Gearbox Volkswagen AL600

The VW AL600 6-speed automatic transmission was produced in Germany from 2002 to 2011 and was installed on all-wheel drive versions of the Audi A6, A8 or Volkswagen Phaeton under the symbol 09E. This automatic transmission is a clone of the ZF 6HP26 and exists in a version for gasoline engines and diesel engines.

AL-6 family: AL420, AL600, AL651, AL750, AL950.


Production years 2002 – 2011
Type automatic transmission
Number of gears 6
Type of drive all wheel
Engine volume, l up to 4.2
Torque output, Nm up to 650
Recommended oil G 055 005 A2
G 055 162 A2 for diesel engines
Oil capacity, liter 10.4
Replacing the oil every 60,000 km
Replacing the filter every 60,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 140

Gear ratios Volkswagen AL600

Using the example of a Audi A8 2005 with a 3.7 engine:

Main 3.539
1st 4.171
2nd 2.340
3rd 1.521
4th 1.143
5th 0.867
6th 0.691
Reverse 3.403

The transmission was installed on:

  • Audi A6 C6 (4F) in 2004 – 2011;
  • Audi A8 D3 (4E) in 2002 – 2010;
  • Volkswagen Phaeton 1 (3D) in 2003 – 2010.

Disadvantages of the VW AL600 gearbox

  • This is a reliable automatic transmission if you change the oil regularly and keep it cool.
  • The mechatronics unit really does not like overheating and can fail up to 150,000 km.
  • When driving too actively, the torque converter locking clutches wear out very quickly.
  • Then wear products clog the solenoids in the valve body and the gearbox begins to push.
  • The weak points of the gearbox include the modest life of the bushings and regular oil leaks.

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