Manuals for Volkswagon Diesel Engines

Famous for its VW Beetle, Volkswagen produced their first commercial diesel engine on in the late 1970s and have since made over 20 million diesel engines, mainly for road vehicles.

The VW Pathfinder engine, based on the 1.6L engine for their Rabbit pick-up trucks, proved very reliable and popular. Production continued into the 1990s.  Today, Volkswagen Marine is producing electronically controlled diesels from 40 to 265hp.

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3 simple steps to make your diesel system reliable and robust

STEP ONE  - Get the manuals for your equipment

Owner, Workshop and Parts Manuals are important documents that should be part of every vessel's library. They contain the detailed information necessary for safe operation, maintenance and correct servicing.  

The manuals on this page are provided for public information and education and can be downloaded for free.  All copyrights belong to copyright holders stated in the documents.

congratulations - by downloading these free manuals you are taking an important step towards making your engine more reliable and robust.


STEP TWO - regular maintenance

Simple, regular maintenance is the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to avoid problems and accelerated engine wear. Most expensive repairs start from a lack of basic maintenance or ignoring small warnings. The work is not difficult - it just needs to be done.

The purpose is so that we can enjoy our boat for all the reasons we bought her. Trust yourself. Do the work regularly and be methodical.


Download free checklists here

if you need clear, easy-to-understand help

300+ drawings

Seeing is Understanding

Marine Diesel Basics 1
Maintain, Winterize and Recommission

•  explains all parts of the marine diesel system - fuel,
lubrication, breathing, electrics, stern gland, propeller etc.
•  140+ tasks, 300+ drawings, 222 pages
•  tasks are fully explained with clear drawings and minimal text
•  all tools & supplies needed are illustrated for each task
•  paperback US$15.99 £10.99 €12.99
•  ebook (kindle, kobo, ibooks, google, epub) US$9.99


STEP THREE - keep a Maintenance Logbook

Keep a detailed and accurate record:

  1. all the work done on your diesel system - what, when  & by who
  2. inventory of serial numbers, component descriptions
  3. early warning of potential problems
  4. time and details of any changes in performance

Use a notebook or use your iPad, tablet or desktop and record the information in an editable PDF directly as you work.

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Maintenance eLogbook

If you've every struggled to keep a logbook, this editable eLogbook may be exactly the help you need.

- "fillable form" PDF
- clickable checklists
- write, edit  details of all tasks completed
- 40+ drawings to help inspections
- all common measurements with live calculators
- just $7.99 196 pages

"the Perfect Logbook" - verified purchaser


VW Marine TDI diesel engine Catalog

Product Guide
Engines for planing boats

TDI 150-5
TDI 165-5
TDI  225-6


16 pages
publ. September 2005

1 MB file

VW 5 Cylinder Diesel Engine Service Manual

Service Manual
(maintenance manual)

5 cylinder

48 pages
publ. - no date given


2 MB file

VW 150-5 Marine Diesel Engine Workshop Manual

Workshop Manual
VW Marine Boat Engine

453 pages
publ. October 2001



39 MB file

VW Fox 2004 Diesel Engine Workshop Manual

Workshop Manual

4 cylinder
Fox 2004


121 pages
publ. August 2010


3 MB file

VW 1.9L Diesel Engine Service Manual

Workshop Manual

engine ID:


207 pages
publ. 2010


7 MB file

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