Gearbox Volkswagen AL450

The VW AL450 8-speed automatic transmission has been assembled by the German concern since 2011 and is installed on rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive versions of the popular VW Amarok pickup truck. This automatic transmission is essentially just one of the varieties of the well-known ZF 8HP45 automatic transmission.

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


Production years since 2011
Type automatic transmission
Number of gears 8
Type of drive all wheel / rear
Engine volume, l up to 2.0
Torque output, Nm up to 450
Recommended oil G 060 162 A2
Oil capacity, liter 8.8
Replacing the oil every 60,000 km
Replacing the filter every 60,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 78

Gear ratios Volkswagen AL450

Using the example of a VW Amarok 2015 with a 2.0 TDI engine:

Main 3.700
1st 4.714
2nd 3.143
3rd 2.106
4th 1.667
5th 1.285
6th 1.000
7th 0.839
8th 0.667
Reverse 3.317

The transmission was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Amarok 1 (2H) since 2011.

Disadvantages of the VW AL450 gearbox

  • This is a reliable and durable automatic transmission; breakdowns occur only at high mileage.
  • During active driving, the torque converter locking clutch quickly wears out.
  • This dirt gets into the valve body solenoids and shocks appear when switching.
  • Worn clutch leads to vibrations that break the oil pump bearing.
  • Oil leaks along the sump and electrical connector gasket are also common.

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