I just had my local Allison dealer perform the initial 5K miles main filter change on my coach today. Took about 1 hour for the work (see note below - should only take 1/2 hour) to be accomplished. My tranny is the 3000MH, with deep sump (4") and took a Gold series canister filter. Costs were:
Filter kit, Main 4" Sump: $40.16
TranSynd - 2 Qts: $16.50
Total: $147.66 before tax
Transmissions built after 1/1/07 have a high capacity filter in them, and do not require the initial 5K mile filter change. To check if you require this initial 5K mile service, check the Allison Web Site
for your s/n to see if it has the new filter or not.
The tech took the time to load the s/n into the Allison website to verify which filter I had, and then printed out for me service intervals to follow after this change.
Note: Interesting to note, my coach was low on TranSynd by 3 quarts when we checked it after service by the shift pad. There were no leaks, so I came in for this service 3 quarts low!! I had not checked the oil level prior to service (and Yes, they charged me for the 3 additional quarts @ $8.25/qt, and the extra time to go thru the check and refill).
So folks, check your tranny oil level using the shift pad to make sure your oil level is where it should be. Mine must have come from the factory 3 quarts low!! It doesn't burn oil, and there haven't been any leaks.
Here is the procedure to check your oil level: Coach must be level. Tranny must be up to operating temperatures of 160F (at least 20 miles of highway driving). With engine at idle, tranny in neutral, press both up and down arrows simultaneously. You will see 'OL' flash in the window, and then the unit will start counting down from 8 to 1 (takes 2 minutes to count down), and then will flash 'OL' and then 'OK' if the level is OK, 'Lo' and the # quarts low, or 'Hi' and the # quarts high.
I was extremely happy with the service my Allison dealer provided.