I’ve had this 2009 Corolla for about 4 months. I took it to my private mechanic for the 45,000 mile service (first service appt since I bought it). Mechanic said the transmission fluid is BLACK and is changing the fluid and filter. I haven’t noticed any problems with the car and neither did the mechanic during his test drive. It seems to me that having black transmission fluid at 45,000 miles would be cause for concern. Is it?
The transmission is still under warranty. If I were to take the car to the dealer is there anything they can do to check the condition of the transmission? On one hand it seems foolish to go to the dealer and say Hey, my car runs great but this fluid was black…can you take apart my tranny to see if it’s ok? Then again, if the transmission goes 5K miles after the warranty expires I’ll be kicking myself.