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Old 05-31-2021, 02:20 PM   #1
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Attention Saturn Vue 2006 3.5L Mobil Dextron-IV ATF

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Is the Mobil Dexron -VI ATF is a good choice for my Saturn VUE 2006 3.5L 5 AT speeds ?

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Old 06-08-2021, 04:16 PM   #2
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...OTHERS WILL CHIME IN , BUT I WOULD ONLY USED THE HONDA TRANS FLUID , HOPE THAT HELPS, DC.
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Is the Mobil Dexron -VI ATF is a good choice for my Saturn VUE 2006 3.5L 5 AT speeds ?

Please advise,

Thanks for your support !
Nope. Go to the Honda dealership and get the approved fluid.
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Old 07-11-2021, 09:56 PM   #4
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Default Re: Saturn Vue 2006 3.5L Mobil Dextron-IV ATF

FWIW, I did that on my first Vue without knowing any better. I did flush all the old fluid out if that matters, but in the 1000 miles I drove it afterwards before selling, it ran just fine. Never heard back from the guy I sold it to either that there was any problem.
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Old 09-09-2021, 07:35 PM   #5
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I've read a LOT over the years about the Honda transmission and fluid, and i'm convinced that it makes a difference to go get it swapped at a Honda dealer.
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Old 09-09-2021, 07:54 PM   #6
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i'm convinced that it makes a difference to go get it swapped at a Honda dealer.
What difference? Unscrew the drain plug. Put it back. Pour in the fluid. Any 10 year old could do that.
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Old 09-10-2021, 04:24 AM   #7
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I know I'm responding to this late...but thought I would post to share my experience with trans fluids that might help others.

I have 2 Vues, 04 V6 AWD and 07 redline AWD. They came from factory with the Z1 fluid... then honda changed their formula and now they use DW-1, they don't sell Z1 anymore. I did a DW-1 triple drain and fill on my 04 a couple years ago. Read all the stuff about honda transmissions being very particular about needing the right fluid, so I went with DW-1 thinking I would be safe. Well shortly after I put DW-1 in there the trans started leaking...thought oh crap bad luck for me, I now have a leak, it's not bad, not worth fixing, just need to live with it. Trans was shifting great, no issues. Didn't think anymore of it.

Then recently I bought my 07 redline, only 160k kms on it so the trans fluid was still original. When I bought it, no leaks, dry and clean. I did two drain/fills with the DW-1 and what happens... I start seeing a leak just like in my 04 Vue...I'm thinking is this just coincidence? Or is there something going on here? So I do some digging and reading. I read somewhere that DW-1 is thinner. I have a theory that the DW-1 stuff is too thin for the older honda transmissions that called for Z1, and that's why it's leaking.

While I was doing that reading, I also came across many honda owners having great success with the Valvoline Maxlife ATF, which you can get at any walmart. The bottle says that it's a replacement specifically for Z1 and does not mention DW-1. So for me, this seemed liked the best way to get Z1-like fluid back in there.

So I recently just put Maxlife 1x in the 04, and 2x in the 07. I haven't been driving the two very much recently and I only did this in the past couple weeks so haven't been able to confirm if it's made a difference. The leak on the 07 seems to have slowed down. Time will tell. I'll do a couple more drains in the 04 and hope that the leak stops. Will put up another post if it makes a difference.

Moral of the story, my experience with the honda DW-1 fluid while shifting etc was great, I have a suspicion that it's too thin. With the Maxlife so far, both transmissions shift smooth and run great - many other honda owners have reported the same. So I would recommend Maxlife, plus it's cheaper and easier to get.

Just in case anyone is questioning, I did use a new crush aluminum washer every time and torqued it to 36ft lbs - it's not leaking from the drain plug, seems to be coming from that main seem.

Anyone else encounter a leak after switching to DW-1?
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I buy Honda V6 Vue's that have been diagnosed as either needing a transmission or a BCM, then fix and sell them. I also have a Vue I drive and one for the wife.
If you have extra money buy the Honda fluid. Otherwise use the Valvoline Maxlife full synthetic ATF. DW-1 and Z1 compliant.
It fixes the shift and low speed shudder just like the Honda stuff. Shifts and runs like the Honda stuff. Lasts just as long as the Honda stuff.
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What difference? Unscrew the drain plug. Put it back. Pour in the fluid. Any 10 year old could do that.
my local Honda dealer drains and fills the transmission 3x. drain/fill, let the car run for a minute, repeat 2 more times.
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Yes, if the fluid coming out is dirty, it's a good idea to do a few cycles until it comes out as clean as the new fluid going in.
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Yes, if the fluid coming out is dirty, it's a good idea to do a few cycles until it comes out as clean as the new fluid going in.
so you have no problem draining it 3 times in your driveway instead of paying Honda to do it in the shop?
more power to you.
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Just saying it's easier than an oil change. If you're more comfortable letting a dealer handle it, that's your choice.
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Just saying it's easier than an oil change. If you're more comfortable letting a dealer handle it, that's your choice.
Like I said, more power to you.
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...While changing your fluid ,inspect your trans lines for corrosion ,especially at that mount where the plastic piece holds them together. Important in the rust belt, good thing i did, the plastic mount was holding the lines' metal together, when unbolted, a chunk of steel came off , it was a ticking bomb. Replaced lines with new ones, used honda fluid ,no leaks at all, hope that helps, DC.
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