I thought the automatics were full of fluid. I changed my fluid and filter yesterday. I drained the pan and only got about 2.75 quarts of fluid from it. I ran out of time before doing the torque converter; I am going to use a topsider and change more fluid next month. I put back the same amount as I took out and then measured the level. It seems really hard to measure. Not only is clean fluid hard to see, but each side of the stick has a different amount on it. Do you really go by the lower of the two? Even if they are extremely contradictory?
The filter did need to be changed. I don't know when/if it was last changed. The paper element was quite black and there was a little sludge in the dents on the top of the filter. The pan was very clean, however.