Hey Scotty, I want to drop the transmission pan to change the fluid and filter. To replace OEM filter, gasket and Toyota fluid is pretty pricey. Should I bite the bullet or can you recommend aftermarket parts and fluid?

I never mess around with an expensive component trying to cheap out on its maintenance, just spend the $ on the Toyota stuff knowing that you've done it right! The only exception is if it's an older Toyota and its transmission uses Dexron fluid, then you have plenty of choices for Dexron trans. fluid, I like Castrol or Valvoline.

My thoughts as well. I use Toyota oil filters when I change the crankcase oil, so I was planning on using factory replacement parts when I change the fluid in the transmission. Thanks for the confirmation.