Originally Posted by Frayser10
...the colour seems dark and brown...
Changed mine out earlier than the maintenance minder indicated, after about 23k miles. My fluid was deep black.
Sent if off to a lab for analysis (as I do for my oil), and they said it was just fine. Readings were typical, and in the expected ranges.
That being said, I wouldn't worry about the color itself too much.
Also, I totally agree on using Honda CVT-F only.