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Question DetailsAsked on 5/13/2011

Is $140 too much to spend on a transmission flush on a 2003 Chevy Cavalier with about 54,000 miles on it?

I'm not finding much on the Internet and don't want to get taken. This is the dealer's quote. Thanks!

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IMO anything you spend on a Chevy, especially a Cavalier, is too much. [^o)]

But seriously, it sounds like a whole lot of money. What about other companies in your area that do transmission flushes? I'm not an advocate of taking a car to a dealer for service unless it's under warranty, the idea being that the dealer's main business is selling, not fixing.

Answered 7 years ago by Commonsense

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Wow, you are a very hostile person. I pity the venom and spite you harbor and hope you get help for anger management issues soon. You are the reason I stopped posting on these boards the first time around, will no longer do so.

Answered 7 years ago by Chastity1053

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Good grief. Cleanup in Aisle 12!

Does everyone have to love Chevy Cavaliers in your world? Did you miss the part where I offered what I thought were some helpful suggestions?

. . .shuffling off to look in the mirror and see what's so scary about me. . . . .

Answered 7 years ago by Commonsense

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Commonsense, you really do need to settle down a tad. You've got something going on with Chastity and Tessa and I would guess that there have been others. I'm not interested in getting into an argument with you, but, you do need to refine your delivery of the things you post. I'm sure you're a nice person in the real world, but, your posts tend to be somewhat hostile and arrogant. It takes the fun out of the message board for some of the rest of us. Thanks.

Answered 7 years ago by michelemabelle

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Apparently some of you feel it's appropriate to try to drag this board to a personal mud-slinging level, but I'm not going there.

Answered 7 years ago by Commonsense

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Chastity, your questions generate questions. First, why do you think a relatively new vehicle's transmission needs flushing? (I usually keep a vehicle for 6-10 years and never needed to have a transmission flushed, automatic or manual. as long as a vehicle is under mfg warranty I have engine oil changed at dealer as a CYA).

IMHO it's not uncommon for a dealer's service dept labor costs to be considerly more expensive than independent transmission companies. Check AngiesList for repair shops in your area. get a second opinion

Answered 7 years ago by tessa89

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I believe the transmission service interval for a 2003 Cavalier is 90,000 miles. Did the dealer shop explain why they want to do this? Doing it at this time is unusual because you have a sealed transmission (no dipstick) on that vehicle.

As far as your question, I don't consider $140 to be excessive for a proper transmission flush. A true flush requires more then just the pan being dropped. It usually entails unhooking the transmission cooler lines from the radiator, then hooking up a purging system and forcing fresh fluid into the transmission while the old fluid is forced out. This is the only way to get the fluid out of the torque converter. Consider this work at $65 Chilton flat rate for labor, fluid, filter and pan gasket replacement, and the price is reasonable. Whereever you end up taking it, make sure this is how they do the flush. Just dropping the pan and draining the transmission will only get about 1/3 of the fluid out.


Answered 7 years ago by Alakar

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[quote user="Alakar"]

I believe the transmission service interval for a 2003 Cavalier is 90,000 miles. Did the dealer shop explain why they want to do this? Doing it at this time is unusual because you have a sealed transmission (no dipstick) on that vehicle.

As far as your question, I don't consider $140 to be excessive for a proper transmission flush. A true flush requires more then just the pan being dropped. It usually entails unhooking the transmission cooler lines from the radiator, then hooking up a purging system and forcing fresh fluid into the transmission while the old fluid is forced out. This is the only way to get the fluid out of the torque converter. Consider this work at $65 Chilton flat rate for labor, fluid, filter and pan gasket replacement, and the price is reasonable. Whereever you end up taking it, make sure this is how they do the flush. Just dropping the pan and draining the transmission will only get about 1/3 of the fluid out.[/quote]


Alakar is correct. $140 is not excessive if the flush includes removal of the pan and changing the filter along with a complete fluid exchange.

Is the transmission not shifting properly and why the necessity for the service.

Albeit 90K is recommended, I typically don't opt for some factory mileage specs.


Answered 7 years ago by Windows on Washington

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50,000 miles is the right mileage to change the filter and fluid and that's what they charge at the GM dealership. Would you rather pay $140 for a transmission fluid and filter or $1,750 for a rebuilt transmission? I am also an ASE and GM certified mechanic.

Answered 3 years ago by TheGMGuy




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