Gearbox Aisin AW35-51LS

The Aisin AW35-51LS 5-speed automatic transmission was produced only from 1998 to 2001 and was installed on the Cresta, Chaser and Mark II sedans in combination with the 1JZ-GE power unit. In the Toyota nomenclature, this transmission is known under its own index A651E.

AW30/35 family: AW30‑50LE, AW35‑50LS, AW35‑51LS.


Production years 1998 – 2001
Type automatic transmission
Number of gears 5
Type of drive rear
Engine volume, l up to 2.5
Torque output, Nm up to 250
Recommended oil Toyota ATF Type T-IV
Oil capacity, liter 7.9
Replacing the oil every 60,000 km
Replacing the filter every 60,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~400 000
Weight, kg 67

Gear ratios Aisin AW35-51LS

Using the example of a Toyota Chaser 1999 with a 2.5 liter engine:

Main 4.1
1st 3.357
2nd 2.180
3rd 1.424
4th 1.000
5th 0.753
Reverse 3.209

The transmission was installed on:

  • Toyota Chaser 6 (X100) in 1998 – 2001;
  • Toyota Cresta 5 (X100) in 1998 – 1999;
  • Toyota Mark II 8 (X100) in 1998 – 2000.

Disadvantages of the AW35-51LS gearbox

  • The main problem with this gearbox is its rarity and finding a donor can be very difficult;
  • But in terms of reliability, it’s not bad at all and breakdowns only occur at high mileage;
  • After 250,000 km, the torque converter locking clutch often wears out;
  • Then the friction wear products clog the solenoids and the automatic transmission begins to push;
  • Then strong shaft vibrations appear, which break the oil pump bushing.

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