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DL501 DSG / S-tronic (0B5)

The DL501 (0B5) is a 7-speed oil-cooled dual clutch gearbox mounted in longitudinal direction developed by Audi AG. Nevertheless, this DSG knows a lot of issues, especially the early produced ones between 2009 and 2013.

DL501 DSG information

  • 7-speed
  • Wet clutch
  • Longitudinal config
  • Stock rated up to +/- 550 Nm
  • E.G. Audi A4, A5, Q5 and Q6

Following on the success of the 6-speed DQ250 DSG / S-tronic on the Audi A3 and TT models, Audi AG decided to introduced their own developed S-tronic, called DL501 (0B5), during the launch of the Q5 back in 2009. The DL501 (OB5) is the first 7-speed dual clutch transmission designed for longitudinally placed engines with an engine torque up to 550 Nm like the Audi A5, Q5 and A6.

DL501 issues

Most common problems

  • Gear shifts at too low rpm
  • Agressive / unsmooth take-off
  • Bump during braking just before standstill
  • Clutch vibrations and slip
  • Gearbox error message on dashboard
  • Vehicle doesn't move at all
  • Improved Drivability

    Unique shifting strategies matching the engine for ultra smooth up- and downshifting

  • Life extender options

    Sustainable software solutions for extended gearbox lifetime

  • Performance options

    Various necessary software modifications for fastest performance during acceleration and up- and downshifting while keeping drivability smooth. Perfectly matching shifting strategies for any engine and gearbox combination.

  • Launch Control

    Launch control activation and/or enhancement included user definable launch settings

  • Additional options

    Other optional features available for certain models

DL501 options Drivability Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 2+ Stage 3 Stage 4
Optimized D Shift Program
Optimized S Shift Program
Optimized M Shift Program
Optimized Cruise Control Program
DL501 options Drivability Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 2+ Stage 3 Stage 4
1st Gear de- or reactivation (optional)
Improved clutch cooling
Improved thermomanagment
DL501 options Drivability Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 2+ Stage 3 Stage 4
Maximum gearbox torque [Nm] Stock 600 Nm 700 Nm 700 Nm 800 Nm 1000 Nm
Increased maximum clutch pressure [bar] - 14-15 14-15 18-19 18-19
Necessary torque limiters raised
Improved up- and downshifting speed (D+S+M mode)
Improved shifting paddles response
Improved take off (D+S+M mode)
Improved torque reduction during shifting (D+S+M mode)
Customized upshift RPM setpoints up to 8000 rpm
Customized downshift RPM setpoints
Automatic upshift deactivation (optional)
Automatic downshift deactivation (optional)
Kick-down deactivation (optional)
Race mode without torque reduction (optional)
Special race clutch characteristics calibration
Special anti judder take-off functionality
DL501 options Drivability Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 2+ Stage 3 Stage 4
Improved LC response time for quicker launches
Multi-step LC RPM limits
Different LC modes for D/S/M mode
LC with ESP ON activation
Boost on Launch mode (included "rally sound")
DL501 options Drivability Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 2+ Stage 3 Stage 4
Gear Display Indicator (MFA) activation
Reduced engine braking
Coasting disabling
DL501 repair pricing WARRANTY EXC. 21% TAX INC. 21% TAX
During an in-depth diagnosis we analyse the overall condition of the DSG transmission and drivetrain. One of our technicians analyses your vehicle during a test drive using the latest diagnostic equipment. After this you will receive an overview of the condition of your vehicle and a cause for the problem your vehicle is experiencing. Based on the diagnosis results you will receive an overview of the costs for repair and/or software optimizations needed.
In-depth diagnosis (free for repairs)
€ 123.14 € 149.00
Changing the DSG oil is necessary for all “wet clutch” VAG DSG models every 60.000 kilometers according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
DSG oil change + new filter
€ 189.26 € 229.00
New OEM clutches installed according to manufacturer instructions using special tools
Clutch replacement
12 months Starting from € 1,404.13 Starting from € 1,699.00
New OEM clutches and flywheel installed according to manufacturer instructions using special tools
Clutch replacement included flyhweel
12 months Starting from € 1,982.64 Starting from € 2,398.99
In this repair only the defective components of the mechatronic are replaced for new parts
Mechatronic repair
12 months Starting from € 825.62 Starting from € 999.00
TVS overhauled mechatronics are completely new built mechatronics on which all defective and wear sensitive parts have been replaced. No partial repairs are carried out, only completely newly built units!
Mechatronic replacement OVERHAULED
12 months Starting from € 1,445.45 Starting from € 1,748.99
New mechatronic installed according to manufacturer instructions using special tools
Mechatronic replacement NEW
12 months Starting from € 1,900.00 Starting from € 2,299.00
TVS Engineering / DSG Dokter has more than 1000 new, used or overhauled DSG transmissions on stock. This makes it possible for us to replace the gearbox of almost every DSG equipped VAG vehicle.
DSG gearbox replacement OVERHAULED excl. mechatronic
12 months on request on request
TVS Engineering / DSG Dokter has more than 1000 new, used or overhauled DSG transmissions on stock. This makes it possible for us to replace the gearbox of almost every DSG equipped VAG vehicle.
DSG gearbox replacement OVERHAULED incl. mechatronic
12 months on request on request
TVS Engineering / DSG Dokter has more than 1000 new, used or overhauled DSG transmissions on stock. This makes it possible for us to replace the gearbox of almost every DSG equipped VAG vehicle.
DSG gearbox replacement NEW excl. mechatronic
12 months on request on request
TVS Engineering / DSG Dokter has more than 1000 new, used or overhauled DSG transmissions on stock. This makes it possible for us to replace the gearbox of almost every DSG equipped VAG vehicle.
DSG gearbox replacement NEW incl. mechatronic
12 months on request on request
2009-2013 2013+
DL501 Software pricing Max. Torque Drive abi.. Life ext.. Exc. TAX21% TAX Exc. TAX21% TAX
Drivability€ 329.75€ 399.00€ 412.40€ 499.00
Stage I--€ 329.75€ 399.00€ 412.40€ 499.00
Stage II--€ 412.40€ 499.00€ 495.04€ 599.00
Stage II+€ 495.04€ 599.00€ 577.69€ 699.00
Stage III€ 1,032.23€ 1,249.00€ 1,032.23€ 1,249.00
Stage IV€ 1,238.84€ 1,499.00€ 1,238.84€ 1,499.00
Drivability (S/RS MODELS€ 412.40€ 499.00€ 412.40€ 499.00
Stage I (S/RS MODELS--€ 329.75€ 399.00€ 412.40€ 499.00
Stage II (S/RS MODELS--€ 412.40€ 499.00€ 495.04€ 599.00
Stage II+ (S/RS MODELS€ 577.69€ 699.00€ 660.33€ 799.00
Stage III (S/RS MODELS€ 1,032.23€ 1,249.00€ 1,032.23€ 1,249.00
Stage IV (S/RS MODELS€ 1,238.84€ 1,499.00€ 1,238.84€ 1,499.00