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Should I change atf on 2003 vw passat #5136011
06/16/19 06:54 PM
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I am babysitting my pastors car while he is away on vacation. I am surprising him by doing some maintenance on his car. He has a 2003 vw passat 1.8t fwd with the 5hp19. He bought it used and I dont think the atf has ever been changed. It has 153,000 on it right now. It shifts great and I would really like to change the atf and filter but I do not want to run into any transmission issues down the road by changing the fluid. I am a firm believer that it is always better to change the fluid then leave it even at high miles but that is easy to say when its your own vehicle. He doesnt have alot of money and i am just trying to make the car last. What would you do? Change the fluid or not?


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Re: Should I change atf on 2003 vw passat [Re: joegreen] #5136020
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Leave it alone. It's not your car.

I know you want to do something nice, do an oil change and wash the car. That's more than enough IMO.


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Re: Should I change atf on 2003 vw passat [Re: joegreen] #5136032
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You have a good heart, but I'll have to agree with JC1. More than once I tried to do someone an unrequested favor, only to have it bite me.

Give it a good wash and vacuum.

Re: Should I change atf on 2003 vw passat [Re: joegreen] #5136033
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Re: Should I change atf on 2003 vw passat [Re: joegreen] #5136052
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Do not open that can of worms. Never touch a transmission that isn't yours and don't have permission to alter. God forbid anything happens after changing the fluid. Oil change and a full tank of gas, no problem imho.

Re: Should I change atf on 2003 vw passat [Re: joegreen] #5136061
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Change it and don't say anything about it. Real altruism, and he will be none the wiser if anything goes wrong!


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Re: Should I change atf on 2003 vw passat [Re: maxdustington] #5136064
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Originally Posted by maxdustington
Change it and don't say anything about it. Real altruism, and he will be none the wiser if anything goes wrong!

This is the best course of action.


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Re: Should I change atf on 2003 vw passat [Re: joegreen] #5136086
06/16/19 08:23 PM
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IMO...the answer is a big NO. Too many things could go wrong and besides, its not your car. Cut his grass, or perhaps fill his fridge before he gets home. Tasks that cannot cause problems. The car is 16 years old.....

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Re: Should I change atf on 2003 vw passat [Re: joegreen] #5136089
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I flushed the atf on a 1.8t 2003 passat at 90,000. The result was improved shifting. It took 11 quarts of Maxlife syn atf with lt71141 spec on the back. I was horrified at the black color that came out for the first 7 quarts. Glad I did it.

Re: Should I change atf on 2003 vw passat [Re: joegreen] #5136105
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according to VW it is "lifetime" which means you change the ATF and the transmission as one unit for a cost of 5-6 thousand dollars

but check out this thread frown

http://www.audipages.com/Tech_Articles/auto_transmission/autotranservicing.html

the bottom line, it should be changed but I would not do it, take the car to a VW/Audi specialist

Re: Should I change atf on 2003 vw passat [Re: joegreen] #5136111
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Re: Should I change atf on 2003 vw passat [Re: joegreen] #5136128
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Do not touch it.
^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
or do whatever the Bible directs as far as neglected transaxles.

Last edited by vw7674; 06/16/19 09:02 PM.
Re: Should I change atf on 2003 vw passat [Re: joegreen] #5136207
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Re: Should I change atf on 2003 vw passat [Re: joegreen] #5136223
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Oil Change/rotate, inspection and a wash/vacuum. That is it...

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Re: Should I change atf on 2003 vw passat [Re: joegreen] #5136227
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