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I just got an 01 SES with the Vulcan engine in it. It currently has 39k miles on it and was planning on getting the transmission serviced when I take it in for an oil change this week. I've had the car since 37k.

My question is: how often do you get your transmission serviced? I had thought it was every 40k... and did that with my 93 Buick Century until the transmission died at 80k with light driving. The co-worker whose son in law owns a garage had heard me talking on the phone with my mechanic and said that his son in law says to always get the transmission fluid changed every 20-25k. I mean, I'll do whatever it takes to keep the car on the road, but I just wanted to know how often you get yours serviced.
 

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My family never took the vehicles in to get the tranny fluid replaced until we got newer cars (newer meaning newer than 1988). I think my dad's '81 Escort is running on the same tranny fluid it came with from the factory. The manual recommends every 30K miles. But depending on the conditions, you can go higher or lower intervals.
 
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The factory manual recommends getting the tranny flushed every 30k miles. It is also generally recommended that you add a tranny cooler eventually, as well. The only thing is - make sure they replace your fluid with Mercon V fluid (or whatever your manual recommends). You don't want the wrong fluid. :)
 

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I feel your pain on the Buick man. I had one roast its trans-axle around 100K also...that car was a nightmare.

I recommend around 30-35K miles for the trans-axle. It seems that the 4th Gen AX4S/N has had a much better track record for some reason. I have 83K miles on my original one.
 
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