Gearbox Mazda FW6A-EL

The Mazda FW6A-EL 6-speed automatic transmission and its all-wheel drive version GW6A-EL have been produced since 2008 and are installed on all modern models of the company with engines up to 2.5 liters. This transmission has its own index FS6A-EL in a number of information sources.

Mazda gearboxes: F3A, G4A‑EL, GF4A‑EL, F4A‑EL, AW6A‑EL, FW6A‑EL / GW6A‑EL, SJ6A‑EL.


Production years since 2008
Type automatic transmission
Number of gears 6
Type of drive front / all wheel
Engine volume, l up to 2.5
Torque output, Nm up to 300
Recommended oil ATF FZ Skyactiv
Oil capacity, liter 7.9
Replacing the oil every 80,000 km
Replacing the filter every 80,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~300 000

Gear ratios Mazda FW6A-EL

Using the example of a Mazda CX-5 2015 with a 2.0 liter engine:

Main 4.624
1st 3.552
2nd 2.022
3rd 1.452
4th 1.000
5th 0.708
6th 0.599
Reverse 3.893

The transmission was installed on:

  • Mazda 2 III (DJ) since 2014;
  • Mazda 3 III (BM) in 2013 – 2019;
  • Mazda 6 III (GJ) in 2012 – 2018;
  • Mazda CX-3 I (DK) since 2015;
  • Mazda CX-5 I (KE) in 2012 – 2017;
  • Mazda CX-7 I (ER) in 2010 – 2012.

Disadvantages of the Mazda FW6A-EL gearbox

  • This gearbox is considered very reliable and all the described breakdowns occur rarely.
  • The main problem of the transmission is the whine of the central bearing of the housing.
  • Next comes the distortion of the double drum Hi\Low with subsequent destruction of the shaft.
  • Keep the heat exchanger clean, this automatic transmission really does not like overheating.

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