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I need a trans flush (or fluid change) on my 03 liner (AW55-50SN) with 85K miles.

I know Saab recommends 3309 or whatever, but I live in a small town where european imports are rare and knowledge of them is even more rare!

one shop told me Dexron III. Another shop told me 99-01 was Dexron III but 02+ is 3309, a third shop told me Valvoline Maxlife works just as well.....

HELP! (oh ps i'm WAY too broke to buy 3309 from Saab.... so there's no way i'm just biting the bullet on this one)
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You are "too broke" to maintain your car?

Well, then I hope you aren't too broke to replace the transmission!

At the absolute worst, 3309 should cost $15 per Litre/quart.
So you need 4 of them and then (unless you are doing it yourself) labour to do the work.

You can also source Toyota transmission fluid (search for more details) as it is the same and much cheaper.

And no, DexIII is not compatible ... you would be mixing the remaining 3309 and that won't be good.
Plus ... Saab switched to 3309 for a reason.


But for crying out loud, either figure out how to pay to properly maintain your car or trade it in for a bike and public transit.
It will cost you a lot more in repairs in the long run than it will to maintain it.
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You are "too broke" to maintain your car?

Well, then I hope you aren't too broke to replace the transmission!

At the absolute worst, 3309 should cost $15 per Litre/quart.
yeah well i'm in college and live in a town with a failing economy.

as far as I know, to do a flush, I need 10 quarts. thats $150 without labor.

and I need to travel at least 110 miles to the nearest place that carries 3309
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yeah well i'm in college and live in a town with a failing economy.

as far as I know, to do a flush, I need 10 quarts. thats $150 without labor.

and I need to travel at least 110 miles to the nearest place that carries 3309

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yeah well i'm in college and live in a town with a failing economy.

as far as I know, to do a flush, I need 10 quarts. thats $150 without labor.

and I need to travel at least 110 miles to the nearest place that carries 3309
I buy mine online.

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wow! that's cheap too!

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as far as I know, to do a flush, I need 10 quarts. thats $150 without labor.

You would need that only if you were planning on doing multiple drains.
Normally, a tranny service is draining the fluid and replacing ... that is only 4 quarts.
To do more than that would either require a pressure system or simply doing the drain and fill method multiple times.


And I wasn't knocking you with your comments about money ...
But, anyone who buys/owns a car needs to be prepared to maintain it.
Otherwise it will fall apart around you and be unsafe for you to drive (not to mention those around you or those in your car).

One thing you can do is learn how to do this sort of thing yourself.
Draining the transmission fluid is about as easy a job as you can get on a car.
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You would need that only if you were planning on doing multiple drains.
Normally, a tranny service is draining the fluid and replacing ... that is only 4 quarts.
To do more than that would either require a pressure system or simply doing the drain and fill method multiple times.


And I wasn't knocking you with your comments about money ...
But, anyone who buys/owns a car needs to be prepared to maintain it.

One thing you can do is learn how to do this sort of thing yourself.
Draining the transmission fluid is about as easy a job as you can get on a car.
Yeah, no offense taken.. like I said though, i'm in college. Anytime I can penny pinch I will! (like buying that 3309 online.)

you also bring up another good point which I would like to discuss...
flush vs. drain(2-3 times) anybody have a preference?!?!?!

and yeah I can do it myself, but I don't have the time until early June...
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Well "flushing" on the 9-5 means drain, refill, drive, repeat. And I did it 3 times initially and then about once every other oil change.
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Getting ready to change out the ATF in my car this weekend and was wondering if I can do it all in one day. I have 12 quarts and know that you have drain ~4 quarts and repeat the process. Can I just drain and fill without driving the car?? Just start and cycle the trans through the gears enough?
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And no, DexIII is not compatible ... you would be mixing the remaining 3309 and that won't be good.
Plus ... Saab switched to 3309 for a reason.
So would it be alright to use 3309 in a 99' 9-5se even though the owners manual calls for DexIII?
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So would it be alright to use 3309 in a 99' 9-5se even though the owners manual calls for DexIII?
NO. 4 spd auto trans = DexIII. 5sp auto = 3309.
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Getting ready to change out the ATF in my car this weekend and was wondering if I can do it all in one day. I have 12 quarts and know that you have drain ~4 quarts and repeat the process. Can I just drain and fill without driving the car?? Just start and cycle the trans through the gears enough?
Meh. Not as good as driving it around for a bit to get the oil cycling through the system.
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Toyota type IV may be your best bet, 4 Qrts should be around $ 20.

I switched from Mobil 3309 to type IV, same thing.
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wow! that's cheap too!

Thanks!!
And you need a pack of 12 quarters for a full flush. 3 times and 4 quarters every time. You can do it yourself, it is very easy, easier than the oil change because you don't need a filter.
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