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    Default Anybody use Castrol transmission fluid?

    Okay, before folks go preaching "thou shalt only use Honda ATF Z1", I did some searching around and found the Amsoil horror story. Looking at Amsoil's specs, they apparently figure that their ATF meets everyone's specs, so that seems just a little suspicious that it somehow meets Chrysler ATF+4, Ford Mercon, GM Dexron III, and the imports (Nissan Matic D and J, and Honda Z1). I'm not surprised that it might cause problems; how can one fluid meet all those specs? Not buying it.

    On the other hand, Castrol makes several different transmission fluids, and the import multi-vehicle ATF doesn't read like the "one type fits all". Still not sure what makes Honda's automatics so unique, but since the Z1 doesn't seem to hold up as long as Honda would like you to think, I'd rather use something that does hold up well and is easier to come by, so long as it doesn't mean certain transmission death. It works well in our Subaru, if that's any indication.

    Anybody tried it?
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    is there a really cost-effective reason to try it?
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    What's the point of risking a transmission?

    ATF-Z1 works and it's not expensive.
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    Thumbs down Oh no...................................

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    Only the genuine Honda ATF-Z1 for my V or my Mom's Accord.....why risk it. My family has owned three Accords, three CRV's and a Civic...only Honda fluids!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkydave View Post
    Okay, before folks go preaching "thou shalt only use Honda ATF Z1", I did some searching around and found the Amsoil horror story. Looking at Amsoil's specs, they apparently figure that their ATF meets everyone's specs, so that seems just a little suspicious that it somehow meets Chrysler ATF+4, Ford Mercon, GM Dexron III, and the imports (Nissan Matic D and J, and Honda Z1). I'm not surprised that it might cause problems; how can one fluid meet all those specs? Not buying it.

    On the other hand, Castrol makes several different transmission fluids, and the import multi-vehicle ATF doesn't read like the "one type fits all". Still not sure what makes Honda's automatics so unique, but since the Z1 doesn't seem to hold up as long as Honda would like you to think, I'd rather use something that does hold up well and is easier to come by, so long as it doesn't mean certain transmission death. It works well in our Subaru, if that's any indication.

    Anybody tried it?
    Are you ready for a trans fluid change already? What is the reason you don't want to use Honda fluid? Price? availability?
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    Back when I was dumb (before joining this forum) I put Mobil transmission fluid in my 99 CR-V. In about 3000 miles the transmission started shuttering and jerking between 30 and 40 mph. As soon as I realized my mistake I had a Honda shop do the 3-exchange transmission change with Honda fluid and the problem stopped. I drove it another 100,000 trouble free miles, exchanging the transmission fluid every 30,000 miles.

    I now have an 07 CR-V EX AWD and it will see nothing but Honda fluids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrtn View Post
    is there a really cost-effective reason to try it?
    Exactly, what are we talking about, maybe a dollar a bottle if any?? Why bother "experimenting" with something unknown when you can just use the stuff the builder's of the car made specifically for it.
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    I'm guessing the answer is "no, nobody has tried Castrol". Too bad folks feel the need to give lectures and unrelated anecdotes instead of just answering a simple question. Maybe if Castrol works equally well or better than ATF-Z1, costs less and lasts longer, I'd rather use that, which is why I ASKED IF ANYBODY TRIED IT.

    BTW, why do folks assume I'm changing it already? I only asked "Anybody tried it?". I didn't say "ooh, I just can't wait to change it, I'm going to change it right away!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkydave View Post
    I'm guessing the answer is "no, nobody has tried Castrol". Too bad folks feel the need to give lectures and unrelated anecdotes instead of just answering a simple question. Maybe if Castrol works equally well or better than ATF-Z1, costs less and lasts longer, I'd rather use that, which is why I ASKED IF ANYBODY TRIED IT.

    BTW, why do folks assume I'm changing it already? I only asked "Anybody tried it?". I didn't say "ooh, I just can't wait to change it, I'm going to change it right away!"

    I think people answer that way in reaction to the many times people have tried some other fluid, raved about how well it works, and then later had issues.

    Does Castrol advertise it as "Honda Compatible"?
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