Gearbox Volkswagen AL1000

The VW AL1000 8-speed automatic transmission was produced in Japan from 2009 to 2018 and installed on the popular Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7 crossovers. This automatic transmission is one of the varieties of the well-known Aisin TR-80SD and TR-81SD automatic transmissions.

AL-8 family: AL450, AL550, AL551, AL552, AL951, AL952, AL1000.


Production years 2009 – 2018
Type automatic transmission
Number of gears 8
Type of drive all wheel
Engine volume, l up to 4.2
up to 4.8 (enhanced version)
Torque output, Nm up to 650
up to 850 (enhanced version)
Recommended oil G 055 540 A2
Oil capacity, liter 10.5
11.8 (enhanced version)
Replacing the oil every 60,000 km
Replacing the filter every 60,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~350 000
Weight, kg 91
108 (enhanced version)

Gear ratios Volkswagen AL1000

Using the example of a VW Touareg 2015 with a 3.0 TDI engine:

Main 3.270
1st 4.970
2nd 2.840
3rd 1.864
4th 1.437
5th 1.210
6th 1.000
7th 0.825
8th 0.686
Reverse 4.066

The transmission was installed on:

  • Audi Q7 1 (4L) in 2009 – 2015;
  • Porsche Cayenne 2 (92A) in 2009 – 2017;
  • Volkswagen Touareg 2 (7P) in 2010 – 2018.

Disadvantages of the VW AL1000 gearbox

  • This is a very durable automatic transmission and breakdowns occur only with rare oil changes.
  • When driving frequently in traffic jams, the lubricant in this transmission quickly ages and becomes dirty.
  • Then the solenoids in the valve body become clogged and shocks appear when switching.
  • The gearbox also doesn’t like overheating, so keep the cooling system clean.

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