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Old 03-04-2015, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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It just takes some getting used to.
My '08 felt strange at first. After a while, I got accustomed to it, and it felt odd to drive my wife's vehicle.

*I still prefer manual transmissions, but oh well...
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Old 03-04-2015, 03:19 PM
 
Location: North Port, Florida
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just about all the CVT transmissions I have driven have been Nissans.

I just don't like the way they perform in midrange driving.

They seem to bog down and I have to keep stepping down to get good performance. Driving like this hurts my gas mileage in the city and I just hate the feel of a car that drives like that.

Like others have said they probably will be much better in years to come.
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Old 03-04-2015, 03:40 PM
 
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My friend's Altima is on 3rd one, luckily replaced under warranty.

I personally hate them with passion...most cheap rental cars have them now. CVT cars have an elastic band response with a terrible delay, cannot stand it.
I feel the elastic response of CVT could be dangerous in certain situations, when fast car response could save ones life (by avoiding a collision).

Since 10 speed transmissions are already available I see no need to the CVT in long term future, since their "better mileage" will be easily matched by the much better multi-speed double clutch transmissions.
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Old 03-04-2015, 03:41 PM
 
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it has a different feel to them. I hear they are pretty bullet proof. I would guess a snowmobile transmission comes close to explaining it. Being in the right spot where the gearing adjusts to meet demand. I have read they are more reliable than a conventional automatic trans.
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Old 03-04-2015, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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it has a different feel to them. I hear they are pretty bullet proof. I would guess a snowmobile transmission comes close to explaining it. Being in the right spot where the gearing adjusts to meet demand. I have read they are more reliable than a conventional automatic trans.
I heard the same, and it makes sense when one looks at the components.
My experience has pretty much confirmed that.
That said, they're bulletproof if you maintain them.
The fluid breaks down pretty fast, and the final bearing can overheat creating all kinds of headaches.
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Old 03-04-2015, 04:40 PM
 
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I never had a problem and they are used in a lot of heavy equipment. I kind of find them smoother than the newer programed electric shift vehicles.
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Old 03-04-2015, 04:52 PM
 
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not this ish again *sigh*

a nissan altima is an a-to-b vehicle (a top selling one btw) that is good on gas, comfortable and affordable

we get it... people arent "fans" of the dreaded cvt and whatnot, which is why there are lots of other choices for vehicles

i bet you though that a single mom with a small child who has to ride the bus wont be bitching about a cvt if someone dropped off some keys to a new altima
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Old 03-04-2015, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Florida
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CVT works on the same principle as a golf cart transmission.

I will stand aside and let others work on perfecting them.
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Old 03-04-2015, 05:42 PM
 
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I have a CVT Nissan Altima but it's only at 25K miles, so too early for tranny issues to show up. I've heard of problems though.

In terms of driving, I love it. Now, I can't get used to driving a conventional automatic and hearing the annoying gear shifting noises.

It's also a breeze for passing on the highway.
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Old 03-04-2015, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Do the new 2015 Toyota Corolla and Camry have a cvt transmission?
I think only the Camry hybrid gets a CVT, the regular Camry has a 6 spd automatic. The Corolla has a CVT has an option.
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