No question, just an update and, I hope, setting a good example for others. I have a 2008 Lexus GS-350 AWD with just under 75K miles. As best I can tell, the transmission fluid has never been changed.…
No question, just an update and, I hope, setting a good example for others. I have a 2008 Lexus GS-350 AWD with just under 75K miles. As best I can tell, the transmission fluid has never been changed. Of course, it has a Toyota A760H sealed transmission with the (cough cough) “lifetime” transmission. The transmission has been running fine and shifting smoothly, though it is a bit rough when I am stuck at a light and waiting...I often shift to neutral to keep the vibration down. Only active problem is that the TPMS is giving me a warning. I check the pressures regularly with a nifty battery powered air pump. Great tool!
Being a skeptical soul, I am going to take it to a shop that has done good work for me (and many others) in the past to have the fluid changed. I specified that I wanted them drain the fluid, remove the pan, change the filter, clean the parts...etc. I also asked them to change the differential oil for both differentials. And of course do the recommended 75K service.
I want to keep this car another 100,000 miles (or more...I kept my 1999 Audi A4 for 16 years). I intend to stay ahead of problems. I had been taking my cars to another mechanic who never seemed to solve the problems. For example, our 2004 Honda CRV had some squeaks and oil stains and they never seemed to notice what was wrong; the new shop found a bunch of problems and, after some expensive repairs, the car is running wonderfully. We probably could have bought another car for what we paid to fix the Honda...but at least we knew this car, knew its problems, and knew that they were fixed.
I just wish I still had my old 1988 Toyota Camry AllTrac LE sedan. A Camry sedan with a manual transmission and AWD. What a joy. Sadly, it is now in that garage in the sky. Did you ever see one of those.