4l60e Transmissions, Guides & Info​

4l60e transmission - CPT 4l60e

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What Vehicles Have A 4l60e Transmission?

The 4l60e transmission can be found in many mid 90’s to mid 2000’s GM cars, truck, vans, and SUV’s.  The 4l60e comes in either a 4 wheel drive (4×4) or 2 wheel drive (2wd). 

Since there are so many vehicles that utilized the 4l60e, it’s easy to find many used transmissions in great shape, or plenty of experienced transmission builders to either rebuild your existing transmission or to supply a re manufactured unit. 

Over the years the 4l60e has proven to be a durable transmission in many daily driven applications, and can be quite capable of handling some power when built right. While they are certainly capable when built right, the GM 4l60e transmission is not the best option when used in high horsepower drag racing or street applications when the vehicle is heavy.

Overall, the 4l60e is a great transmission that is readily available at an affordable price.

  • Buick Rainier 2004-2007
  • Buick Roadmaster 1994–1996
  • Cadillac Escalade 1999-2000, 2002-2005 (models with LM7/5.3L V8 Also with 6.0 LQ9)
  • Cadillac Fleetwood 1994–1996
  • Chevrolet Astro 1993-2005
  • Chevrolet Avalanche 2002-2008
  • Chevrolet S-10 Blazer 1994-2005
  • Chevrolet Camaro 1994–2002
  • Chevrolet Caprice 1994-96
  • Chevrolet Colorado 2004-2012
  • Chevrolet Corvette 1994–2004
  • Chevrolet Express 2003-2012
  • Chevrolet Impala SS 1994–1996
  • Chevrolet S-10 1994-2005
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500-2500 (2500 with 6 bolt axle pattern)
  • Chevrolet C/K SUV,Truck 1993-2000
  • Chevrolet SSR 2003-2006
  • Chevrolet Suburban
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Chevrolet TrailBlazer 2003-2009
  • GMC Canyon 2004-2012
  • GMC Envoy 2003-2009
  • GMC Jimmy 1993-2005
  • GMC Safari 1993-2005
  • GMC Savana 2003-2013
  • GMC Sierra 1500-2500 (2500 with 6 bolt axle pattern)
  • GMC Sonoma 1994-2005
  • GMC Yukon
  • GMC Yukon XL Denali
  • GMC Vandura 1993-1996
  • Holden Commodore 1993–2012
  • Holden Monaro 2001-2006
  • Holden Caprice 1994–2008
  • Hummer H3
  • Oldsmobile Bravada
  • Pontiac Firebird 1994–2002
  • Pontiac GTO 2004
  • Saab 9-7X 2005-2009
  • Isuzu Ascender 2007

Are All 4l60e Transmissions Interchangeable?

While the 4l60e was found in a wide range of vehicles for its nearly 20 year production run, not all 4l60e transmission are interchangeable.  There are a few critical things to understand when it comes to 4l60e interchangeability such as:

  • Input shaft size
  • Bellhousing 
  • Case – 1 or 2 piece with removable bellhousing 
  • Tailshaft and Housing – 2wd or 4wd

What Is The Difference Between the 4l60 and 4l60e

The 4l60 and 4l60e transmissions share a number of similarities while having plenty of differences.  Both transmissions originated from the 700r4 transmission which like the 4l60 family, was a 4 speed automatic in mild GM car, truck, and suv applications for many years.

The biggest difference between the 4L60 and 4L60E is how both are controlled. For 4L60E control comes from a computer. For the 4L60, control comes form a TV cable.  With one being controlled by computer and the other not, there are compatibility issues that the two have.

If you tried to put a 4L60E transmission in the place where a 4L60 once resided, you will need to buy an aftermarket transmission controller so that you can control it.

Similarities Between The 4L60 and 4L60E Transmissions 

While, the 4L60 and the 4L60E have some differences, they share some similarities including:

  • Bellhousing bolt pattern
  • Transmission pan
  • Length
  • Same gear ratios 
  • Same number of gears

How Many Gears Does A 4l60e Have?

The 4l60e has 4 forward gears, 1 reverse gear.  Forward gears can be engaged manually, but are electronically controlled to shift based on engine RPM, throttle position, and vehicle speed. 

What Does 4l60e Stand For?

The meaning of the 4l60e is derived from having “4” forward drive gears, “L” for longitudinal installation, “60” explains the light to medium duty use based on its 6,000 pound gross vehicle weight capacity (GVW), and “E” for being electronically controlled via the powertrain control module (PCM).  The 4l60e shifts based on throttle position (TPS sensor data), vehicle speed (VSS data), and other key engine sensors.