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I recently asked questions about a tune up and transmission, and Thank you for your quick responses. I took my car in to an auto shop and they told me my transmission fluid was "lifetime". it never has to be changed? that sounded fishy to me. they said if something goes wrong I HAVE to go to the dealership. what do you know about this? Nothing lasts a "lifetime"....

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Pita, VW does claim that your (ATF) lasts a lifetime, and as you stated nothing last a lifetime....or until the power train warranty runs out. Like other car-makers, VW knows that most owners don't keep their cars too far pass 100k. So they extend and/or delete the specifications on some costly items... i.e. 105k timing belt change on 1.8T engines, "lifetime" fuel filter and ATF. This is a marketing twist to help sell cars by advertising "minimal" maintenance. So, if you intend to keep your VW for a while, do your bank account a favor by changing the ATF on a regular basis. This task is a bit complicated, but if you have the right tools & technical resource and want to do it yourself, most major VW/Audi auto-parts retailers now stock these VW-specific oils. For the 01M automatic, ask for the filter kit and ATF Pentosin G-052-162-A2, which is the same Part No. as VW's for Mk4. I would do the same with manual transmission oil, which is so much easier to change. I would recommend about 80k miles is about as long as you would want to stretch your synthetic transmission fluid to. AJ Pierce

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Pita, This may very well be the situation. Manufacturers are constantly coming up with new ways to better convenience the customer. If you*d like to double check though, look in your owner*s manual under fluids or scheduled maintenance. Suzanne

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