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When I went to the dealer to replace my wheel bearing, it was coming up to 60,000 so I asked for the CVT fluid to be replaced along with other items. I printed out this forum thread in case I needed to refer to it (thank you WallyBear for such an informative post).
I asked for the CVT filter to be changed and the service advisor said he'd never heard of it being done at the same time, so I showed him the forum post and the filter part number. He checked and the part was in stock, fortunately. He then called for the tech to come out to the service desk to ask him about the filter, and the tech was adamant that the filter didn't need replacing. As tactfully as possible, I explained how I'd researched this on this forum, that he knew his job better than I did, but that forum members has had the same conversations and that the techs at other dealerships had also never heard about the filter replacement, but after looking into it, they had found out that it was a recommended replacement. And since the part was in stock, could he replace it?
I got my car back 3 hrs later and was going through the bill, and asked the service advisor why there was no mention of the CVT filter on the invoice. He scratched his head, asked me to wait, came back 10 minutes later and said they hadn't done it. I asked him, if it was his car, would he want it done? He said that since I was planning to keep the car for a while yet, "yes, he would have it done". The Nissan CVT transmission needed TLC, not his exact words, but that was the sentiment, and he said anything I could do to minimize the risk of problems was a good thing.
Now, the kicker. When I finally got the car back, they had billed me another hour of labor for doing the filter replacement. The service advisor had already reduced my total bill by 10% after we had discussed all this work, and he had also got the tech to do another job at no charge that I had been quoted $200+ for by the dealership at an earlier appointment. In the interests of maintaining a good relationship with this service advisor, I decided not to kick up a fuss. From what I could see, it's extra work to replace the CVT filter, although I doubt it's an hour, but maybe it is if you have to put it in the ramp again, and disassemble parts to get to it because it was not done at the same time as the fluid change! I have a tire I want replaced so I will ask for that to be done without charge when I go back there in a couple of days.
Driving away the car felt very smooth and quiet. I have driven it a few miles since yesterday and I admit I'm a little hypersensitive and I am listening very acutely for any changes in the car's behavior, hoping that the CVT fluid change has improved performance and not created a problem. I have noticed that the car was a little hesitant moving off from lights a couple of times - slightly jerky. I'm hoping that this was due to my right foot and not an issue with the transmission. The car is definitely quieter now so that's a plus. I don't know why a CVT fluid change might cause the car to not smoothly move off from a standstill. I'll drive it some more and see how it goes.
Would have been good to ask for the old filter back to inspect. You might have to go high up the food chain to get the real answer to this alien filter.
I wounder if they assume this is a lifetime filter. But then its a filter, what is it filtering? Bizarre. With all the nickle and dime-ing a dealer does why would they miss
revenue from this item, who is going to argue on this replacement?
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