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Replacement Turbochargers for Late-Model VWs

VW made a name for itself with the inexpensive, though low-powered, air-cooled Beetles and Bugs, often called “punch-buggies,” during the 50s, 60s, and 70s. During the 1980s, VW introduced U.S. car enthusiasts to the “hot hatch” when they released the VW Rabbit GTi during the 1983 model year. A “hot hatch” is a small, sporty hatchback. Designers of the original GTi made up for a lack of power with a lightweight chassis equipped with special aerodynamic features.

Although the first, second, and third generation Rabbit and Golf GTi were released without a turbocharger, later year models were equipped with a now-legendary engine called the 1.8T. Automotive enthusiasts soon discovered that tweaking the turbocharger on the 20-valve, 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine increased power output by a large margin. Power gains of up to 100 horsepower over stock were easily obtained using off-the-shelf parts along with some mechanical know-how or help from a local speed shop.

Other VWs featuring turbocharged engines include the Passat, Jetta, and New Beetle.

There’s a lot to like about turbocharged VWs, but there are a few downsides to owning one for more than a few years at a time. Because turbocharged engines (sometimes called forced-induction engines) have more moving parts, there are simply more things that can go wrong with them. One of the biggest problems owners of these cars face is a failing VW turbocharger.

It is pretty easy to diagnose a worn or failing turbocharger. Telltale signs of a failing VW turbocharger include a significant loss of power or strange noises coming from under your VW’s hood under heavy acceleration.

You will find new, rebuilt, and even upgraded VW turbochargers for sale right here on the BuyAutoParts.com website. For help choosing the right turbocharger for your vehicle application, use the dropdown menus to select your year, make, and model or give us a call at 1 (888) 907-7225.