Recently I took my 2008 Hyundai Elantra SE (34500mi) into the dealer for a warranty service. They took care of it and also checked it out and came back with a list of things that I should attend to.
Replace the fuel tank air filter $159.00
Replace the cabin/HEPA filter $49.00
Replace the air filter element $39.95
AT fluid exchange $189.95
Brake Fluid Exchange $109.95
I’m going to see if I can replace the filters (except fuel tank) and I’m not worried about the brake fluid at this point. Normally I take my car to another place for oil changes and transmission fluid changes. I thought $190.00 dollars sounded pretty steep for a transmission fluid exchange, even if they do get every drop of the old stuff out. The very friendly service associate explained to me that the northeast is considered a severe area for transmissions and that my owner’s manual recommends changing it at 105k for normal driving areas and 30k for severe. Also, only Hyundai has the correct AT fluid (s3?) for my car and that the other shops do not and therefore I would run the risk of would ruining my transmission. While I believe the dealership may be high priced, I certainly would not want to bet my transmission on it to save $100. So I thought I’d ask people in the know. Is it necessary to change my AT fluid more often because I live in the northeast? I’m not plowing or pulling trailers with my car, that USED to be the classification for severe driving conditions. If so, do other places have the exclusive Hyundai transmission fluid? With all the Hyundai’s on the road, I find it a little hard to believe that no one else carries it. Should it really cost almost $200?