I can get genuine atf 08200-9008 but bottled for Acura versus the typical genuine Honda bottles cheaper. Is there any difference between the two...Anyone ever use the Acura version?
what makes Max a better quality than oem....that it's fully synthetic?I would not trust an online purchase if it's not from a dealership. It could be old stock or counterfeit.
My recommendation would also be to use Full Synthetic Valvoline MaxLife ATF. It's a better quality fluid. Wal-Mart has the best price and they ship for free.
Certainly "full synthetic" versus a blend would be a very good indicator of quality. This makes Valvoline MaxLife ATF more resistant to extreme temperature problems. It flows better in the extreme cold and it is less susceptible to thermal breakdown in the extreme heat. It has been reported that when some switched to VML, their transmission temperatures were lower. That is a huge benefit, since heat is a killer of transmissions. MaxLife has proven time and again to revive an old transmission with shifting issues. While some remain on factory fluid and have had to replace shift solenoids, I have a 2012 5-speed with 263k miles that has never had any transmission problems. It was switched to VML at around 100k. IMO, another good reason is because our transmissions are equipped with an un-replacable filter. VML will flow through the old filter more easily.what makes Max a better quality than oem....that it's fully synthetic?
Here's a better deal for next time.For the first 122k miles on our 2011 Honda Pilot, I only used Honda DW-1 ATF.
For my most recent ATF change, 122+k miles, I followed advice of members of this Piloteers forum, and used the "Valvoline multi-vehicle full synthetic" ATF. I even looked up the Valvoline specification sheet of all supported vehicles...
My local auto parts store URL to the Valvoline spec sheet: https://images.oreillyauto.com/parts/img/documents/val/j-5485maxlifeatfsellsheet3-17-15.pdf
"Approved for use in Honda/Acura ATF-Z1, DW-1 ..."
As far as I can tell, my car shifts the same using either DW-1 or the Valvoline product. From a financial perspective, the Valvoline product is a little less expensive (DW-1 costs about US$10 a quart at my local Honda Dealer, and the Valvoline's is about US$30/gallon at my local auto parts store).
2011 Honda Pilot - ATF chg - used Valvoline multi-vehicle full synthetic ATF Per the Piloteer's website, many participants on that website recommended switching from Honda DW-1 ATF to Valvoline MAX Life multi-vehicle full synthetic ATF. So, today, I decided to try it. Purchased 1gallon…mrflash818.livejournal.com