilation cause the most problems;
  • In second place is the frequent failure of the viscous coupling or V-ribbed belt;
  • The timing chain resource is less than 200,000 km, and the replacement is carried out only with the removal of the motor.

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