OdyProspect, i appreciate your encouraging response. Looking at your posts, it appears as if you know what you are talking about. Your right, if the trans was in that bad of shape now,(sludge and all) would the fluid still have a hint of red in it after all those miles? It's brownish red but not burnt or black. From this point on, I plan on performing a 3.5 qt trans fluid change with each oil change I perform. Couldn't hurt it. Besides a power steering pump replacement under warranty, my 109,000 mile Odyssey has performed flawlessly. Our goal is the 200,000 mile mark with nominal repair bills. If I get that, then the van has served my family well.