Changing ATF in 3.0tdi


Registered User
Hi all

Going to have the ATF changed (along with other service bits) , next couple of weeks.

according to service schedule it should be changed every 40000 miles.

have full history with the car , and according to services invoices (all audi main dealer) it has never been changed !!(currentmileage approaching 80000)

so my question is----surely Audi main dealer wouldn't miss the opportunity to,do this and charge for it , but obviously did !!!

i am experiencing no issues with the gear box......

What would happen if I don't change it?

BTW been quoted £200.00 apprx to do this (9 ltr of fluid and labour)

Many thanks


Registered User
Hi all

Been looking at SSP 363 -and on google regarding auto transmission ,

SSP 363 says the gearboxes are sealed for life , other sites so you should change the ATF in the gear box.

getting a bit confused

CAN ANY ONE GIVE ME A DEFINITIVE ANSWER ,whether the ATF,should be changed or Not



Registered User
You would be best off changing fluid,and filter just to make sure any debris is removed that may cause future problems.


Registered User
Update , had the following email from AUDI regarding the ATF change .......

Dear *************

Thank you for your email addressed to AUDI AG, regarding the gearbox oil in your Audi Q7.

I can confirm that the Tiptronic gearbox fitted to your Audi Q7 is a sealed unit and is not part of a service schedule. The gearbox oil should last the lifetime of the vehicle and should only be replaced if a repair is required.

I hope this information helps.

Kind Regards

Rob McDonald
Customer Relations Manager, AUDI AG
Audi UK
T 01908 601719 Ext: 62809
F 0113 3932585