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Hi. I just had maintenance for my transmission. I ALWAYS ask them to use the specific Honda transmission fluid. I was later reviewing my invoice and it stated that Dexron III was used. I called the mechanic and he told me it was "Honda Dexron III" that he got from the dealer.

I can't find any internet mention of a Honda brand Dexron III. Am I being dupped?

My CRV is a 2000 with 155K miles and I live in San Diego.

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If you have your owners manual it will tell you what kind you're supposed to use. You can also go to the Honda owners website and download the manual for free.


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Many have had great results with Amsoil, Valvoline Max/life Dex/Merc atf, and other synthetic atfs.

Honda only recommends their Honda Z-1 or their Honda DW-1 for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation CRV AT vehicles. In the 2000 CRV owner's manual (page 221) they state to only use Honda Z-1 and, in an emergency, you can use Dexron III but to 'flush' it with Honda Z-1 (do not use Z-1, but use Honda DW-1 or one of the others I mentioned) as soon as it is convenient. A flush is 4 drain and fills with driving (or doing the specific procedure while on a lift) in between drains and fills to thoroughly mix up the fluid. 4 drain and fills will take aprox 14 qts of atf. Some owners have had great luck with using Dexron III and the recommended dose of Lubegard Black, I think. :(

Z-1 is not recommended at all anymore, thankfully.
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PS: I have never heard of a Honda Dexron III.
How many qts were on the invoice?
I wouldn't chance it
 

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There is no such thing as "Honda Dexron III". If your mechanic told you that, I would find a new mechanic because it is unacceptable for a professional mechanic to not know such a basic fact about Honda fluids.

Dexron is a GM standard for ATF.

Honda's current ATF for all non-CVT automatic transmissions is ATF-DW1. Prior to that, it was ATF-Z1.
 
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