Toyota and Volkswagen have continued to make improvements to the motors they put in vehicles. This article will focus on the 2.0L VW engine offerings of late as well as the recent Toyota Tacoma engine developments and how to go about replacing either. The good news is that both of these brands have developed fantastic motors. The bad news is that if you need a VW Engine or a Toyota Tacoma engine, you can easily make two serious mistakes. Read on to find out what steps you need to take to protect yourself and get a great motor.
There most common VW engine that have been in use in the last decade that suppliers across the United States have seen a serious demand for is the 1.8L Turbo. It is important to get a free vehicle history report for any 1.8L you consider purchasing, simply because this is perhaps one of the most mileage sensitive motors ever made. This engine has two problems: excessive sludge leading to the loss of ability to properly lubricate moving parts and premature timing belt failures. This author considers any timing belt that can't regularly go 120,000 miles without failure to be cheap. The 1.8L requires timing belt changes at 80,000 miles. I've sold many of these to customers who had 81,000 miles or less on their original engine when this part failed. You should replace the timing belt and water pump on any 1.8L Turbo that you purchase. Low miles are important though because once an engine is sludged, its sludged. If you use excellent oil and do early oil changes, these engines won't sludge. What you don't want is to get a motor with 80,000 miles that is already sludged – so check things out with a vehicle history report.
Another VW engine that has seen increased demand is the 1.9L Diesel engine. I believe this to be an excellent quality engine. It is rare for a customer to contact us looking for one of these if they have less than 175,000 miles on their original. That said, due to rarity, these are expensive and many suppliers will lie on miles when quoting these engines. After all, a good 1.9L diesel can run $4,500. Many consumers in desperate straits want to believe dishonest companies who tell them they have a good one for $2,700 – who can blame them? But the truth is that these high mile diesels just don't have much life left in them, and that they will fail.
Now we will address a late model Toyota Tacoma engine: The 2.7L 2TRFE. This DOHC 16 Valve engine came into use in 2005. While it appears to be a solid engine, some shops report excessive baring wear. This doesn't appear to be a widespread problem, but it again makes the case for getting a vehicle history report on any engine you buy to make sure you're getting a true low mileage Toyota Tacoma engine, should you need a replacement.