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While continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) have their advantages, such as smooth acceleration and improved fuel efficiency in certain situations, there are some reasons why some individuals might choose not to get a CVT transmission in their vehicles.
It's important to note that the technology and engineering of CVTs have evolved over time, and some of the concerns that were more prevalent in earlier models have been addressed to some extent in more recent designs.
So today, let’s talk about the hates & loves of a CVT transmission!
Also, we’ll reveal the Top-5 notorious CVT transmissions that will give you big headache.
So remember to stay with us till the end of the video!
First, let’s see the reasons why people might be cautious about choosing a CVT:
Potential CVT Transmission Problems
- Unresponsive Acceleration: Some earlier CVT designs suffered from a phenomenon known as "rubber banding," where the engine noise and RPM (revolutions per minute) didn't match the acceleration, leading to a sensation of sluggishness or unresponsiveness. Newer CVTs have improved this issue, but some drivers may still perceive acceleration as less responsive compared to traditional transmissions.
- Perceived Lack of Engagement: Traditional automatic transmissions and manual transmissions provide distinct gear shifts that some drivers find more engaging and enjoyable. CVTs often lack these distinct shift points, which can make driving feel less connected and less enjoyable for those who prefer more dynamic driving experiences.
- Durability Concerns: While advancements have been made in CVT technology, some drivers are still concerned about the long-term durability and reliability of these transmissions. CVTs historically had a reputation for being more prone to failures than traditional automatic transmissions, although this gap has been narrowing with improvements in design.
- Towing Capacity: Vehicles equipped with CVTs may have limitations when it comes to towing heavy loads. Traditional automatic transmissions with torque converters might offer better towing capabilities in certain scenarios.
- Adaptation Period: Some drivers find it takes time to get used to the driving dynamics of a CVT, especially if they have primarily driven vehicles with conventional transmissions before. The lack of distinct gear shifts can be initially off-putting for some drivers.
- Repair Availability: Depending on where you are located and the specific make and model of your vehicle, finding qualified mechanics and replacement parts for CVTs might be more challenging compared to traditional transmissions.
- Driving Feel: Many driving enthusiasts prefer the feeling of a traditional transmission with defined gear changes, which can provide a more engaging driving experience.
(of course this is very subjective and may vary on every driver’s individual experience)
- Maintenance and Repair Costs: CVTs can be more complex than traditional automatic transmissions, and repairing or replacing them can be more expensive. If a CVT fails outside of the warranty period, the cost of replacement or repair can be significant.
So that’s the reason why we keep mentioning the importance of regular maintenance.
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Also, it's important to recognize that advancements in CVT technology have led to improvements in many of these areas. Manufacturers have been addressing these concerns to enhance the overall driving experience and reliability of CVTs. If you're considering a vehicle with a CVT, it's a good idea to thoroughly research the specific make and model, read reviews from reputable sources, and, if possible, test drive the vehicle to see how it suits your driving preferences and needs.
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5 Junk Transmission Vehicles to Avoid
Next let’s see the notorious transmissions that you should avoid.
Based on historical reports and consumer complaints, I can provide you with a selection of five vehicles from the list that have consistently shown more pronounced transmission-related problems:
- Ford Focus and Fiesta (2011-2016): These vehicles faced widespread issues with the PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmission, including shuddering, rough shifts, and early wear. The extent of these problems led to a class-action lawsuit and multiple recalls.
- Nissan Pathfinder (2013-2014): The early models of the Nissan Pathfinder equipped with a CVT had significant reliability problems, including transmission overheating, shuddering, and failure
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- Dodge Dart (2013-2016): The Dodge Dart faced criticism for its dual-clutch automatic transmission, which exhibited issues such as poor shift quality, delayed engagement, and rough shifting.
- Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain (2010-2013): These models with the 6T45 six-speed automatic transmission had complaints about harsh shifting, shifting delays, and other transmission-related issues.
- Honda Civic (2001-2002) and Civic Hybrid (2006-2009): While Honda has a generally good reputation for reliability, these specific model years of the Civic faced issues with their transmissions, including slipping, premature failure, and harsh shifting.
Of course some of you may say that my Honda Civic never had any problems.
(unfortunately, my Honda Accord had the transmission problem couple years ago, and you can link to this video for more information.) (插入影片#A01)
Please remember that this assessment is based on historical data and should not be taken as an absolute judgment.
Some of these vehicles might have received updates or improvements in later model years, and individual experiences can vary.
The reasons we share these information is for your information if you're considering purchasing a used vehicle from this list.
Meanwhile, we all know every vehicle will have its own performance based on the maintenance status and the driving habit of the car owner.
It’s crucial to thoroughly research the specific model year, read consumer reviews and possibly consult with a trusted mechanic before making a decision.
With that being said, since we talked about the Top 5 bad transmissions today, in the next video, we’re going to talk about the Best of the Best.
The Top 5 best transmission that can provide you the good performance even they have run more than 100,000 miles.
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