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What type of ATF to use???


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#1 pearlm30

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Posted 16 January 2005 - 09:47 PM

I finished putting back the car together, its time to replace the ATF fluid. What is the good brand to go for? I hear valvoline high mileage is pretty good,
Mobile 1 seems to be very expensive?
Any suggestions?
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Posted 17 January 2005 - 07:04 AM

I finished putting back the car together, its time to replace the ATF fluid. What is the good brand to go for? I hear valvoline high mileage is pretty good,
Mobile 1 seems to be very expensive?
Any suggestions?
Thanks
95 legacy auto AWD


I am not a big fan of synthetic tranny fluid. I have heard too many horror stories, plus it's very expensive. I used the Valvoline Dura-blend Dexron ATF for several years in our outback, no problems but most likely a waste of money. Currently I am using Mobil conventional Dexron III, about $14 a case at my local club store. I think the best thing you can do is to use a name brand fluid and change it often, i.e. drain the pan and replace that volume of fluid once per year. Tranny filters should also be changed periodically, though I don't know the details for your year. Make sure you use the proper type of fluid, I assume your car requires Dexron but double check.

#3 Legacy777

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Posted 17 January 2005 - 09:34 AM

I haven't heard any issues with syn ATF. I ran redline D4 atf for a short time. Syn ATF will resist breakdown due to hotter temps.

I'd also suggest putting in an ATF cooler to help extend tranny life.

#4 Chip

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Posted 17 January 2005 - 11:16 AM

My 98 O/B has got 220K kms on it and was starting to shift from 1st to 2nd with a clunck and a jerk. I drained as much of the tranny fluid as I could myself and added Mobil1 synthetic. It shifts MUCH better now and I find that when it gets really cold,(like -20C), it also shifts better.

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Posted 17 January 2005 - 08:02 PM

I have heard too many horror stories, plus it's very expensive.


Are you sure the horror stories were about AT and not MT?
I use mobile 1 and works just great. Did not notice a difference in quality of shifting or MPG, but after 1 change I have only 50/50 mix (you can call it a blend). Gives me a peace of mind when I tow. It is actually cost effective when I change synthetic every 30000 miles vs 15000 required for severe service.

#6 Subie Gal

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 01:00 AM

another vote for Redline D4

not too expensive at: www.summitracing.com

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 10:51 AM

Redline D4 ATF! Good stuff! I use it in my SHO MT and have had great results.

I have heard from some who have used Mobil 1 that the initial results are similar to those of D4 but that it needs to be changed more often to retain these results. This is strictly heresy.

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 11:37 AM

This is strictly heresy.


You sure you don't mean Hearsay?! :D LOL

#9 hklaine

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 01:55 PM

Man, and I usually try to make a point of spelling somewhat correctly. I guess that's what happens when you are reading/typing on the USMB while trying to get things done at work.

At any rate, it is hearsay.

Unless, of course, everyone out there feels/knows that Mobil 1 is the best and longest lasting ATF. This would make the comments about the longevity of its performance heresy ;)

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