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Bought new 2010 CRV EX 2WD. Has had two ATF changes at dealer, first one in 2014 (mil 58,271) and last was on 10/21/16 (mil 82,089). Current mileage on 11/23/2018 is ~103,946. I assume both were full exchanges*.

That's 2 years and 21,857 miles since last tansmission fluid change. Normal driving conditions; transmission seems smooth/normal. Figured I'd save a few $ and start DIY. Question/Recommendations: should I do just a 1x change? 2x?...??. I did browse through the Auto Trans Flush sticky. Thanks.

*On both service invoices there was this line item: QTY 12 08200-9008 FLUID (AT 08201). Per the owners manual, for a total change on my 2WD it's 6.71 qts so I assume a total change and they charged (screwed) me for a case...another reason to DIY on fluids.
 

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Change it every 30K miles and just do a simple drain and refill. They may have done a flush and not just a simple drain and refill and that's why you were charged for more.
 

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Yeah, a single drain only needs a bit over 3 qts.
 

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Bought new 2010 CRV EX 2WD. Has had two ATF changes at dealer, first one in 2014 (mil 58,271) and last was on 10/21/16 (mil 82,089). Current mileage on 11/23/2018 is ~103,946. I assume both were full exchanges*.

That's 2 years and 21,857 miles since last tansmission fluid change. Normal driving conditions; transmission seems smooth/normal. Figured I'd save a few $ and start DIY. Question/Recommendations: should I do just a 1x change? 2x?...??. I did browse through the Auto Trans Flush sticky. Thanks.

*On both service invoices there was this line item: QTY 12 08200-9008 FLUID (AT 08201). Per the owners manual, for a total change on my 2WD it's 6.71 qts so I assume a total change and they charged (screwed) me for a case...another reason to DIY on fluids.

Even though your tranny only holds 6.7 qts, it takes 4 drain and fills to do a Honda 'flush' and that means 12 qts. So, they did an excellent job and didn't 'screw' you over unless they only did one drain and fill.
If the oil is pink and clear, only one drain and fill is necessary. If it is brownish, etc, at least 2 drain and fills should be done with driving time in between. 10- 100 miles in between those changes is fine. If it still isn't pink enough and clear enough do two more with at least 100 miles between them. That allows the new fluid to 'gradually' clean out the system. Use DW-1 or as many do, use Valvoline MaxLife Dex\Merc ATF available in a gallon jug at Walmart for around $18.00.
4 drain and fills will give you approx 85-90% new fluid.
If you believe that Honda Knows Best, then only use the Honda DW-1, just don't use their old Z-1 ATF. :eek:
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Buffalo4, thanks for the additional info. I do have a case of DW-1, should be delivered next week. I'll check the color and drain accordingly.
 
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