Gearbox Volkswagen AL550

The VW AL550 8-speed automatic transmission has been assembled at a plant in Germany since 2016 and is installed on 3.0-liter versions of the Volkswagen Amarok pickup under its 0DR index. This automatic transmission is essentially just one of the varieties of the popular ZF 8HP70 automatic transmission.

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


Production years since 2016
Type automatic transmission
Number of gears 8
Type of drive all wheel
Engine volume, l up to 3.0
Torque output, Nm up to 600
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 88

Gear ratios Volkswagen AL550

Using the example of a VW Amarok 2018 with a 3.0 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 2016.

Disadvantages of the VW AL550 gearbox

  • This is a strong and resourceful automatic transmission, and breakdowns only occur at high mileage.
  • The problems here begin with wear on the torque converter lock-up clutch.
  • This dirt clogs the valve body solenoids and then the gearbox starts to push.
  • As the clutch wears out, the shaft begins to vibrate, breaking the oil pump bearing.
  • This automatic transmission is also known for leaks in the pan or in the electrical connector gasket.

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