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transmission fluid

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2005 Passat gls TDI
I just drained my transmission fluid and it looked like new motor oil or the color of new motor oil., it was also clean looking. Is there a transmission fluid that is the color of motor oil or was mine just burnt? When I dropped the pan it was clean and the magnets had normal mush on them and the fluid did not smell bad. I just bought the car and found a receipt in the owner's manual where the transmission was replaced in 2016.
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I think there are some AT fluids that are not totally red. I use Valvoline Maxlife and it is red. I also have a quart or two of the OEM-ish german brand - whose name escapes me ATM - and it is brown. Not as opaque as motor oil but about the same color.
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