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Old 04-15-2008, 03:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Transmission Fluid Question

Does anyone have any idea what fluid is used in the 04-06 Verona transmission?

The listing in the manual is fairly vague and has no cross reference.

Just what is ESSO LT71141 or TOTAL ATF H50235?

My local dealer says they use Castrol Synthetic ATF even though they are not positive if it is a compatible replacement.

Bill S. in Oregon

2004 Verona
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You can either order the right stuff from the dealer or Amsoil lists its ATF (universal AFT) as compatible with it. Amsoil is cheaper per quart.

You need a 8 mm or 5/16" Pipe plug socket to access the fill plug to fill it.

Normal service is fill for life, severe service is 60K. Top of my head it is 4 qts to drain and fill.

Found this letter from BimmerWorld about the Esso fluid

Technical Director, Valvoline Brand
June 7, 2004

To Whom It May Concern:

Valvoline has received several inquiries regarding the topic of MERCON V ATF and its use in various vehicles beyond those requiring DEXRON-III, MERCON, or MERCON V approved products. In response to these questions Valvoline has issued the following statements:

Valvoline supports the use of MERCON V ATF in a broad range of transmissions beyond those requiring DEXRON-III, MERCON, and MERCON V fluids including those where the following fluids are recommended:

o Allison C-4
o Chrysler ATF+3 or ATF+4 fluids
o Toyota (and Lexus) Type T, T-III or T-IV fluids
o Mitsubishi Diamond SP-II or SP-III fluids
o Hyundai
o Honda ATF-Z1 fluid (except in CVTs)
o BMW LT71141 or LA2634 fluids
o Nissan Matic-D, Matic-J, or Matic-K fluids

MaxLife ATF is recommended for the new 5 and 6 speed transmissions, except the Ford 5R110, Ford 6RXX, and the Mercedes Benz W7A700 (7G-TRONIC) which all require a low viscosity Automatic Transmission Fluid.

Valvoline has conducted in-house testing to support MERCON V ATF performance in these transmissions. However, it is important to note that these vehicle manufacturers have neither evaluated nor approved MERCON V ATF.

Valvoline stands behind all of its products, including MERCON V ATF. Use of MERCON V ATF in transmissions where recommended by Valvoline WILL NOT void the vehicle’s warranty. In the unlikely event that any transmission was to be damaged as a result of the use of MERCON V ATF,
please contact Valvoline at 1-800-Team-VAL.

Valvoline does not recommend MaxLife ATF for use in continuously variable transmissions (CVT’s) or in automatic transmissions where Ford Type F is recommended.

Thom Smith
Technical Director
Valvoline Brand

From Pennzoils website

Pennzoil® Multi-Vehicle ATF

Pennzoil® Multi-Vehicle ATF is a special blend of high-quality mineral base stocks with an advanced additive system for automatic and powershift transmissions. It meets the requirements of transmissions requiring DEXRON® -III, MERCON®, MERCON® V and Allison C-4 fluid. In addition, Pennzoil® Multi-Vehicle ATF is recommended by Pennzoil® for Chrysler automatic transmissions and can function as a Caterpillar TO-2 lubricant. Pennzoil® Multi-Vehicle ATF is formulated to provide protection that meets or exceeds the highest quality standards in the industry.

PENNZOIL® MULTI-VEHICLE ATF is suitable for use in applications requiring:

Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Plymouth (except NAG1 that requires Shell 3403 ATF).
Allison C-4.
Toyota T, T-III, T-IV.
Honda Premium Formula ATF, ATF-Z1 (except in CVTs).
Mitsubishi/Kia/Hyundai SP, SP-II, SP-III.
Nissan Matic -D, Nissan Matic-J.
BMW LA2634, LT71141.

SAME with Quaker State Multi-Vehicle

Castrol has this


Premium Synthetic Blend formula
Recommended for use in vehicles that require:

Honda, Acura — ATF–Z1 (except in CVTs)
Toyota, Lexus — Type T, T–III, T–IV
Nissan, Infiniti — Matic–D, Matic–J
BMW — LA2634, LT71141
Mitsubishi — Diamond SP–II, SP–III
Hyundai — SP–II, SP–III
Volvo (except 5 speed)

Well hope that helps. Should get you through the day.

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