2003 Passat 1.8 Transmission Help!

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    2003 Passat 1.8 Transmission Help!

    Hey guys. I am new here own a 2003 Volkswagen Passat 1.8t with an automatic tip-tronic transmission and 140k miles. I bought it with 60k miles in 2007 and it has been good to me since I am always taking good care of it. One thing I haven't done yet was a transmission fluid/filter change. I asked my dealer and a VW mechanic shop about it and they said it is a sealed unit and fuid is for life. I know for a fact that they probably said that for warranty/drive train reasons. My situation goes this car has over 140k miles and I know it needs to get changed, but don't know how and wanted to ask if I should have the dealer do it or check and do it myself. I own classic car and do my own repairs on my 1967 Cutlass, but these VWs are like a different animal to me and I am scared to break something. If I take it in will I pay out the ying-yang or research and do it on my own?
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    Lehigh County, Pa.
    HERE is the most commonly-reverenced DIY. As you can see, it's quite a bit different from a GM auto. Expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $400 at a ZF specialist shop, using OEM parts and fluid.

    The dealer doesn't want to do it, as "lifetime" is indeed the company policy. OTOH, the chain transmission places don't really know the transmission.

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