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A letter I received from Valvoline regarding which of their fluids is compatible.

THOMAS R. SMITH
Technical Director, Valvoline Brand
December 21, 2004
To Whom It May Concern:
Valvoline has received several inquiries regarding the topic of MaxLife ATF and its use in various vehicles
beyond those requiring DEXRON®-III or MERCON® approved products. In response to these questions
Valvoline has issued the following statements:
Valvoline supports the use of MaxLife ATF in a broad range of transmissions beyond those requiring
DEXRON III and MERCON fluids including those where the following fluids are recommended:
• GM DEXRON II
• Ford MERCON V
• Allison C-4
• Chrysler ATF+3 or ATF+4 fluids
• Toyota (and Lexus) Type T, T-III or T-IV fluids
• Mitsubishi Diamond SP-II or SP-III fluids
• KIA SP-II and SP-III Fluids
• Hyundai
• Honda/Acura ATF-Z1 fluid (except in CVTs)
• BMW LT71141 or LA2634 fluids
• Nissan Matic-D, Matic-J, and Matic-K fluids
Valvoline has conducted in-house testing to support MaxLife ATF performance in these transmissions.
However, it is important to note that these vehicle manufacturers have neither evaluated nor approved
MaxLife ATF.
Valvoline stands behind all of its products, including MaxLife ATF. Use of MaxLife ATF in Valvoline stands behind all of its products, including MaxLife ATF. Use of MaxLife ATF in
transmissions where recommended by Valvoline WILL NOT void the vehicle’s warranty. In the transmissions where recommended by Valvoline WILL NOT void the vehicle’s warranty. In the
unlikely event that any transmission was to be damaged as a result of the use of MaxLife ATF, unlikely event that any transmission was to be damaged as a result of the use of MaxLife ATF,
please contact Valvoline at 1-800-Team-VAL. please contact Valvoline at 1-800-Team-VAL.
While MaxLife ATF is designed to meet the special needs of higher mileage transmissions, new transmissions
can also benefit from its enhanced oxidation protection, shear stability, seal compatibility, and anti-shudder
protection and many consumers have chosen to take advantage of this level of performance.
MaxLife ATF is recommended for the new 5 and 6 speed transmissions, except the Ford 5R110, Ford 6RXX,
and the Mercedes Benz W7A700 (7G-Tronic) which all require a low viscosity ATF fluid.
Valvoline does not recommend MaxLife ATF for use in continuously variable transmissions (CVT’s) or in
automatic transmissions where Ford Type F is recommended.
Sincerely,
Thom Smith
Technical Director
Valvoline Brand
 

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What concerns me is that they are saying it will cover both matic D, and matic J. The only thing I can come up with is that they feel its quality will cover both the tranny and the lessor grade transfer case fluids?

The other concern is, will Nissan also accept this as an alternative should warranty issue arise?
 

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It can cover both D and J because it is a superior oil. As for the warranty thing, I dont know. But, would they cover your engine if they found anything other than Nissan oil in it?
 

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I don't recall the manual calling for Nissan oil specificly? I could be wrong, its too cold to go out and get it from the truck right now.
 

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I'm not sure of the price of the Maxlife ATF but its got to be less then the Nissan D and J. A perfect alternative and less expensive too I would assume. Thanks for passing this information along getsome. How about posting this in the tech section where it won't get lost?

Thanks again, you da man..
 

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Done, I will check on prices this weekend!
 
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