Gearbox Volkswagen MQ281

The 6-speed manual transmission VW MQ281 with index 0C9 has been assembled at the Barcelona plant since 2019 and is now installed on almost the entire modern model range of the Volkswagen Group. This manual transmission is designed for transverse units with a torque of up to 340 Nm.

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

Specifications

Production years since 2019
Type manual transmission
Number of gears 6
Type of drive front
Engine volume, l up to 2.0
Torque output, Nm up to 340
Recommended oil G 052 527 A2
Oil capacity, liter 1.5
Replacing the oil every 80,000 km
Replacing the filter every 80,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~300 000

Gear ratios Volkswagen MQ281

Using the example of a Audi A3 sedan 30 TFSI 2021 with a 1.0 liter TSI engine:

Main 4.056
1st 3.769
2nd 1.947
3rd 1.281
4th 0.973
5th 0.778
6th 0.642
Reverse 3.182

The transmission was installed on:

  • Audi A3 4 (8Y) since 2020;
  • Audi Q2 1 (GA) since 2020;
  • Seat Ateca 1 (KH) since 2020;
  • Seat Leon 4 (KL) since 2020;
  • Skoda Karoq 1 (NU) since 2021;
  • Skoda Kodiaq 1 (NS) since 2020;
  • Skoda Octavia 4 (NX) since 2019;
  • Skoda Superb 3 (3V) since 2019;
  • Volkswagen Arteon 1 (3H) since 2020;
  • Volkswagen Golf 8 (CD) since 2019;
  • Volkswagen Passat B8 (3G) since 2019;
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 1 (A1) since 2021;
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2 (AD) since 2020;
  • Volkswagen Touran 2 (5T) since 2020.

Disadvantages of the VW MQ281 gearbox

  • This is a completely new manual transmission and there are no breakdown statistics yet.
  • On specialized forums, this manual transmission is praised for its quiet operation and clear switching.
  • However, it is worth noting the decent cost of spare parts and the shortage of contract manual transmissions.

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