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Old 07-13-2007, 02:42 PM
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Transmission fluid change and cost

I remember several threads about transmission fluid change - searched, but couldn't find one I was looking for... In short, one time I was quoted at the dealership ~ $300 for a transmission fluid "change" - not "flush"! It seems to me ridiculously high price. In that thread somebody wrote that he did that at Honda and paid only ~ $50. So when my car hit 20K I decided it's time for a change (I'm a little paranoid after 2nd gen tranny trouble). Today I went to Honda dealership and got it change for the same $50 (ATF-Z1). Here is my question - what Acura is doing so special that justifies $300 (!) charge (2-gen change, as far as I remember, was reasonable)? Have I missed something that only at Acura dealership can and should be done?
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Originally Posted by gregtomash
Have I missed something that only at Acura dealership can and should be done?
Yeah, only the Acura dealer can charge a premium for the same stuff... When I bought tranny fluid, touch up paint, etc.... I found it to be cheaper, if I gave the part numbers to the Honda dealer, and get it from them....
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It is possible that Acura was going to do the proper method of
drain 3 qts -refill-drive-drain 3 qts repeat.
Thats takes time to do if using a lift,just getting it on the lift and set right so it doesnt slide off the rack...
Home users with ramps- its easier than oil change

Thats the Gen2 method- you do it 3 times so 9 qts of fluid have been replacd out of 10

For 50 bucks I would guess a peek at the invoice says 3 qts fluid and 1+ hour labor for 15 minutes of work
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Old 07-13-2007, 04:46 PM
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And Flush is a dirty word to Acura transmissions- only drain and fill-
no machine power flushes at all!!
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Old 07-13-2007, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by 01tl4tl
And Flush is a dirty word to Acura transmissions- only drain and fill-
no machine power flushes at all!!
Exactly! When I was quoted $300, I asked; "it's for a flush/3 time change?" The answer was "No. Just a regular change". And, BTW, I saw how they did it at Honda - lift, nice and clean facility - very impressive!
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Exactly! When I was quoted $300, I asked; "it's for a flush/3 time change?" The answer was "No. Just a regular change". And, BTW, I saw how they did it at Honda - lift, nice and clean facility - very impressive!
Two words - "Rip off"
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I'm at around 20K miles myself and would like to change my ATF. Sounds like regardless of whether you go to a Honda dealership or Acura, the proper method of is drain 3 qts-refill-drive-drain 3 qts repeat right?
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I believe that my honda dealership charges $95.00 for a trans fluid change. If i were you i would take it to a honda dealership honda uses the same fluids and parts, the car is basically the same as a v6 accord, they should be able to do the work!
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My Acura dealer only charged me $80.00 for changing the trans fluid. Maybe it depends on location
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correct the 3x3 method
Use only Honda trans fluid from dealer
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When I had my 2G TL (2000), I used the local Honda dealer for all of the routine service and the Acura dealer for warranty repairs. I still do this with my 06 TL and Willis Honda in Burlington, NJ is more than happy to have me as a customer- they treat me really well (they would have even done the timing belt and water pump for $650, including the parts). Anyway, I was charged $85 by Honda for the transmission drain and fill, including the Z1 fluid. The dealership (Acura) wants to charge a premium because we own premium cars. Even my oil changes are $15 at Honda and I was quoted $34 at Acura (I supply my own oil and filter).
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Originally Posted by 01tl4tl
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correct the 3x3 method
Use only Honda trans fluid from dealer
ok, thanks.
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Originally Posted by erdoc48
When I had my 2G TL (2000), I used the local Honda dealer for all of the routine service and the Acura dealer for warranty repairs. I still do this with my 06 TL and Willis Honda in Burlington, NJ is more than happy to have me as a customer- they treat me really well (they would have even done the timing belt and water pump for $650, including the parts). Anyway, I was charged $85 by Honda for the transmission drain and fill, including the Z1 fluid. The dealership (Acura) wants to charge a premium because we own premium cars. Even my oil changes are $15 at Honda and I was quoted $34 at Acura (I supply my own oil and filter).
and they did the drain and fill 3 times or just once?
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No, just a drain and fill (1 time). I don't think any dealer does the 3x drain unless you request it, but then the price is going to be substantial. Plus, they would likely try to convince you not to do it, stating it's a waste (I'm not saying it, just stating what the service person might say). If you want to do the 3x3, it might be more cost effective to do it yourself. With my 00TL, I had one trans. go bad after 32K miles, after which I changed the fluid roughly every 20K miles. My brother owns the car now and after 104K, it still runs well (on the same transmission).
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Old 07-13-2007, 08:56 PM
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Also, don't forget it's the 3rd gear clutch packs that go bad in some transmissions, so the transmission fluid changes, although necessary for good maintenance, are no guarantee that the transmission won't fail.
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