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Old 12-08-2011, 07:31 AM   #18
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Volkswagen gives you the same "lifetime fluid" BS. My wife has a 2004 Passat. I requested the dealer change the ATF and filter at the 90k timing belt service, and he actually recommended against it. I didn't press him and ask why, but I'm guessing they would rather have your tranny fail and sell you a new car.

Did it myself around 120k for the first time and it's doing fine now at 140k. Biggest pain was removing and re-installing the pan and gasket, on my back, with very little clearance because the car was on jack stands.
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