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Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe fluid #4727347
04/15/18 05:22 AM
04/15/18 05:22 AM
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Rocklin, CA USA
Nicasio Offline OP
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Just wondering what ATF everyoneís running lately in these cars? I got lucky this weekend and was able to pick
up a really clean 2006 Vibe with only 90k on the clock from the original owner.


2017 Nissan Armada AWD Platinum
2011 Honda Civic DX
2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Wagon
2006 Pontiac Vibe
2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6sp
1989 Mustang w/Vortech S/C 351w
Re: Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe fluid [Re: Nicasio] #4727353
04/15/18 05:44 AM
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for my 2009 Matrix, I've been using Valvoline MaxLife ATF. Works really well. Dare I say it shifts better than the presumed stock Toyota fluid.


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'98 ZJ - PYB HM 10w40
'02 G20 - QS UD 5w30
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Re: Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe fluid [Re: Nicasio] #4727355
04/15/18 05:45 AM
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Well, since these Matrix/Vibe vehicles take Toyota T-IV ATF, you can use just about any aftermarket ATF specifying T-IV. Valvoline MaxLife ATF, Castrol TransMAX IMV, Mobil 3309 ATF or just get some T-IV from the dealer. I found that T-IV wasn't too expensive from my dealer. However, in my Toyota vehicles that required T-IV, I have used...T-IV, MaxLife & TransMAX IMV all with good success.


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Re: Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe fluid [Re: Nicasio] #4727394
04/15/18 07:08 AM
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Vienna, VA
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Juat changed the trans fluid in the matrix on my sig with maxlife and it shifts better than ever. Noticeable difference.


1993 Toyota MR2 Hardtop N/A - 160k miles - Valvoline Max Life 5w30
2006 Toyota Matrix XR AWD (Fiancee) - 130k miles - Valvoline Max Life 5w30
Re: Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe fluid [Re: Nicasio] #4727479
04/15/18 08:34 AM
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I had both a matrix and a vibe in the passed and I used Castrol transmax import multi vehicle fluid in the tranny. Works perfect. I also use it in my daughterís Camry. Maxlife atf is good too

Last edited by barkingspider; 04/15/18 08:35 AM.

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Re: Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe fluid [Re: Nicasio] #4727496
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I use OEM fluid. Drained and filled 3-4 times so far. Going forth I plan to drain and fill every 50k miles. Works good for me.


2007 Corolla Red Pearl 155k miles
PP 0w20 & ST 4967

Re: Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe fluid [Re: Nicasio] #4727524
04/15/18 09:12 AM
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I used the Maxlife ATF in our old Matrix that met T-IV spec.

In our Scion I just used supertech multi vehicle low viscosity. It also meets T-IV and is full synthetic.

Simple car to work on, has as drain bolt.

I replace with a new crush washer, but folks have re-used them. Crush washer is like 75 cents, so I splurged.


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Re: Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe fluid [Re: Nicasio] #4727660
04/15/18 11:01 AM
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I used Maxlife ATF in the 2008 Pontiac Vibe 4spd auto we had. The factory fill came out a bit darkened at 5yrs/50K miles when I drained it out. Very easy vehicle for basic DIY maintenance. Subjective I know, but I hated driving or being a passenger in that car.


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Re: Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe fluid [Re: Nicasio] #4727661
04/15/18 11:03 AM
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Maxlife is a great synthetic ATF at a good price. Use it with confidence.

Another good choice is Castrol FUll Synthetic ATF when it goes on sale for $5/qt (not on sale now, but does go on sale a few times a year at the parts stores)

The good news is that your Vibe has a drain plug, so it is easy to change the ATF smile

Re: Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe fluid [Re: Nicasio] #4727685
04/15/18 11:24 AM
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Rocklin, CA USA
Nicasio Offline OP
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Thanks for the replies folks. Iíve been doing 30k drain and fills on our Civic. Planning to keep going the same route with this Vibe. How about the Trans Filter.? Iím not sure if mine has ever been changed.


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2011 Honda Civic DX
2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Wagon
2006 Pontiac Vibe
2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6sp
1989 Mustang w/Vortech S/C 351w
Re: Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe fluid [Re: Nicasio] #4727691
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It wouldn't hurt to drop the pan for a good pan/magnet cleaning. Not sure if the filter is more of a rock catcher on these, but they typically are. Main thing is refreshing the fluid like you're doing IMO.


2017 Ram 1500 4x4, 3.6L. 2016 Nissan Quest SV (Babe magnet IV)
Re: Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe fluid [Re: JTK] #4727828
04/15/18 01:49 PM
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Rocklin, CA USA
Nicasio Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: JTK
I used Maxlife ATF in the 2008 Pontiac Vibe 4spd auto we had. The factory fill came out a bit darkened at 5yrs/50K miles when I drained it out. Very easy vehicle for basic DIY maintenance. Subjective I know, but I hated driving or being a passenger in that car.


Lol! Yeah I know, itís not the best looking car. I always thought they were ugly for the longest time, but hey itís just so practical in every way:)


2017 Nissan Armada AWD Platinum
2011 Honda Civic DX
2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Wagon
2006 Pontiac Vibe
2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6sp
1989 Mustang w/Vortech S/C 351w
Re: Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe fluid [Re: JTK] #4727833
04/15/18 01:51 PM
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Rocklin, CA USA
Nicasio Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: JTK
It wouldn't hurt to drop the pan for a good pan/magnet cleaning. Not sure if the filter is more of a rock catcher on these, but they typically are. Main thing is refreshing the fluid like you're doing IMO.


So itís not like a fine mesh filter type? Ok feel more comfortable about just drain & fills very 30k. I will change the filter & clean the pan/magnets this time around.


2017 Nissan Armada AWD Platinum
2011 Honda Civic DX
2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Wagon
2006 Pontiac Vibe
2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6sp
1989 Mustang w/Vortech S/C 351w
Re: Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe fluid [Re: Nicasio] #4728235
04/15/18 08:15 PM
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Yes, the filter is just a metal mesh strainer. I have a 2008 Vibe.

Mine has around 110,000 miles and over the years I've dropped the pan twice, and just did a drain/refill recently. The first two times I refilled with Mobil 3309, and for this last drain/refill I used some Amsoil Universal ATF that I had purchased at a garage sale for $1 per bottle.

The transmission still shifts like new, and it has been an extremely reliable car overall.


'12 Toyota Camry LE Hybrid
'11 Toyota Sienna SE 3.5L V6
'08 Pontiac Vibe
'03 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT QC Cummins 24-valve

Re: Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe fluid [Re: Nicasio] #4728492
04/16/18 07:07 AM
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Originally Posted By: Nicasio
Originally Posted By: JTK
I used Maxlife ATF in the 2008 Pontiac Vibe 4spd auto we had. The factory fill came out a bit darkened at 5yrs/50K miles when I drained it out. Very easy vehicle for basic DIY maintenance. Subjective I know, but I hated driving or being a passenger in that car.


Lol! Yeah I know, itís not the best looking car. I always thought they were ugly for the longest time, but hey itís just so practical in every way:)


This is a little off topic, but I found my old 2005 Matrix (which my brother now owns) was much more enjoyable after installing sound deadener to the door skins and floor boards. Didnt make it as quiet as a Lexus, but much closer to a "normal" Toyota! The sound deadener allowed me to actually hear my cell phone while driving on the freeway.


2007 Cadillac CTS 3.6L (Pennzoil Platinum HM 5W-30) >116k

2012 Honda Odyssey EX-L (Pennzoil Platinum 0W-20) >89k
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