Gearbox Volkswagen AL651

The VW AL651 6-speed automatic transmission was produced by the concern from 2007 to 2012 and was installed on all-wheel drive versions of the Audi A5, A6 and Q5 crossover under the symbol 0B6. This automatic transmission is one of the varieties of the popular ZF 6HP28A automatic transmission.

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


Production years 2007 – 2012
Type automatic transmission
Number of gears 6
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 9.2
Replacing the oil every 60,000 km
Replacing the filter every 60,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 136

Gear ratios Volkswagen AL651

Using the example of a Audi Q5 2010 with a 3.2 engine:

Main 4.216
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 A4 B8 (8K) in 2007 – 2011;
  • Audi A5 1 (8T) in 2007 – 2011;
  • Audi Q5 1 (8R) in 2008 – 2012.

Disadvantages of the VW AL651 gearbox

  • This is a completely reliable automatic transmission if you update the lubricant and prevent it from overheating.
  • High temperatures reduce the service life of the mechatronics board by up to 100 thousand km.
  • When driving aggressively, the torque converter clutches wear out and this dirt clogs the valve body.
  • Also, frequent and sharp acceleration can simply crack the 4-5-6 gear drum.
  • The remaining gearbox problems are associated with wear of the bushings and frequent oil leaks.

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