Originally Posted by 2010exl
Why take a chance. Go buy the Honda fluid and you've got nothing to worry about.
You can nit pick the wording in the owners manual, debate it for hours, and drive yourself nuts, or...........just buy the Honda fluid and get on with your life.
Your talking about $35 and 25 minutes of your time every 30k or so miles.
This is just my philosophy, not aimed at any one here specifically.
Because of this quote I decided to see what Freedom Honda of Colorado Springs had to say about using "equivalent" ATF. And to my surprise the service rep and the Parts manager supported the fact of giving the customer the choice with a higher quality 100% synthetic ATF over the synthetic blend DW-1. In fact, I told them about the fluids I researched and said it's the consumers option and would recommend only using something equivalent/compatible to Z-1 or DW-1.
Therefore my research and recommendation on the other types of equivalent/compatible ATF for our transmissions is informing and educational for those that still think the way you do. Everyone has a choice and I am just expanding the choices with better products. For so long Honda has made many of us rely only on their products and now that other better products have surfaced we are still hesitant to use something other than DW-1 or Z1. It takes someone or several members to report positive feedback on using the other products before others are willing to step out of their comfort zone....relying on someone else to experiment with. LOL It just so happens there are members on this forum that have excellent feedback using Valvoline MaxLife ATF.