Gearbox Volkswagen AL551

The VW AL551 8-speed automatic transmission was produced by the company from 2009 to 2018 and was installed on many all-wheel drive models from Audi under its own 0BK index. This automatic transmission is a variation of the ZF 8HP55A automatic transmission and exists in the 0BW hybrid version.

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
Torque output, Nm up to 700
Recommended oil G 060 162 A2
Oil capacity, liter 9.0
Replacing the oil every 60,000 km
Replacing the filter every 60,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 141

Gear ratios Volkswagen AL551

Using the example of a Audi Q5 2015 with a 3.0 TFSI engine:

Main 3.204
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:

  • Audi A4 B8 (8K) in 2011 – 2015;
  • Audi A5 1 (8T) in 2011 – 2016;
  • Audi A6 C7 (4G) in 2011 – 2018;
  • Audi A7 C7 (4G) in 2011 – 2018;
  • Audi A8 D4 (4H) in 2009 – 2017;
  • Audi Q5 1 (8R) in 2012 – 2017.

Disadvantages of the VW AL551 gearbox

  • This is a reliable automatic transmission, but it is installed with powerful engines that are also chipped.
  • Therefore, the torque converter lock-up clutch wears out very quickly and clogs the valve body.
  • Also, a worn clutch causes vibrations, breaking the oil pump bearing.
  • Frequent and sudden starts greatly reduce the life of aluminum pistons and drums.
  • And not the most durable bushings and rubber gaskets add a lot of hassle.

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