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2000 Honda CR-V Ex transmission fluid? #5218159 09/20/19 05:36 PM
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I am a new Honda owner and want to change the transmission fluid on my automatic transmission. The manual calls for oem Honda fluid but it is not in any parts store or dealership nearby. Is it important to use Honda oem fluid, if not what is an alternative?

Re: 2000 Honda CR-V Ex transmission fluid? [Re: taztheman] #5218190 09/20/19 06:21 PM
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Order it online. I've bought it on ebay for less than the dealership.


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Re: 2000 Honda CR-V Ex transmission fluid? [Re: taztheman] #5218209 09/20/19 06:45 PM
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I would only use Honda fluid. You must really live out in the sticks if there are no Honda Dealerships around smile


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Re: 2000 Honda CR-V Ex transmission fluid? [Re: taztheman] #5218211 09/20/19 06:49 PM
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Re: 2000 Honda CR-V Ex transmission fluid? [Re: taztheman] #5218224 09/20/19 07:01 PM
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You can get it on Amazon or Ebay by the case for decent money. There are also plenty of people that use Valvoline Maxlife with good results, or one of the other DW1 'replacements' (Idemitsu/Aisin/Etc)


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Re: 2000 Honda CR-V Ex transmission fluid? [Re: taztheman] #5218226 09/20/19 07:02 PM
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Castrol Full Synthetic ATF is awesome and will work well in your CRV smile

Another good choice is Maxlife

Re: 2000 Honda CR-V Ex transmission fluid? [Re: taztheman] #5218237 09/20/19 07:12 PM
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I have used Honda fluid, Maxlife, Castrol and Idemitsu Honda spec.
All good. Idemitsu is my favorite.

If it has never bee done, do a few spill and fills.
Your CR-V will thank you. You will feel the difference; it will be smoother and pull better.

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Re: 2000 Honda CR-V Ex transmission fluid? [Re: taztheman] #5218315 09/20/19 09:00 PM
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I used Maxlife on a 2000 Odyssey and 2002 CR-V for many years. Works great, readily available and good price.


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Re: 2000 Honda CR-V Ex transmission fluid? [Re: JeffKeryk] #5218316 09/20/19 09:02 PM
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If I am only changing the fluid with Valvoline maxlife will it be ok to do 1 or 2 changes? The reason I am asking is because I assume the fluid in the transmission is oem honda fluid, but it is not to dirty. I am just changing the fluid for preventive maintenance.

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each time you change it you are getting half the fluid out, so its basically youre call as to how much is enough. They should mix fine.
Also, im not sure about the 2000 but on 2002 changing that rear diff fluid was almost more important. A few years ago that was a honda-only fluid


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Re: 2000 Honda CR-V Ex transmission fluid? [Re: Surfdog4] #5218355 09/20/19 10:10 PM
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The 'official' Honda method is 3x drain/fill with a short drive in between. If you're sure its never been done, it would be a good idea to get as much of the old out as possible. I would at least do it 2x and then perhaps another time at the next oil change.


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Re: 2000 Honda CR-V Ex transmission fluid? [Re: taztheman] #5220209 09/23/19 06:45 AM
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In my CRV, I've used Castrol MultiVehicle, Mobil1 and Mag1 Fully Synthetic ATF, with good results. Use the same fluid for the rear differential if yours has the Realtime AllWheel Drive.

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