Gearbox Volkswagen DQ500

The 7-speed preselective robotic transmission DQ500 or VW DSG7 has been produced in Germany since 2009 and is installed on PQ35 platform models under the symbol 0BH and Transporter minibuses as 0BT. An updated version of the dual wet clutch gearbox for MQB models is known as 0DL.

DSG-7 family: DQ200, DQ381, DQ500, DL382, DL501.

In 2009, Volkswagen introduced a new preselective robotic gearbox with two wet clutches for particularly powerful engines with a torque of 500 Nm. The updated version of this gearbox was strengthened and was combined with engines up to 600 Nm. This robotic transmission is intended for front-wheel or all-wheel drive models and exists in three versions: 0BH for the PQ35 platform, 0DL for the MQB platform, and 0BT for Transporter minibuses.


Production years since 2009
Type robotic transmission
Number of gears 7
Type of drive front / all wheel
Engine volume, l up to 2.5
Torque output, Nm up to 500 (600)
Recommended oil G 052 182 A2
Oil capacity, liter 7.6
Replacing the oil every 50,000 km
Replacing the filter every 50,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~250 000
Weight, kg 95.6

Gear ratios Volkswagen DQ500

Using the example of a VW Golf R360S 2017 with a 2.0 TSI engine:

Main 4.059/3.450
1st 3.562
2nd 2.526
3rd 1.678
4th 1.022
5th 0.788
6th 0.761
7th 0.635
Reverse 2.789

The transmission was installed on:

  • Audi A3 2 (8P) in 2011 – 2012; A3 3 (8V) in 2015 – 2020; A3 4 (8Y) since 2020;
  • Audi Q3 1 (8U) in 2011 – 2018;
  • Audi TT 2 (8J) in 2009 – 2014; TT 3 (8S) since 2016;
  • Seat Alhambra 2 (7N) in 2015 – 2018;
  • Skoda Kodiaq 1 (NS) in 2017 – 2018;
  • Volkswagen Arteon 1 (3H) since 2017;
  • Volkswagen Golf 7 (5G) in 2016 – 2017;
  • Volkswagen Passat B8 (3G) in 2014 – 2020;
  • Volkswagen Passat B8 Alltrack (3G5) since 2016;
  • Volkswagen Sharan 2 (7N) in 2015 – 2018;
  • Volkswagen Teramont 1 (CA) since 2017;
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 1 (5N) in 2011 – 2016; Tiguan 2 (AD) since 2016;
  • Volkswagen Transporter T5 (7H) in 2009 – 2015; Transporter T6 (SG) since 2015.

Disadvantages of the VW DQ500 gearbox

  • The main problem of preselective robotic transmissions with double clutch in an oil bath is the rapid contamination of the solenoids in the mechatronics with clutch wear products. To avoid the rapid appearance of shocks when switching, change the lubricant more often.
  • The second most popular failure is the failure of the electronic control board, and the reason is usually overheating of the gearbox due to long driving with a clogged heat exchanger. Unlike other gearboxes of the concern, this board cannot be repaired and you will have to look for a new one.
  • With aggressive use and especially after overly aggressive engine chip tuning, you can encounter destruction of the differential even at a mileage of less than 50 thousand km. Also on minibuses T5 very often cuts off the differential spline joints.
  • At a mileage of over 200 thousand kilometers, a strong noise from the bearings often appears, while the shafts usually begin to play and break the seats in the gearbox housing. Destruction of the dual-mass flywheel and synchronizer ring is also common.

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