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05 GT - Overfilled 5-speed transmission?

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Does anyone know how much fluid the manual transmission in an '05 GT would hold if it were filled all the way up to the fill hole?

The reason I ask is because I'm changing transmission fluid right now. A quick google search told me that when full the fluid level should be ~1/2" below the fill hole and the transmission should take around 3.25 quarts... ok, no problem. Edit to note: the car is just about level - I jacked the front and rear up evenly. A bubble level on the frame rail shows that the rear end is just a hair higher than the front but not by much.

Well I put right around 3 quarts, maybe a bit more, and measured the fluid at just about a half inch below the fill hole. I figured there must be a bit of oil left in the transmission somewhere so it's not taking the full 3.25. Still no problem.

Then I poured my old oil from the oil pan into a 1-gallon jug... and the 1-gallon jug is full. It seems like 4 quarts of transmission fluid came out of my transmission.

I'm curious wtf is up with that. Will the transmission take 4 quarts if it's filled all the way up to the fill hole? Maybe the previous owner replaced the fluid at some point and they (or a shop) filled the trans all the way up to the fill hole? Any ideas?
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Alright, sounds good. I filled it to a hair over 1/2" below the fill hole so I'd say it's pretty close to 3/8" under the hole.

Even when I know the transmission calls for 3 quarts something about having 4 quarts come out and only putting ~3 quarts back in just feels a bit... wrong... :shigrin
At first I tried using a coat hanger with a 90 degree bend at the end as a dipstick, but that didn't work too well (just couldn't see the fluid well enough, or it was thin enough that the fluid just dripped off before I got to look at it).

In the end I just cut a ~1cm wide strip off a cardboard box from the parts I ordered, put a 90 degree bend in that, and use that as a dipstick. Worked quite well as long as I pulled it out and checked the fluid level quickly since the oil had a tendency to absorb into the cardboard and look fuller than it actually was.
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