I glad my Pilot does not either! I maintained the transmission fluid and it it shifts fine at over 240K. I only had to change one sensor on the transmission and that was easy.. My other vehicles a Lexus NX 200T and Lexus RX 350 both have sealed transmissions. I'm gonna just change them every 50K, screw what the dealer says.. I don't see how never letting the trans fluid get dirty can harm anything when flushed and refilled to the correct amt. I have four of these ramps and they work great for low profile cars, and make getting under the car for fluid changes a little easier.Personally I think the reasons car manufacturers are using sealed transmissions are:
1) It makes it look more attractive to potential buyers when there is less required maintenance.
2) The manufacturer is in the business of selling new cars. They couldn’t possibly want a vehicle to function for 250k miles. So they make it difficult to check the condition of the fluid.
3) The steps required to drain and fill a sealed transmission are so convoluted the average DIYer might just give up and take it to the dealer to be serviced. More money for the dealership service department. Granted according to the manufacturer this service should never be required unless there is an issue with the transmission.
I am glad my Pilot does not have a sealed transmission. Drain and fills on it are easy. The tranny on my Tacoma is sealed, and I have done a drain and fill twice . . . both times were a pain.
Amazing deals on this 13,000 Lb Gvwr Portable Vehicle Ramps at Harbor Freight. Quality tools & low prices.
Thank for you reply