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According to the Toyota Normal Service Schedule for this vehicle, there is NO service interval at which the transmission fluid "needs" to be replaced as part of any maintenance schedule. The fluid is to be inspected at intervals of every 15,000 miles and replaced on a need-to basis. As long as there are no shifting problems and/or no service has been done to the transmission that may have contaminated the fluid... it's best to leave it alone. Replacing the fluid "just" to replace it usually causes more harm than it cures. Your local shops are completely correct. If you found this answer helpful, please help me by leaving a rating using the "stars" at the top of the page or click 'accept'. A 5-star rating is much appreciated!Rating or accepting my answer does not cost you extra. It allows me to be credited for answering your question.
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