Le Mans: Prototype Class
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: The Georgian Triangle
Re: Power Steering, Transmission Fluid
I would definitely get a second opinion, especially on the power steering fluid.
I have little to no faith in automatic transmissions so on a 2010 model car I'd say maybe it is possible for the transmission fluid to be ready for replacement, though at 34,000 miles even I think it should still be OK. But if your driving is mostly stop and go, city driving in an extreme hot climate then maybe you could wipe out the tranny fluid in 34,000 miles. But again, this is just barely likely.
But there is just no way the power steering fluid should be contaminated at 34,000 miles, unless you lost the cap for the reservoir or someone has deliberately put some sort of contaminant in the P/S fluid, ie vandalism or sabotage. No, if the P/S fluid really is contaminated I'd be more inclined to think the same sort of production line problem which occurred with some 07-09 Mazda3s (including mine, fixed on recall with no issues) has cropped up or you're just being played by an unscrupulous service dept. I won't comment on the relative likelihood of either, you'll have to use your own judgement here.