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Old 03-04-2015, 02:10 PM
 
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I constantly hear they are a pain to fix compared to regular automatics? Anyone understand them on this forum?
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Old 03-04-2015, 02:20 PM
 
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You mean the transmissions?

They aren't bad per say. I owned one with a 2.5 that took me to well over 200k miles.
Some people just don't like how they drive (no gear shifts.)
Others think having to change transmission fluid every 30-60k miles to keep it from acting up is overkill.
For me, I've changed the trans fluid every 30-50k on all my vehicles, manual included, so it made no difference.

Being that it's a fairly new trend in the automotive world, most mechanics aren't trained to repair them, and as such, will usually opt to replace them entirely should they fail.

I liked mine -- Had no issues with it.
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Old 03-04-2015, 02:21 PM
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CVT is a type of transmission... not a engine.
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Old 03-04-2015, 02:26 PM
 
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CVT is a type of transmission... not a engine.
Ok.
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Old 03-04-2015, 02:37 PM
 
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They had a few years where they were troublesome and Nissan extended their warranty to 120k miles. They seem to have gotten better. Problem is, they aren't as robust as a traditional auto. You will never see a cvt in heavy duty vehicle meant for towing. They're better suited for casual driving and commuting.
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Old 03-04-2015, 02:44 PM
 
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Do the new 2015 Toyota Corolla and Camry have a cvt transmission?
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Old 03-04-2015, 02:46 PM
 
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They had a few years where they were troublesome and Nissan extended their warranty to 120k miles. They seem to have gotten better. Problem is, they aren't as robust as a traditional auto. You will never see a cvt in heavy duty vehicle meant for towing. They're better suited for casual driving and commuting.

Amen. They were new technology about 10 years ago but, are becoming mainstay for the MPG component. Me? I don't like them. They are still over 2X to replace. If for no other reason than they are "CVT" which in mechanic speak means: I charge a LOT more because I can and you don't know the difference.

To the other writers credit, I change every 50K or so anyway so it's not so much a big deal. Still, IF it goes out, or rather, WHEN it goes out, it will cost more. They are getting much, much better but, I drove a friends 2011 Camry with one and didn't like it. It surged ever so slightly after the car got on "plane" as I call it or, cruise speed of 35-40mph.

Felt like an old fashioned torque converter on a chevy when it reached overdrive...a slight nudge forward. Annoying more than anything. If you have a LIGHT foot they should serve anyone fairly well. But, I do mean ever so light to avoid that annoying surge. I'm sure you get used to it but, for me, I like the smoooooth shifting of a 5 speed anything.....just seems more dependable and there is no surge. Just gentle shifts.

Preference which becomes meaningful when it needs to be replaced. So far, the one I'm on has 220,000 and it shifts as smoothly as ever. If you keep a car, CHANGE THE GD transmission fluid!!!! If you do, you WON"T have problems so long as you don't tow or drive too aggressively.
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Old 03-04-2015, 02:47 PM
 
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Do the new 2015 Toyota Corolla and Camry have a cvt transmission?
Yes. Pretty much everyone seems to be going the way of the cvt. Not all are bad. The cvt in my Honda Civic is fantastic! I got to drive an accord sport with a cvt and it felt great as well. Honda has truly perfected the cvt while Nissan still has some refining to do. Although I must say that v6 equipped nissans mated to a cvt feel light years better than those mated to a 4cyl. You get no droning with the v6.
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Old 03-04-2015, 02:52 PM
 
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I am not a fan of how the Nissan CVT drives in some applications. Others it is not a big deal at all.

If your nervous about them, plenty of automakers offer traditional planetary gearset transmissions.
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Old 03-04-2015, 03:05 PM
 
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I bought a camry because it didn't come with a cvt. I have driven several for rental cars and hate them all. I will wait another 15 years then they might be ok.
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