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Transmission "flush"

Folks, I have about 75,000 miles on our used 2011 Touareg Sport V-6 and the dealer was wanting to do a flush of the transmission and brake systems. Cost of parts at the dealer was in excess of $450 and was wondering if using Amsoil transmission fluid would work ok. Dealer said the flush should have been done at 50,000 miles, so it's apparently overdue. Haven't seen any degradation in shifting yet, even in cold weather. Help would be much appreciated.
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Wonder what happened to sealed for life? I know a lot of guys, including me flushed before 100,000 miles. The fluid is expensive, maybe $250. Do a search. Great tutorials can be found on doing it yourself.

The dealer is full of you know what saying your overdo at 75,000.


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Yes, you ARE overdue.

"Sealed for life" was always a stupid idea.

Practical experience from lots of folk on here have come to the conclusion that 60,000 miles is probably about right, and sooner if you are towing something heavy a lot of the time.

There are conflicting reports of the mileage VW have been recommending for an ATF change since the arrival of the 8 speed box.

$450 for both a brake fluid change and fresh ATF in the autobox is probably about the mark from a dealer if you don't want to DIY.

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Not bad for the dealer I have 06 v8 with 74k on the odo doing the flush for the first time
but included the thermostat for the transmission i'm at a local shop looking at about $428.00 not touching he brakes....
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I would use VW fluid, but have it done at an independent shop.

Every 50,000 miles seems reasonable for a tranny flush.

Brake systems are supposed tone flushed every 2-3 years. Brake fluid is hydroscopic, meaning it attracts water. And you don't want any water in your brake system.

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The first brake fluid change is due when the car is 3 years old, the first fill having been into a brand new, clean, dry system.

Thereafter it is due every two years.

You can buy a brake fluid tester for less than 20 bucks and monitor your own fluid if you want to extend the change period.

Personally I gave never bothered and stuck with changes on time.

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Another vote against the sealed for life transmission fluid.

The correct name for this was sealed for the life of the transmission warranty.
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LOL!

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The VW guy that I take my cars to said that in Germany most cars are turned over before the 100,000km mark which is the defacto 'life time' for the vehicle. Aussies tend to keep their cars for much longer so the transmission fluids should be replaced on a regular basis.
After being told by a different VW specialist in Sydney (Not a dealership) that you shouldn't replace the transmission fluid, I took the car to a Auto Transmission business and they replaced the fluid but only after 1st doing a check to make sure the fluid wasn't too degraded (Apparently if it is too far gone replacing the fluid triggers major problems). Cost me around the $AUD400 mark about 5 months ago. More recently I had the Diffs and transfer case fluids changed - the mechanic said that they were very discoloured and overdue for a change.

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Glad to find this thread. Im catching up on the maintenance on my new to me T1 and the although Ive done trans filter and fluid changes before I prefer not to given the process. I was at the dealer the other day getting my new fob programmed and the SA told me I was due for a trans flush as I was coming up on 150k. I chuckled, knowing these are "lifetime" and asked if that included the filter. She said they flush the filter too and with tax, shop supplies etc it would be right at $250.

This almost seems to be a no brainer given the cost of the fluid alone and the fact that a flush typically replaces ALL the fluid whereas a filter swap only gets 1/2 or so

Am I missing something here ?

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