Are CVT Transmissions Any Good?

Are Modern Cars With CVT Transmissions Any Good?

Modern cars are going towards a new design of transmissions called CVT. Scotty explains the history of transmissions and what he thinks about buying a modern car with a CVT tranny. His 50 years of fixing cars gives him a unique perspective on the truth.

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Mike1998
Mike1998

CVT transmissions are technologically amazing. The biggest perk to them is they can stay in the power band of the engine the whole time, and can switch from the power band to the fuel efficiency band, and stay there. They are most commonly used in snowmobiles.

With standard and automatic transmissions, every time you shift, the revs usually fall out of the power band of the motor, which wastes more fuel to get back up to the power band.

With a CVT transmission operating how it is designed to, they are constantly within the power band or the fuel efficiency band, depending on what the computer determines they should be in. This guarantees more power on demand.

Unfortunately, a lot of companies decided to forego this advantage because customers want to hear a gear shift. So they program the computer to act like the transmission is shifting. This causes excessive wear on the transmission, making it tend to break down faster. It is also what causes the "rubber band effect"

BigCatCougar
BigCatCougar

Are there any "good" videos out there to change the cvt fluid and filter for a 2016-2019 corolla? Do you recommend DIY or should the dealer do this kind of work. I've seen some videos out there, but they are the Japanese versions. They use TC fluid where as we use FE fluid. What are your recommendations.

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

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Yes, all that is true. You are a wise person.

TheAutoAdventurer
TheAutoAdventurer

@r8989k just enjoy what you like buying, there is always a trade off buying anything. Besides you got a very refined Honda especially when you turbo charged it. I also understand manuals are not the most pleasant for drivers taking it easy. You also got a much better handling vehicle than a Toyota. One more thing, I do not like how he always doubts on people making decisions freely but I won’t do that, good luck👍.

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

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I would do it every 40 to 60 thousand miles,, cause it wears very gradually and if you go by them acting up, it's too late then



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