Gearbox Volkswagen MQ250

Five and six-speed manual transmissions VW MQ250 with indexes 02R and 02S have been produced since 2003 and are installed on almost all models of the concern with engines up to 250 Nm of torque. The gearbox is intended for front-wheel drive cars with a transverse engine.

VAG manual gearboxes: MQ100, MQ200, MQ250, MQ281, MQ350, MQ500.

Specifications

Production years since 2003
Type manual transmission
Number of gears 5/6
Type of drive front
Engine volume, l up to 2.5
Torque output, Nm up to 250
Recommended oil G 052 171 A2
Oil capacity, liter 2.1
Replacing the oil every 80,000 km
Replacing the filter every 80,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 45

Gear ratios Volkswagen MQ250

Using the example of a Skoda Octavia 2014 with a 1.8 liter TSI engine:

Main 3.647
1st 3.778
2nd 2.063
3rd 1.455
4th 1.107
5th 0.875
6th 0.725
Reverse 3.600

The transmission was installed on:

  • Audi A3 2 (8P) in 2003 – 2013; A3 3 (8V) in 2012 – 2020;
  • Audi TT 2 (8J) in 2006 – 2014; TT 3 (8S) since 2014;
  • Seat Altea 1 (5P) in 2004 – 2015;
  • Seat Leon 2 (1P) in 2005 – 2012; Leon 3 (5F) in 2012 – 2020;
  • Seat Toledo 3 (5P) in 2004 – 2009;
  • Skoda Karoq 1 (NU) since 2017;
  • Skoda Octavia 2 (1Z) in 2004 – 2013; Octavia 3 (5E) in 2012 – 2020; Octavia 4 (NX) since 2019;
  • Skoda Superb 2 (3T) in 2008 – 2015; Superb 3 (3V) since 2015;
  • Skoda Yeti 1 (5L) in 2009 – 2017;
  • Volkswagen Arteon 1 (3H) since 2017;
  • Volkswagen Beetle 1 (9C) in 2005 – 2011; Beetle 2 (5C) in 2011 – 2019;
  • Volkswagen Caddy 3 (2K) in 2003 – 2015; Caddy 4 (SA) in 2015 – 2020; Caddy 5 (SB) since 2020;
  • Volkswagen Eos 1 (1F) in 2006 – 2015;
  • Volkswagen Golf 5 (1K) in 2003 – 2008; Golf 6 (5K) in 2008 – 2012; Golf 7 (5G) in 2012 – 2020;
  • Volkswagen Golf Plus 1 (5M) in 2004 – 2014;
  • Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan 1 (AM) in 2014 – 2020;
  • Volkswagen Jetta 5 (1K) in 2005 – 2010; Jetta 6 (1B) in 2010 – 2019; Jetta 7 (BU) since 2018;
  • Volkswagen Passat B6 (3C) in 2005 – 2010; Passat B7 (36) in 2010 – 2015; Passat B8 (3G) since 2014;
  • Volkswagen Passat CC (35) in 2008 – 2016;
  • Volkswagen Scirocco 3 (137) in 2008 – 2017;
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 1 (5N) in 2007 – 2016;
  • Volkswagen Touran 1 (1T) in 2003 – 2015; Touran 2 (5T) since 2015;
  • Volkswagen Transporter T5 (7H) in 2003 – 2015; Transporter T6 (SG) since 2015.

Disadvantages of the VW MQ250 gearbox

  • This rather noisy manual transmission has a reputation as far from being the most reliable gearbox.
  • The weak point of the transmission is the short-lived differential bearings.
  • And if you miss replacing them, then the support bearings of the secondary shaft will begin to hum.
  • In the most advanced cases, the satellite shaft simply flies off and pierces the gearbox housing.
  • Also on specialized forums they often complain about very rapid wear of the switching mechanism.

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