Gearbox Mitsubishi V4AW3

The Mitsubishi V4AW3 4-speed automatic transmission was produced from 1991 to 2006 and was installed on Pajero 2 with a 4M40 diesel engine and 6G72 and 6G74 petrol V6 power units. This automatic transmission in the diesel version was a clone of the Aisin AW30-40LE, and in the petrol version it was the AW30-43LE.

This series includes: V4A11, V4A12, V4AW2, V4AW3, V4A51, V5A51, V5AWF.


Production years 1991 – 2006
Type automatic transmission
Number of gears 4
Type of drive all wheel
Engine volume, l up to 3.5
Torque output, Nm up to 380
Recommended oil Dexron II
Oil capacity, liter 8.5 (9.8 after 1998)
Replacing the oil every 80,000 km
Replacing the filter every 160,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~400 000

Gear ratios Mitsubishi V4AW3

Using the example of a Mitsubishi Pajero 1998 with a 3.5 liter engine:

Main 4.636
1st 2.804
2nd 1.531
3rd 1.000
4th 0.754
Reverse 2.394

The transmission was installed on:

  • Mitsubishi L200 3 (K70) in 1996 – 2006;
  • Mitsubishi Pajero 2 (V30) in 1991 – 2000;
  • Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 1 (K90) in 1996 – 2004;
  • Mitsubishi Space Gear 1 (PA) in 1994 – 2002.

Disadvantages of the Mitsubishi V4AW3 gearbox

  • This automatic transmission has a huge resource and the described problems happen at high mileage.
  • Here the torque converter bushing rotates due to wear on its locking clutch.
  • Due to very dirty oil, the solenoids may simply get stuck in one of the positions.
  • Quite often, speed sensors, selector position sensors and automatic transmission ECUs fail.
  • Also, the control cable often breaks, and replacing it is very labor-intensive.

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