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How often to change tranny fluid?

We take our 2004 RX330 exclusively to the Lexus deal for all service, even oil and filter change. They tell us that the tranny fluid should be changed out every 15,000 miles. I think this is excessive, and expensive at about $100 a pop. Is this really necessary in this day and age when some car transmissions are sealed for life?

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The Lexus Severe Maintenance Schedule is every 60,000 miles which should be in your owners manual, dealers sometimes make up their own.

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Although that does seem excessive, I don't want to be the one to tell you not to spend the $100, and find out you had to spend $2000 or more because of it. What does your owners manual recommend? Let's face it, these transmissions of today sure don't hold up anywhere like the older transmissions, where you could buy a good used replacement for $300-$400 & get it installed for $200. Now your basically looking at a $2000 rebuild when it goes on you, if your lucky. If you don't go with the 15,000 miles, I wouldn't push it too much further, just because the fluid may be fine, but if the filter gets plugged & pressure drops, that can cause all kinds of trouble. Old story I guess, "Pay me now, or pay me later".

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No, the average milage for changing the transmission fluid and filter is about every 40,000 miles.

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