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    Opinions on lifetime transmission fluid - (Accord vs Camry)

    I'm looking at 2014-15 Accords vs 2013-14 Camry's. The Accord is just a little more $, but as far as reliability which would you go with? After some eavesdropping on different forums, comments, and looking at carcomplaints.com it seems Toyota has the most reliable as far long term ownership.

    I noticed the WS transmission fluid on these things is expected to go lifetime and the tranny is sealed. While the Accord you can drain/fill easily. Only option for the Toyota is take it to the dealer and drop a couple hundred for a drain/fill - which I most likely would do. What's the general consensus here on tranny fluid and overall reliability between Hondas and Toyotas?
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    Both are great, chose what you like better. Personally I’ve had slightly better luck with Honda, but the difference is almost imperceptible

    Regarding the WS, once toyota agrees to replace the transmissions at any age/mileage no questions asked, I’ll believe the lifetime claim...until then drain and fill every 40-50k with WS and motor on.
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    Change the fluid. Everything wears down over time. Don't buy into their marketing.
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    Originally Posted by Tormoz View Post
    Change the fluid. Everything wears down over time. Don't buy into their marketing.
    That's what I'm looking for in a car - a transmission thats easily serviceable. I'm planning to keep whatever car I get until it dies.

    For the transmission on these 7th gen Camry's it seems like its not suggested to service them at a local shop since the process isn't cut-and-dry like on the Accord/Civic. A simple google search tells me that. So looks like I would have to rely on the dealer.


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    Both are great, chose what you like better. Personally I’ve had slightly better luck with Honda, but the difference is almost imperceptible

    Regarding the WS, once toyota agrees to replace the transmissions at any age/mileage no questions asked, I’ll believe the lifetime claim...until then drain and fill every 40-50k with WS and motor on.
    I like the CVT's only because I can service them easily, but everything I hear about them is negative and that they're un-reliable. I haven't driven a car with a CVT.
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    I'm sure there is an * by the term lifetime. Lifetime in ideal conditions. Sure, it will last the lifetime of the transmission at least.

    I work for another manufacturer and our trans fluid on the more recent one's, we have a way of checking it through the transmission control module, and there is a certain number it's good to, or so they say. From experience if it ever gets to that number your trans is shot, so I recommend getting it ever 60K, but honestly more like every 30K.
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