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View Poll Results: which mtf do you run?
Saab MTF 0063 8 53.33%
pennzoil syncromesh 6 40.00%
royal purple 1 6.67%
redline 2 13.33%
other 0 0%
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Old 05-14-2014, 05:52 AM   #1
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I need to refill the fluid in my '98 900 convertible transmission. what came out was the gm mtf0063, is it recommended to replace with the same? or is there a better fluid to use? I've heard good things about the redline , royal purple and pennzoil syncromesh.

what do you all recommend?
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Old 05-14-2014, 01:45 PM   #2
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I had 0063 in mine for a long time. Had to use syncromesh last fall when 0063 wasn't available in a pinch. Seems to shift quite a bit better (02 9-3 gearbox).
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:26 AM   #3
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I think I will probably try the pennzoil syncromesh
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not to confuse the subject, but aren't pennzoil and GM syncromesh the same or very similar?
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that's not something I'm aware of, but if it is that's even better. the pennzoil is more readily available and comparable in price.
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pennzoil synchromesh for the "shifts like butta" feel
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To answer my question... no, they are not.
People speak VERY highly of GM syncromesh, though.
I've not done a ton of research, but I believe the AC Delco syncromesh friction modified is the bees knees. (and about $13/Qt)
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Is there a reason why people wouldn't use 0063? I have never used anything else and have never thought "my trans feels under lubricated." I'm curious what else is out there!
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Is there a reason why people wouldn't use 0063? I have never used anything else and have never thought "my trans feels under lubricated." I'm curious what else is out there!
Redline MTL and 0063, can't tell a difference.
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Redline MTL and 0063, can't tell a difference.
Good to know. I can't lie, I was spooked about trans fluid/oil back when I had c900s because they were so picky. I vowed to always use OEM since.
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It depends on climate. Gm synchromesh is just pensoil 5-30 non detergent oil with friction additives. Both' same product. I like amsoil syncromesh to if you want full syn with additives. Royol purple. Also great. The 063 wastes the bearings & the added wear on internals of pre 03 boxes is obvious when you disassemble a pretty o3 box run with 063.; use o63 if your in Canada or a cold climate like new england. If your closer to the mason Dixon or below. Use the heavier 3syncromeshes. Full syn or not. 063 is just plain too thin for hot climates
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It depends on climate. Gm synchromesh is just pensoil 5-30 non detergent oil with friction additives. Both' same product. I like amsoil syncromesh to if you want full syn with additives. Royol purple. Also great. The 063 wastes the bearings & the added wear on internals of pre 03 boxes is obvious when you disassemble a pretty o3 box run with 063.; use o63 if your in Canada or a cold climate like new england. If your closer to the mason Dixon or below. Use the heavier 3syncromeshes. Full syn or not. 063 is just plain too thin for hot climates
Good to know. My 2000 has the reverse problem and it is much worse when the gearbox is warm (0063). Maybe a thicker MTF will help the issue a little.
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I love Royal purple sycromax...

I have used Redline MT85 and the Royal puple is way better,,..

Shifts like butter..
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I filled my trans with pennzoil syncromesh, will update after a while on my impressions
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I'm going to try RP Synchromax because its $15 on prime.
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I've used Redline MTL and 0063. I couldn't tell a difference on my NG and it shifts smooth.
I did a flush and fill of 0063 in my 9-5 with no change. Still grinds in reverse in the cold and shifts like poop most of the time.
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