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Hey folks,

New owner here - I just got a 06 RRS 4.4L with 160k miles on it. It was a one owner car that had decent service records, but the previous owner doesn't think he got the transmission fluid done. It seems to shift fine, but it also was sitting unused for 4 months. In my experience with high mileage cars with no prior transmission work, i usually just have a shop drain and refill (using their fancy tool to cycle the old oil out of the torque converter too). From researching here, it seems that most people get the plastic pan replaced with a metal one along with a gasket and sleeve.

Just want to see what yall think I should do. I did get quoted around $700 for the whole new pan/filter/gasket/oil ordeal.
 

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I would get the whole kit, with the new filter and metal pan. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
I have an 06 4.4 as well (around 95k miles). I changed the transmission fluid this past October. I went with the kit from Atlantic British with the metal pan. I must confess, it was more work than I anticipated. Not very difficult, but a lot of work. They don’t tell you on the AB video, that since the new hardware for the metal pan extends further into the transmission housing, you need to run a thread chaser through all 20 some screw holes in the tranny. (This is stated in the literature that comes with kit). But if you aren’t doing it yourself, so much the better. I would have gladly paid $700 to have it done if that includes the price of the kit. I just haven’t found anyone I trust nearby to do the work.


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The main reason to go with the Atlantic kit is not because being metal is better or something, but it's the fact that it's a 2-piece setup. In one of the most horrible missteps I've ever seen a car company make, RR left us with a one-piece plastic pan/suction tube that requires you to do the following for a routine transmission filter change:

Basically you have to remove the chassis crossmember, RH header along with some more exhaust tubing and then loosen the RH engine mount and jack up the engine to gain clearance!!!

I didn't know better when I did ours, so I'm still stuck with the one-piece setup at the moment. The good news is, you can avoid all that while doing the conversion at the same time. Simply drop the one-piece down during your service, and you will see the suction tube and how it is hung up. Since it's plastic, you can easily saw through and bring it out in 2 pieces. I'd use a small hacksaw because a Dremel type cutter might send plastic shavings in all kinds of places you don't want it.

One other thing, BEFORE you drain out your trans fluid, make sure you can loosen the top filler plug. You don't want to have your rig sitting there with no fluid and no way to put some back in.
 

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Thanks for the recommendation, looks like I’ll do the whole pan!
 

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$700 is a good price - I was quoted $1,200 at a Land Rover specialist (non dealer) in Dallas for my 2006 RRS 4.2L. I did the Atlantic British kit which is much better but still a lot of work, even if all goes as planned. I would happily pay someone $700 to do it next time. I see that you are in Austin - will you share who you are using to do the work?
 

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$700 is a good price - I was quoted $1,200 at a Land Rover specialist (non dealer) in Dallas for my 2006 RRS 4.2L. I did the Atlantic British kit which is much better but still a lot of work, even if all goes as planned. I would happily pay someone $700 to do it next time. I see that you are in Austin - will you share who you are using to do the work?
i was quoted ~$700 by Austin RoverWorks...but that was for a plastic pan.
 
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