CVT Audi 01J

The Audi 01J or Multitronic VL-300 continuously variable transmission was produced from 1999 to 2007 together with LuK and was installed on many Audi models with a longitudinally mounted power unit. The continuously variable transmission with a pulling belt was designed for engine torque up to 310 Nm.

VAG CVTs: 01J, 0AW, 0AN.


Production years 1999 – 2007
Type CVT (continuously variable transmission)
Number of gears
Type of drive front
Engine volume, l up to 3.0
Torque output, Nm up to 310
Recommended oil G 052 180 A2
Oil capacity, liter 7.5
Replacing the oil every 50,000 km
Replacing the filter every 50,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~200 000

Gear ratios Audi 01J

Using the example of a Audi A4 2003 with a 1.8 liter engine:

Forward 2.400 – 0.382
Reverse 2.400
Final Drive 4.778

The transmission was installed on:

  • Audi A4 B6 in 2000 – 2006;
  • Audi A6 C5 in 2000 – 2004; A6 C6 in 2004 – 2008;
  • Audi A8 D3 in 2002 – 2007.

Disadvantages of the Audi 01J gearbox

  • The reliability of this continuously variable transmission is very dependent on the year of manufacture: the newer, the better.
  • The transmission is afraid of overheating; hot oil damages its control unit.
  • Often the injection pump and all three electric regulator solenoids are replaced in the gearbox.
  • The drive chain often stretches after a mileage of about 100 thousand kilometers.
  • Other problems include a delicate differential and leaks from the axle seals.

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