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My Versa SV is at 48k mile. I want to change the cvt transmission fluid. Nissan dealership quoted $299. Local mechanic quoted $189. Should I try to save money and go with the cheaper option? What is everyone's experience with changing this fluid at a random shop? Or should I not take a chance and just let the Nissan techs change it?
 

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My Versa SV is at 48k mile. I want to change the cvt transmission fluid. Nissan dealership quoted $299. Local mechanic quoted $189. Should I try to save money and go with the cheaper option? What is everyone's experience with changing this fluid at a random shop? Or should I not take a chance and just let the Nissan techs change it?
I would suggest that you let the dealer handle the fluid change. To do it correctly, it is a complicated procedure. The link below gives you some idea of how it is done. There are some posters on this board that have changed out the CVT fluid and apparently been successful. Sometimes its worth the money to have a job done at the dealership. I recently had my car in for an oil change, and the tech who worked on the car noticed that the serpentine belt was showing its age and needed to be replaced. I had already looked on Youtube to see how the job was done, it is a real pain, and decided to pay the price rather than spend two days trying to do the job laying on my back and taking half the front off the vehicle in order to get enough room to work.




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Well …..what was mentioned plus: you don't mention the year of you Versa but with 48k you may still have 12k left on the warranty. I sure wouldn't chance messing up the warranty to save $100.
 

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Check prices at other dealers. Shouldn't be more than $240 to have the cvt serviced at the dealer. Not all dealers charge the same. Also gonin and get it in writing with a print out vs a phone call. Some service advisors are lazy and quote average price vs actually looking to see what your car really should cost. I ran in to that when I did the wife's rogue.
 

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I agree. Go to the dealer. They'll use the right fluid, machine, etc and have proof in their system that the change was completed. When I had mine done last year i brought in a $100 off CVT fluid exchange coupon from a dealer 45 minutes away and they honored it.
 

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I agree. Go to the dealer. They'll use the right fluid, machine, etc and have proof in their system that the change was completed. When I had mine done last year i brought in a $100 off CVT fluid exchange coupon from a dealer 45 minutes away and they honored it.
It tells a lot about their profit margin.
 

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Freakin' businesses have lost their minds as far as profit margins go.

I'm firmly convinced Nissan's implementation of CVT was to intentionally drive a whopping larger degree of customers to the dealers. The whole thing approaches being an OEM authorized scam ala Ghozn.

Once somebody analyzes CVT fluid well enough we'll find out there was absolutely no reason for it to be priced that high too other than rampant utter greed.
 

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It tells a lot about their profit margin.
Flushes and alignments are *THE* gravy of vehicle service. Most shops have a goal to hit which is the responsibility of the service manager who then receives a monthly bonus if the goals are met.

Charge $300 for a CVT flush. Materials cost around $40-$60 for fluid. The tech will take .5 to 1 hour of flat rate pay for that job but can work on other vehicles while the flush is in process (which is why techs love fluid exchanges as well). The shop also receives money for various shop fees. That is an easy $200+ of net income for the shop as well as an opportunity to upsell to the customer.
 
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