amazighman

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Hi.

Just a quick enquiry here chaps... Does anyone know any good Type 4 ATF equivalents for a cheaper price?

I found Mannol  3309 claims its Type 4 equivalent however did anyone here used them

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I'd stick to Toyota Type IV.

As we know, Toy/Lex don't make things like brakes, wipers, batteries and suchlike so I have no qualms about buying aftermarket parts from local motor factors or such places.

However, auto transmission fluid is chemically very complex and contains all sorts of things to do all sorts of jobs, amongst them being friction modifiers and lubricants. Inside the transmission are various rubber seals and things and the fluid and seals have been designed to be compatable with each other.

If an aftermarket equivalent ATF has just one chemical or just one aspect of it that's slightly different it may wreck the transmission, which would be a very expensive mistake.

IMHO, it's just not worth trying to save a few quid on this, plus it's not that expensive anyway. I think I got 10L for about £70 from my local Toyota main dealer.

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20 hours ago, Herbie said:

I'd stick to Toyota Type IV.

As we know, Toy/Lex don't make things like brakes, wipers, batteries and suchlike so I have no qualms about buying aftermarket parts from local motor factors or such places.

However, auto transmission fluid is chemically very complex and contains all sorts of things to do all sorts of jobs, amongst them being friction modifiers and lubricants. Inside the transmission are various rubber seals and things and the fluid and seals have been designed to be compatable with each other.

If an aftermarket equivalent ATF has just one chemical or just one aspect of it that's slightly different it may wreck the transmission, which would be a very expensive mistake.

IMHO, it's just not worth trying to save a few quid on this, plus it's not that expensive anyway. I think I got 10L for about £70 from my local Toyota main dealer.

Lexus quoted 51 quid for 5L dont know if it can be bought cheaper anywhere?.... remember due to GBP to USD collapse  prices of parts have gone higher

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28 minutes ago, amazighman said:

Lexus quoted 51 quid for 5L dont know if it can be bought cheaper anywhere?.... remember due to GBP to USD collapse  prices of parts have gone higher

True, but try Toyota dealers rather than Lexus - that's where I got mine from.

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On 9/28/2019 at 2:17 PM, amazighman said:

Lexus quoted 51 quid for 5L dont know if it can be bought cheaper anywhere?.... remember due to GBP to USD collapse  prices of parts have gone higher

thats about as cheap as it gets ,,, maybe a couple of pounds cheaper but not enough to warrant hunting.

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I notice that the OP has an LS400 that has the normal torque converter type transmission. While I agree that I see no reason to use other non Toyota fluids in his transmission it is perhaps for those of us that have hybrids more important to stay with OEM fluid. This is not because of any special requirement lubrication wise, but because of the very real need for the lubricant to have good electrical insulation properties as the oil is used to directly cool the winding's of the HV electric motor/generators.

John. 

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When I asked my local Toyota dealer for type 4 over the phone they said they'd never sold it. I told them i'd already bought some previously, so i took up my old container and they said that they did have that, but no type 4. I actually had to explain what IV meant.

 

Pete

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49 minutes ago, plastic orange said:

I actually had to explain what IV meant.

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$6-7 a quart in the USA for the same OEM stuff, in the UK profit margins tend to be bigger ( read rip off).

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