Engine Volkswagen ABS

The 1.8-liter Volkswagen ABS mono-injection engine was assembled from 1991 to 1999 and installed on the third Golf, Vento, Passat to the B3 and B4 body, and some other Seat models. This unit at one time was very widespread in many automotive markets.

The EA827 1.8l series includes: RP, AAM, ABS, ADZ, PF, ADR, ARG, AEB, ANB.


Production years 1991-1999
Displacement, cc 1781
Fuel system single injection
Power output, hp 90
Torque output, Nm 145
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 8v
Cylinder bore, mm 81
Piston stroke, mm 86.4
Compression ratio 10.0
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.8
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 1
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Passat B3 1992)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Golf 3 (1H) in 1991 – 1999;
  • Volkswagen Passat B3 (31) in 1991 – 1993; Passat B4 (3A) in 1993 – 1994;
  • Volkswagen Vento 1 (1H) in 1992 – 1994;
  • Seat Cordoba 1 (6K) in 1993 – 1999;
  • Seat Toledo 1 (1L) in 1993 – 1999.

Disadvantages of the VW ABS engine

  • Most of the problems for owners are caused by a capricious mono-injection system;
  • Engine speeds usually float due to air leakage or dirt on the throttle;
  • A lambda probe and an antifreeze temperature sensor have a low resource here;
  • Also, this engine is famous for frequent leaks of lubricant and coolant;
  • On long runs, due to the wear of rings or caps, an oil burn begins.

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