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I started a thread on the service forum about my 1st year maintenance cost,but i am trying to find out about the 18mos tranny fluid change .I assume it must be done by a certified GTR Nissan dealership so the warranty is not voided if transmission problems develop. I would be grateful for your comments and help.
 

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I would definately get it done by a dealership with a certified tech.....in fact I would say it's almsot mandatory if you don't want any warranty issues.....you can save yourself some good coin by bringing your own fluids.....
 

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Will Nissan dealers allow you to bring your own fluids? how much can you save by doing that if its allowed? Thanks for you reply to my post.
 

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I was just at Habbarstad for mine.. tech had just returned from training seminar.. at 18k/18 month they check fluid and dont change if its clear... I only did the differential fluid...
 

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I was just at Habbarstad for mine.. tech had just returned from training seminar.. at 18k/18 month they check fluid and dont change if its clear... I only did the differential fluid...
Althought the fluid was clear it should have been changed....my fluid was crystal clear at 18K miles as well....had it changed.....tranny still failed at 26K miles.....Nissan will go over the service records with a fine tooth comb....their maintenance schedule clearly states the fluid should be changed at the 18K mile service....it's not optional....
 

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Gilly,It is 18k or 18 months correct? I thought since i only put 4000 miles on the car in a year i could wait until i hit 18k,the tech told me no that it had to be changed at 18mos.Nissan indicates in the manuel 18k or 18mos which ever comes first.I guess the reasoning is that someone could put 18k on the car before 18mos and they require the change prior to the 18mos servicing.I also didnt see a notice from Nissan about fluid being clear that you could opt out of service,without something in writing i gotta believe you have to adhere to the manual for the service reqs and if you come up with a tranny issue,goodluck! Better you than me if you want to try to explain to Nissan that your fluid was clear.Chemicalman i would check with that tech again and get something in writing.The tech at habberstaad is Anthony,I would contact him again just to be sure.
 

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Gilly,It is 18k or 18 months correct? I thought since i only put 4000 miles on the car in a year i could wait until i hit 18k,the tech told me no that it had to be changed at 18mos.Nissan indicates in the manuel 18k or 18mos which ever comes first.I guess the reasoning is that someone could put 18k on the car before 18mos and they require the change prior to the 18mos servicing.I also didnt see a notice from Nissan about fluid being clear that you could opt out of service,without something in writing i gotta believe you have to adhere to the manual for the service reqs and if you come up with a tranny issue,goodluck! Better you than me if you want to try to explain to Nissan that your fluid was clear.Chemicalman i would check with that tech again and get something in writing.The tech at habberstaad is Anthony,I would contact him again just to be sure.
I believe service is based off of mileage and not time.....but I do think a yearly oil change is a good idea regardless of mileage....
 

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Yes, just make sure that they are OEM. You can probably save around $250.
Do you have any suggestions on where to purchase OEM transmission fluid from?

Thanks!
 

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repost in order to follow this topic.
 

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I hear thenismoshop.com has good prices on the transmission oil (differential oil was almost the same at dealership actually for me, but I had problems with the dealership before so they took care of me on the last service which req differential change), but I have seen some on ebay at a good price as well. My only concern is if the bottle was opened or messed with.

The engine oil I hear most wait for pep boys or the like has a sale for oil and free filter.
 

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Pretty sure its what ever comes first on the tranny fluid change,18k or 18 Mos.Thats what the dealer advised.
 

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Pretty sure its what ever comes first on the tranny fluid change,18k or 18 Mos.Thats what the dealer advised.
Yup its the sooner of the 2. I have about 5-6k miles on my GTR when I had to do this service.
 

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NJNYC, What did the dealer charge you? Were the diffs done at the same time? Im in the same position as you. I have 4000 miles on a 12month old car,i doubt i will hit the 18k before 18 mos so i will betaking a car in with approx 6000mil to get the tranny flushed. Wanna play gotta pay
 

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Gilly,It is 18k or 18 months correct? I thought since i only put 4000 miles on the car in a year i could wait until i hit 18k,the tech told me no that it had to be changed at 18mos.Nissan indicates in the manuel 18k or 18mos which ever comes first.I guess the reasoning is that someone could put 18k on the car before 18mos and they require the change prior to the 18mos servicing.I also didnt see a notice from Nissan about fluid being clear that you could opt out of service,without something in writing i gotta believe you have to adhere to the manual for the service reqs and if you come up with a tranny issue,goodluck! Better you than me if you want to try to explain to Nissan that your fluid was clear.Chemicalman i would check with that tech again and get something in writing.The tech at habberstaad is Anthony,I would contact him again just to be sure.
I'm into year 3 and I haven't changed transmission fluid yet. I'm similar to you with about 4,000 miles/year.
 

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The service manual states that this is done based on mileage only, at least for the 2009. That said, I did mine anyway at 18 months...
 

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I swear the strict schedule of oil changes is just there to add another tool for nissan to choose to deny you of warranty coverage. They used this as leverage on me when i had my transmission go out. "oh your car has a cobb... oh you didn't change with our fluids.... ohh you had aftermarket exhaust..."

I am surprised at all the issues with the transmissions since 2009 and nissan still hasnt' even fixed the seals and cir issues. Sure at first the 2009 models wheelhop was making them fail but a lot of times now it's not wheelhop which is breaking them.
 
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