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    Question Honda vs. Valvoline Maxlife Tranny Fluid

    Can anyone tell me which is better to use - Honda brand transmission fluid or Valvoline Maxlife fluid? (Or is there something better?) I want to change my tranny fluid to see if it helps with some weird shifting going on, but I don't want to pay too much if I can help it since I'm planning on selling it soon. Thoughts?

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    I would avoid the Valvoline ATF.

    How often do you change your tranny fluid?

    when are you thinking of selling it?

    Oftentimes a tranny fluid change, esp when long overdue, will expose pre-existing problems with the tranny. If you are planning on keeping the van for awhile, go with OEM or a top quality synthetic. I use Mobil 1, I might go Amsoil my next change. Our Trannies are very delicate so proceed with caution.
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    I've used Valvoline MaxLife for 2.5 years now. No problems, shifts same as with Z1 and it's easily found at local parts store.

    I've also noted that it doesn't "brown/blacken" as fast as the Z1 stuff.

    I've been changing my ATF with every oil change (6k-7k) since we started towing a travel trailer with the van. Every change since towing has been with MaxLife and has preformed well. Now that we are not using the Ody for towing anymore (bought truck) I'm going to go back to changing the ATF every other oil change... Again, I'll keep using MaxLife.

    (of course I'm way out of warrenty... If your still in warrenty.. then use the OEM stuff!)
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    I have been using the Valvoline ATF. I did notice that the new bottles describe the fluid as non compatible with Honda CVT transmissions.

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    How long have you guys been using the Valvoline MaxLife in terms of miles?

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    I use valvoline Mercon V

    I have been using Valvoline Mercon V semi-synthedic for 3 years and about 35000 miles in my 02 Ody. It has just over 80,000 on it now with no tranny issues. I beat it to. I have been using it for 5 years in my Acura Legend. No Issues but then that car has never asked for anything.

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    Originally posted by Willie Gee!

    Oftentimes a tranny fluid change, esp when long overdue, will expose pre-existing problems with the tranny. If you are planning on keeping the van for awhile, go with OEM or a top quality synthetic. I use Mobil 1, I might go Amsoil my next change. Our Trannies are very delicate so proceed with caution.
    Valvoline Maxlife is synthetic.
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    Maxlife Dex III/Mec V is NOT synthetic per the MSDS (certainly not for ~$3.75 a qt.). The ML PCMOs are blends, but not the ATF.

    Maxlife/LG Black for about 14K miles/9 months, mostly mixed driving (70 city/30 hwy). No difference from Z1. Ready to do a drail/fill to keep it fresh.

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    Thanks for the replies, guys.

    Once I get through the ATF Z-1 I've got stashed in my garage (about 4 cases), I'll probably make the switch (unless I can find another ultra-cheap sale on the Z-1, which is looking pretty unlikely these days).

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    1998 Accord LX174k. DIY: Haynes 676 ATF cooler; T & acc belts & tensioners.
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    Per the advice of a certified Honda mechanic in my family I would be very hesitant to apply any ATF that advertises seal enhancement properties.

    I've even lost a Honda auto before due to seal enlargement resulting from an application of MaxLife, granted it was an older vehicle but still, if I hadn't used it chances are it would had not croaked nearly as soon.

    The ATF travels through pin hole passages to begin with. Affecting the seals with enhancement properties greatly increases the risk of restricted fluid flow.
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    I understand that seal conditioners just maintain the seals, not enhance, improve, restore or fix brittle, cracked or otherwise damaged seals. There are no miracle products that fix damaged seals.

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    quote: "Per the advice of a certified Honda mechanic in my family I would be very hesitant to apply any ATF that advertises seal enhancement properties. I've even lost a Honda auto before due to seal enlargement resulting from an application of MaxLife, granted it was an older vehicle but still, if I hadn't used it chances are it would had not croaked nearly as soon."

    MaxLife is available in a "stop leak" option and "standard" option. Never used the stop leak version, but the standard MaxLife version works great -- in fact I'd say it has better shift quality than Z1. I'd recommend it.

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    1 year & ~ 15,000 with MaxLife (our '03 now has 80,000).

    I'm changing it out again this weekend before we start towing the tent trailer for the summer.

    PS - She shifts great!
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    I'm bumping this thread. So far, I've got a year on Valvoline MaxLife ATF on my 2003 EX-L. No problems, inexpensive enough to do a drain and refill with each oil change.

    Any other experiences?

    Regards, OF
    2003 Ody EX-L RES 103.5k OEM fogs & hitch, bbylon5 screen mod, chuck k fog mod#2, cnn 82C t-stat mod
    2002 Ody EX RES 96.0k OEM fogs & hitch, chuck k fog mod#1
    1998 Accord LX174k. DIY: Haynes 676 ATF cooler; T & acc belts & tensioners.
    1982 Ebbtide DynaTrak bass boat, 200hp Merc, DIY re-fit 2006-07: CMC jackplate, Teleflex Canada Steering, Torque-Shift 14-26 vari-pitch SS prop
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    I've used Valvoline Maxlife red bottle in newer Mercon V spec'd Fords and pesky Ford P-steering systems with great success. Valvoline has changed the specs around some over the years. The current Maxlife red bottle says nothing about Merc V anymore, but says it is suitable for Honda/Acura ATF-Z1 applications. http://www.valvoline.com/products/Maxlife%20ATF.pdf For a regular drain/fill regimen, I wouldn't hesitate to use it in my Honda product. Gawd knows "genuine" Honda ATF-Z1 doesn't keep them from grenading. How bad can it be?

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