Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Thibodaux Louisiana
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My 03 V6 auto is at 94k miles, on only Honda fluid, with a drain and fill every 15k miles. That's all I'm willing to spend on transmission fluid. IMO, some of these transmissions are more prone to failure than others, regardless what fluid you use.
I also have a theory. I have noticed that this transmission will take a long time to get from second to third gear, at higher rpm (5000 +). This will wear the clutches much quicker, IMO. A shift from 2nd to 3rd at 3000rpm is much quicker, and easier on the transmission, than a 2nd to 3rd shift at 5000rpm. Some knowlegable guys have said the worst thing for this transmission is the "suburan grind" (0 - 40mph all day), which is the majority of my miles (4way stop signs and red lights every 3 or 4 blocks). I think the transmission can handle a lot of shifting, but not at high rpm. Of course, some owners claim they babied their cars, and the transmission still gave out in less than 50k miles. In that case, maybe they had a bad transmission from the word go.
92 EX Sedan auto (RWB) - sold after 12 years (140k miles)
03 EX V6 Sedan auto (NBP, then Ford Blue) - traded in after 13 years (135k miles)
16 EX I4 CVT (KCM) with sensing - 4500 miles so far