I asked my dealership a short time ago how much it would cost to change the CVT fluid. He said it would be about $500CDN because the fluid costs something like $50-$100 per litre and the transmission holds about 5 litres.
He told me the exact cost but I can't remember for sure at this time. He also said it is a lifetime fluid but I don't believe in those.
$500cdn!? Sheesh, you can find CVT+4 for about $9 a quart off the internet and the pan gasket and filter for another $20 or $30 and do it yourself. Just need to measure what came out and put that much back, then take to the dealer to top-off (since we don't get a dipstick).
the manual does say 60,000 miles for the CVT fluid change..but, the dealer
recommends it at 30,000..that s not the question though..
its *why* do they say it ll cost more to change the fluid in a CVT vs. a
regular auto.? ..is the answer really that the fluid is more expensive or
is there more to changing the fluid that im not aware of?
i just found this little tid-bit on Moparmagazine.com regarding the
One critical difference between the two is the fluid. CVT automatic transmission fluid is unlike any other ATF. To emphasize the difference, a green color is used to identify it. Mopar® CVTF+4® has unique friction characteristics and using any other ATF will damage the transaxle.