Toyota WS color at 50,000 miles

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We haven’t changed the fluid in ours yet but since we like Castrol products we will probably use that in ours. Usually don’t have any problems using aftermarket fluid.
 

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I never did comparisons on a white bucket like yours, but I read on here some time ago that the Toyota brand WS turns purple with use, even though it starts out red. While pouring it into the funnel, I always thought the clean WS had a little more of a raspberry tint than most ATFs.

I bought a Vibe with about 29k miles and drained the pan soon after. That fluid looked about like your "before" comparison, with the addition of a creamy gray cast. I changed it again soon after and took a sample, which came back flagged for high aluminum.

I immediately dropped the pan and did a filter change, then started draining the fluid every oil change and sampling once per year. Toyota's WS was getting expensive with those regular changes, so I eventually switched to Maxlife. Aluminum kept trending down and the trans worked fine until the insurance company totaled it for a parking lot wreck last fall.
When you said Vibe, I immediately thought...Pontiac.

Is the Vibe the Toyota Matrix? I forgot that Toyota has done that with GM in the past...last I remember was a Geo Prizm that I believe was just a Toyota Corolla.
 
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