Gearbox Volkswagen 01N

The 4-speed automatic transmission Volkswagen 01N was produced from 1990 to 2005 and was installed on Audi cars with a longitudinally mounted power unit. This transmission is designed for engines up to 2.8 liters and 280 Nm of torque.

4AT family: 01M, 01N, 01P.


Production years 1990 – 2005
Type automatic transmission
Number of gears 4
Type of drive front
Engine volume, l up to 2.8
Torque output, Nm up to 280
Recommended oil G 052 162 A2 + 75W90 GL4
Oil capacity, liter 5.7 + 1.0
Replacing the oil every 70,000 km
Replacing the filter every 70,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~200 000

Gear ratios Volkswagen 01N

Using the example of a Audi A4 1997 with a 1.8l engine:

Main 5.152
1st 2.714
2nd 1.551
3rd 1.000
4th 0.679
Reverse 2.111

The transmission was installed on:

  • Audi 80 B4 (8C) in 1991 – 1996;
  • Audi 100 C4 (4A) in 1990 – 1994;
  • Audi A4 B5 (8D) in 1994 – 2001;
  • Audi A6 C4 (4A) in 1994 – 1997;
  • Volkswagen Passat B5 (3B) in 1996 – 2005.

Disadvantages of the VW 01N gearbox

  • The gearbox has no problems with reliability; breakdowns begin only after 100,000 km.
  • Typically, a service station is contacted when the solenoids and their wiring are dirty or worn.
  • This automatic transmission is afraid of overheating; at best, its rubber-coated pistons will melt.
  • In the electrical part of the transmission, speed sensors most often have to be replaced.
  • A sudden failure of the reverse gear occurs due to the rotation of the return springs.

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