Engine Volkswagen CRCA

The 3.0-liter Volkswagen CRCA 3.0 TDI diesel engine was produced from 2011 to 2018 and was installed only on the two most popular group crossovers: Touareg NF or Q7 4L. Such a power unit was installed on the Porsche Cayenne and Panamera under the indices MCR.CA and MCR.CC.

The EA897 series also includes: CJMA, CDUC, CDUD, CRCA, CRTC, CVMD, DCPC.


Production years 2011-2018
Displacement, cc 2967
Fuel system Common Rail
Power output, hp 245
Torque output, Nm 550
Cylinder block cast iron V6
Block head aluminum 24v
Cylinder bore, mm 83
Piston stroke, mm 91.4
Compression ratio 16.8
Features 2 x DOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging GT 2260
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 8.0
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 5/6
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Volkswagen Touareg 2012)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~350 000
Weight, kg 195

The engine was installed on:

  • Audi Q7 1 (4L) in 2011 – 2015;
  • Volkswagen Touareg 2 (7P) in 2011 – 2018.

Disadvantages of the VW CRCA engine

  • The motors of this series turned out to be more reliable than their predecessors, so far there are few complaints about them;
  • The main engine failures are associated with the fuel system and its piezo injectors;
  • Also, oil or coolant leaks are periodically discussed on specialized forums;
  • On a run of over 200,000 km, they often stretch here and require replacement of the timing chain;
  • As with all modern diesel engines, the diesel particulate filter and EGR cause a lot of problems.

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