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Automatic transmission isn't a hands-off situation. Automatic transmission isn't the same as maintenance-free transmission. Most people who have automatic transmissions don't ever think to change the transmission fluid, which really should be done every 25,000 to 30,000 miles. In fact, some owner's manuals don't even recommend changing it until you hit 50,000 miles. But by then, the internal heat and friction created by the transmission may have already reduced your transmission's life expectancy.
By virtue of the engine design, a normal transmission fluid change will only change half the existing fluid. Regular professional transmission flushes will clean out all the old transmission fluid and boost the life of your transmission significantly. If you maintain your transmission well, you should have no problems. Still, if your car is more than two to three years old, you may want to consider purchasing an extended warranty from a direct warranty company.