Re: Transmission Fluid Change vs. Flush ?
[quote author=bhiggins link=topic=119656.msg2518690#msg2518690 date=1217964767]
Hi, I have an 06 Mazda 3 Sport (Automatic) with about 45,000 KM and I'm thinking it's time to change out the tranny fluid. My question is, should I opt for the fluid change (~$120) or the flush (~$200+) ? Also, should I opt for synthetic, which seems to run about $60 extra ?
30K is generally the industry standard for flushing automatic transmissions. Some cars are easier on fluid than others. My wifes explorer is very easy on tranny fluid, it looked and smelled brand new when I had it flushed at 30K.
My 3 however has 28K and the tranny fluid is brown and burnt smelling, its ready for a flush. Im pretty easy on it too.
So yeah now is a good time to have your transmission flushed. I feel that a flush is better than drain and refill. I'd first go to a Mazda dealer and get a quote since they know the car best and have the right machines. Check the mazda website and also your dealer's website for maintenance coupons. Right now my dealer has a coupon for auto tranny flush & fill for $150 which is not bad. If you don't go to the dealer then find maybe a reputable foreign/import car garage and have them flush it.
I imagine synthetic tranny fluid would last longer....maybe someone else can post their experience with this.
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