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VW/Audi 1.6 TDI CR EA288 Engine Specs, Problems & Reliability

The EA288 engine series appeared in 2012. It also is named as the modular platform of diesel engines (MDB - Modularer Dieselbaukasten). The EA288 includes the 2.0 TDI and three-cylinder 1.4 TDI engines.

The 1.6-liter TDI engine inherited the main cylinder block dimensions for the EA189 engine such as stroke, cylinder bore and bore spacing. All 1.6 TDI engines don't have balancer shafts. Compare to the 2.0-liter version the bore is smaller by 1.5 mm and stroke by 15 mm. Crankshafts has five main bearings and four counterweights only for reducing loads. The crankshaft drives the oil pump by its free-maintained belt, and belt operates in oil engine directly. There is aluminum 16-valve double overhead camshaft cylinder head. Timing belt drives exhaust camshaft, and the intake camshaft drives by gear from exhaust camshaft at the rear end of the engine. This valvetrain layout is used in all EA189 engines.

Timing belt drives the high-pressure fuel pump also. The engine has Common Rail direct fuel injection system. The engine got electronically regulated turbocharger integrated into the cast iron exhaust manifold. The engine can keep the optimal air boost at all revs. The high-pressure air goes through a water-cooled intercooler, which integrated into the intake manifold. The engine got oxidation catalytic converter, diesel particulate filter, and dual-loop EGR system.

Engine Specs

Volkswagen AG
Production years
2012-present day
Cylinder block material
Cast Iron
Cylinder head material
Fuel type
Fuel system
Common Rail
Number of cylinders
Valves per cylinder
Valvetrain layout
Bore, mm
Stroke, mm
Displacement, cc
Type of internal combustion engine
Four-stroke, turbocharged
Compression Ratio
Power, hp
105/3000-4000 (CLHA)
Torque, lb ft
184/1500-2750 (CLHA)
Engine weight
Firing order
Engine oil weight
VW 507.00, 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter
Oil change interval, mile
8,000 to 10,000
Audi A1, A3 8V; Seat Leon III, Toledo IV; Skoda Octavia III, Rapid (2012), Superb III; Volkswagen Beetle, Golf VII, Golf Sportsvan, Jetta VI, Tiguan, Touran II, Sharan II, Passat B8, CC, Scirocco III

1.6 TDI EA288 Volkswagen Engine Problems and Reliability

The main problem is a diesel particulate filter which very sensitive to the quality of fuel. This filter is pretty expensive, but this is a price for low emissions.