Gearbox Volkswagen MQ500

The 6-speed manual transmission VW MQ500 under the index 0A5 or 0A6 was produced from 2003 to 2022 and was installed on many modifications of the Transporter, Caravelle or Multivan minibuses. This manual transmission was also installed on the Tiguan crossover, Audi Q3 and the charged Audi TT RS.

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


Production years 2003 – 2022
Type manual transmission
Number of gears 6
Type of drive front / all wheel
Engine volume, l up to 2.5
Torque output, Nm up to 500
Recommended oil G 052 527 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

Gear ratios Volkswagen MQ500

Using the example of a Audi Q3 2014 with a 2.0 liter diesel engine:

Main 4.267
1st 3.923
2nd 2.050
3rd 1.750
4th 1.226
5th 0.943
6th 0.769
Reverse 4.946

The transmission was installed on:

  • Audi Q3 1 (8U) in 2011 – 2018;
  • Audi TT RS 2 (8J) in 2009 – 2014;
  • Volkswagen Transporter T5 (7H) in 2003 – 2015; Transporter T6 (SG) since 2015;
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 1 (5N) in 2007 – 2018.

Disadvantages of the VW MQ500 gearbox

  • This is a completely reliable manual transmission without any particular weak points in the design.
  • A number of owners complained about noise and vibration when cold, they even carried out a recall.
  • There were cases when the car did not start due to a break in the ground wire of the gearbox.
  • The dual-mass flywheel has a modest resource; sometimes it knocks at 100,000 km.

1 thought on “Gearbox Volkswagen MQ500”

  1. Marcel-Florian Isac

    Hi. I need a gearbox for MAN Tge 3.140 2000 140hp 2019 . Is this compatible-MQ500?

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