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DSG / S-Tronic Transmission

The DSG gearbox, also known as Direct Shift Gearbox, is an automated gearbox using a so called "double clutch" introduced by Volkswagen AG. Audi uses for the same DSG gearbox the name S-tronic.

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DSG transmission explained

DSG Introduction

In simple terms, the DSG gearbox could be compared with two separate manual gearboxes contained within one transmission housing. In here a dual-clutch setup (simply two independent clutches) is electronically-hydraulic controlled for fully automatic clutch and shifting operation. By using two different clutches a DSG transmission can achieve faster shifting times compared to a conventional automatic transmission and eliminates the need of a torque converter.

Audi uses for the same DSG gearboxes, the name S-tronic. In 2009 Audi introduced their own developed 7-speed DSG (S-tronic) gearbox. This S-tronic, called DL501, is developed for longitudinally placed engines and can therefore be used in certain larger Audi models.

DSG Transmission models

There are several DSG models available on the market. Select one of the models below to read more about services and products TVS Engineering offers or specific common problems and fault codes.

Overview DSG gearbox models

There are certain different DSG models available on the market. Here below are all DSG gearbox summarized and briefly described. Would you like to read more about your DSG model and the products and services TVS Engineering / DSG Dokter offers? Select your gearbox model above or use the vehicle selector.

  • DQ200
  • DQ250
  • DQ380
  • DQ381
  • DQ400
  • DQ500
  • DL382
  • DL501

Available in smaller VAG vehicles from 2007 and onwards with small engine configurations ranging from 1.0 up to 1.9L.

  • Type: 0AM/0CW
  • Gears: 7-Speed
  • Dry clutch
  • Configuration: Transverse
  • Examples: Polo, Golf, A3, Yeti, etc.

Available in medium sized VAG vehicles from 2004 and onwards with engine configurations ranging from 1.6 up to 3.6L.

  • Type: 02E/0D9
  • Gears: 6-Speed
  • Wet clutch
  • Configuration: Transverse
  • Examples: Golf, Octavia, Superb, A3, etc.

Available in VAG vehicles from 2015 and onwards with engine configurations ranging from 2.0 up to 3.6L.

  • Type: 0DE
  • Gears: 7-Speed FWD
  • Wet clutch
  • Configuration: Transverse
  • Examples: Golf, Passat, Terramont, etc.

Available in VAG vehicles from 2015 and onwards with engine configurations ranging from 2.0 up to 3.6L.

  • Type: 0GC
  • Gears: 7-Speed AWD
  • Wet clutch
  • Configuration: Transverse
  • Examples: Golf, Passat, Terramont, etc.

Gearbox variant based on the DQ250 available in VAG vehicles with hybrid engine configurations.

  • Type: 0DD
  • Gears: 6-Speed Hybrid
  • Wet clutch
  • Configuration: Transverse
  • Examples: Golf GTE, A3 E-tron, etc.
  • Jetta Hybrid (see DQ200)

Available in larger VAG vehicles from 2011 and onwards with medium to larger engine configurations ranging from 2.0 up to 3.6L.

  • Type: 0BH/0BT/0DL
  • Gears: 7-Speed
  • Wet clutch
  • Configuration: Transverse
  • Examples: Transporter, Tiguan, Q3, RS3, TTRS, etc.

Available in especially front wheel driven Audi vehicles from 2013 and onwards with engine configurations ranging from 2.0 up to 3.0L.

  • Type: 0CK/0CL/0CJ
  • Gears: 7-Speed (FWD)
  • Wet clutch
  • Configuration: Longitudinal
  • Examples: A4, A5, Q5, A6, etc.

Available in larger all wheel driven Audi vehicles from 2009 and onwards with engine configurations ranging from 2.0 up to 4.0L.

  • Type: 0B5
  • Gears: 7-Speed AWD
  • Wet clutch
  • Configuration: Longitudinal
  • Examples: A4, A5, S5, Q5, etc.
DSG / S-tronic transmission

Issues or problems?!

Do you experience problems with the DSG / S-Tronic gearbox of your vehicle? In practice, the DSG gearbox shows several common issues. In many cases, DSG repairs can be prevented by checking and maintaining your DSG in time or optimizing the DSG software by TVS Engineering / DSG-Doctor.

With over 15 years of experience in DSG diagnostics, repairs and developments TVS Engineering is capable of offering a solution for any DSG related issue. We cover all required aspects in-house to solve your problem:

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