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#1 Old 08-18-2010, 11:49 PM
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Quick question about transmission fluid changing.

I have an 08 altima 2.5. I was gonna take it to a nissan dealership service center to get the transmission fluid change, but when I called for a price quote he went through this whole thing about how they hook it to a special machine that drains the fluid and cleans the transmission, blah blah blah, and finally told me it will be $208. I had my honda done at a honda service center last year and it was around $70.

Is this a normal price for a nissan dealership? I know I could probably do it myself, but right now my work schedule is crazy. I'm working 7 days a week, and sometimes 12 hours a day.

I know it's better to have a certain fluid in it. Should I just get the fluid and have another service center do it?
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how many miles do you have? Its a CVT so yeah it is a little more complicated then dropping a bolt and pan

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how many miles do you have? Its a CVT so yeah it is a little more complicated then dropping a bolt and pan
About 51,000.

So that price is normal then? I was thinking "WTF!?" when he told me.
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No need to change the fluid at 51K miles.
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price is normal but i doubt you have to change it yet. it's supposed to go 100k before needing replacement.

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how many miles do you have? Its a CVT so yeah it is a little more complicated then dropping a bolt and pan
It isn't more complicated than dropping a bolt. All you need to do is remove the plug, allow the fluid to drain, then refill.

The Altima's service manual goes through this complicated fluid exchange process for the CVT fluid change. Yet, if you look in the manual for a new Maxima or 2G Murano, the procedure for fluid change is to only do a drain and refill. Strange, right?

My local dealer charges $189 to do a drain and refill. The price is reasonable considering that it takes between 5-6 qt of fluid to perform a drain and refill for the V6 CVT. 4-cyl CVT takes a bit less. $20/qt is the going price for CVT fluid so for fluid alone, it is already $120.

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Thanks for the replies.

It sucks that it costs so much, but I'm very happy at the fact that I don't have to worry bout it till 100k miles.
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Thanks for the replies.

It sucks that it costs so much, but I'm very happy at the fact that I don't have to worry bout it till 100k miles.
I'd get it checked at 60K.

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I thought the Manual said it should be changed every 30k miles.



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I thought the Manual said it should be changed every 30k miles.
I believe the manual says check at 30, change at 60. the dealership can hook it up to the computer and find out if it needs changed or not. kind of like the oil life monitoring system some cars use so your not needlessly changing fluids.
but I certainly wouldn't wait 100k miles to even have it checked.

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I've talked to 2 seperate dealerships about this and they both said that at 30k there really is no reason to even check it unless you are having issues. At 60k it may not be a bad idea to have them electronically check it(using their systems, this is how it is checked) but is not normally needed to be replaced until the 90k-100k point. If you are having no issues I wouldn't worry about it


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I've talked to 2 seperate dealerships about this and they both said that at 30k there really is no reason to even check it unless you are having issues. At 60k it may not be a bad idea to have them electronically check it(using their systems, this is how it is checked) but is not normally needed to be replaced until the 90k-100k point. If you are having no issues I wouldn't worry about it
I guess I won't worry about it. I have 51k on my car now. And it's just as strong as ever. Sometimes when I looking for some type of performance out of the car it gets lazy, but other than that, I'm not having any actual performance problems with the vehicle.



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Guys i have to disagree with the whole dont worry about it if your not having issues idea. You can worry about it before you have problems the cheap way, or after the problems the expensive way. Its called preventive maintenance for a reason. Do you wait until your having issues with your engine to change your oil? The standard for changing any trans fluid is 30k. I wouldnt go much passed 60k, if even that far at all. Thats already doubling it.
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Guys i have to disagree with the whole dont worry about it if your not having issues idea. You can worry about it before you have problems the cheap way, or after the problems the expensive way. Its called preventive maintenance for a reason. Do you wait until your having issues with your engine to change your oil? The standard for changing any trans fluid is 30k. I wouldnt go much passed 60k, if even that far at all. Thats already doubling it.
NO! There is no "standard" for changing any transmission fluid. Standard trans can go almost forever- that's why many standard transmissions are so hard to drain. (RWD cars) The auto trans will depend on the manufacturer- and for the CVT in the Altima, there is NO need to change the expensive fluid at 30,000 miles. If you're going to make up "facts", why not make up some good ones. Wnen in doubt, check the owners manual.

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