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#2694 of 3457 Andre...et.al.
Feb 19, 2005 (6:36 am)
The 2.7 in my aunt's Stratus is just about to turn 80K. The base Intrepid 2.7, about two years older, is just over 100K. The Intrepid is a 98, the Stratus is a 2000 (if memory serves). We're a large family and have quite a few Chrysler Corp. vehicles in our midst. Some of this is attributable to family history and some to my brother's stint as a Dodge sales manager for 12 years. He's on another career path since 2000. Thought I'd review the unscheduled work I've had done to my Intrepid as a kind of "FYI"...
*One Infinity Speaker replaced (persistent
*The pinched gas filler issue from TSB--2003
*Noise in right front suspension--2004
*Door seals (shrinkage) 2004
*Transmission fluid and filter (twice)
*Replace OEM Goodyear GA's with Goodyear
Integras from Sam's Club at 29K.. Replaced
Intergras with Goodyear GPS tires from
Sam's at roughly 101K
*Two sets of front pads--one set of rear--
lifetime replacement warranty on them.
Hmm...this has been a useful walk down memory lane. I noticed a question about plugs and wires--I THINK (but am not certain) that my plugs have been replaced. But never the wires. As of today my 2000 ES is 5 years, 4 months old and has 109,650 miles. Trip to Philly and around may bounce me to 110K... I have a four wheel alignment done once or twice yearly. Be well campers!
#2695 of 3457 Transmission Service QQQ - 2.7L Dodge Intrepid 2002
Feb 19, 2005 (12:02 pm)
Manual sched B maintenance recommends 48,000 mile transmission service - fluid, filter and differential fluid change. Fluid looks clear and smells clean at 46,000.
$240 to have this all done at Jiffy Lube. Is this over-priced?
#2696 of 3457 I had my tranny serviced...
Feb 19, 2005 (12:18 pm)
at a local transmission shop about a year ago. I think he charged me $78.00. And he actually APOLOGIZED for the price, telling me that the price of the ATF+4 was what made it so expensive! I had 3 vehicles done, one right after the other, so I could just pick one up and then drop the other off, and not have to worry about catching rides with friends each time I took a car up there. IIRC, my '79 NYer was around $65.00, and my '85 Silverado ran around $120-130, because it needed a shift modulator or something like that. It was sucking transmission fluid into the vacuum lines, which was then getting into the carburetor.
I've been a bit more anal about my tranny services though, getting them done every 30,000 miles. My 30 and 60K services were around $100 each, as they were done by a different shop. Well, those guys retired in 2002, and I wasn't too crazy about the new guys running the place, so I took it to a local tranny shop, instead of a general mechanic.
Anyway, I'm over 101,000 miles now, and no complaints with the tranny...yet!
#2697 of 3457 Re: I had my tranny serviced... [andre1969]
Feb 20, 2005 (10:06 am)
Great. What did the service include? Was it just changing the fluid? Did the service include fluid, filter, and differential fluid?
Feb 20, 2005 (10:16 am)
Perhaps you recall the fiasco I had with my first transmission fluid change...after two separate lectures to two service managers about +4, they went ahead and filled it with +3. Luckily I noticed it on the receipt and they brought it in, drained, flushed and refilled it. The last refill they used Mercon and an additive which brings it to +4 (or greater) levels. I was flabergasted (especially in light of the previous go round) but even the service manager at Dodge said this is OK. (Even after I put him on the phone with the shop during the first go round and he said to remove the +3 and put in +4). Go figure... In any event, it shifts as well or better and has no "freewheeling" on start up as it occasionally did in the past. Odd...
#2699 of 3457 Jason........
Feb 20, 2005 (9:54 pm)
Was the Mercon plus an 'additive' a synthetic blend of trans fluid. I remember when I had the leaks in my transmission lines I went to the local parts store looking for ATF +4 and they tried to sell me a synthetic blend. I didnt buy their story and bought the fluid at a Chrysler dealer. With the Honda Civic, the manual says to only use Honda trans fluid so that is what I buy (its like twice the cost of fluid from the parts store).
Feb 22, 2005 (7:52 am)
I know they changed the fluid, filter, and gasket. I'd have to dig up the receipt though, to I dunno what the exact price breakout was. I think there was a charge for the fluid, a charge for the labor, and a charge for a "kit", which I'm guessing includes the filter and gasket. And now that you mention it, I dunno about the differential fluid, either.
#2701 of 3457 Transmission...
Feb 25, 2005 (5:34 am)
I don't recall any special designations on the receipt. It was listed as Mercon, plus a separate additive--which may or may not have been a synthetic of some sort. Since--as I understand it--the most significant difference among fluids are their specific lubricants and "friction modifiers"--it probably was a combination of those designed to mimic +4 fluid. Weird part is...it shifts better than before. Perhaps this combination is more suited to an "aging" tranny such as mine.
Feb 26, 2005 (7:31 pm)
I noticed in your post, which seemed to be about timing chain/belt life, you mentioned you had a Civic...I realize that this is old info from my Prelude and Legend, but both of them had timing belts, and both manuals stated that the belts should be changed (along with the water pump, as it is right there) and 60K miles, if memory serves me correctly...multiple Honda dealers all told me the same thing, you could go 75K miles on the belts safely, but do not think of going to 80K, as the belts would break and pistons would hit the valves at high rpm...maybe Honda has improved their belts since 1988 however...
#2703 of 3457 Re: I had my tranny serviced... [andre1969]
Feb 27, 2005 (10:28 am)
Looks like Jiffy Lube is over-priced. I can get the same service done at a very reputable shop for $120. JL wants $240. They already know about the ATF+4 too. This service includes transaxle fluid, and filter.