Read all 38 pages of this thread and all very interesting! Buffalo4, you seem to be the most consistent and helpful replier, so thank you for your input. I am new to this forum, and residing in Australia some of the terminology is different, but still lots of useful info. I have a 2008 crv auto, base model, which down here is called a sport. Around 130,000km, and never had trans oil changed to my knowledge. Will keep the forum updated as to oil prices etc here, might be of interest to any Australian readers. One thing I find incomprehensible is the measuring of old oil. Why bother? I have never measured old oil, just dump it out and forget about it. The same with putting in new, why the great carefulness of some to put in 2.716 quarts, or litres in my case? Just a figure pulled out of my hat, but don't you trust the dipstick? This is not aimed at anyone in particular, but I feel that some are perhaps a mite overcareful. Just need to read the owners manual, buy enough oil, and pour it in.DL the owner's manual online for free and you will find on page 246 that one drain and fill is 3.1 qt (US) for a 2 WD crv.
Always use the atf dipstick to make sure the atf is at the proper fill level. Look in your owner's manual on how to properly check that level.
Honda DW-1 or another synthetic compatible atf such as the Valvoline product both have had excellent results. You can go wrong using the old Honda Z-1 but not with the Honda DW-1 or the Valvoline product you mentioned.
Total capacity for your AT is 6.9 qts so one change and fill will give you aprox 45% new fluid. Each drain and fill after that gives you less and less % new.
The main idea behind doing some driving in between drain and fills is to thoroughly mix up the old and new atf. You need to go through all the gears including torque converter lockup. Quite a few will drive hundreds of miles between their first changes. Your CRV probably still has the old Honda Z-1 atf.
Page 187 is the maintenance schedule which says to change (meaning a single drain and fill) the ATF at 120k miles or 6 yrs, whichever comes first, and then every 90k miles or 5 yrs, whichever comes first.
Then again, it also says to change the engine oil at 10k miles or a yr, whichever comes first.
Then again, it also says to change the oil filter at 20k miles or a yr, whichever come first.
Now that is with the Honda oil filter and non-synthetic 5w20 engine oil. Most would never let the oil filter go for 20k miles or let the regular oil go for 10k miles.
Other fluid items would be the coolant and the brake fluid.
Don't forget to check your cabin (pollen) air filter.
PS: Congrats on such a low mileage CRV.
PPS: Check your engine oil level also, as some Dealers are not too accurate when they change the oil and filter.
One thing I did pick up in this forum is checking the trans oil level when the engine is off. All the old autos i've had in the past you check the trans oil level while idling - could have come unstuck there. Anyway, thanks to all the helpful posters!