Gearbox ZF 4HP16

The 4-speed automatic transmission ZF 4HP16 was produced at a plant in South Korea from 2000 to 2012 and was installed on models of the GM Korea concern, that is, Chevrolet, Daewoo, as well as their clones from Suzuki. In some markets, this automatic transmission is best known as the Chevrolet Lacetti automatic transmission.

4HP family: 4HP14, 4HP16, 4HP18, 4HP20, 4HP22, 4HP24.


Production years 2000 – 2012
Type automatic transmission
Number of gears 4
Type of drive front
Engine volume, l up to 2.5
Torque output, Nm up to 240
Recommended oil ESSO LT 71141
Oil capacity, liter 7.4 / 6.9
Replacing the oil every 60,000 km
Replacing the filter every 60,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 76

In 2000, ZF created a 4-speed automatic transmission for GM Korea, which was intended for front-wheel drive cars with a transverse unit. This automatic transmission was essentially a simplified and lightweight version of the 4HP20 automatic transmission and was installed with both weak 1.8-liter engines and powerful engines up to 2.5 liters.

Gear ratios ZF 4HP16

Using the example of a Chevrolet Lacetti 2005 with a 1.8 liter engine:

Main 3.945
1st 2.719
2nd 1.487
3rd 1.000
4th 0.717
Reverse 2.529

The transmission was installed on:

  • Buick Excelle 1 (J200) in 2003 – 2008;
  • Chevrolet Evanda 1 (V200) in 2000 – 2006;
  • Chevrolet Epica 1 (V250) in 2006 – 2009;
  • Chevrolet Lacetti 1 (J200) in 2004 – 2011;
  • Chevrolet Rezzo 1 (U100) in 2005 – 2008;
  • Daewoo Lacetti 1 (J200) in 2002 – 2009;
  • Daewoo Leganza 1 (V100) in 2000 – 2002;
  • Daewoo Nubira 2 (J200) in 2002 – 2009;
  • Daewoo Magnus 1 (V200) in 2000 – 2006;
  • Daewoo Rezzo 1 (U100) in 2000 – 2007;
  • Daewoo Tacuma 1 (U100) in 2000 – 2009;
  • Suzuki Forenza 1 (J200) in 2003 – 2008;
  • Suzuki Reno 1 (J200) in 2004 – 2008;
  • Suzuki Verona 1 (V200) in 2003 – 2006.

Disadvantages of the ZF 4HP16 gearbox

  • When combined with an engine of up to 2.0 liters, this automatic transmission lasts a long time and without any problems, but on models with a 2.5 liter engine, the torque converter locking clutch can wear out quickly, and this is especially true for lovers of aggressive driving. If you do not pay attention, the vibrations will break the oil pump bushing and leaks will appear.
  • Driving with a worn torque converter locking clutch here leads not only to wear of the bushings, but also breaks the bearings in the transmission, starting with the caliper or drive gear and ending with the support bearings of the sun gear, then it is easier to look for a replacement gearbox.
  • Also on specialized forums you can find quite a lot of complaints about sensor failures; most often the input and output shaft speed sensors and gear shift sensors fail. This gearbox is also very afraid of overheating and often fails in traffic jams or in extreme heat.

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