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Old 04-24-2001, 02:56 PM   #1
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Location: South Carolina, USA
1999 Legacy Outback
Blue w/ Paint Chips & Mud

Post 30k miles service- what should I replace the tranny fluid with?

I am going to call around the local dealers for prices on 30k service (ok, so I don't have any local dealers... closest is 45 minutes and they suck... next is an hour away, next is 4 hours away).

I don't want them putting in the factory-grade fluid because I tend to abuse the 4EAT offroad. I want something better.

What is the best fluid to buy without totally breaking the bank, and if I take this in with the car will they put it in or just laugh at me? Well, they are going to laugh at some of the stuff that has happened to my car, but are they going to tell me "NO, we will only put OUR fluid in there"?

Also,anything else I need to watch out for with the 30k service?
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Old 04-24-2001, 03:29 PM   #2
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The problem with the auto is that it takes about 12 quarts of fluid to do a full flush, and they have to machine-circulate the fluid. It's not a simple drain and fill. So, synth is pretty damn expensive.

I was planning to go full synth all the way around, when I had mine changed about six months ago. But, my dealer convinced me to try an additive made by Redline for regular tranny-fluid. So far, I've been pretty happye with it, and it wasn't much more expensive than just regular fluid. (I think I paid $119 for the fluid and flush)

Go full synth in the diff's.
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