Gearbox ZF 6HP19

The 6-speed automatic transmission ZF 6HP19 was produced in Germany from 2002 to 2013 and was installed on many rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models of the BMW concern as GA6HP19Z. This transmission is found on Audi and Volkswagen cars under the designations 0AT or 09L.

6HP family: 6HP19, 6HP26, 6HP32, 6HP21, 6HP28.


Production years 2002 – 2013
Type automatic transmission
Number of gears 6
Type of drive all wheel / rear
Engine volume, l up to 4.2
Torque output, Nm up to 440
Recommended oil Dexron VI
Oil capacity, liter 9.0
Replacing the oil every 75,000 km
Replacing the filter every 75,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~250 000
Weight, kg 75

In 2002, the ZF concern introduced a slightly simplified version of the 6HP26 automatic transmission under the symbol 6HP19. By design, this is a conventional 6-speed hydromechanical automatic transmission for rear-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles with a longitudinal engine. Until 2006, this gearbox was installed with engines up to 400 Nm, but then the range was expanded to 440 Nm.

Among the features, we note the use of the principle of constructing planetary gears according to Lepeletir, adjustable locking of the torque converter, it starts working from first gear, as well as an electronic gearbox control unit, combined with the valve body into a single mechatronics.

Gear ratios ZF 6HP19

Using the example of a BMW 5-series 2005 with a 3.0 liter engine:

Main 3.460
1st 4.171
2nd 2.340
3rd 1.521
4th 1.143
5th 0.867
6th 0.691
Reverse 3.403

The transmission was installed on:

  • Audi A4 B6 (8E), A4 B7 (8E), A6 C6 (4F), A8 D3 (4E), Q7 1 (4L);
  • BMW 1-Series E87, 3-Series E90, 5-Series E60, 6-Series E63, 7-Series E65, X3-Series E83, X5-Series E70, X6-Series E71, Z4-Series E85;
  • Hyundai Genesis Coupe 1 (BK);
  • Jaguar S-Type 1 (X200), XJ 7 (X350);
  • Volkswagen Phaeton 1 (3D).

Disadvantages of the ZF 6HP19 gearbox

  • In this automatic transmission, the control unit is located inside the housing and does not tolerate high temperatures. The first versions often failed after a mileage of 100,000 km, but then the service life increased.
  • The torque converter lock-up clutch in this gearbox wears out very quickly and the products of its wear clog the valve body solenoids, and then shocks appear.
  • Another weak point of this automatic transmission is the rapid wear of metal bushings, due to which the control unit increases the pressure in the system, reducing the life of the solenoids.
  • All rubber parts in the valve body require regular and mandatory replacement: bushings, adapter and separator plate, as well as oil pump and output shaft seals.

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