next cheapest ATF+4????

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So walmart ATF+4 has been OOS for a long time.
What's the next cheapest ATF+4 you have found?

I'm getting stuff ready for my 200k service.

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When I look into getting new OIL, Transmission fluid etc the last thing I look at is the cheapest
I want the best that will work great for the long haul
 

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surprised by your reply Tom.
it's widely stated on the forum that ATF+4 is licensed so they are all the same regardless of manufacturer.


looks like advance auto 1 gal is $30.99 is the cheapest I can find so far. that's about $7.75 a quart.
Anyone else come across anything cheaper or any deals?

thanks.
 
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last time I bought ATF, I got it off amazon and it was mopar brand. was even cheaper cost wise than the walmart stuff.
 

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surprised by your reply Tom.
it's widely stated on the forum that ATF+4 is licensed so they are all the same regardless of manufacturer.


looks like advance auto 1 gal is $30.99 is the cheapest I can find so far. that's about $7.75 a quart.
Anyone else come across anything cheaper or any deals?

thanks.
Surprised ?
always looking for a deal but what the best as well
 

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Grant you my data point count is low (10) across 5 vehicles (2 auto, 2 manual, 1 transfer case) that use ATF+4 in their transmissions. Blackstone Labs analysis of fluids taken at factory recommended service drain intervals have come back with no issues or concerns to be noted. Of those 10 tests, 4 were admittedly known or highly suspected factory fills (1 auto, 2 manual, 1 transfer case) which (not?) ironically exhibited the highest levels of "wear" indicators; expected as break in was occurring with them present. The rest (4 auto, 2 transfer case) were known Walmart ATF+4 refills. I'm not sure what else a consumer can do to actively verify their choice of fluid(s) is an intelligent one. As was noted, since ATF+4 is licensed, it appears to be more strictly controlled in terms of quality than most of the automotive fluids. Further, it's been well documented that Walmart's supplier(s) are generally top tier producers in their own rights, frequently with their Name Brand bottles sitting on the shelf next to the house brand. I also have numerous data points for oil changes analysed by Blackstone Labs, nearly all of which are from Walmart branded oil changes, and none of them have ever come back with a warning or concern from them.

Now filters, since they're harder to test reliably, I stick with NAPA/WIX that i buy by the case. :D
 
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