Gearbox Volkswagen MQ350

The 6-speed manual transmission VW MQ350 with index 02M and 02Q has been produced by the company since 1997 and is installed on almost all models of the concern with powerful gasoline and diesel engines. Initially, the gearbox was designed for engines up to 320 Nm, and the latest versions can handle 400 Nm.

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

Specifications

Production years since 1997
Type manual transmission
Number of gears 6
Type of drive front / all wheel
Engine volume, l up to 3.2
Torque output, Nm up to 320 (400)
Recommended oil G 052 171 A2
Oil capacity, liter 2.3
Replacing the oil every 80,000 km
Replacing the filter every 80,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 61

Gear ratios Volkswagen MQ350

Using the example of a Volkswagen Golf 2005 with a 2.0 TDI liter engine:

Main 3.450
1st 3.769
2nd 2.087
3rd 1.324
4th 0.977
5th 0.975
6th 0.814
Reverse 4.549

The transmission was installed on:

  • Audi A1 1 (8X) in 2011 – 2018;
  • Audi A3 1 (8L) in 1999 – 2003; A3 2 (8P) in 2003 – 2013; A3 3 (8V) in 2012 – 2020;
  • Audi Q3 1 (8U) in 2011 – 2018;
  • Audi TT 1 (8N) in 1998 – 2006; TT 2 (8J) in 2006 – 2014; TT 3 (8S) in 2014;
  • Seat Altea 1 (5P) in 2004 – 2015;
  • Seat Leon 1 (1M) in 2000 – 2005; Leon 2 (1P) in 2005 – 2012; Leon 3 (5F) in 2012 – 2020;
  • Seat Toledo 2 (1M) in 2000 – 2004; Toledo 3 (5P) in 2004 – 2009;
  • Skoda Karoq 1 (NU) since 2017;
  • Skoda Kodiaq 1 (NS) since 2016;
  • Skoda Octavia 1 (1U) in 2002 – 2004; 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 Beetle 2 (5C) in 2011 – 2018;
  • Volkswagen Eos 1 (1F) in 2006 – 2015;
  • Volkswagen Caddy 3 (2K) in 2003 – 2015; Caddy 4 (SA) in 2015 – 2020; Caddy 5 (SB) since 2020;
  • Volkswagen Golf 4 (1J) in 1997 – 2006; 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 4 (1J) in 1998 – 2005; Jetta 5 (1K) in 2005 – 2010; Jetta 6 (1B) in 2010 – 2018; 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 Tiguan 1 (5N) in 2007 – 2018; Tiguan 2 (AD) since 2016;
  • Volkswagen Touran 1 (1T) in 2003 – 2015; Touran 2 (5T) since 2015;
  • Volkswagen Scirocco 3 (137) in 2008 – 2017;
  • Volkswagen Sharan 2 (7N) in 2010 – 2022.

Disadvantages of the VW MQ350 gearbox

  • This is a reliable manual transmission and the problems described below occur at high mileage.
  • A known weak point of this manual transmission is the rear input shaft bearing.
  • At first you hear a hum, then the shaft begins to play and breaks the groove in the back cover.
  • With frequent sharp starts, the synchronizer clutches can wear out quite quickly.
  • Also, the forks of the gear shift mechanism do not always withstand aggressive driving.

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