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Old 04-10-08, 12:00 PM   #1
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CVT transmissions

The wife and I are looking to replace our family vehicle and are looking at the Nissan Sentra SE-R. This model only comes with a CVT. Myself, I'd love the V-spec SE-R with the six speed, but alas, this is not to be.

Anyone have any experience with CVT's? I don't, and I'm a big fan of gears. I'm wondering what they are like, long term. Durability and the like. Thanks Foosters, I know there are some car nuts here that can help me out.
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I drive a Ford Freestyle crossover with a 3.0 liter v6 and a CVT. It took a bit of getting used to, but 38K miles without a problem.

Basically is it like a big gokart. You push on the gas and it goes. No lurching, sudden downshifts under acceleration, etc.

Never had a problem if I needed to pass a car at highway speeds or above.
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Got the same Freestyle. When folks ask, I use the golf cart description. For instance, you press the accelerator down, set an RPM, and the car will just keep accelerating until it all evens out. No shifting. It's the wife's car and we have 15,000 miles on ours and it still seems weird to me with no mechanical issues.
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I switch between golfcart and gokart in my description of the CVT driving experience. Both are very apropos.
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Yeah, it seems weird to me from the descriptions, but this car has paddle shifters on the steering wheel, like an F1 car. They apperntly simulate gears. I think we're going to have to test drive one soon, see what its about.

Do you find you get better mileage with a cvt than with a regular slushbox? From the descriptions I've read, its like an auto that is slipping, or a stick shift that has a bad clutch. Sounds odd, almost to the point of badness.
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No way to tell on my ride, as all the Freestyles had the same 3.0 and CVT combo I think, they went to a 3.5 engine and a conventional gear box for 2008 and the car is now called a Taurus x.. I may be wrong, usually am.
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We have a Highlander Hybrid and they come with a CVT. The smoothness of drivetrain in significant. As the others have described no lurching, no shifting, just smooth accelleration. It is very refreshing and really adds to an overall less stressful driving experience. We are approaching 24k and have had no problems. Most CVT's have less moving parts and are less complicated than a traditional automatic. Also since the engineers design in an optimum operating speed the engine generally stays in a very narrow rpm band so they can tune the engine to be very efficiant in that range.
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i am on my second nissan murano. 70000 miles total and never an issue. later.
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