Transmission Flush on a 2003 Pontiac Vibe

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Transmission Flush on a 2003 Pontiac Vibe

Postby stljoey » Mon May 23, 2005 2:21 am

I am a bit over 30K miles on my 2003 pontiac vibe....I understand I need to do a Trans Flush with a special synthetic...is this true? What can I expect to pay, etc.? Thanks in advance Joe
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Re: Transmission Flush on a 2003 Pontiac Vibe (stljoey)

Postby Psychobroker » Mon May 23, 2005 2:36 am

Is it for a manual or auto trans?
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Re: Transmission Flush on a 2003 Pontiac Vibe (Psychobroker)

Postby stljoey » Mon May 23, 2005 2:37 am

its auto
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Postby tnpartsguy » Mon May 23, 2005 2:41 am

It's not really a Synth fluid, but it is different enough from DEX3 that you need to make sure it is done with the "TF" Toyota fluid.....
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Postby stljoey » Mon May 23, 2005 2:51 am

thats what the dealer was saying..I just wanted to make sure....to see if he was not pulling a fast one on me

I have a bit over 30K miles..about 31-32 on it. You think its time to do it now?

I'm prob going to do it at the dealer.

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Postby Psychobroker » Mon May 23, 2005 4:45 am

According to your user's manual, 60k is the recommended interval for the auto tranny under severe conditions. A "check" is the only thing recommended @ 30k miles. Manual tranny change is recommended @ 30k miles under severe conditons or every 24 months. This is coming from the short trip/city intervals scheduled maintenance log on page 7-6 of the attached.

EDIT: Bah! Why can't I attach a 3mb PDF? :/

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Postby truckdriver402 » Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:49 am

Quote, originally posted by Psychobroker »
According to your user's manual, 60k is the recommended interval for the auto tranny under severe conditions. A "check" is the only thing recommended @ 30k miles. Manual tranny change is recommended @ 30k miles under severe conditons or every 24 months. This is coming from the short trip/city intervals scheduled maintenance log on page 7-6 of the attached.

EDIT: Bah! Why can't I attach a 3mb PDF? :/

I'm lost as well. One Pontiac dealer said I have "special" tranny fluid that's over $10 a bottle. The other dealers say they use GM...which is much cheaper.

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Postby kevera » Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:51 am

Yeah,cuz it's Toyota fluid.
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Postby Petrucci914 » Tue Jun 12, 2007 10:03 am

Ya, it's Toyota Type-T IV. If you get it done at a GM dealer it'll be like $15 a bottle because they take the Toyota fluid (around $8) and re-badge it. I had mine done at about 50k miles and used AMSOIL Universtal ATF (about $12). I bought the fluid from a store and brought it to a mechanic and they charged about $60 for the actual flush. The 2003 had several TSB for Tranny Solenoid issues and I thought the tranny shifted like crap, that's why I got it done. It still shifts like crap but at least I know that's because it was engineered that way and not gummed up.
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Postby truckdriver402 » Tue Jun 12, 2007 11:09 am

Quote, originally posted by kevera »
Yeah,cuz it's Toyota fluid.

I asked the dealer what kind it is and they won't tell me. They say the Vibe takes "special" fluid. What do I do about the filter? As of now, I don't know when it was changed before I bought it, but it's still full and red. Not dark red, but red. Knock on wood, all is OK, but I wanted to do it before something hapens.

Do I go to a Toyota dealer for the flush, or just for the fluid?

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Postby kevera » Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:46 pm

If your fluid is red then it should be OK.When it needs to be changed it will darken to a brownish color.You can do what Petrucci said or if you still have a GM warranty,then it's best for them to do it,Toyota is much cheaper than GM.
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Postby joatmon » Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:34 pm

Quote, originally posted by Psychobroker »
EDIT: Bah! Why can't I attach a 3mb PDF? :/

Perhaps one of two reasons
1. Although the File Attachment part says "You may attach a file to this post. The file cannot be larger than 2000000 bytes." the last time I checked it seemed like it didn't like anything over 1 MB, maybe not even that, but 3 MB is even over the advertised limit on attachments.
2. Maybe there is some fancy AI at work, won't let you upload a copy of the owners manual when they are all available for donwload in http://forums.genvibe.com/zerothread?id=1010


The auto transmissions have been pretty reliable, I recommend going with the Toyota fluid. A Toyota dealer can do the flush for you, but you might have to "remind" them that it is the same as a Matrix with different sheet metal.

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Re: (kevera)

Postby truckdriver402 » Tue Jun 12, 2007 11:26 pm

Quote, originally posted by kevera »
Yeah,cuz it's Toyota fluid.

My manual says to use only AC Delco T-IV Automatic transmission fluid. GM Part Number: 88900925

This is the same thing as the Toyota fluid you're talking about? Geez, any way GM can make a buck! You know, if I buy Mobil 1 at Wal Mart or a part store, it's $5 a quart. The Pontiac dealer charges close to $12 per quart for Mobil 1!

Do you think I should get the filter changed or does the machine flush, as they say, "eliminate the need for the filter to be changed because it thoroughly cleans the filter too" ???

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Re: (truckdriver402)

Postby Petrucci914 » Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:47 am

The AC Delco is the re-badged Toyota fluid. As long as the fluid in Type T-IV certified then you're fine. The only ones I found to be that way are the genuine Toyota fluid and the AMSOIL Universal ATF. The filter is a metal-grilled filter. It'll get cleaned from the flush.
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