I didn't want to "hi-jack" the transmission oil question in the 2000 section so I'm starting this new thread.
Originally Posted by Archon
Not changing the [transmission] filter does not make changing the fluid pointless. The flilter is there to keep any large chunks of debris from entering the tansmission. It does not "clean" the fluid in the same manner as an oil filter. Changing the filter is definately prefered. It is not the end of the world if it is not. If you're going to go through the trouble of dropping the pan...do it right and change the filter too.
So my question is.....If no "large chunks" are ratteling around in the xmission oil filter, why not just remove the filter, empty the oil from the filter, and reuse the filter? Just clean the magnet on the oil pan, button it up and fill with fresh Dexron oil.
Heck, a cheap bastard like me could have saved $25!