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Old 03-30-2015, 09:34 AM   #1
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Ok I'm oficially confused

I have been hearing so many people say not to use Dexron VI but rather Dexron III in manual transmissions, yet it seems that's the only fluid the dealer sells? What is the deal here? I want ot change my transmissoon fluid as well as the differential and I have no idea what I should be using, even after performing a long search.
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:27 AM   #2
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I would recommend amsoil. That is what I use. Talk to the rep on here and you can get a good deal if you buy in bulk.
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:06 AM   #3
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If you want to know what others on here are using, do a search for Redline D4.
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Old 03-30-2015, 01:00 PM   #4
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The owners manual tells you that you need a specific GM part number and there is no generic equivalent. Dexron VI does not meet the required spec. Your dealer does not care to know this. It is in black and white from GM - look in the glove box.

The GM spec special fluid is actually based on Dexron 3 ATF. Many Camaro owners have had great results with using synthetic Redline D4 or MTL. I have used Mobil 1 Synthetic ATF Dexron 3 formula. This fluid is not marketed for our transmission so it does not say it is compatible on the bottle, but it does work great. I have had it in my M6 transmission for almost 5 years and it has improved the shift feel and works without a hiccup. Any of the above will be an improvement over the factory fill.

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Old 03-30-2015, 02:47 PM   #5
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Old 03-30-2015, 03:55 PM   #6
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Thanks guys, I actually went to the dealer and they don't use dexron VI, that is for the automatic transmissions. They use something just called "manual transmission fluid". I'm assuming this is dexron III?
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