Well Honda recommends (for 5spd) a seemingly long time between tranny fluid changes...10 years or 192,000 km (~ 120,000 mi) under "normal" conditions. For "severe" conditions they recommend half of that. I've had my EX for 5 years and I just replaced it for the first time. The fluid I took out didn't look too bad.
Depending on how and where you drive you may want to adjust that interval accordingly, but I think every 4-5 years is reasonable if you're using the specified MTL fluid (not engine oil).
2002 EX | AEM CAI | Neuspeed Front Strut | Magnaflow cat-back | DC Rear tiebar
So how are you guys filling it back up on level ground? Are you actually crawling under, or are you using a long tube? I guess you'd still need to crawl under it to close it back up... I'm 6'7'' 300 pounds
The Owner's Manual says:
Capacity (including differential): 1.6 quarts - a tad extra (.2 qt) probably won't hurt it any.
To fill mine on level ground, I made this contraption. Parts needed: One gutted ballpoint pen with a slant-cut tip, one bendy straw, one MTF bottle cap.
Make a hole in the cap just big enough for the straw to pass through, the empty pen will slip over the straw and telescope to reach the bottom of the bottle. Put the tip of the straw in the transmission fill hole, squeeze bottle until empty, change cap to new bottle, repeat until trans is full. Voila.
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