Engine Volkswagen CAWA

The 2.0-liter Volkswagen CAWA 2.0 TSI engine was produced by the concern from 2008 to 2011 and was installed on the first generation Tiguan crossover, which is very popular in many countries. There is a version of this unit for the American market under its own CCTB index.

The EA888 gen1 series includes: BYT, BZB, CABA, CABB, CABD, CAWA, CAWB, CBFA, CCTA, CCTB.


Production years 2008-2011
Displacement, cc 1984
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 170
Torque output, Nm 280
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 82.5
Piston stroke, mm 92.8
Compression ratio 9.6
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator on the intake shaft
Turbocharging KKK K03
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.6
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Tiguan 2009)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 152

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Tiguan 1 (5N) in 2008 – 2011.

Disadvantages of the VW CAWA engine

  • The weak point of this motor is the timing chain, it is already stretched to 100,000 km;
  • Also, the oil separator clogs very quickly here, which leads to lubricant consumption;
  • It is not uncommon for pistons to crack from detonation, but forged alternatives exist;
  • The culprit of floating engine speeds is usually carbon deposits on the intake valves;
  • They also become overgrown with soot, and then the swirl flaps of the intake manifold jam;
  • If you pull for a long time with the replacement of candles, you will have to spend money on ignition coils

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