Posted a couple months ago about my little A35 making more overall tranny noise after 15-20 mins of zipping around in hot weather. Parked it for a month after starting new job, figuring the fluid needed changed anyway. Finally got to that today......opened all three plugs, and NO FLUID came out. NO leaks, either. All I can assume is that "service" was done on it, and some idiot forgot to refill the bastard?? It only had 790 miles on it, original owners (local business people.) Yeah, I know - my dumb ass should have checked it. Oops.
Anyway....filled the thing with Valvoline full-syn ATF, got it started, and went for a ride. EUREKA! Smoother/quieter than ever, well past 40 Tomos-mph, and upshift is now, um, leisurely - as opposed to *BAM*, and I'm fine with that. Just thought I'd share a noob's experience :D