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    How many gears in a 1.9 Tdi (130)?

    looking at a B6 A4, 03/53 reg. Some seem to be advertised with 5 speed and some with 6. Anyone know when the change was made from 5 to 6? I am looking at non-quattro version if that makes any difference?

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    I think it was around 2004.

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    Mines a 53 plate and got a 6 speed box

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    Mines an 04 and has 6

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    It is 6 speed if it is the sport model. that also comes with electric lumber support. I have a 01 5 speed but my brother from another mother has a 03 with 6 speed. If its 6 speed its a 130 Sport. You can get 5 speed in the 03 also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doogleman
    It is 6 speed if it is the sport model. that also comes with electric lumber support. I have a 01 5 speed but my brother from another mother has a 03 with 6 speed. If its 6 speed its a 130 Sport. You can get 5 speed in the 03 also.
    I don't think trim level makes any difference. They changed to 6 speed when the engine went from 210lbft to 228lbft as I believe the 5 speed couldn't handle the extra torque.

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    There are plenty of 5 speed remapped 130's with loads more torque than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james0808
    There are plenty of 5 speed remapped 130's with loads more torque than that.
    What does that prove? For all you know, those gearboxes lives may be significantly shortened by the remap.

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    I doubt it somehow, tolerances are quite huge in these kind of things. Mines an 03 and 5-speed by the way.

    Personally I think they changed it to keep up with competition!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff
    What does that prove? For all you know, those gearboxes lives may be significantly shortened by the remap.
    It proves that the gearboxes can handle loads more torque than 228lbft.Do a search to see how many gearboxes have packed in after a remap.

    The ratios are closer on a 6 speed box making it feel abit livelier and possibly more economical.
    Also as Nelson 15 said keeping up with the competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff
    They changed to 6 speed when the engine went from 210lbft to 228lbft as I believe the 5 speed couldn't handle the extra torque.
    Do you actually think that Audi would put a gearbox in any car that was within 18lbft of its maximum tolerance???

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    Mines an 03 and 5-speed by the way.
    There ya go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james0808
    Do you actually think that Audi would put a gearbox in any car that was within 18lbft of its maximum tolerance???
    No, of course not but I believe the max torque that the 6-speed can handle is quite a bit higher than the 5-speed.

    however looking at it another way, I doubt Audi would put a 'box in that could handle say 50% more torque than was being produced. I might expect the 'box to be able to handle say 25% more without problems

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    mines a 2002 with a 6 speed box

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    Mines a 2001 Sport, i have 5gears!

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    02 sport 5 gears, IIRC wierd thing is according to parkers the mpg is worse for the 6 speed!
    I never feel like i'm lacking a gear, there's enough town shifting as it is.

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    My 52-plate std trim Quattro was 6-spd, as is my 53-plate Sport.

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    52 plate 03 registered 6 speed

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    52plate with 5 speed

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    52 Plate TDI Quattro Sport 6 speed!

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    my old car was an 04 plate 1.9 tdi quattro sport with 6 speed
    07 A4 Cab 2.0T FSI S-Line
    06 Suzuki GSXR750 K6

    Gone But Not Forgotten:
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    If in doubt go flat out

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    So, are we concluding that a 6-speed box was an optional extra on certain models, in certain years?

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    All the quattro's were 6 speed then I think they uplifted the 2WD's at around late 02. Don't think it was ever available as an option. They did the same with the A3 1.8TQ, I think they call it a midlife kicker.

 

 

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