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Transmission problems and sometimes scary:

2004 Pilot with 140k miles and retiree driving now at less than 1k per year:

Transmission's only symptoms: Intermittent washboard sounds/feel and resistance like going through water. Started on right side then added front and under floor. Self diagnosed.

Dealer rep gave up their go to trans repair guy who charged $3,500 all in for my rebuild. Found 1st gear bad and fabric filters spread around. Replacement fluid is always BMW fluid with higher temp range and 2x price of Honda fluid.

 

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Glad to here your back on the road, I have had my trans go out on me and left me stranded, it's no fun. Perinoia and research led me to use nothing but OEM trans fluid, no exceptions not all fluids are equal. Even though BMW may perform better, but importantly how about the compatiblity with the clutch material. A plus side to the 03 and 04 as far as I know, is there is and external trans filter as well that I change every spring along with fluid change. And a external dedicated trans cooler is a plus. My 2¢
 
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