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#4625735 - 01/06/18 10:12 AM Crystal ball prediction for a GM 4L60E
Ammofirst Offline


Registered: 06/22/17
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Loc: Western usa
Iím debating what to do about my 2006 buick Rainier awd 4.2 with the 4L60E transmission. Truck has 192k original eng. & Trans. Both eng. & trans. Are running well and I feel like the engine could go another 190k. Iíve seen a few of these trannyís go 160 to 190k then need a rebuild. I installed an oversized pan with drain plug around 50k & have changed out 5-6 quarts max life atf every 25k or so. Probably 80% hwy miles since new. Anyone seen these units go 250k+

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#4625749 - 01/06/18 10:22 AM Re: Crystal ball prediction for a GM 4L60E [Re: Ammofirst]
JBinTX30 Offline


Registered: 09/08/14
Posts: 461
Loc: Texas
If it runs good, just keep doing what you been doing. A used one if something does go wrong is easy and fairly cheaper.

Both my cars have a 4L60E, one has 120k on it one has almost 180k, no issues.

Then again the ones after 2002(?) I think are much better than the older ones.
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#4625761 - 01/06/18 10:32 AM Re: Crystal ball prediction for a GM 4L60E [Re: Ammofirst]
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If you don't tow or haul heavy loads with one, they seem like the newer ones aren't bad (and a Rainier isn't that heavy)-but they're really not meant for trucks, vans, or SUVs that haul a lot of weight. Keep doing what you're doing, at 192K you already have beaten the maximum mileage that any of mine made it!
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#4625763 - 01/06/18 10:34 AM Re: Crystal ball prediction for a GM 4L60E [Re: Ammofirst]
JC1 Offline


Registered: 11/29/08
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Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Originally Posted By: Ammofirst
Iím debating what to do about my 2006 buick Rainier awd 4.2 with the 4L60E transmission. Truck has 192k original eng. & Trans. Both eng. & trans. Are running well and I feel like the engine could go another 190k. Iíve seen a few of these trannyís go 160 to 190k then need a rebuild. I installed an oversized pan with drain plug around 50k & have changed out 5-6 quarts max life atf every 25k or so. Probably 80% hwy miles since new. Anyone seen these units go 250k+


Sounds like you are doing the right thing. Is there a filter that can be replaced as well? I would do that every 50-75K is possible and clean out the crud at the bottom of the pan as well.
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#4625769 - 01/06/18 10:45 AM Re: Crystal ball prediction for a GM 4L60E [Re: JC1]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
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Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
You're in a good place.
1) You maintain your trannie.
2) Even the old ones were not too bad(?). As mentioned, you have a newer one.
3) If ever it does die, there are soooo many out there any trannie shop can order a rebuild and swap your out in a jiffy.

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#4625775 - 01/06/18 10:52 AM Re: Crystal ball prediction for a GM 4L60E [Re: Ammofirst]
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Registered: 01/02/10
Posts: 949
Loc: North Carolina
Mine has right at 160k on it with no issues. A friend of mine has the 4L60E in a Trailblazer with 198k with no issues. They are a good tranny, i wouldn't worry if i were you just keep on going until something goes wrong then R/R.
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#4625785 - 01/06/18 10:59 AM Re: Crystal ball prediction for a GM 4L60E [Re: Ammofirst]
cpayne5 Offline


Registered: 12/28/05
Posts: 582
Loc: Virginia
I have a buddy with a 2003 Suburban. He bought it brand new and has done drain and fills on the transmission every 60-75k. It has 260k on it and still going strong.

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#4625793 - 01/06/18 11:04 AM Re: Crystal ball prediction for a GM 4L60E [Re: Ammofirst]
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170 on my wifes tahoe.
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#4625798 - 01/06/18 11:08 AM And another thing..... [Re: cpayne5]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 4888
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
I believe that trans was used in 3/4 ton trucks so it has to be good and strong, no?

I remember tending to a neighbor's 2001 Camaro. He let it get >1 qt. low and in a particular configuration (the position I first saw it in) it didn't go into gear for a full minute. That's when I checked the fluid.
I was amazed and angry (as I had no way to beat the owner-and get away with it).

It ran perfect with a full belly. They sold it

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#4625803 - 01/06/18 11:14 AM Re: Crystal ball prediction for a GM 4L60E [Re: Ammofirst]
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Registered: 10/09/04
Posts: 7472
Loc: Cincinnati, OH, USA
My experience is based on my transmission guy stating that literally every light duty 3/4 ton Chevy or GMC work van he maintained smoked the 4L60E by 150K, and my departed C1500 Suburban ('94, TBI 350) had a rebuild with the 7 clutch update due to the previous owner killing it pulling a 22 foot cuddy cabin boat regularly, even with the factory tow package, cooler, etc. In LIGHT duty non-commercial applications, I would think 250K would be possible-but a supplemental cooler and temperature gauge would be a VERY good idea.


Edited by bullwinkle (01/06/18 11:14 AM)
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#4625825 - 01/06/18 11:35 AM Re: Crystal ball prediction for a GM 4L60E [Re: Ammofirst]
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Registered: 08/11/11
Posts: 2983
Loc: n.c.
My 2005 1500 Avalanche just rolled over 193,000 this week. Siphon and fill about 4 qts a couple times a year with Supertech High Mileage Dexron. Pan has never been off. Never towed. No problems yet.

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#4625827 - 01/06/18 11:37 AM Re: Crystal ball prediction for a GM 4L60E [Re: Ammofirst]
cdm1993 Offline


Registered: 08/06/14
Posts: 47
Loc: California, USA
I think you are in good shape. My 1997 GMC 1500 has 245000 on original engine and tranny and it has no problems at all. I did add a deep pan, spin on transmission filter, and a tru-cool 40k transmission cooler behind the condenser. I have towed a boat and camping gear (about 5,000 lbs) in 100* F temps up mountains and it ran great (always tow in 3rd). I also took it from CA to VA with no issues.

I have found if you keep it maintained and cool, it should last a long time.

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#4625886 - 01/06/18 12:21 PM Re: Crystal ball prediction for a GM 4L60E [Re: Ammofirst]
clinebarger Offline


Registered: 12/19/13
Posts: 1739
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
They have been known to go 250K with no service at all under light duty use....Especially the 2005 & up with better (Dex VI) ATF.

Being behind a 6 cylinder & your taking care of it.....It could last a long time!!!
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#4625943 - 01/06/18 12:54 PM Re: Crystal ball prediction for a GM 4L60E [Re: Ammofirst]
JTK Offline


Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 10417
Loc: Buffalo, NY
Originally Posted By: Ammofirst
Iím debating what to do about my 2006 buick Rainier awd 4.2 with the 4L60E transmission. Truck has 192k original eng. & Trans. Both eng. & trans. Are running well and I feel like the engine could go another 190k. Iíve seen a few of these trannyís go 160 to 190k then need a rebuild. I installed an oversized pan with drain plug around 50k & have changed out 5-6 quarts max life atf every 25k or so. Probably 80% hwy miles since new. Anyone seen these units go 250k+


Debating what to do in terms of what, replacing the vehicle or trans?

I wouldn't do either until problems actually arise. You've done all the right stuff. From what I've experienced, if you do *some* type of trans service at that 30-50K mile mark and then KEEP maintaining them, a higher than typical lifespan will result.
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#4626063 - 01/06/18 02:45 PM Re: Crystal ball prediction for a GM 4L60E [Re: Ammofirst]
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Registered: 04/08/06
Posts: 9232
Loc: Birmingham, AL
We have a 2004 5.3 Silverado at work that got close to 400K on the original trans. Lots of highway miles, stingy maintenance. A 2004 Sierra 5.3 at work got about 300K and probably would have been usable for a while longer, but the trans was replaced before it got really bad.
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