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post #1 of 11 Old 08-22-2019, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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Transmission fluid and filter change $$$?

Does anyone know approximately what it would cost me to have a Jeep dealership change my transmission fluid and filter? I have a 2011 JGC with the 3.6L engine and the 5-speed W5A580 transmission.

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-22-2019, 08:46 AM
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Too much money, not sure changing the fluid is a good idea on an older vehicle, whats the mileage and has it been done before? If you must, I would find and reputable independent shop to do it.
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-23-2019, 06:12 AM Thread Starter
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The owners manual calls for it at 120,000 miles. I just got a quote for $350 from a dealership, does that sound about right?
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-23-2019, 05:13 PM
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When I inquired, the dealership quoted $289.99 to drop the pan and replace the fluid.

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post #5 of 11 Old 08-24-2019, 05:29 AM
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I paid $266 about a year ago. Since it is not done often I would definitely have it done at the dealer.

Just so you know it will just be a pan dump and filter exchange. Not a flush, it seems like many manufactures are not recommending flushes.

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post #6 of 11 Old 08-26-2019, 07:54 AM
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I paid $266 about a year ago. Since it is not done often I would definitely have it done at the dealer.

Just so you know it will just be a pan dump and filter exchange. Not a flush, it seems like many manufactures are not recommending flushes.

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f309...ments-1377941/
I dont really understand that logic, why would you have it done at the dealer? In my experience they are overpriced and underqualified. If it isn't recall or warranty work I would never take my car to the dealership for work. I guess there are some decent dealerships out there but I have not found any. A small competent independent garage will always get my business, and once you find one you can trust it gives you peace of mind over the dime a dozen dealer techs.
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-26-2019, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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I agree with danelo, the dealer may be overpriced and underqualified, but so is every independent shop I've used over the years. At least I know that I have recourse through corporate if there's a problem with a dealer, and that they will use OEM parts. Plus they most likely have seen your problem with the exact same model of vehicle before, probably numerous times, so the experience of that is valuable too, unlike an independent shop that may or may not even have the specialized tools needed for some vehicle specific jobs. In my opinion independent shops simply can't afford to keep up with the technology and complexity of today's vehicles, so I won't even consider them.
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post #8 of 11 Old 08-26-2019, 11:54 AM
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Its nice to use a dealer when there are future warranty implications, although they are far from infallible. Two month's and 1000 miles after I had one of their oil changes, they said the oil needed changed to fix a oil pressure sender issue. They don't always check their records I guess. Tech said the oil was dark (this oil is dark when fresh). They usually don't know when the oil was changed and what quality it was, so their routine is to change the oil regardless and see if the fault clears.

Of my 5 recent oil changes, I had two done at independent shops I trust. There was no problem after the dealer changes, but after the independent shop's work, the oil filter leaked, making quite a mess. So they are not infallible either. The cost difference was $50 vs $40, not a large number. I don't think you'd find that much difference between independent and dealer transmission or diff oil changes.

So just saying that there are good reasons to have the dealer make fluid changes.

Now for something like a brake service, a~ $1400 dealer service, ~$800 independent shop service with perhaps better parts..... thats a different ball game.

One dealer in our area also owns an independent shop a block away that does good work at reasonable prices. One will often find the same techs working in both service bays.

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post #9 of 11 Old 08-26-2019, 02:58 PM
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I dont really understand that logic, why would you have it done at the dealer? In my experience they are overpriced and underqualified. If it isn't recall or warranty work I would never take my car to the dealership for work. I guess there are some decent dealerships out there but I have not found any. A small competent independent garage will always get my business, and once you find one you can trust it gives you peace of mind over the dime a dozen dealer techs.
As someone who was a tech at a chrysler dealership your comment of underqualified is wrong. I received better training from the dealership training program than I did at the school I paid $22,000 to go to. The main reason I left that career was because of the flat rate system. Even though they fired me when I gave my 2 weeks notice I still sometimes go there for certain things because I know the service writers and some of the techs. To the OP its not that hard to drop the pan and do the transmission fluid change yourself and save some money. It can be a messy job but not difficult.

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I dont really understand that logic, why would you have it done at the dealer? In my experience they are overpriced and underqualified. If it isn't recall or warranty work I would never take my car to the dealership for work. I guess there are some decent dealerships out there but I have not found any. A small competent independent garage will always get my business, and once you find one you can trust it gives you peace of mind over the dime a dozen dealer techs.
I should have added more to my post. The logic behind going to the dealer is so that the correct fluid is used. Yes, there are aftermarket fluids that state they are compatible but to me I want to make sure the OE fluid is used. It is not needed very often so not an issue trying to save some money. I generally do all my own repairs so I do not have a independent shop that I trust.

After the job was done is when I learned that they do not do flushes any more. If I keep the vehicle long enough to where it would need another fluid exchange I will most likely do it at home.
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post #11 of 11 Old 08-27-2019, 10:22 AM
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I have the same year and same transmission with 80,000 miles on it. Just did partial fluid changes from the dipstick tube with a pump replacing 3 liters at a time (take out 3 liters cold and put back 3 liters of new ATF+4 synthetic from wall-mart) did this 3 times at one month interval. No side effects and fluid is much better and less brownish.Total cost was about $90.
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