Gearbox Mitsubishi V5A51

The Mitsubishi V5A51 5-speed automatic transmission was produced from 2000 to 2016 and was installed on various versions of the Pajero or L200, including rear-wheel drive ones like the R5A51. In recent years of production, this automatic transmission was known under the index V5A5A and R5A5A, respectively.

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


Production years 2000 – 2016
Type automatic transmission
Number of gears 5
Type of drive all wheel
Engine volume, l up to 3.8
Torque output, Nm up to 400
Recommended oil Mitsubishi ATF SP-III
Oil capacity, liter 9.7
Replacing the oil every 60,000 km
Replacing the filter every 120,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~360 000

Gear ratios Mitsubishi V5A51

Using the example of a Mitsubishi Pajero 2004 with a 3.5 liter engine:

Main 4.300
1st 3.789
2nd 2.057
3rd 1.421
4th 1.000
5th 0.731
Reverse 3.865

The transmission was installed on:

  • Mitsubishi L200 4 (KB) in 2006 – 2016;
  • Mitsubishi Pajero 3 (V70) in 1999 – 2006; Pajero 4 (V90) in 2006 – 2016;
  • Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 1 (K90) in 2000 – 2008; Pajero Sport 2 (KH) in 2008 – 2016.

Disadvantages of the Mitsubishi V5A51 gearbox

  • This is a very reliable and durable automatic transmission, and its main problems are purely age-related.
  • The weak point of the transmission is the clutches of the Reverse or Overdrive packages.
  • Under constant off-road loads, planetary gears often fail to withstand.
  • The selector lever position and input shaft speed sensor regularly fails.
  • Renew the antifreeze in your car more often or corrosion will corrode the automatic transmission heat exchanger.

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