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#4299768 - 01/11/17 03:55 PM 2012 Nissan Maxima
Keep_on_Truckin Offline


Registered: 01/05/17
Posts: 4
Loc: East Tennessee
I tried doing a search but I haven't figured out the secret to search so I found no good help.

Trying to do a little research for the transmission fluid in my wifes 2012 Maxima. I found the Nissan fluid NS-2 is about $21 a quart. The filter is an easy swap and is very affordable so that is a given change.

Is there an equally good or better fluid to put in this transmission that you guys could recommend? Like most of you guys I am a DIY on everything I think I can do so this will be done by me.

Thanks for any tips.

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#4299780 - 01/11/17 04:08 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Maxima [Re: Keep_on_Truckin]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 5471
Loc: USA
This is a CVT, right?

Castrol CVT fluid is great stuff and available at a great price by the case of 6 on Amazon smile

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#4299788 - 01/11/17 04:18 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Maxima [Re: Keep_on_Truckin]
Lolvoguy Offline


Registered: 02/06/14
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Loc: Canada
Kudos on your purchase of the Maxima!

It's one of the VERY few modern vehicles that offers a dipstick AND a transmission drain plug

Honestly, I'm having a hard time justifying NOT getting one, after my test drive of a pearl white 2013 last weekend.
It had a mere 20k miles on it!
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#4299928 - 01/11/17 08:02 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Maxima [Re: Lolvoguy]
Keep_on_Truckin Offline


Registered: 01/05/17
Posts: 4
Loc: East Tennessee
Originally Posted By: slacktide_bitog
This is a CVT, right?

Castrol CVT fluid is great stuff and available at a great price by the case of 6 on Amazon smile


Thanks for the tip slacktide. I will check the Castrol out. Yes it is a CVT. I have communicated with one guy on the Maxmima forums that has 350,000 miles on his. He uses his as his business car drives it all over Florida.


Originally Posted By: Lolvoguy
Kudos on your purchase of the Maxima!

It's one of the VERY few modern vehicles that offers a dipstick AND a transmission drain plug

Honestly, I'm having a hard time justifying NOT getting one, after my test drive of a pearl white 2013 last weekend.
It had a mere 20k miles on it!


Ours has just turned 60k miles and knock on wood, zero problems. Still has the factory tires. I bought the SV with the sports package and cold weather package. It's just about got every option you could get on one except the two sunroofs.

I haven't changed my trans fluid the first time but supposedly it is a big size drain plug and fluid comes out quickly. I have read that you can change the trans fluid and filter quicker than the engine oil and filter. BTW, Nissan recommends 32,500 on trans fluid changes!! I can imagine that is pretty profitable for them at $21 a quart.


Edited by Keep_on_Truckin (01/11/17 08:06 PM)

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#4299938 - 01/11/17 08:19 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Maxima [Re: Keep_on_Truckin]
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Honestly, I think the only fluid I would use other than OEM in a CVT is the Amsoil CVT.
Other fluids may work, but Amsoil is one of the few I would call better than the oe fluid.
Amsoil did a lot of homework and tested it in several cars for 100k+ with teardowns after.
I did a fluid change in our Quest at 60k with oem fluid, will probably go with the Amsoil next time.
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#4299993 - 01/11/17 09:19 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Maxima [Re: Keep_on_Truckin]
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Read the MANUAL. What does it say about the CVT fluid?? Which one to use?? Nissan NS-2 CVT fluid ONLY. No "equivalent" option given. Is your $6000 transmission worth say $140 worth of fluid?? I would say probably say yes. I hope whatever you do it works. I don't want nothing bad to happen. I just wouldn't chance it given what the car manual says. Good luck with it all.
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#4300025 - 01/11/17 10:07 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Maxima [Re: Keep_on_Truckin]
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Registered: 03/02/04
Posts: 1185
Loc: Flaherty, KY
FWIW, every Nissan w/ auto trans I've owned or worked on, has had a drain plug and dipstick. Why not do a fluid drain/fill every 32.5k? Even if the OEM fluid were $21 a quart, that's less than $100. Say you buy a car to last 300k, that's about $800 in fluid plus your time. That sure beats a transmission replacement every 150-200k (sometimes much earlier) that is the norm for most vehicles.
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#4300026 - 01/11/17 10:10 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Maxima [Re: Keep_on_Truckin]
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I honestly believe CVTs are not ready for prime time OTC fluids, stick with OEM and stay tight at home on a Friday night to justify the cost of OEM fluid. Having said that Nissan transmissions are very reliable.
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#4300697 - 01/12/17 05:46 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Maxima [Re: Keep_on_Truckin]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 5471
Loc: USA
The OEM NS2 is made by one of the oil companies anyway, and Castrol knows how to make transmission fluid. Castrol also claims NS2 on the bottles smile

Redline CVT is also probably good stuff, too.

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#4300881 - 01/12/17 08:50 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Maxima [Re: slacktide_bitog]
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When the manual gives you ZERO latitude and states unequivocally using another fluid will VOID your car's warranty... I would not go wandering off the reservation so to speak. This isn't Mercon or Dexron fluid here. Again, the manual gives no tolerance for using another type of fluid.
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#4300898 - 01/12/17 09:08 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Maxima [Re: slacktide_bitog]
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Registered: 09/20/03
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Loc: Austin, TX
Originally Posted By: slacktide_bitog
The OEM NS2 is made by one of the oil companies anyway, and Castrol knows how to make transmission fluid. Castrol also claims NS2 on the bottles smile

Redline CVT is also probably good stuff, too.


Oh really, did Castrol and Redline personally tell you that they understand CVTs. Let them first service regular speed ATs across the board, CVTs are quite far off. Having said that, for the OP still with OEM ATF.
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#4301178 - 01/13/17 08:43 AM Re: 2012 Nissan Maxima [Re: MaximaGuy]
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Ironically, in a few months, if Castrol and Renault Group can get their ducks in a row, Nissan's CVT fluid will be a Castrol product.
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#4301769 - 01/13/17 09:57 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Maxima [Re: bbhero]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 5471
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: bbhero
When the manual gives you ZERO latitude and states unequivocally using another fluid will VOID your car's warranty... I would not go wandering off the reservation so to speak. This isn't Mercon or Dexron fluid here. Again, the manual gives no tolerance for using another type of fluid.


psssst.. Magnuson-Moss smile

If it says Nissan NS2 on the bottle, it is most likely defensible in a warranty claim.

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#4301875 - 01/14/17 06:09 AM Re: 2012 Nissan Maxima [Re: Keep_on_Truckin]
Sayjac Offline


Registered: 10/13/08
Posts: 11910
Loc: The Old North State
Quote:
...Magnuson-Moss

If it says Nissan NS2 on the bottle, it is most likely defensible in a warranty claim.

Strictly speaking M-M 'may' cover the use of non OEM fluid. That said and playing devils advocate, generally speaking guess who has the deeper pockets in a court of law.

If the OP's vehicle is under manufacturer's warranty, that should at the least be a consideration imo. And this coming from one running MaxLife at least 100k miles in two Hondas specing Z1. After the warranty period.

Speaking of MaxLife and since the OP looking for available alternatives, Valvoline CVT is a Full Synthetic fluid that shows Nissan NS-2 and NS-3 on it's recommended list. I'd consider it a viable option too.

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#4302190 - 01/14/17 12:58 PM Re: 2012 Nissan Maxima [Re: Keep_on_Truckin]
Keep_on_Truckin Offline


Registered: 01/05/17
Posts: 4
Loc: East Tennessee
Thanks for all of the discussion guys. My car does have 55k miles on it. So it is overdue for it's first fluid change by quite a bit. I just noticed the interval in the manual when doing this last engine oil change. I will probably get out this afternoon and take a look and see what is available locally in the Castrol and Valvoline lines that is NS2 compatible. If I can't get this it's either Amazon or ebay. That will be where the filter comes from anyway.

Great discussion and great help.

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