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Old 05-30-13, 10:31 AM
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Will CVTs be the norm in five or so years?

I will not drive another winter in my Mazda 3, nor any other low clearance vehicle. I'm leaning hard towards the new CVT-equipped Forrester. (Yeah I know, boring reliable Japanese-built transportation). But a small AWD suv that gets 32mpg hwy? That'd be better than my 3 and its FWD.

Do you see a shift to mostly CVTs like there was from RWD to FWD in the 80's (for passenger vehicles...not towing vehicles)?
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I have 7 years and 120k miles on a Ford Freestyle with a CVT. It is beginning to make a bit of a whine, other than that, it has been bulletproof. I did not like driving it in the mountains of Colorado, as you cannot really downshift it, making it a bit harder to engine brake. It does a decent job of holding steady speed with foot of the gas on mild downslopes, but the bigger ones are a bit tougher to deal with.
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I have 7 years and 120k miles on a Ford Freestyle with a CVT. It is beginning to make a bit of a whine, other than that, it has been bulletproof. I did not like driving it in the mountains of Colorado, as you cannot really downshift it, making it a bit harder to engine brake. It does a decent job of holding steady speed with foot of the gas on mild downslopes, but the bigger ones are a bit tougher to deal with.
Does it do a decent job of providing good torque when trying to climb big hills?
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My wife's 2012 Nissan Altima has a CVT. After driving it for a while, it's a little disconcerting to feel shifts with my conventional automatic transmission.

With many new automatics having 5, 6, 7, or more gears for better acceleration and fuel mileage, it seems that a CVT would make more sense than trying to cram more gears inside a transmission case.
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I've really grown to like my CVT in my Dodge. I've only got 32K on it, but it drives very well, and I really like the way it "shifts". I think as long as it's well built, it's a very good design which has actually been around for many years.
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My wife drives a Freestyle and really likes it. To me, it feels like that sneeze that just won't come ... always right on the edge of needing to shift, but never does.
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Old 05-30-13, 11:37 AM
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Does it do a decent job of providing good torque when trying to climb big hills?
Yes, never been a problem climbing at all. Not really a problem descending, but it would not be my first choice of transmissions if I did lots of mountain driving.
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Old 05-30-13, 12:22 PM
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If I were going to drive a car with a CVT it would have to be a Nissan. Of the CVT's I've driven, they are by far the most responsive.
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I like the CVT on my bicycle a whole lot.
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I like the CVT on my bicycle a whole lot.
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I bought a 2007 AWD Dodge Caliber R/T in June 2006. It has a Jatco CVT with a simulated manual mode like a tiptronic and rockets uphill. I run Pirelli Scorpions and it is amazing in all weather, especially north east winters. Closing in on 150,000 miles, no problems with the CVT and I beat on it. My Honda snow thrower also has a hydrostatic drive system (continuously variable) and has been trouble free for 12 winters so far.
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Being in the car business and seeing all the problems CVT transmissions have had (across several makes/models), I personally will never buy a vehicle with one.

Then again, I'd have to have some type of leg injury to buy any automatic as I like shifting. Still, if I ever do get an auto it will NOT be a CVT.
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Being in the car business and seeing all the problems CVT transmissions have had (across several makes/models), I personally will never buy a vehicle with one.

Then again, I'd have to have some type of leg injury to buy any automatic as I like shifting. Still, if I ever do get an auto it will NOT be a CVT.
I work at a Ford dealer and we never had any mechanical failure yet on a CVT. The only failures we saw had over the years are caused by people not putting the appropriate type of oil in it, if you put just a drop of mercon oil it will make serious damage in the first kilometer.
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I like the CVT on my bicycle a whole lot.
Eh?
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I don't even have an automatic, I drive a stick!
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I hope not. Not a fan.
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The GF's daughter has a Forester with a stick, and it's managed to survive so far. Those are tough cars.
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Damn all you lazi bastids!!! I'm still double de-clutching! Then again, I spend a lot of my time driving those cars that require that technique.
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The GF's daughter has a Forester with a stick, and it's managed to survive so far. Those are tough cars.
I have a twelve year old Impreza, and I can recall jumping it a couple of times when I was (slightly) younger and dumber. Tough cars indeed.
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I drove a CVT-equipped Forester and Outback yesterday. Both had noticeable lag; although neither was bad enough to matter in the big picture. Of the two, the Forester was the more responsive. The Outback's rpm always seemed to be fluctuating, trying to find a happy spot.
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