Should You Buy a Car with a CVT Transmission?

Should You Buy a Car with a CVT Transmission?

Looking for a smoother ride and improved fuel economy in your next car? Then you may want to consider a vehicle with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Thanks to some crafty engineering, you may never have to experience “Shift Shock” again. Here’s how a CVT delivers that smooth driving experience.


Imagine the CVT like a bicycle’s gear system. It’s made up of a pulley system, with cones at each pulley, all connected by a chain belt. These cones move closer together or further apart to increase or decrease the diameter at which the belt operates. The ratio here is important, and is selected automatically based on factors like gas pedal position, vehicle speed and engine speed.

What all this means is that a CVT doesn’t shift at all like a traditional gearbox. The ratios are always changing in order to find the perfect combination for speed, fuel efficiency or both. Some CVTs even come with buttons to help shift between pre-set ratios which helps mimic a traditional automatic. 

The first time you drive a car with a CVT, you’ll know.

The feel of a CVT can be odd. The rpm of the engine can fluctuate a lot while driving, especially when accelerating. Or when accelerating hard, they’ll just sit unchanged at a lofty rpm level while the car pulls forward.

Compared to an automatic or manual transmission, a CVT is much smoother. Feeling like one really long gear, in reality its a nearly infinite collection of gears all meshed together.

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Many cars nowadays are being sold with CVTs instead of traditional automatics, mainly because of their efficiency. In fact, the new 2013 Nissan Altima (above, read our review here) uses a CVT transmission and is rated as the most fuel efficient mid-size sedan on the market with a 38 mpg highway rating. In addition, almost all hybrids use CVT transmissions, including the Prius, helping maximize fuel economy.

2012_Scion_IQ_015While drawbacks in terms of responsiveness are usually noted by driving “enthusiasts”, Continuously Variable Transmissions have one key advantage over their automatic and manual counterparts. When driving up hills, where traditional automatics can struggle, a CVT can seamlessly provide power without shifting. Even-speed hill driving can prove to be a tough endeavour for novice manual transmission drivers. We actually praised the CVT in the Scion iQ (read our review here) for delivering exactly this sort of responsiveness on the hills in San Francisco, despite a tiny 1.3-liter engine and just 94 hp.

 Nissan has been selling cars with CVTs for quite some time now, and has had considerable success introducing the new transmission type into the market.

According to Steve Yaeger, from Nissan North America, “With coming CAFE and CO2 emissions regulations requiring better fuel economy and lower emissions, the CVT gives the Nissan lineup an attractive alternative to conventional automatics that is more efficient on both fronts.”



Still, CVTs are having a tough time breaking into the market. It turns out that many drivers don’t like the loud and strange noise of their car’s engine revving wildly. Many drivers liken the sound, and the feeling, to that of a slipping clutch. Additionally, CVTs are usually less likely to be paired with higher horsepower, or higher torque engines.

Lastly, not all CVTs are well equipped to deal with towing.

 Additionally, the reliability of the modern CVT has yet to be tested. The Nissan Murano (seen above) was the first car Nissan offered with only a CVT, and it had some pretty serious problems. Some were so bad that the whole transmission had to be replaced.

However, since then, Nissan has extended the warranty of the transmission to 10 years/120,000 miles. That should help alleviate any fear buyers may have over the reliability of getting a car with a CVT. 

If you enjoy revving your car to its redline, and feeling the thrust as your car shifts, then maybe a CVT isn’t for you at all. For those types, you may want to try your hand at a Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) if you want to have a sporty feel and keep an automatic. Otherwise, the CVT is a fine choice in the world of economical cars. Many hybrid vehicles use a form of CVT to get such high mile per gallon numbers. It’s good with fuel, and smooth. Sorry about the noise though, but you might just get used to it.


In summary, there are a few advantages to getting a vehicle with a CVT: It’s good on gas, gives a relatively smooth ride, and is versatile enough for daily driving. It also has a few drawbacks. It’s nowhere near as fun or engaging as a dual clutch automatic or manual transmission. It can also make quite a racket when accelerating hard. Keep these points in mind when looking at your next car. A CVT can help make or break the purchase, so be sure to know what you want, and how the transmission plays a part in it.

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  • Guest

    I know this article is written for the non car guy but you seriously need to address the fact that not all CVT are the same. The ype you describe is but on variety. Note that the Prius models have a planetary type CVT which by all accounts are way more reliable if not fuel efficient than a band type CVT.

  • peter Ng

    I did rent a Nissan Altima Hybrid 2009 for a week from Bay Area to LA and back with CVT.  IT worked  quite good for 4 cylinder engine when we were a climb mountain near LA. It worked a lot better than what I expected in LA freeway driving and hill climbing in San Francisco. For good driver with stick shift who can do plan ahead with the right gear. CVT may not be as precise and good. For ordinary guy,  daily going to work car, will be perfect as long as it is reliable.Not as good for toys, pretty good for appliance.

  • 280Benz

    Subaru uses a CVT on the Legacy, Outback and Impreza models with automatic transmission. I drove one the other day and it was great. The fuel economy is very good and the acceleration is smooth.

  • Thanks to some crafty engineering, you may never have to experience “Shift Shock” again. Here’s how a CVT delivers that smooth driving experience.

  • Dndold

    I have a 2008 Nissan Sentra SER and had the CVT transmission replaced at 107K under warranty, and now 17k more miles it needs another one…not under waranty (only good for 12K miles!) and at a cost of nearly $4000 So I would say HELL NO

  • Guest

    The transmission on my 2008 Nissan Sentra went out in 2010 at 65,000 miles, losing all power while I was on the freeway. Very scary scenario. Found out they’d just extended the warranty from 60,000 to 120,000 miles, so they replaced my transmission for free, though I had to pay for my own hotel (was out of town) and miss a day of work. Now, at 121,000 miles, the check engine light came on and dealer says the transmission is about to take a dump again. Opening a case with Nissan Consumer Affairs to see what they’ll do. Otherwise, I’m told it’ll be nearly $3,800 to repair. I second Dndold and would NOT recommend a CVT transmission.

  • Ddeader

    I have a 2002 (263,000 miles) and a 2003 (238,000 miles) Honda Civic HX with CVT. I changed the CVT fluid at 40,000 miles and 20,000 miles after that. Replaced the external filter every 100,000 miles. They are both having a little problem with solenoids sticking when the engine first starts on cold mornings. Other than that they have performed flawlessly.

  • Ddeader

     I looked at the Nissan, takes special equipment at the dealer to change the fluid, and most dealers don not even know about the 20,000 change interval.

  • Lou101

    CVT tranny is not ready for prime time, as of yet.  Not reliable and very expensive to maintain and repair compared to the alternatives.
    Been there, done that….NOT AGAIN!

  • Soukuprick

    I had a 2003 Saturn VUE with a CVT transmission.  It failed after 7 years at 77,000 miles.  GM gave me a $5000 credoit towards a new GM car as a goodwill jesture.  GM settled a class action suit that was nullified when they went bankrupt

  • Alternative Specs.

    10 yr. / 120,000 mile (193,121 km).  No thanks.  Look, I drive my cars for a minimum of 8-10 years, in that time I have well over 300,000 km. 

    There’s no darn way I’m taking a risk.  Have you actually read up on, and researched the number of complaints (complete transmission failures) on Nissan Altima?  Not once have they issued a recall.  That bears repeating again, so you can see my point.  Not once have they issued a recall.  Is that really a company that you want to purchase a product from? 
    The sheer number of complaints has been astounding.  This is a serious safety issue for pete sake.   I can’t for the life of me, fathom why people continue to recommend these problematic transmissions.

    Nissan had some good years in the mid 1990’s with their Maximas.  Beyond that, starting in the late 1990’s they have been going downhill.  Simply not issuing recalls where a recall is due. 

    If you’re not looking to own this car greater than 120,000 miles, then go for it, if you don’t mind the potential for CVT failure.

    There are alternatives to a mid-size family sedan.  I suggest you look elsewhere, or be prepared for potential CVT major issues and costly replacements.  Even if you’re lucky and don’t run into these problems, you’re still looking at costly ‘highly suggested’ CVT maintenance every 30,000 miles.

  • G4rdenshade

    Our AWD Highlander Hybrid and Lexus 400h with CVT could not make it up our icy road.

  • Lifeboat46

    I have a new 2013 Nissan Altima with a CVT transmission. If you turn it off without remembering to put the car in park it will roll indefinitely. I think this is a super strange design flaw. Am I the only one who thinks that?

  • Chazz

    Recently had my CVT transmission replaced at 62K miles on my 2008 Altima.  My car has a 10 year, 120k warranty.  I’ll replace the Altima at 100k miles.  Will I buy another Nissan?  We’ll see.

  • Chazz

    The interval is 60K miles, not 20K.  Someone gave you misinformation

  • Chazz

    The reason there’s no recall is because there’s nothing to fix, until it breaks down!  Catch 22…

  • CVT transmission gives lot of problems

  • Ilikeit

    Kind of like driving a turbine powered car: not much at first, then a few seconds later, hold on and get off the gas!  Some few noises at low speeds, nothing significant.  But wow, 30+ consistent mpg (measured average) commuting in a small SUV (Nissan Rogue), and unwavering cruse speed on hills.

  • Jahmaaaaal

    That why manual camel better

  • ballschwet


  • Hi, I drive in whole Europe, specialy in Slovakia and my 2002 Nissan Primera 2.0 16v has  CVT with 323000 km, added more CVT fluid when last year found out it was low at Nissan shop and still keeps running like new without changing whole fluid. So it depends maybe what tipe of CVT it has or how you driving. I say YES and dont want other transmition than CVT. It’s so smooth driving! Love it!

  • Tinky Winky322

    Drive stick or go home.

  • Doe

    Why can’t Nissan use a regular 6 speed automatic?  I’d rather spend $200 more in gas per year and have a regular automatic.  CVT cars may take off ok but they can’t change ratio fast enough to accelerate quickly into moving traffic.  They have poor reliabilty and durability.  I guess automakers want to push more people into trucks and large sedans.  It appears that GM and Toyota are only going to use belt CVTs on smaller vehicles, while automakers like Subaru, Nissan, and Honda will be using them on all of their vehicles.  I predict automakers that use the CVTs in high volumes will pay the price in future lost sales after the CVTs begin to break. 

  • Sonke

    I bought a Nissan X trail in 2007. After 150,000 km still doing fine. I will never buy anything else but CVT, if I can ever afford a new car! The smooth ride, rapid acceleration if you want it, instantaneous kick back, fuel economy, are all fantastic. I read comments about noise, and rapid fluctuating engine speed. Well that only applies if you do not handle your accelerator with care and intelligence. But if you are angry while taking off from a traffic light, yep it makes noise, but by golly I challenge any experienced manual transmission driver or planetary transmission driver to beat the acceleration. These CVT’s have really come of age. I worked in the DAF factory in the sixties assembling the first rubber belt CVT saloons. I had 2 myself. The belt lasted only 30,000 km, but it was already quite an experience.

  • Chamwster

    Who would want a car whose transmission and primary power delivery system is a BELT?

  • Bruce

     Want to hear something worse?  I had a 2001 Nissan Primera. At 23k the problems began with the CVT. Seven months later and quite a few “services” I returned the car to the dealer and got another car with a trusty 5 speed manual. Totally agree with you on the CVT. Hell no!!
    Cost to replace mine in the Primera would have been $6000-8000..

  •  I think that I wouldn’t want to be your insurer!  😉

  • Ferdie1369

    I have the 2013 Altima, and it does absolutely NOT get anywhere near the purported 38 MPG on the highway. In fact, I’ve been getting only 1-2 MPG more than the 2004 Maxima 6 speed I traded in for it. STUPID mistake!!

  • Torrance_lws

    i have 2006 ford 500 with a cvt transmission at 86.000 miles a gear poped busted it all up it was to much to rebuild ford said its best to buy a new 7.000 my mechanic found a uesd one for 2800 but the tranny started to make the car take off in drive and rev and make it stall out i liked the smooth shift with tranny but i dont think its very reliable

  • Govt_sucks

    The days of the manual transmission are coming to an end. Even Porsche and Ferrari are abandoning it. Most people are far too lazy to shift gears. They’re too busy drinking coffee, texting, eating, and applying makeup. The new DCTs may shift fast, but to me they’re a sterile experience that takes no skill. Hammering through the gears with pefect upshifts – there’s nothing like it. I’ll keep my Civic Si until it breaks down. By that time, most of the new cars may drive themselves. The driver will simply be a passenger in an auto caravan.

  • Govt_sucks

    Most of the EPA numbers are inflated. Hyundai was called out last year for its bogus numbers. It was claiming about 38 mpg and in reality its cars were only getting about 33 mpg. Ford claims 38 mpg for a Focus. There is no way that is legitimate.

  • Guest

    The only worry I would have with a CVT would be the reliability of the belt. I’ve been riding snowmobiles for years which use a basic belt driven CVT as the power delivery system, and those things shred belts every 500-1000 miles. Obviously its a higher wear component, but it makes me weary. The power band is fantastic, but I’d like to see more reports on how long they actually last. 

  • Williams Keith17

    I’m a huge Nissan fanatic. I love this car brand, but they are starting to conform and lose the character that made Nissan, well…Nissan. No CVT should be in a Maxima. EVER!! The next gen Maxima needs to come available with AWD, Diesel and a 6 or 7 Speed Automatic. Nissan is getting CVT crazy, but if they limit it to certain models (Versa, Sentra, Rogue, Low Trim Altimas) then consumers will actually have choices with Nissan. Honda has a crap load of options for consumers. So Carlos Ghosn, Nissan execs, make a true 4DSC again. If you don’t bring back back Nismo trims, then offer a 2.5SE with DIG and a conventional automatic on Altima and Sentra. Nissan is doing right, style wise, but drivetrain wise, Nissan is losing its distinguishing edge

  • Wally1

    If a dealer tries to sell you on a CVT in a passenger vehicle, Run away. The salesman and the shop techs know nothing about these and most transmission shops won’t touch them. They spout figures about efficency and fuel mileage, what they don’t tell you is about costs when these CVT’s fail. When they fail, (and they do) there is no fixing them, it’s replace the entire unit . Let me translate that for you the consumer, “Serious money”! Don’t beleive all the sales hype, these are nothing more than a electronic designed snowmobile transmission.  The problem is that with computer aided design in manufacturing today is that they can design and build a really tough and reliable transmission, but computers makes it easy to manufacture easy and “Cheaper designs” which are not in the best interest of the end user/consumer. You have been warned.  

  • Wally1

    Just an update on CVT’s. Nissan announced a reprogram on the computer software on the 2013 Pathfinder due to slipping belt issues. And you still want a CVT equipped vehicle?. These are so bad, If you buy anything with a CVT make sure they throw in a new transmission that you can store in your garage, you will need it. Just my opinion.

  • Total_telecom

    They are trying to speed the sales of new cars. What do you do when your 4 yr old car at 120k, blows a cvt and you are facing a $7000 invoice?

  • Total_telecom

    such a high-end vehicle with such a crappy transmission?

  • Total_telecom

    No one else works on
    Those transmissions. Nissan keeps it pretty quiet because it’s all in-house service and swap the units out. However if you’re not under warranty you’re looking at about $7000

  • Total_telecom

    Everything is becoming recyclable and disposable. How many TV repair places are still in business? Cars are headed this direction all in an effort to increase new car sales

  • Total_telecom

    That replacement should have to carry a 120k warranty. Then they will start making better ones

  • John E

    Particularly since I keep my cars 15 to 20 years, I want to see some long term reliability statistics before taking a chance on a CVT. 

  • Nick Delautour

    One of my biggest regrets is not researching CVT engines before purchasing a second hand 2009 lancer. I have owned 2 of the previous model lancers and have no regrets. This CVT engine in the 2009 lancer feels strange to me, the revs fluctuate a lot and there is no power when you put your foot down. From a stand still, if you put your foot down the engine makes a lot of noise and you gradually pick up speed, at about 25 KPH you get a burst of power (not much) and then after more noise and no real sensation of picking up speed, you will find yourself at 60 KPH, where the engine just kind of settles down as you take your foot off the accelerator, no gearing down in the conventional fashion. CVT’s are Noisy (not in a good way it is a droning sound) and are yet to stand the test of time. No towing capability, no power on tap, fluctuating revs, horrible noise. I would not recommend buying a vehicle with CVT, just my opinion as I am not an expert. Feels like the fun factor has been taken out of my lancer! NOT HAPPY

  • Chuckster

    I can’t speak for everyone, but I’ve had my 2005 Murano since new (about 7 years now). I actually find it to be very reliable. I’ve had no issues at all, just regular maintenance on the car. It takes some getting used to, but in my humble opinion it’s a much more efficient gearbox than a regular automatic. Plus, Nissan has extended its CVT warranty to 10 years, so I’ve got 2 more years of coverage. I’ve heard the CVT has been banned in Formula One racing, as it gives drivers too much of an advantage on the track.

  • Ron Helmrick

    I have a 2008 Sentra and the transmission failed at 78 k. Now 17 months later and another 50 k later i am looking at another transmission. So, it appears that i can expect my transmission to fail every 50 k. I drive 168 miles a day round trip to work. The transmission makes a very loud wining noise when it gets warm. I dont trust it to make a long trip without failing. Now that my warranty is expired, i am waiting to see what nissan has to say about my recent visit. The tech was very surprised at the noise. If nissan wont cover the repair or a large chunk of it, what do i do? If they say there’s nothing wrong, then i will trade it in on a car without a cvt.

  • Ron Helmrick

    I drive a 2008 sentra and am about to have the transmission changed for the second time in 135k. I like my car. I even like the transmission when its not needing to be replaced. I dont dog my car but it is tested daily on the Pacheco Pass. A steep hill. I set the cruise and it reaches 4k on the tack. Dont think i will buy another cvt. I was really hoping for a 300-500 k car.

  • Ferdie1369

     AMEN, Tinky Winky322!!!

  • Fluffy530

    I had my 2007 Nissan Murano since i bought it. It now has 150,632 miles on it and i never had a problem with the CVT. I make all my cars go throw so much crap and so many transmission failed on me but this one. I love how i get good gas mileage and i like that sound when step on the gas. i will keep on buying this transmissions. 

  • carbuyer

    Where did the information come from about Nissan extending the warranty to 10years/ 120,000 miles?

  •  At least they were getting in the 30MPH range. I’m not even getting that. In fact, I’m not even getting the 31 combined MPG that the window sticker stated. I can’t help but hate this car because of that. The only reason I got it was because I would get much better mileage. I’m only getting about 28-29MPG, which is only slightly better than what I used to get with my old Maxima. Because of this experience, I do not believe that a CVT has any efficiency advantage over a manual transmission. I can’t wait to get rid of it.

  • Bubba

    I happen to know 3 people with Muranos and they have **ALL** had to replace their transmissions at least once.  I don’t know who’s to blame in all this but I don’t care.  I don’t want any part of it with my next vehicle.

  • Donystoy

    Nissan builds a nice car but I would never purchase one from them with a CVT just because of their improved warranty. Just try to claim on it.  They will try to find any reason in the book to deny a claim.  The filler neck surface where the gas cap goes on our Maxima started corroding when the car was about two years old causing the cel to come on.  Even though it was even identified as part of the emissions and fully covered, Nissans head office told me it was due to environmental and not covered ???? They then hung up.  I finally got it replaced under “good will gesture” some time later after I contacted a newspaper writer. Needless to say it is our last Nissan product.  

  • Nduane402

    I have a 2011 Rouge with the CVT transmission with 16,000 miles and the transmission is starting to slip.

  • Big10bill

    I had a 2008 Jeep with a CVT that failed in 2010. You cannot have them repaired, they have to be replaced, $4000. They really are not well developed yet.

  • Oogle

    People are mentioning that Nissan has extended the CVT warranty to 10 years, however I read elsewhere that they have now dropped this back to 5 years.  Is that true? Costing them too much money?

  • Andrewcaudill42

    I bought a 2013 nissan altima the cvt tranny has been replaced twice do not buy i mean it !!!!

  • multibs

    I drive a 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Se 2.4 liter engine with a Continuous Variable Transmission  and Front Wheel drive I think its great I Don’t hear the noise when I accelerate but I don’t take it to the track. I just drive to work and it handles that very well. I am not concerned about the transmission because I have a 10 year warranty . And My previous vehicle was a 2001 town and country Chrysler with 3.8 liter engine with automatic Transmission They said that people had problems with the transmission on that minivan I drove 360,000 plus with loads of things and never had a problem.

  • Anndaly

     From Nissan. They sent letters out to owners of CVT’s like me.

  • Ann Daly

    I have a 2004 Murano top of the line, 70K miles, no issues with CVT transmission.

    Your mileage will vary. 

  • Guest

    Had a 2005 Nissan Altima Cope with CVT transmission here. Had it replaced twice under warranty by Nissan, once at 30K and the second at 60K. Third transmission started to go at 90K and that was enough to get rid of it. CVT not for me… YMMV

  • Matricon1

     Have a Mercedes B 200 with CVT. Excellent all around, after cca 60K and 3.5 years. No noise, since rarely the engine revs past 2000-2500 rpm (except for some stronger starts or extra acceleration). Highway consumption often under 7l/100Km, city 8.5-9.5 (9.5-11 on winter)

  • John

    Not a CVT fan. Especially backing out of my driveway. When I back out I have have to go up a slight hill. The CVT doesn’t offer that pulling effect at idle that you get with a traditional transmission. The result is as you are backing up if you let off the gas at all you will almost immediately lose momentum and you feel like you have to give it SO much gas just to get your momentum back. It’s like that some driving on the interstate too. The second you let off the throttle you just lose momentum so fast, but that’s not as big a deal as trying to get out the driveway! I like the car itself, and the transmission is warrantied for another 6 years so I’ll deal with it. But when the time comes, I won’t get another CVT.

  • Custom Engines

    CVT is just a marketing term for split cone pulley system originally used ( and still are) for high powered electric motors. Electric motors start at full torque and the split cone drive system is used to bring whatever machinery the motor is driving gently up to speed. The first car I’m aware of that had a split cone transmission was a small Citroen with a sliding gear lever the driver adjusted to suit speed, engine revs etc. The nature of fuel engines and split cone drives are not really a good combination, certainly not as good as a proper automatic transmission. CVT is just another cheap and nasty way of lowering the production costs of vehicles and their use in vehicles is promoted by marketing BS.
    I would strongly recommend that before buying a vehicle with a CVT to hire the same vehicle for a couple of weeks and see if you like it.

  • Grey Nomad

    My wife and I did precisely that, rented a 2012 Subaru Outback CVT with 800km on the clock for an 18 day tour around Tasmania. I have owned 7 Subaru vehicles since 1984 and all have been manual with a the low range gear selector. The vehicle we hired was to help us decide whether to upgrade our current Outback 2002 model to the latest model.
    Suffice to say that after 5 days driving the Outback CVT we returned it as it was absolute rubbish to drive.
    This after, as mentioned, having owned 7 Subarus that we drove into the ground and all having over 400000km trouble free motoring. Not for me a vehicle with CVT and unfortunately no more Subarus as there is no Outback model with a manual gear box. (Tried the Subaru Outback diesel manual, but, oh so gutless)

  • dennykins

    They will get better as time goes on. The new Subaru ones are metal belts where as the Nissan ones are not.

    Anyway I completely disagree with Custom Engines down there, it is not a “nasty way of lowering…cost”. It really is all about efficiency and power. Typical automatic transmissions are very complicated and you only have a defined set of gear ratios. The engine can’t stay in the power band during acceleration or stay in a low rpm range while cruising. A CVT solves these problems, but it must be programed correctly.

    Anyway, the new 2013 Subaru’s have a second generation CVT and they are pretty awesome. They are the future, period (and this is from someone who has only ever bought manuals)

  • bonzomatic

    Every CVT vehicle I have ever been in sounds like it is revving unusually high even at cruising speeds on level surfaces. How can it be more fuel efficient if it’s revving so high?

  • maxwell_2

    I’m a CVT fan, tons of miles on them and no issues. Problem with people and CVT is they dont know how to drive them. Dont tell me you have to floor them and wait for it to catch, up that is simply false, if I would drive like that I would be doing 70mph on city streets real quick, not smart.

  • Liliwen

    I have a 6 year old Ford Focus Titanium, diesel, CVT transmission. Pride and joy, well cared for, one owner, fully serviced by Ford, 68k on clock. Just been told after some weeks of issues with stalling at low speeds that I need a new gearbox. £2,900 bill.

    Ford stopped fitting this type of gearbox shortly after I bought my car apparently as they realised it was not working. But totally shut their door at my attempt to get this work paid for by them.

    I am still in shock. I cannot afford this, to have to pay for what was essentially an experiment gone wrong. Have no idea what to do, I am being advised to trade it in for a different car as there is a concern that this will just repeat itself 30k miles on. The replacement box only comes with 12 months warranty.

    So, in my opinion, CVT may be a great concept and I have to say initially I loved the way the car drove but the price is too high when it all goes wrong.

  • Second CVT in a row

    I have a Honda Jazz (Fit) CVT mated with a 1339cm³ 99hp engine and when driving at a highway at 120km/h (75mph) the engine revs at ~2500rpm or little less. Not bad i think.

  • Dave

    I have a 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV with the new 2nd generation CVT and it is my second car with a CVT, they are great. In Combined City/Highway mileage is 33 to 34 and highway mileage is 37 to 39 MPG. Incredible. As for high rev’s with the new transmission it is not as noticeable. But the new transmission has double gear ratio one for sporty and one for highway. Gives the car plenty of get up and go plus excellent mileage. Almost as fast as my 2008 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE. My 2008 Nissan has 125,000 miles and no problems.

  • not-happy

    We have a 2008 Altima with 208,000km. At 185k I took it into Nissan because the transmission had on several occasions “slipped” for lack of a better word. Their test drive revealed nothing. The transmission quit yesterday and Nissan won’t cover as it is 8,000 over their extended warranty. They said “any customer could bring it in before the warranty to bolster an after-warranty claim.”

  • Ali

    i have suzuki alto 600cc 2011 , automatic gear says we should use CVTF Green 2 or IV which is made by mobil only, But here in Pakistan only two CVTF oils are available 1- Honda CVTF & Toyota CVT oil for Contineously variable transmission gears. Please advice which CVT oil is more suitable for my suzuki alto .
    regards Ali.

  • I guess I’ll stick with a conventional torque converter equipped automatic–I don’t trust a CVT, and dual clutch automated manuals drive me insane with their constant shifting and lurching.

  • Give us a break–you simply press the gas pedal to drive a CVT. Nothing else is required.

  • They’re just loud transmissions. Even revving at 2000 rpm, the CVT in my brother’s Jeep Patriot is loud.

  • maxwell_2

    Not a whole lot different than a regular auto hey? It is hard to teach an old dog new tricks.

  • maxwell_2

    Incorrect, Nissan equally uses a metal belt, looks different than Subaru. I drove both, Subaru is way noisier and lazy.

  • So tell us, Professor, what we have to do differently to drive a CVT vs. a standard torque converter automatic. This I gotta hear.

  • maxwell_2

    Stop tramping the pedal to the floor!!! Is that so hard to do? You tell me smart a$$ what a standard auto and silly shift shock and flaring does for you? this I gotta hear.

  • Who the hell said anything about ‘tramping the pedal to the floor!!!’? Answer: no one. Driving a CVT takes absolutely no brains at all. Just hit the gas pedal and go.

  • Beefbone

    Got to admit… I’m a new CVT fan.

    I borrowed a 2012 Subaru Impreza from the dealer today, while my manual transmission Forester XT is being serviced. (No problem… just an oil change & installing a new timing belt on the 9-year-old.)

    Of course, the Impreza has a far less powerful engine. My 2004 XT is the best all-around car I’ve ever owned… a real joy to drive. But I’m amazed by the Impreza CVT’s power delivery and drivability. If I decide to get a new car, it’ll probably be a new Subaru Forester XT with the CVT.

  • Dedee

    2008 Altima, transmission out @ 70,000 miles… Horrible sounds in this motor! It always sounded like a truck. Save yourself, do not buy a CVT, were sorry we did!! NEVER again, and I trusted nissan,what a piece of junk.

  • CVT Luvver

    i drove a pulsar with CVT and i loved it, it sat on 6000rpm all the way to 190, never dropped a rev at all, which is amazing, i have never seen a manual or auto box that can sit on peak rev at top speed, its unreal, if it could handle V8 torque i would get one in an instant.

  • Uar

    I have Nissan Rogue with CVT

    I like it a lot. I do not know how many miles it will last.

    It is not true that the engine changes RPM high to low all the time.

    It is the opposite with CVT the engine is much more constant between 1000 to 2500
    all the time.

    I also do not hear any special high or strange noise, not yet, like some people say.

  • Benzened

    I’ve just learnt how to drive a manual, but I have driven auto a lot more because I dont have a manual. To be honest, I find that manuals are A LOT more fun to drive, you have full control over the vehicle and it forces you to be a lot more concentrated on driving rather than texting, drinking coffee and doing things that you shouldn’t be doing while driving. I also find that they’re a lot more punchier than autos, they go when you need them to go.

    Cant wait to get a manual….if they’re still around by the time Ive saved up enough.

  • Skinhorse

    Nissan CVT Warranty Extension
    Nissan has extended the Nissan New Vehicle Limited Warranty for the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to 10 years/120,000 miles (whichever occurs first) for CVT transmission repairs, replacement, and related towing on all 2003-2010 model
    year Nissan vehicles equipped with the CVT. Pasted

  • SkinEhorse

    Nissan CVT Warranty Extension
    Nissan has extended the Nissan New Vehicle Limited Warranty for the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to 10 years/120,000 miles (whichever occurs first) for CVT transmission repairs, replacement, and related towing on all 2003-2010 model year Nissan vehicles equipped with the CVT. Pasted from

  • SkinEhorse

    Nissan CVT Warranty Extension
    Nissan has extended the Nissan New
    Vehicle Limited Warranty for the Continuously Variable Transmission
    (CVT) to 10 years/120,000 miles (whichever occurs first) for CVT
    transmission repairs, replacement, and related towing on all 2003-2010
    model year Nissan vehicles equipped with the CVT. Pasted from

  • Harley

    I have a 2008 Sentra with a CVT transmission. On the way to SLC from Las Vegas, with 68K on the odometer, the transmission failed. The outside temperature was around 107 degrees (late June, 2013). I managed to limp home at 50mph and 3000 rpm, but the smell of burning trans fluid was apparent. I took the vehicle in to a local Nissan dealer and they replaced the transmission at no cost to me. You can fault their transmission, but not their customer service.

  • Marcdawg

    I have a 2006 Ford Five Hundred…I bought with 80,000 and found the original owner had the CVT Transmission replaced at 30,000. At 120,000 I have to have the transmission rebuilt by Aamco Transmission at a cost of $2600….My nearest Ford dealer wanted $5000 to replace and advised they would not repair it. I would not recommend a CVT. My technician explained that is is a great idea in theory it should not be used on vehicles.

  • ljohnson

    I am having the 2nd CVT transmission put in a 2004 Saturn Ion. Thank goodness, I was within my warranty by only 2 months on this one. The first one went out at 81,000 miles and no one would touch it except a dealer. They all said no rebuilds on this tranny. It cost me $5,346.00. Well, only 26,000 miles later it totally quit on me. The dealer is replacing it free since it had a 36 month warranty and it went out in 34 months. I am looking for another car now, but an really afraid of these transmissions.

  • maxwell_2

    No CVT in an 05 Altima, look again.

  • maxwell_2

    CVT engine? No such beast. Do you know cars?

  • maxwell_2

    Everybody is switching to CVT, Toyota is starting with the Corolla, Honda has already done it with the Accord, Subaru, Mitsu. Everyone is following the lead of Nissan.;)

  • lolercopter

    its a ford. what did you expect?

  • korubii

    Driving a CVT is very smooth. Amost like having sex with a watermelon full of KY.
    Basically a CVT is for your grandmother and people who don’t know the TRUE feeling of driving, the wind in your hair and the power between your legs. If you are looking to save money on MPG and don’t care about performance then buy away. But the truth is that the CVT will never entirely replace manual transmissions. Stop with the granny-panties and get yourself some power.

  • Mark Hayden

    That has to do more with you buying a ford product than anything else. Even Chrysler has better reliability–I have had exactly zero problems with my CVT vehicle for about 7 years now even though it is a Chrysler–perhaps because they get their CVTs from JATCO like Nissan does.

    In laws 2010 Ford Escape is a different matter–had expensive transmission problems already–not a CVT but it is a Ford. Stay away from Ford from 2009 to 2011 especially as their lemons outnumber their creampuffs during that time. Only now are they better.

  • Mark Hayden

    See above. This isn’t a CVT problem it is a Ford problem–but not just the cars the dealers too–they will order a replacement when a small part is a problem and use the technology as an excuse. Be careful Ford dealership mechanics00at least where I live–are amongst the more dishonest (Honda and Hyundai were even worse for taking you for a ride too).

    Nissan, Chrysler, Subaru, Mitsubishi–all have used CVTs and with only a few exceptions they are more reliable by far than Ford’s implementation.

  • Mark Hayden

    The Patriot’s tranny isn’t loud–what you are hearing is road and engine noise–2010 and earlier are quite loud. 2011 and later are better.

  • Mark Hayden

    Nissan has never used a non-metallic belt, nor has any other auto maker ever in the 21st century. The last rubber-belt CVT was maybe the tiny Subaru Justy from th 1980s or something.

  • What I’m hearing, Professor–is the CVT in my brother’s 2012 Patriot. Droning. Loudly.

  • chuck

    is it normal, when i push down on the gas to accelerate i have to almost mush half way down just to get moving, like if i have to “get up and go” per say, i have to almost floor it and the response time is horrible, im understanding that with the cvt thats how it works, it just seems that i have to give A LOT of gas for very little acceleration which in my mind says im wasting a lot of gas so the hole thing about cvt’s saving gas goes out the window or am i just mis understanding? That when you push the pedal the computer reads it and then determines how much gas to give engine?? IDK. it just seems that maybe there’s something wrong with the cvt. any advice?? should i take it in??

  • chuck

    by the way i do like the cvt seeing how much gas is and all:) yes its slugish and sounds a bit wierd but the gas mileage makes up for it. i have the 2012 mistu lancer outside of the CVT the lancer is an amazing car i love it.

  • Jr

    I agree I hate my altima nissan cvts are a pease of crap I’m on my third 1st. got reaced at 60,000 2nd st 80,000 n the last at 80,000 horrible up hill and going to Vegas new trani every time

  • Hesster

    It depends on the car. I drive a Versa CVT and it will creep forward at idle just like a normal automatic.

  • high tech victim

    Stay away from CVT transmissions unless you are buying under warranty. They will pack it in like my Toyota Corolla. Dont know what the resale value will be after warranty expires.

  • Peter Cassie

    Bought manuals all my life! Never had a transmission failure. My last Mazda 323 was bought new and has done 400000km. Still on original clutch. A good japanese manual not abused is forever! Look at the long list of problems below. All autos with high milage (and some not so high) are on borrowed time. Don’t be lazy. Buy a manual.!

  • Tina Hembree

    Warning- Do not buy a Nissan with a CVT Transmission! My 2011 Nissan Rogue is in transmission failure and it happend on the freeway! almost rear ended by a semi….buyer beware Nissan is aware of transmission problems.

  • Rick

    I had the same problem with a Rogue (2012). We just traded our 2013 Maxima (Yes..Maxima) for a more dependable 2013 Corolla S. The 13 Corolla has the traditional tranny, but the 14 has the CVT. The Maxima while in “Sport Mode” would actually “hang up”, and not up shift until you backed off the throttle.. When I told the dealer this, they looked at me like a calf at a new gate. Stay away from Nissan!!

  • Rick

    And unfortunately later, they’ll end up in the service bay..

  • Rick

    My wife and I were almost rear ended getting on the 10 fwy by a big rig. Very scary feeling watching smoke billow from the rear tires of the big rig as he struggled not to hit us. Nissan can kiss off..

  • Rick

    And that’s the problem..programing. No matter how advanced, a computer can’t see the road ahead and determine if I’ll punch it or slam on the brakes. The difference is that this is “industry driven”, and Nissan (noosean) is leading the pack..Best trannies (back in the day) were Chryslar Torque-flites and GM mated trannies, 350 motor 350 trannie, etc..

  • Rick

    Just dumped a 2013 Maxima.. No more Nissans for me..:(

  • Rick

    Dump it if you can. It’s going to be an expensive fix..

  • Peter Cassie

    Until I start to hear of CVTs consistantly achieving 300 000 km without failure like you can realisticaly expect from manual don’t touch them! Far too many horror stories! The’re still unproven in real world driving conditions and this will be costing Nissan many millions

  • riverside

    I have a 2008 Dodge Caliber 2.0L engine. In warm weather I can pretty easily get 32 in the city and 34 Highway. I’ve gone as high as 37 miles to the gallon on the highway. Green tires and CVT transmission does it. But it’s NOT a car for someone who’s not gentle with the gas pedal.. You will tear up a CVT in no time, being rough with rapid acceleration.

  • ashiq hassan

    sucks to have a 2010 maxima. I ve done 37000 miles and so far I have changed
    – struts twice
    – CVT transmission failure ( apprx cost $12000) !!!!!
    – bad head lights
    – bluetooth not working
    – axle broke off
    – tire monitor sensor not working.

    i felt been raped and molested by devils mama and delivered with a Nissan logo.

    dealer here least bothered to listen about your problems … however, i am escalating the issue to next level having a lawyer by my side … its my ass or Nissan’s ass !!

  • Rick

    Absolutely.. The old adage “If it ain’t broke, why fix it” applies here.. Those who follow Nissan might as well been on the Titanic..

  • Mark Golden

    smh……people kill me when they make stuff up…..

  • blupp1

    “( apprx cost $12000)” Yeah, the CVT is more expensive than the engine! smh

  • Mark Golden

    you do realize that standard transmissions have a ton of issues…….more so then cvts

  • Mark Golden

    you had typical ford issues …….buy cvts dont by fords …..

  • Rick

    I’ve “never” has a standard tranny take a dump. But the cvt in my “Brand New” Rogue was junk. Nissan didn’t even want it back on a trade in! 27k going down with the Lysol in the toilet!

  • GREG


  • Luc

    2008 Sentra here. 191000 km and currently sitting at the dealership waiting on the final touches to replace my SECOND transmission not impressed at all.

  • Ribit

    I have no personal experience with a CVT but would not buy a car with one at this point. As the article states: “Imagine the CVT like a bicycle’s gear system.” It would appear that the CVT is best suited for a small motorized cycle or scooter. Honda will sell at CVT when hooked to a 4 cylinder but not with a 6 cylinder. That would tend to indicate the CVT is not as sturdy. I agree with others, that a manual transmission will usually go the distance with fewest repairs. When BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes start putting CVTs into their cars, I might take another look at the CVT.

  • Sensei

    But Lexus does have a CVT. All of their hybrids use one, and they’re not all weak vehicles either. The RX450h, GS450h and LS600h all make over 300-hp, and use a CVT transmission.

  • Ribit

    Thank you, I stand corrected on the Lexus brand.

  • allaresa

    didnt DAF have this system in the 60s and called it variomatic

  • Skirmich

    No.. CVT are being used on V6s like the Nissan Altima and the Honda Accord for the maximum range.. They must not be used when the driver its an Enthusiast who wants a sporty feel.

  • Skirmich

    You know they include an OEM Price tag right with Labor?..

  • Daggor

    The answer to the question is “NO.” I purchased a 2013 Honda Accord with CVT and it jerks and shudders in the 20-40 MPH range. Meaning, every time I drive it.

  • Phil Poeschl

    I have to say you need to compare apples to apples. Therefeore, you really cannot compare a manual to a CVT. The CVT must be compared to automatic transmissions. Personally, I have NEVER owned a car with an automatic and got past 170k miles without problems and most crapped out at 130k miles. So these comments about CVT’s should be compared with what automatics are doing. I recently purchased an Accord with the CVT. I am somewhat concerned and a bit worried I did the wrong thing. If only the wife would drive a manual…

  • Troy

    I had a 2009 Dodge Caliber with a CVT transmission and had it go out on a roadtrip in Colorado with only 17,000 miles on the car. This past summer, a year after the first time it went out, it started acting up again. A week later I sold the car and got a Ford Edge with an automatic transmission. I will never buy a car with a CVT again.

  • Troy

    Chrysler has had issues with CVT as well. I had a Dodge (Chrysler owned company) and had a terrible time with my transmission. A dealer told me that Chrysler has been working on transitioning the CVT’s out of all of their cars over the last few years.

  • Paul M.

    the cvt in my caliber has worked flawlessly so far, 86K miles, I find that pushing the pedal way down doesn’t do much it accelerates better when I gradually push the pedal down

  • maxwell_2

    Sorry but you bought an Ion, not in the same league at all.

  • Reggie

    I’m looking at this only now that I’ve had my first CVT transmission failure…at 5,342 miles on the car. I got it in July. Brand new 2013 Versa SV with 8 miles on it when I bought it, my first brand new car I’ve ever owned, and the last car with a CVT I’ll ever own. Seriously, this is the kind of crap lemon laws were created for.

  • Carl Rodgers

    What on earth do you mean Nissan has extended the warranty to ten years? I was just at a dealership driving a Nissan with CVT–it has three years on the powertrain. You can “buy up” to a five-year, but that’s it.

  • Michelle

    I have a 05 Satrun Vue that has a CVT transmission. It was replaced at 65K miles and now, its failing again! I recommend not buying a vehicle with CVT transmissions!! There are only a few places to get them repaired or replaced and it is very expensive!! DO NOT GET CVT!!!!

  • Prius Mike

    I have owned a 2001 Toyota Prius for the last 11 years. Bought as a demonstrator with 14,500 km on it. I have just sold the auto with 495,000 km on it without a single transmission problem. I believe the new owners will get another 500,000 trouble free km from this auto. Toyota does not use a pulley and belt system in their tranny. It has planetary drive gears. Check out the video comparing the newer Toyota CVT to their original one. I believe Toyota has the right idea when it comes to CVT vehicles, at least with the Prius. My new auto will be a Prius city (the closest Prius to what I had before). Please do the homework before you buy a car with a CVT. If it has the planetary gears in it, you will probably be fine.

  • Pismopal

    I rented a 2013 Altima at Atlanta airport for 5 days and really liked the car. I am a “driver” and the car handled well but I dont lurch or accelerate needlessly. The acceleration was seemless..smooth and I liked it, especially the miserly use of fuel. Without trying hard I was getting 44 mpg on secondary roads at 55 or so and over 38 on freeways. I am turned off by stories of cvt failures which I consider to be too numerous to ignore. Thanks for the info.

  • Honda Civic HX Driver

    I purchased a 2002 and a 2003 Honda Civic HX (equipped with CVT since 1996) new. The 2003 went 260,000mi (before a RAV4 making an illegal turn totaled it) and the 2002 is still going at 285,000mi. It has a problem with the start clutch not engaging when it is cold (since 275,000mi). Planning to overhaul the valve body this winter. CVT care is important. Change the fluid every 20,000mi, replace the inline filter every 100,000mi, keep dirt out of the dipstick/filler plug area. Just bought a new 2013 Altima 2.5 SL, already has 8000mi and so far no issues.

  • iErnest

    I purchased a 2013 Nissan NV200 with CVT 4 month ago. It’s a commercial compact van. I use it for work. In 4 month I made on this car already 14,000 miles and so far 0 problems.
    It’s great car!!! Especially for what I paid for it $21,800 out the door in CA state.
    Under factory it’s suppose to give me 24 MPG in the city & 25 MPG in the city. My NV200 is constantly loaded with HVAC equipment with a ill’ over 1000 lbs. and I’m getting average 24.9 – 26.1 MPG all the time. I have also a 2008 Chevy Express 1500 that’s is loaded with exactly the same equipment and I’m getting 12 – 14 MPG on it. My monthly gas cost on the Chevy Express is around $1,100 – $1,200 vs. the Nissan NV200 which is only $500 -$550
    So my little Nissan NV200 I’d definitely a winner in gas efficiency.
    The only minus is that the car does not accelerate very fast. But what can expect from a 4 Cylinder 2.0L engine on a commercial compact van, it’s not a Ferrari.
    One more thing is it’s also have a very comfortable and smooth driving, great suspension.

  • Joe Blow

    Now THAT is funny.

  • Judy Epperson

    Nissan has had SO many problems with the CVT transmission that it doubled the extended warranty to cover up the problems but did not notify the consumers. If/when the transmission swarms, if it is after the warranty mileage, they will not fix it and it costs nearly $4000. They are continuing to place these transmissions in cars and selling them knowing they are likely to swarm and leave motorist stranded as in my case. Not a fan of Nissan any longer and was a big fan.

  • Sasha Vlasov

    Hello from Moscow.


    Here’s a link to the extended warranty:

  • ObamaSmellsBad

    Nissan stinks. Maybe had they ironed out the problems in their standard automatics first, then I would hold more faith in CVT transmissions. Nissan is also terrible with warranty, if you are one foot out of warrant you are screwed.
    Odd how I never had problems with any of my cars that had manual transmissions. Yet I have blown through 8 automatic transmissions in my life over 3 cars. CVT? No thanks.

  • Penmore

    I’m driving a 13 year old car now and it’s getting time to replace. Looking at vehicles now and I’m generally feeling like staying away from CVT is the way to go. Some Jeep models used to have CVT and in the 2014s have now switched back to a regular automatic transmission. The guy at the jeep dealership said don’t get CVT and in a few years everyone will probably switch back to regular auto transmissions.

  • Knuckles Mutatis

    Quote: “Nissan has extended the warranty of the transmission to 10 years/120,000 miles”.
    Assuming that means whichever comes first – which will likely be 120,000 miles in around 5 years for average drivers – that would add up to pretty poor transmission life. Many modern automatics can do over 300,000 miles in comparison.

    The concept of the CVT really appeals to me, but I don’t think they’ve worked out the weak points just yet. That said, I do believe that could easily change at some point over the next 10-15 years.

  • Joyce

    I purchased a 2012 Nissan Rogue with a CVT and was NOT told about it. I complained that between 20-40 miles per hour, the front end vibrates like the tires are not in alignment. I spoke to the dealership and was told that this is normal for this car. I hate it and I am sorry that I purchased it.

  • Hands on Security

    okay so I bought my wife in 2004 Saturn Vue not knowing that it had a CVT , I found out after It refused to go into drive it goes into reverse and works fine however there are times with putting it into drive yields no results. the engine just revs it may rock a bit but will not go. has anyone else had this problem with your CVT? continental transmission told me 28 to 3,200 to fix or replace

  • Zombie H

    i agree with you, Rick because i am already so deep on the Titanic wreckage. I recently purchased a 2004 Nissan Murano from a pregnant thief mexican living at plant city, she certified that the car has no issue,ironically i am facing so many problems, and i do not even know where to start. CVT failure, main seal leak, back gasket leak, broken axels, bad camshaft, but do you know what i pray for her night and day because my money she will one day regret for using it. I will send two pairs of zombies o get my money back to my bank account. I hope she knows how to read and use a computer.

  • ngonur

    Ford (R = repair. O =or. F = fix. D = daily)

  • bob dole

    the lexus and toyota hybrid CVT is completely different from other CVT transmissions. These toyota based hybrid cars are basically driven by an electric motor with the gas engine providing a variable level of assist based on its input to a sun gear on a planetary gear set. The secondary motor-generator in this toyota trasmission controls the assist or the use of the power from the gas engine. Toyota calls this system synergy drive and it is known as an ECVT or electronic CVT. Nissan, honda, chrysler use a belt driven type CVT that conceptually compares to a bicycle gear set using cones and a belt. This is the type that is giving you guys a problem.


    I am looking for a cvt transmission for a ford five hundred 2006 v6 engine

  • billythekid2012

    You people are all crazy on here, nissan Sentra 119,200 miles on a CVt transmission smoothest driving car I ever had, never had one issue with it and the fuel economy is excellent! Used to have a VW jetta, worst car ever!

  • bill

    My B200 Benz needs a 3 rd transmission in only 180,000 klms !!!!!

  • deserthackberry

    I just started a petition to recall Nissan CVTs:

  • GuestComment

    No offence man, but that should have been part of your research. A car is an expensive purchase, and you need to ensure you check at least such basic details of the car before you buy it. Expecting others to tell you a car has CVT transmission is ridiculous!

  • Allan

    My 2012 Nissan Altima has a serious problem when it first starts up on a cold day, say, below 32 F. I have to warm it up for about 10 minutes, otherwise it is forced to use low shift by which rpm is pretty high at even low speed and the acceleration is slow. I dare not to drive it to a high way since 45 miles requires 3k~4k rpm. And, the engine/transmission makes noise like some gear is dying. I was told by the dealer that it is normal due to the CVT. Surprisingly, people seldom talk this issue.

  • Come again. Subaru Outbacks come in a 6sp Manual or CVT???? They have always had the manual.
    I suspect you didn’t like the CVT as it was not a manual and didn’t have “gears”. You yourself claim you have only owned manuals.

  • Harley……even up to 600hp. And they don’t run a metal belt???!!!!

  • Drive a DSG (double clutch auto)… can thank me later.

  • Peter

    Maybe he does not know cars, but indeed his 09 mitsu lancer has CVT tranny in it; and it’s true that people complain about the trannies in that particular car, saying they are sluggish.

  • Peter

    I don’t know firsthand about advantages or disadvantages of CVT transmissions, but in my opinion the introduction of CVT to the newest vehicles can be due to the newest CAFE standards, that the US government is to enforce in 2025. By that time corporations manufacturing cars have to sell cars with average 54,5 MPG per car. The car manufacturers have to do something to raise their average MPGs and they do it. Since gasoline engines can be improved in that area only to some point, and there is so much mandatory safety equipment and electronic gadgets adding weight to contemporary vehicles these days, so the CVT transmissions have to make up the difference. Nobody in the corporate world give a s…t that these transmissions won’t last as long as the conventional automatic ones, and that it will cost final users of such equipped cars a lot of money to fix or replace these transmissions, not to mention that these trannies are more suitable for constant torque electric engines driving machinery that gasoline driven automobiles.

    The corporations have to deliver numbers and they will deliver numbers; all the cost associated with introduction of these numbers will be a burden of final user/owner of a given automobile.

  • David Lusse

    Don’t let Nissan’s extended warranty fool you! Look on the web! I have a 2010 Nissan Murano that leaks oil from transfer case. After numerous phone calls over period of a week, I am stuck with no warranty and a repair bill from Nissan of $1500

  • _J

    Sorry to hear that you had to go throu 2 transmissions so far. Thou I think our overreacting to CVT’s.First CVT’s were barely a thing back in 2005.Its now 2014 and they have had 9 years to work on them. Secondly Saturn was a very small part of GM back then that why they are so darn expensive to fix. In 2006 GM sold Saturn this may also explain some things.(No offence to GM loving people, but I truthfully think they were making too many crap copy cars. (ex. there was three copy’s of the Aveo.)

  • P Lee

    Prospective buyers of Nissan vehicles with CVT, beware!!! 2013 and 2014 models are still experiencing transmission failure and are being bought back by Nissan. They have not fixed the problems. The damage being done to the brand is great, just check the blogs of any Nissan products with CVT. They need to switch back to a normal auto transmission with a torque converter. Even if they were not failing at a high rate, the vibrations, strange noises, jerky low speed operation etc are not acceptable in a new car. Do yourself a favor buy something that does not use a CVT.



  • Help

    My 2005 ford freestyle makes this loud awful whining sound. Is this a result from the cvt. Is it repairable? Is it expensive?

  • WingLdr

    In my line of work I deal with many auto mechanics. They unanimously hate the CVT. It is impossible to work on and there is generally no choice but to remove and replace at great expense. This is generally after a much shorter life span than a typical automatic transmission. Very often I hear 5 years. That in no way comes close to more fuel efficiency to pay for the cost of the new CVT.

    My question is, where can I find a listing of vehicles that do not have CVT? I think there are a number of auto makers that would love to get their vehicles on a list like that. I’d be one of their customers.

  • WingLdr

    Just because of CAFE standards does not mandate use of a specific technology, particularly one as flawed as CVT. For example, there is a new design for a crank shaft that doubles the torque. In doubling the torque, the fuel economy is also doubled. With that added power you don’t need as many cylinders and can have smaller engines, adding further to fuel economy. In other words, this is a superior technology that implemented actually slightly decreases the cost of the vehicle and vastly increases fuel economy. And you don’t have to worry about it failing and costing you a fortune to repair.

    This is the type of technology that should be deployed in today’s vehicles and it will meed CAFE standards.

  • WingLdr

    Why just Nissan? Why not all CVTs?

  • Danny

    “Nissan CVT” isn’t identical with “CVT”. Subaru equips their newest Forrester and now the WRX with a CVT model. I drive a 2010 Dodge Caliber with CVT, with 90K miles, and I love it. The smooth shifting is awesome, I have had no issues with power – I drove from Montana to AZ with my Caliber packed to the roof with my belongings, and got over mountain passes at and above the speed limit. I LIKE the way it sounds, and of course I dig the better gas mileage. No issues with transmission maintenance. Would love to test drive a new Subaru!

  • deserthackberry

    Because, as I previous post noted, it’s possible that not all CVTs are faulty. Nissan has known it’s CVTs were faulty since 2007, yet they’re still selling them.

  • deserthackberry

    I initially posted my complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about not being able to get my transmission fixed at the end of Feb 2014: I posted this on the Car Talk website after the transmission died a month later, in response to another post asking about the CVT:
    You have a CVT, therefore you have a problem. You can read my initial NHTSA report at

    got worse. I live in central TX, and my parents live in Phoenix. The
    morning of March 21, 2014, my dad died. I found out at about noon, went
    home to make plane reservations and pack, then drove to the nearest
    airport, about an hour and a half away, mostly interstate.

    than an hour in, I started having trouble, so I stopped to eat lunch and
    let the CVT cool. Shortly after I started out again, one exit before
    the airport exit, the car suddenly dropped to 40mph — in a 70mph zone
    — and kept losing power. I had barely enough power to get off the
    freeway and coast into a gas station. I had it towed to a Nissan
    dealer, rented a car, rescheduled my flight for the next day, and booked
    a room in a hotel.

    I was gone for over a week. It took a whole
    week for the dealer just to get permission to replace the CVT after the
    mechanic “pulled cvt oil pan and found excessive metal shavings in pan
    and inside transmission”, so I had to rent another car to get home and
    to work the next few days.

    The invoice only said “All Nissan
    genuine parts carry a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty”, so I asked if that
    was the case for the CVT as well. The response was so outrageous, I
    asked for it in writing. I was told that, if I had bought an SUV, the
    CVT would be warrantied for 120,000 miles, but as I owned a Versa, it
    was only warrantied for 20.5 months or 60.000 miles, whichever came
    first. I had only had the car for about 1.5 years before the original
    CVT started to go. It died at 2 years 4 months and 34,167 miles, which
    means this CVT is warrantied to last less time and mileage than the

  • deserthackberry

    Note that it only applies to 2010 or earlier, not to 2012-present.

  • Arizona living

    Just got a call from the Dealership. When I get the car back (90,000 miles) this will be the third CVT in it. First one died at 30,000, second died at 90,000 miles. At least it’s still under the warranty the company extended, but if Nissan keeps forcing CVTs down our throats, they’ve lost me as a customer, and except for old Mustangs and one, unfortunate mistake with a Chevy, all I have ever owned is Nissan.

  • D White

    Nissan CVT’s is too expensive to replace. Once the car is out of warranty the costs to replace a CVT transmission from a Nissan makes it an unwise decision not to junk the car. Avoid like the plague.

  • theotherRJH

    I have driven Nissans with the CVT and it “feels” terrible. Especially in the Rogue. I have never driven one in a Ford, perhaps I should.

  • n2y2

    I think the problems you describe are attributable to Nissan’s engineering and not the CVT itself. Toyota has been building vehicles with CVTs for over a decade and those models have transmission reliability well above average. Nissan has long been know as one of the shoddiest car builders in Asia.

  • Si Lito Ako

    Oh, so I have been right all along. All the four cars that I had for the past ten years are MT. No problem at all.

  • PJ Alston

    What about the CVT in Maxima’s ? How reliable are they?

  • Ketchup

    I’ve had my 2004 Murano for over 8 years. I can tell you it’s been a great car, except for one thing. The Transmission. AVOID ANY CAR WITH A CVT! Why? They will fail, and when they do, it is CO$TLY! I’m now going to have my third transmission in the vehicle in two years. My car has 165,000 miles on it. Just the labor alone to remove the transmission is bad, but wait till you try to find a good used on, because there aren’t any “NEW” transmission you can buy to replace yours.

  • Ketchup

    CVT is CVT, I’d avoid them unless you are getting the new warranty 10 years or 120K miles.

  • Ketchup

    The Saturn Vue’s CVT is the only worse that the Murano’s. Sorry to hear that!

  • Ketchup

    Are you saying you don’t have a stick she can shift?

  • voyagerfan

    i’m really glad i’m doing some research into my next car purchase and i had a sneaking suspicion that cvts were absolute crap. i live in south africa where the standards towards the environment etc is not so stringent, so when you purchase almost any car they give the choice of manual, auto or cvt. but according to what i’ve read, it seems that manual is being phased out completely in countries like the US so that you are forced to buy cvt? please explain

  • Jonny

    We have a 2007 Murano and it has 250,000 on it and we never had a transmission proplem. But in 2003 when the Murano came out it was the first time it was only offered and used. They didn’t change anything until 2006 when they made improvements to the cvt, and since then they have gotten better.

  • Michelle

    The new maximas have a new and impove cvt and it’s great!

  • Doctor von Wer

    Was looking at a new Accord….and the CVT has me looking elsewhere ’cause I’m not spending the extra $6K for the V6. Effffff you Honda.

  • Doctor von Wer

    You ever hear of the lemon law. You should look it up.

  • dm21

    I don’t get this. I have an ’07 Nissan Altima (144,000km) and it drives like a freaking dream. I have never enjoyed driving another car even half as much as I enjoy driving this one and I have driven them all (Acura, Honda, Ford, Suzuki and VW) I have a 2.5 with a CVT – it does not lack in power in the least and gets good mileage to boot. It purrs like a kitten no matter how hard I push it and I have never had a problem with my tranny. Don’t let this article sway you. Do your research (statistics, reviews, mpg, safety etc.) and don’t base your choice solely on articles and comments like these.

  • eddie144

    First of all, my condolences about the loss of your father.

    Everything you described about your situation is just how it works. Here’s how it works: So, you buy a car. It has a 5 year/60,000 mile warranty. This warranty states that for THAT PERIOD of 5 years, or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first, that they will repair or replace any faulty item, basically as long as they can’t prove you broke it by being negligent.

    Ok, so your transmission died during that period. All the warranty states, is that they will replace the faulty part… it doesnt mean that that particular part gets a brand new, refreshed warranty period. While I understand your frustration in thinking that the new part should have an identical warranty as the original that came with the vehicle, the fact is, the warranty is on the entire vehicle, and the entire vehicle will only be covered for that stated period.

    However, had you had to purchase that replacement transmission out of pocket, then the 12 month, 12,000 mile warranty (in fact, if Nissan warranty works like toyota did, replacement engines and transmissions have even longer periods) would be in effect. But since you did not pay for the repair, and it was done under the ENTIRE VEHICLE warranty, thats the end of it. Even if the trans was replaced at 59,990 miles, that transmission only has 10 miles of warranty coverage, because that was the period of time Nissan was obligated to provide you with coverage.

    I will say too, that, so long as you have a good service history with the dealership, and you aren’t a giant pain to deal with, if your replacement transmission died at say, 65,000 miles, the dealer could encourage Nissan to offer goodwill replacement. But, at that point, its solely at the dealers discretion. Be nice to your service department, and try to go to the same place you bought your car… all of that will work in your favor when you need one.

  • asif

    Any idea on the nissan micra ivy performance?

  • Abhi

    Hi I got Nissan note got problem with cvt I just scan my car with computer it shows errors in cvt p0746, pressure control solenoid valve A component remains open

  • Arizona living

    Yep, I’ve heard of it. And I also know it doesn’t apply. Lemon Law (California, since that’s where I bought the care): within eighteen months or eighteen thousand miles of purchase, the car goes through an unreasonable number of problems (very simplified definition).

    Since I was beyond both when the transmission failed the first time, and since the law also allows for the company to fix it, the law doesn’t apply.

  • Doctor von Wer

    I would go take a drive to the dealer and accidentally hit the gas instead of the brakes near their front entry.

  • Jarette

    I own a 2007 Nissan Altima 2.5S (110,000 miles) and I’ll never buy another CVT again after the issues I’ve had with this car. Transmission was replaced at the dealer right before I bought the car used in 2011 (84,000 miles) and it had to be replaced again in 2012 (92,000) due to failure (complete loss of acceleration on the highway while driving a little bit over an hour..very dangerous). Took it to the dealer 3 times before they finally acknowledged there was an issue and replaced it under the extended warranty. Just took a two-hour road trip last month and the same thing happened again. More than likely will need to be replaced again and that will be the 4th transmission in this car. I’m definitely trading it in before I hit 120,000 miles and buying a car with a regular automatic transmission!

  • Mari Ann

    I currently have a 2009 Jeep patriot with the CVT that cannot be repaired so has to be replaced a $5000. I have always hated the ride as it gears down too quickly at low speeds in town and you constantly have to give it gas to keep from almost stopping. So that low gear change gets a lot of use and makes for a jerky ride. The transmission unfortunately does not hold up. Someone mentioned previously you cannot get parts or work on these transmission. They just have to be replaced. There is a reason jeep is no longer putting them in their 2015 vehicles. 130,000 km and my jeep is almost worthless. I will avoid a CVT transmission like the plague!

  • Daniel

    I currently have a 2010 Nissan maxima with 85k miles. I commute daily about 1.5 hrs driving around 80 mph since new and I’ve never had a problem with the transmission. Or anything for that matter. I love my car and will probably buy a 2015 when the new model comes out. I don’t get why people have bad luck with CVT transmissions. Just do the routine maintenance and tilt be fine. I personally like the sound of the transmission revving, feels sporty and awesome gas mileage.

  • Blastergamer

    Maybe your CVT is better, or you have great luck.

  • rich

    ford c max now on gearbox CVT number 3 ,DO NOT GET A CVT .

  • DR Kirby

    I just had a CVT go out on a 08 Nissan Rogue. I was only 13k miles out of the extended warranty they offered after having to conduct a software upgrade in 2009. Since I was just out side warranty – I got nothing. I will never – EVER – own a Nissan product or any car with a CVT ever again.

  • DR Kirby

    It’s still early. Curious if it’ll make it past 140K.

  • DR Kirby

    I feel your pain. No more Nissans for me EVER. The CVT issue is rampant and all over the web. Nissan is in complete denial.

  • Patrick Daley

    I have a 2012 Nissan Versa, and the CVT dropped at 67k. Never own a CVT again, more than 20% failure rate from what I hear. 2 year old car

  • Nick Schmidt

    I have a 2010 Maxima with 90,000 miles and it drives smooth as silk. I absolutely love how responsive the CVT is when you accelerate. Not having to wait for the transmission to downshift is amazing.

  • pam

    My 2008 Jeep Compass has CVT transmission that over heats because it has a malfunction. I’ve read most CVT transmission have this issue.

  • Progun Proguns

    Love the CVT in my 2014 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV Sport/Tech package. Have catback, intake and oil cooler mods which bring the stock 290 HP to 310. Do 50/50 interstate long distance and short city driving and I have zero complaints. Only at 27k but being Nissan extended tranny warranty to 10 years/120k I have no worries. Will take it as close as I can to the 120k before turbocharge upgrade in next few years. There is currently only one 2014 Maxima with the mod in the entire country and it’s a little more R&D and testing than with a traditional tranny but no cvt issues and time will bring more proof that cvt’s can handle more horsepower and handle it quite well. But for everyday driving not including people who tow stuff, the cvt pros far outweigh the cons and just like most newer things as most people hate change there is a natural backlash at the cvt technology especially among horsepower freaks like myself. The cvt has provided me with the best riding tranny I have ever owned and the noise issue when accelerating is highly exaggerated. The future is cvt and various forms of it.

  • Progun Proguns

    90% of the autos on the road are automatics so you are in a tiny minority of all your own.

  • Nathenzo

    I have a 2010 Nissan Murano and have had the CVT Transmission repaired under warranty 2 times at 24k and 55k and now it’s leaking again at 77k. So….I would steer clear of these turds unless spending days in the repair shop and arguing with Nissan techs is on your ‘to do’ list. Avoid them at all costs and your life will be much easier.

  • clodio

    Nissan has bad history about new technology. Other manufacturers don’t have that problem. All manufactureres will enventually convert to CVT, more efficient than any other transmissions (auto and manual). Honda has this technology of its own and the results are far more better than with Nissan.

  • JB

    My 2011 JEEP PATRIOT had just clicked over to 105,000km and the CVT transmission oil light temp started coming on during highway travel. The car would start slipping and rev out and not pick up speed once it reached 110km/h. I took it to the dealer and they claimed to have never heard of anything like this before. Nobody could diagnose the problem. I didn’t keep it longer than a week and traded it in for a Toyota. Best decision ever! I feel sorry for whoever get the JEEP next. NEVER buy a JEEP CVT!!!!!!

  • orejero

    The Honda 2015 CRV has switched to a CVT. Better millage ? Maybe, How about longevity? Clearly a unproven product. I think I will let someone else be the guinea pig.

  • WF Coyote

    The GM Solution. Ever heard of that?

    Saturn – 2003 produced the Saturn Vue with both normal transmissions and CVT. The typical death rate of the CVT was 70+ thousand or 90+ thousand. GM never built extra CVT’s no after market New purchased CVT’s. Expensive Repair the only option, and 12+ thousand was typical when the CVT broke again, just out of warranty. GM’s solution to lawsuits from its customers of the CVT from Saturn; close the company and get a law made by congress to prevent any successful legal action against Saturn.

    Never buy American Automobiles, they don’t want customers, they want suckers and their money.

    IF you get a CVT, make sure you have no serious HP in the engine, and you drive like an old woman, letting everyone else pass you. Slow acceleration, slow, then slow deceleration; save your gas pedal, don’t save time traveling, and save your break pads and you can go along way in your CVT.

    So what lemon law? Saturn made lemonade.

    CVT any good? Low torque, low speed, and High in repair cost. Oh, and CVT will do some very weird things when it starts breaking down, slipping is just one of the fun things it does.

  • mercedes

    haha be careful what you wish for, we have a mercedes B200 with a CVT and even then most of the CVTs are having problems or just dying. Our merc is at 104K km, the cars will work fine for first four to five years but after that they are almost guaranteed to develop problems

  • AK

    The CVT on my new 2014 Infiniti QX60, which has only 2500 miles, sounds like Knight Rider (the front red led light). Cabin noise is increasing too. Sounds cool outside, but annoying inside. Response is quick, but I wouldn’t use it for towing. I may not sell this vehicle before the warranty factory expires. Also for those who own Saturn Vue’s, you can replace the bad CVT with a standard transmission (Vue’s came CVT and standard tranny).

  • Boing

    Towing is 3500 max, do you think it could safely tow a snowmobile trailer with two sleds on it?

  • Mark Weiner

    Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT is very smooth and provides on demand power whenever you need it. Under hard acceleration, the engine revs up and the gearbox automatically adjusts appropriately for whatever situation you’re in and effortlessly climbs hills. The engine rpm’s decrease as soon as possible once you are up to speed. People complaining about CVT’s don’t understand or maybe have no direct experience with them. If you try driving one, your opinion may change. They definitely save fuel over other gear boxes including manual transmissions.

  • capo

    I am one who loves CVTs. I’ve owned a Prius for several years, and passed that onto my wife and I now own a Corolla LE Eco with a CVT. I love the fact that I don’t have to have shift shock when going up hills, especially on cruise control on my commute to work. The only downside of the new Corolla is that they put unneeded “shift” points in when accelerating hard to satisfy consumer expectations. I would just prefer they just run the CVT in it’s most smooth and efficient way rather then waste efficiency on fake shifts. I wonder if I can get a software update to do that? I used to love manual transmissions when I was younger, now I just want quiet and smooth, with a great sound system so I can just relax when commuting. CVTs do that. If you want to wrestle your vehicle, get a manual transmission.

  • Augie Romero

    I was looking to get a CPO JX35, which is basically the same SUV you have. After hearing about issues about CVT, I am having 2nd thoughts. Wish this SUV was avaialable with a regular transmission.

  • Augie Romero

    Call me old school, but I like to be the one who controls the cars gear shifts. Currently driving a 05′ G35 with Automatic, and can feel the gears changing while I drive. Love it.

  • rs1123

    Hopefully, if it dies under warranty, they won’t look at your modifications and say ‘sorry, vehicle has been modified’. Doesn’t matter if it affects the trans, if you modify it they don’t have to fix it.

  • rs1123

    If people actually HAD all these vehicles with problems their prior cars didn’t experience, why should someone not pay attention to what they say?

  • rs1123

    By 90,000 miles and obviously several years, this person’s car would not be covered under any lemon law. You should look it up.

  • rs1123

    Yeah, now that’s a good solution.

  • rs1123

    How do you double the torque with a new crankshaft? It’s not as though the existing types are twisting like rubber bands… But I do agree that government standards can result in us being stuck with half baked garbage. Look at how badly cars ran in the 1970’s due to drastic emissions law changes. Gas mileage and power dropped like a rock. Maybe some people don’t remember when a brand new car idled rough and might even stall out the first few times you started it.

  • Jordan

    I agree! I have a 2010 Nissan Sentra and love it. Only thing that took a bit of getting used to with the CVT engine was that it kind of sounds like I am driving a manual vehicle rather than an automatic (which I actually prefer). Prefer this vehicle over my previous four cylinder traditional automatic transmission.

  • Grace

    We own an infinity QX60. Already had 2 new transmissions installed. Very frustrating, but infinity is working with us for another car. I heard the 2015 is better. Anyone can tell us about it? We are seriously contemplating the QX80 for the automatic old fashion transmission, but the price is way higher than we want to spend. Any comments or suggestions?

  • I have a deposit in on a 2015 Corolla LE Plus Eco with the CVT. I’ve had Civics and Corollas only with automatic. How much of an adjustment is this likely to be? I don’t drive for fun, I drive to get where I want to go….the only adventurous thing I do is drive to work on I-80 in New Jersey which is taking my life into my hands every day.

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  • Rich Shull

    Ultimately. it is the owner that gets to prove the reliability of a ‘new design’ On your own head be it. We own a 1962 Pontiac (since new), It has a Slim Jim transmission it was a cross between a manual and a automatic. It had wind up springs (really) on the flywheel. It was among GM’s first attempts at going cheap. The car is a trip to drive 1st gear has to wind up (literally) it revs the engine very hard just to get the car to move. Press the throttle too hard in 1st gear and those wind up springs fly out of the flywheel. It has been trouble from day one but we learned to live it and treat it with kid gloves and it survives. It now operates with a huge transmission cooler that gets hot just idling and the knowledge we gained over the years each time it was in the transmission shop getting fixed after 50 years it is finally reliable ,,,,,we only drive it 400 miles a year now lol

  • Sharon Heaps

    I have a 2011 Rogue. I have loved it since day one. Test drove an 08 for our daughter when she turned 16 in 2010. Bought that for her and liked it so much I went for the new one for me.

    At first it was like “why doesn’t this car shift up and down?” And that quickly turned to “Thank God this car doesn’t shift up and down!” It’s a spunky/smooth 4 cylinder and we couldn’t be happier.

    2011 will go to my son in the next year or so when he’s 16 and you better believe that safe and smooth Rogue will become his and I’ll go right back to Nissan for that amazing CVT!

  • stan

    Umm I thought there were no changes to be controlled, it’s like just one long gear, right?

  • buddythedog

    I would bet anybody 100k that these transmissions will not go 250,000 miles. They are disposeable. I know a lot of dodge and other conventional automatic transmission will not go 250 k, but some do. Not one of these cvt transmissions will make it near that.

  • DRJJ

    Engine revving wildly while driving normal, jerking, must replace entire unit when it fails-what’s not to like? Note: Prius is planetary gear tranny vs a belt in most others-different story.

  • Ron

    There’s a lot of problems with the Murano CVT transmissions I read and heard about, I was thinking of buying one but didn’t want the headaches. THAT’S WHY A LOT OF PEOPLE LEASE TO DAY-BUT EVEN IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS ON A LEASE, THE DEALER WILL SAY YOU ABUSED THE VEHICLE AND CHARGE YOU!

  • Ron

    Are you a Nissan Sales REP?

  • randomname1234

    All Priuses come with a CVT, and I know plenty of Priuses that hane over 250k miles on them.

  • mike md

    I traded my JX35 within 3 months because of the CVT

  • Say What?

    If you have a 2013 or earlier Nissan with a CVT it WILL probably have issues before the warranty ends. Jatco, the company who makes the CVT’S for Nissan admitted to the problem and supposedly the newer ones are much better. The Honda CVT should last 100,000 as it is but only time will tell.

  • Say What?

    I wouldn’t say it’s impossible to work on. A lot of the mechanics are busy and they don’t have the time to learn how to repair them. I’m sure some of them are are just lazy as well. If it were me I’d make it a point to learn how to fix them and then open advertise that I now repair CVT’S. It would be a gold mine!

  • Luke

    Exactly – with CVT, they *finally* made an automatic transmission that’s better than a manual.

  • Luke

    Drive it for a few minutes and it will be obvious – it will lose power and shift (lower rpm) if it’s an older non-CVT.

  • Jo

    I own a Nissan Primera CVT from 2000. It’s amazing. Never had a problem with it. And it has over 200.000 kms.

  • egotripband

    i have a 1990 Holen commodore 400,000 kilometres on same transmission and Buick design 3.8 V6 .

  • myk

    I have one that is beyond 270K,

  • momrocks06

    I have a 2013 Nissan rogue… My CVT transmission is in the process of going. I have codes on top of codes… Guess what Nissan isn’t going to cover it. It isn’t even two. She does have over 60k on it. But really….

  • fed up with Nissan

    My 2013 rogue left me 2 weeks ago when it wouldn’t go in reverse. Towed it to Nissan Dealer. They verified that it wouldn’t go in reverse and it’s coding PO746 but when they tryed to duplicate for Nissan it worked fine. Nissan is now refusing to put tranny in until it completely goes out. I’ve got appointment with lawyer this evening.

  • Lord Hotdog

    My 1997 Rover coupe has a CVT gearbox. It’s now 18 years old and has given me absolutely zero problems.

  • Billy Beefcaked

    I got a lift from a friend a few weeks ago that had a 2014 Accord with a CVT transmission. It was constantly reving up, loud, and I found it actually obnoxious. No thanks.

  • Jarette Howell

    Trust the people who have had bad experiences with Nissan CVTs…stay far away from this transmission. Sure there are the lucky ones who have had no issues with their CVTs, but just search the internet if you want the truth on how bad these things are. Again, I’ve had about 4 experiences where my CVT has overheated on the highway with no warning whatsoever (no codes thrown) and caused a complete loss of acceleration. Imagine how scary that is when you’re driving 60+ mph with other traffic and you press the gas pedal and it goes to the floor while you slow down. This is already the 3rd transmission in my ’07 Altima and the dealer won’t replace unless they can replicate the problem on their watch. Usually this only happens after driving over an hour on the highway so I’ve never been able to take the car on a road trip. Other than this, the car drives very good around the city, but I no longer have faith in Nissan or their CVT transmissions. Currently at 119,000 miles and definitely ditching the car before I hit the 120K mile mark, so I don’t have a costly repair on my hands.

  • Carl Kemp

    I’ve got an ’09 Murano with 206,000 miles on it, and it still runs smooth as glass. Original tranny and CVT drive belt. I haven’t even had to have the fluid changed out on it. And believe me, I drive it HARD. No kid gloves here. And I’ve taken it on multiple 1000+ mile trips with never a problem. Now the first generation CVT’s were a problem, but the current generation seem to be a LOT better. Love this Murano, and when it finally dies, I’m getting another.

  • Charlie Foster – Manch Subaru

    I love my Subaru Legacy with CVT too. Of course anything new will have it’s speed bumps but this is the future people. Change is scary but not as scary as staying the same forever.

  • Mark Weiner

    Actually, I have a 2009 Prius and 2010 Subaru Outback with the CVT transmission.
    Although they appear similar and the Prius calls itself a CVT transmission, it really has a “power sharing transmission ” Look that up on Google and see the you tube video on this, very unique. The Subaru has a true CVT, and they are the future. An engineer told me that they’re not only simpler, but, will last longer than traditional automatic transmissions. There’s an old saying that you frequently hear people say, “I know what I like”, but, the truth is ” people like what they know”. As soon as you’ve had some familiarity with how CVT transmissions work, save gasoline and perform, you’re going to like them better. If you’ve never test driven one, you should definitely consider this.

  • Mark Weiner

    Almost every one of these “negative ” posts are about Nissan CVT transmissions.
    A few years ago, I test drove a Nissan Versa with a CVT transmission and was not impressed, decided to pass on the car even though it was tempting. I was thinking of turning in an old car in the cash for clunkers program and it would have not cost that much. It was not a comfortable car and had no power, seemed like the transmission was not responsive.
    The Subaru CVT transmission feels completely different and is extremely responsive at all speeds, from take off and around 20-40 and even at 60 to 80. The Subaru has a metal belt, and is coupled to the boxer engine. I have not heard any complaints about Subaru CVT transmissions. Peoples primarily don’t know much about CVT’s. I definitely think that all manufacturers are not the same, so, just don’t bash CVT transmissions based upon your own limited experience.

  • expectthem

    Seems like one could find a more efficient vehicle if one has to do 100 miles worth of deliveries per day.

  • Vcaser

    My 08 Accord Coupe V6 EX-L has Honda’s inescapable CVT and I’m not a fan. It often feels like it’s constantly searching for a gear while the car lugs and it’s kind of rough (“unrefined” as they say). Perhaps the technology has improved sine 2008 but being a driving enthusiast, I MISS the traditional feel of those shift points. If I want quick acceleration, I have to manually shift my automatic. Otherwise, I have to wait three Mississipis after putting my foot down before it takes off. I was trying to purchase a mix of practicality and sportiness, but this mix may simply not be for me. It does get very good gas mileage (which is not my emphasis) and I have had no trouble with it knock on wood.

  • kita

    In March 2015 I got 2013 nissan altima at 62,000 miles my Transmission went out. Took it to nissan they said the warranty had expired at 60,000. I want to know when did the extend it to 10 yr / 10,000 miles.

  • BUT, won’t a CVT wear out a lot faster where your driving is mostly on hills because naturally, the chain belt may slip a bit under acceleration and if you are fighting gravity by driving up a hill as well, it will slip a little more?

    The article claims the the transmission is a sealed unit. Bearing in mind that the vehicle effectively using one gear, will this not be prone to additional wear and tear, where a standard transmission would not, and would this not cause particles of metal to build up in the transmission fluid necessitating frequent fluid changes so as to remove these particles and prolong the life of the transmission?

    For example, Audi now stipulates a multitronic fluid change every 36,000 miles or ever three years, which ever comes first to avoid premature wear and tear on the transmission.

    It is worth noting too, that last year, Audi discontinued its multitronic transmission last year. While earlier transmissions were prone to failure, they did manage to remedy this issue by adding an additional clutch pack to later models.

  • Never knew that Rover did a CVT. Would it be safe to say that there is a Honda CVT in the Rover?

    I was sorry to see the Rover/MG brand go to the wall, loved the cars!

  • Tom Flores

    Nissan CVTs are solid. I’ve ownrf 6 Nissans all with CVTs and have NEVER had an issue with them. 3 of them had over 240k.

  • Mark Weiner

    Tom, thanks for your comment. Actually, I’m very pleased to hear this. So, you drove almost a quarter of a million miles on your CVTs. May I ask if you ever changed the transmission fluid? The Subaru Lineartonic CVT is a sealed unit and they typically don’t recommend opening them up, except for towing. And, even though I’m towing, my teardrop trailer only weighs 900 pounds or less which is only 33 percent of the tow capacity for the car. It’s less than having a full occupancy of five people in the car. And, I only tow on long freeway trips primarily. An engineer told me several years ago that these transmissions are mechanically superior to conventional automatic transmissions and have less moving parts. That makes a lot of sense to me. I test drove a Nissan Versa years ago with CVT, but, it didn’t impress me like my car, but, that was 2009. Maybe things have changed. I don’t know why so many people have a problem with how CVT works. The fuel savings is really substantial. Thanks again for sharing.

  • Russ Romei

    Is this the transmission that EVERYONE IS COMPLAINING ABOUT?, Ford Focus, KIA SOUL, etc etc etc?

  • Russ Romei

    Well they are trading in their ford focus in droves and most think they are defective

  • Mark Weiner

    Well, the fact that you’ve had no functioning problems is a good thing, don’t you think?
    And, keep in mind , that Toyota Prius, which has a modified CVT, actually a power sharing transmission, similar to the CVT transmission typically goes over 200,000 miles on the original transmission. How can you argue with that? As for looking for the right gear, you need to realize that it’s a one speed transmission on a wide continuum and designed to find the right ratio for the engine speed. The original design for CVT on paper was conceived by Leonardo da Vinci back in the 1500s. Don’t believe me, look that up. Well, he couldn’t bring that to fruition in his day, but, it’s been around longer than you think. It’s been used in aircraft engineering and other applications for years. So, you should be amazed by the technology that has finally come to cars and enjoy the benefits of fuel savings etc. Just drive the car.

  • Mark Weiner

    Russ, defective, I suppose anything is possible. What year is this car? Maybe they don’t know how CVT is supposed to work?

  • David Perron

    I’ve got a 2003 Honda Pilot. The CVT went out at about 60k miles (I strongly suspect that there was a manufacturing defect, as there were quite a few 2003s that had this problem, but Honda would not fess up to it), and it’s on its way out again at 150k.

    Weighing whether to replace it (again) or scrap the vehicle and get something else.

  • Mark Weiner

    Charlie, they’ve been around a while, and getting perfected over time. They save a lot of fuel and are more durable than people think . Don’t know how many miles are on your Legacy, I have 72k on my 2010 Outback. Car drives very smoothly, I like it.

  • Guest5664

    Unless you have piles of money to burn, I’d advise against anything with a CVT. What a nightmare.

  • Carl Kemp

    What deliveries? That’s my commute. And the 1000 mile drives were road trips. I don’t look for efficiency. I look for the joy of the trip. And my Murano still serves that up to me.

  • Joseph M.

    You’re slightly confused. The 2003 Pilot has a conventional 5-speed automatic transmission. The AWD system has something that Honda calls Variable Torque Management, but that is not the same thing.

  • Joseph M.

    The ’08 Honda Accord V6 uses a conventional 5-speed automatic transmission. No Accord prior to the ’13 has a CVT.

  • Joseph M.

    It’s clear that most people don’t even know what a CVT is, because the Ford Focus doesn’t have one.

  • Mark Weiner

    Joseph, a lot of cars still don’t have them and while the technology has been around for a while in many other applications, its use in cars has been not consistent until recently.
    It’s a shame that a lot of people are in the dark about the history of CVT technology.
    Subaru Legacy and Outback got this new Lineartonic CVT in 2010, works extremely well and smoothly. And, the responsiveness is great, I understand it’s not the same in all cars.
    Subaru makes their own CVT transmission, while some farm this out to a separate company. What a lot of people don’t realize is that the design for CVT Is from the 15th century, when Leonardo da Vinci invented it some 500 years ago. By the way, in case you didn’t know all the inventions da Vinci invented, now would be a good time to do a Google search on this. Wow, you’re going to be really surprised in a good way.
    They didn’t have the technology to make this a reality, so, it got put off until the 20th century. CVT transmissions have been used in aircraft engineering, heavy equipment and snow mobiles. Just because people aren’t aware of this, doesn’t mean it isn’t good. People are naturally afraid of change and in terms of recent innovative products for cars, it’s pretty new. Plus, it’s been more prevalent on higher end cars, so the fact that it’s not on the Ford Focus does not surprise me at all. The most resistance of CVT is user acceptance. People expect to feel a shift and when they don’t, they think something is wrong.
    The truth is, on hills , CVT is superior in every way, cars with this transmission just automatically adjust the engine rpms to the most advantageous gear ratio on the continuously scaled gears, an infinite range. Even on takeoff, the engine revs up like a jet and just accelerates to top speed. Again, people hear this roar from the engine and cannot get the concept of how CVT works. CVT is actually very simple compared to the myriad of gears in a traditional planetary transmission. Instead of a complex set of gears and flywheels, the CVT uses pulleys and two cylindrical cones. The pulleys expand and contract with the engine speed and this is transferred to the drivetrain. Have you ever noticed that jets taking off, don’t shift to from 1st, 2nd, 3rd and so on at the runway. They transfer all their power from the engines to the thrusters in one continuous maneuver. And, when the jet reaches altitude, the engine settles back to a gentle hum.
    As soon as the CVT transmission reaches the desired speed, engine rpms drop. Now, that doesn’t seem similar. Did you notice the post that Tom made 8 days ago, in which he said he had 6 Nissan cars with over 240,000 miles and never had a problem? And, the technology in the Toyota Prius which has a modified version of CVT, has been known to log more than 200,000 miles on the original transmissions. It’s the wave of the future and saves more fuel than traditional automatics.

  • Roy

    My 2008 Nissan Altima (74,750 miles on the odometer) has a CVT transmission and so far I’ve had no problems with the transmission. I do know that other car owners have reported a different scenario. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed. This car averages 30MPG.

  • thelebfun

    if you’re looking for short term then fine, if your car is an investment and you want long term: when you read the word CVT, run away, and run fast

  • LG

    Meh. I’ve always been a manual transmission kind of guy and always will be. If, in the future, I sacrifice a couple of MPG for a manual transmission that’s OK with me. If I’m not working a clutch pedal and shifting gears I feel like something is missing from my driving experience.

  • D. Paul League

    The other manufacturers are going a different route by adding more gears to a historically good auto trans. CVT was a bad idea, but Nissan’s leader has dedicated his company to using them, too bad! Now Audi tried them and has now abandoned them for future autos. There has got to be a message there somewhere!

  • The Lord Perryman

    automatic transmissions have a 20% failure rate whereas cvt transmissions have a 1% failure and out of those 70% can be attributed to wrong fluid or some other reason that are no issue with the transmission itself. They have “lifetime” fluid (good thing because at $35/l its expensive) and most are made by Jatco and sold to manufacturers for their cars (Nissan, Renault, vw, infiniti, ford, dodge, etc.). what I’m saying is that they are extremely reliable as long as they’re taken care of mostly being misdiagnosed because of untrained techs, they’re half the price of an auto transmission because of they’re simplicity, and they’re lighter too increasing fuel economy because of that and other factors. So the transmissions can’t be bashed all the time they just have to be diagnosed and repaired properly.

  • EliteSharks Channel

    I just purchase a Maxima 2016 equip with a CVT. I love the feeling of a smooth transmission. Thank you Nissan 100% satisfied.

  • Nicki

    Hi Mark,
    Thank you for your detailed comments on the CVT. I just bought my first Subaru Outback 3.6 with a CVT and I had some concerns with what seems to be a “shuddering” upon take off. It does not seem to be all of the time and isn’t a nuisance to me but I just wanted to make sure that it is “normal” so that I do not have to worry about my purchase and possible repairs. I agree in that there is no lack of power and I am overall very happy with the car in general. I was just curious if the slight hesitation that I am feeling is normal for the CVT?

  • Brian

    No. My murano s cvt just blew. . . . At 112k even after changing the fluid at the dealer every time. . . .never another cvt. . . Never!

  • Brian

    They also cannot be serviced or rebuilt. . . Absolute trash!

  • Mark Weiner

    Nicki, sorry for the late reply. I haven’t noticed any shuddering driving my 2010 Subaru Outback Limited, but, I have the 2.5 Four and see that you have the 3.6 H6. I would simply inquire with the dealership and your car is definitely under warranty. There was no CVT transmission for the 2010 model year with the 3.6 H6 engine, only with the 2.5 Four. I really like the CVT transmission and would have chosen this feature over the extra power without any reservations. So, you have the power and the right transmission. Glad to hear that you like your car, what’s your average mileage in the city.

  • Craig Freger

    This article overlooks one important point: CVTs suck. No, really. Noisy, unreliable, prone to slippage as they age, un-rebuildable…. Manufacturers are not turning to CVTs to make a better, more satisfying, or more reliable product; they are doing it to meet CAFE standards and because it’s cheaper to do so with a CVT than with a multi-gear (6 speeds or greater) automatic transmission. Such nonsense will continue unless and until consumers refuse to buy this junk.

  • Russ Romei

    Well… I really don’t care how they are “supposed” to work, they are friggin awful to drive

  • Mark Weiner

    Russ, I would imagine that you took your car for a test drive before purchasing it? Correct? If you really dislike it that much, then, why did you purchase the car?

  • Mike

    Nissan makes junk. The past decade and a half has been atrocious. No wonder, after all they are in bed with Renault.

  • Mike

    Boy did they fool you.

  • Mike

    Just check the Honda Fit boards and see all the defects with their CVT’S.

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  • Mike

    Americans are lazy. They don’t want to row their gears. The majority anyway. It’s a disposable society here in the U.S. Crappy reality shows are the focal point of our television viewing. It’s becoming a dumbed down society.

  • Mike

    Well the Honda Fit isn’t doing so hot with their CVT’s. I’d avoid a CVT. PERIOD.

  • Mike

    Their quality has been horrid for over a decade now. It’s a shame, because they worked so hard for their reputation.

  • Dr. Ekramul haque

    Is it wise to take Nissan X Trail and covert it into CNG

  • Paul

    We purchased a new Saturn Ion with CVT in 2004. It was boring to drive worked okay for about 10 years. In 2014, after about 115000 miles it failed. Car would only go about 30 mph. The issue wiht them is not so much reliability, as it is cost to repair when they do fail. The junkyard prices of used CVTs was about $2000. Traditional automatics were about $700. Thanks to others we discovered people were replacing the Ion coupe CVTs with 5-speed automatics from Ion sedans. We went that route. Purchased a used (traditionsl) automatic and had it installed. All for less than half of what a CVT repair would have cost. I think CVTs are fine if you only plan on driving a car for 3 or 4 years. But beyond that expect much larger repair bills should a CVT fail.

  • Vatcha

    You were definitely on the front edge of the curve. We may not be there yet, but over the past few years the number of CVTs sold has at least quadrupled, and thats going to continue to go up. Expect that over time the reliability will increase, and the costs will come down. When the market is big enough everything won’t have to go through the dealer for service. Reasonably priced parts will be available to independent repair shops, and they will have more experience and expertise to repair them. Also with the large increase in CVTs sold there will be more used and rebuilt units available. Its only a matter of time before the traditional automatic will become the more expensive specialty transmission for volume passenger car applications. (That said, I’m shopping for a new car right now and I’m probably going to go with a traditional 6 or 8 speed automatic.)

  • John

    CVT’s are horrible transmissions! Run run from any car with one of these! They breakdown regarless of what this article says. Ford totally dumped using them and GM has too I think. I like the shift points. Rented a Nissan Altima a couple months ago with one of these POS in it. Going up mountain passes I could smell the burning smell from the trans. 5,000 miles on the car too! Pure garbage!

  • John

    I agree totally Steve!

  • John

    The First CVT Trans was the Buick Dynaflow Mark. And even though it was slow, it was at least reliable, unlike modern CVT’s. CVT’s are garbage!

  • Mark Weiner

    John, well, if the original Buick Dynaflow was that great it would have never gone away?
    There are many CVT transmissions on the market today, some are built in house , like Subaru, and others are farmed out to various companies like Jatco. Nissan has had some issues and problems, while the Subaru has done much better. Have you actually driven a CVT transmission vehicle? They do get much better fuel-efficiency.

  • DrQTam

    oh god mike! I’m glad that you’re an American who has said this! if it comes from somewhere else then people get accused of racism despite the fact that its the truth! in a way I feel sorry for the vast majority of US citizens as well as south Africans because the majority of them are being dumbed down! trumps to you for being one of the few intelligent americans. and I feel sorry for the few americans that I’ve met that are intelligent. unfortunately every time I hear a foreigner who has travelled to the states everything they say is bad. when some of the best American imports include kim kardashian and kanye west, one can only hope that theres something better! I had a cousin who went to the US for 6 months and she says everyone drives automatic.

  • Tad Perry

    Jeez, didn’t you TEST DRIVE it? How could you possibly miss the fact that you don’t like the way it feels before you bought it?!?

  • raledbetter

    You can’t repair a CVT transmission-you have to totally replace it at $3500

  • Drew

    I must be old-fashioned. I enjoy manual transmissions and also the feel of a good quick-snappy shifting automatic transmission. GM and Toyota make some nice automatics. But first time I drove a vehicle with a CVT (it was a Nissan) I felt so disconnected from the road, from the car, and from the engine. I bet even with these “pre-determined ratios” and what-not that they have come out with for CVT’s, it still wouldn’t feel the same. I personally have no interest in EVER buying a vehicle that gets its power to the wheels through a CVT. They feel like a slipping automatic, not to mention they make the car feel extremely boring to drive. Plus I understand they can be much less reliable than a standard or automatic tranny. CVTs are a horrible piece of machinery.

  • djtejas

    LOL…wind up springs…that’s not how that transmission works.

  • guest507

    On the bright side, a car with a busted CVT will achieve infinite MPG during the flatbed ride to a dealership…

  • nunyabeeswax

    Completely superior technology to a standard automatic transmission. Grognards who shake their fists at change can be left behind. Improvements in technology have made them as, or more reliable, flat out. Expenses to repair have dropped. They do better in hills; they produce superior gas mileage. And 9)% of people out there who think they can do better at manual than an automatic transmission really can’t, so you lose nothing here. If they really broke down more often, you wouldn’t see 100K warranty’s on them, its that simple. if you have a CVT made after 2008, you aren’t having manufacturers defect problems.

  • JWYN

    Nope, I will never buy into the notion that CVTs are superior to conventional fixed gear automatics. They’re less reliable and are just a lazy way for manufacturers to increase fuel economy without putting any actual effort into their engineering. For example, I drive a 2016 Mazda CX-5 with a conventional 6-speed automatic and it gets better gas mileage than an equivalent Nissan Rogue with a CVT. Mazda was actually named the most fuel efficient automaker last year WITHOUT the use of a single CVT in their lineup which says a lot in my opinion. My last car was a Nissan Altima with a CVT and I’ll never buy another CVT-equipped vehicle after the series of headaches I had. And in my opinion, any extended warranty offered on a CVT is not due to the fact that a manufacturer has faith in their product–it’s the opposite. It’s to give customers a peace of mind since they know the product is NOT reliable.

  • Glen

    I’m a veteran mechanic that happens to manage a large automotive salvage yard,Well its now 2016 and its being determined that CVT transmissions have zero reliability regardless of make or model..Especially past 100,000 miles.they work great for a snowmobile but are not able to handle the weight or torque of a full sized vehicle.Also transmission rebuilders won’t touch them either. Even though they have a simple design,parts are unavailable,two transmission shops told me that when they do find the parts to rebuild them they always come back again,one reputable transmission shop manager told me he has probably lost $150,000 dollars trying to rebuild CVT transmissions.They always come back shortly after. So now whenever a bad CVT comes through his shop he just orders a new one from the dealer and installs it.Costing anywhere from 3-4 thousand out the door.Its seems to be getting worse and not better as more and more of these things break down as time progresses and miles add up.some automakers deny theres a problem untill the warranty expires, others are backing them up with extended warranty’s. other automakers won’t even use them at all opting for other designs entirely by adding several more gears to a convention transmission.GM (which abandoned cvt’s a decade ago after the saturn vue experiment) and others are working on 8-9 speed transmissions which will shift smoother and be more efficient than a CVT and hopefully more reliable.Ford is experimenting with a double clutch system which sounds cool but is proving to be unreliable as well,so untill they fine tune that technology i would stay away.

  • qwerty

    “In addition, almost all hybrids use CVT transmissions, including the Prius”
    Not true, since even though it feels like a variable transmission, the Toyota Hybrid Power Split Drive doesn’t utilize any failure prone chain or belt at all, but only two electric motors and a gasoline engine connected to one planetary gear set. That is a really bulletproof design.

  • kevo

    Stay away from CVT don’t learn a 10000 dollar lesson like I did.

  • Fred Garvin MP

    kevo …..very unfortunately, I learned that lesson today.

    The wife fell in love with a 2010 Nissan Cube with the CVT, so she bought it. She has a hefty commute, 200 km/day. She was hoping for large fuel savings and for the most part, she got them. $38 to fill is not too shabby. Three days ago, she fired it up and there was a loud ‘whine’ from somewhere in the engine compartment. We took it into the dealer today, and sure enough, a fried CVT unit. I asked how much for a new one. There was a pause, and he says $4000 for the part, plus installation! He located a used unit with 50,000 km on it for the low, low price of $2500 plus installation. Those were my choices. The old lady has been in tears for most of the day, as she still owes $2500 on it. What to do? …. get it fixed? New/used? Boat anchor? The vehicle has 240,000 km on it, so Nissan Canada said “sorry, you’re on your own”. Nice.

    All i know is that I’ll NEVER buy another Nissan product again, or any other vehicle that comes with this, in my opinion, ‘garbage’ transmission with a ridiculously exorbitant price tag.

    Live and learn, kevo.

  • Kathy Sikorski

    The same happen to meMy Nessan transmission CVT frired and I owe still 2 years 2012 Versa is a piece of junk and they don’t care. I reported it to the corporate office and refuse to fix it all they want is our mony for their failure in till someone does

  • Kathy Sikorski

    I have a 2012 Nessan Versa and yes that CVT transmission almost got me in a wreck it over heats shift hard and slips. Took it to 3/transmission shops and all 3 said it failed also said and CVT transmission is not a good thing. And not ment to drive freeway. And they fail usually after the warranty 60,000. Was told they can’t be fixed and reliable and he would never own one and highly recommend NeVER have a CVT. THEY ARE DEFECTIVE. HE SAID SOONER OR LATER SOMEONE GET IN A ACCIDENT IF NOT DISCONTINUED

  • Kathy Sikorski

    Report to BBB and Department of Transportation as well before someone gets hurt. I did. Regardless I don’t want anyone get hurt I’m a safety minded person

  • Kathy Sikorski

    I totally agree. Mine failed and Nessan don’t care if anyone gets hurt and they say .”Your Warranty is over and we can’t do anything to help you . I reported and they denied so I reported to BBB and the Department of Transportation. If we want them to stop putting CVT TRANSMISSION in cars before somebody gets in a wreck and died PLEASE REPORT IT THEY DONT care if we live or die as long as they have OUR money in their paychecks

  • Kathy Sikorski

    Same here
    My Nissan Versa 2012 is worthless after paying over 14,000 for only 4 years sense the CVT transmission FAILED .I was told by 3 transmission shops the CVT transmission should of NEVER been in a car and will fail and can’t be repaired only replaced costing 4,000. Nessan won’t replace case it’s over 60,000 miles. ALOT of failed CVT transmission on here failed convently afer the warranty is over.many COMPLAINTS about the CVT transmission and Nessan REFUSE TO RECALL A DEFECT . I
    SO I reported to BBB and Department of Transportation and so should everyone else should. We need to stop it from destroying people lives and pocket book

  • Kathy Sikorski

    Give it around 60,000 mile and 3 years latter.

  • Mike

    Just wait. Give it a few years.

  • Mike

    Look at a Toyota Yaris. Incredibly reliable. People have 300 and 400k+ miles. It’s a basic car, but its a workhorse. And look at a 15 or 16. After this year it’s going to suck as Mazda will be making it for Toyota. If you want the most reliable car on the planet, a Toyota Yaris will fit those needs well.

  • Kathy Sikorski

    Mine to and Nessan REFUSE to take responsibility .Long as they get our money they don’t care if we live or die So report it to the BBB and Department of Transportation

  • Kathy Sikorski

    I’m so mad Nessan is using us for their gain selling us a defect car with a defect CVT transmission. We have rights. .

  • Kathy Sikorski

    A car ONLY 4 years old and a defect failed CVT transmission and 15,000 dollars for a car that Nessan won’t make mends with customers and take responsibility for their failed and recall the CVT and fix it with their cost not ours

  • Kathy Sikorski

    Same here

  • Kathy Sikorski

    Me too very disappointed and frustrated how Nessan don’t care . I reported it they refuse to amet they have a defeced CVT transmission and don’t care about safety. Report toBBB and Department of Transportation

  • Kathy Sikorski

    Have a 2012 Versa and yes my CVT transmission is a defect and need to be recalled
    Some reason many CVT transmission FAILED AFTEr the warranty is over

  • Kathy Sikorski

    Nope I had 3 transmission shop tell me they can’t be repaired and it will cost OVER 4,000 to replay this defect failed transmission that ONLY 4/years old

  • Kathy Sikorski

    Something gotta be done to get a recall on this defect CVT transmission

  • Kathy Sikorski

    We need to protect against NessanCVT transmission

  • Kathy Sikorski

    I took my 2012 Nessan Versa to 3 transmission shops and they all 3 said CVT transmission failure and thats the honest to God truth.. Look at history of 2012 CVT transmission and a big let down for many like me.

  • Kathy Sikorski

    I had a Cottmans and Ameco transmission tell me the CVT transmission was never made for fast moving cars and never freeways which auto companys DONT tell you it will mostlikely fail by your 60,000 mi warranty CVT was in the beginning for riding lawn mowers

  • Kathy Sikorski

    Nissan wont pay for it .I called and called they sent me a fedx letter JUST to inform me they WILL NOT PAY FOR REPLACEMENT.. There needs to be a recall on them.. someone needs to start contact BBB and Department of Tranportation

  • Kathy Sikorski

    so very true

  • Kathy Sikorski

    they ont honor it they said warrenty is over and we wont do crap. I had a case withthem and they sent me a certified letter JUST to tell me they wont fix it.. I did report it to the BBB and the Department of Transportation

  • Kathy Sikorski

    I reported it to Nessan and they refuse to fix it and said they have no other complaits and they not going to ..Bocot Nessan!!!!

  • Craig Freger

    Buy an extended warranty.

  • Craig Freger

    Oh, goody! A made-up statistic to convince people to buy something that works like garbage, doesn’t last, and can’t be repaired.

  • Craig Freger

    Drove a new Corolla with CVT. Absolute junk. Engine revs out at random, for no reason. Transmission hunts for the right ratio, with engine speed rising and falling while the car is going a constant speed. The car jerks and shudders on acceleration, making horrible noises. If the top car company in the world can’t make a decent CVT, what chance does any other manufacturer have?

  • my 09 yari cost $11.5K new. it now has 125K miles and i have done nothing other than fuel fills, oil changes and two sets of tires. it gets 42 MPG on the highway and ~50 (if i drive smart) in town. 🙂

  • Mike

    They really are great vehicles. This is my second Yaris. I had an 11 and then traded it. Just got rid of my 13 Avalon and bought a 15 Yaris SE. I love the manual transmission and the absolute simplicity of the car. Not only that, but everyone I know that is fortunate to have one raves about the reliability. Come check us out at Yarisworld dot com. Yaris vehicles are often hated on, but they are great at what they were designed for. The 15 has a much nicer interior and the seats are very comfortable. Even more so than my $42k dollar Avalon Limited. Congrats on such a wise purchase. May the car last you many more years.

  • so you think the new version rumored to be made by mazda (new powerplant and transmission) will be bad? i read some speculation that it might get phenomenal mileage.

    i owned an 04 prius before this and love the simplicity and reliability of this little car (i wish it had a 6 speed manual though)… and am a member over at yarisworld. can you give me a url for a thread about the mazda version? if it is coming out soon, i might buy a new one made by toyota before the change.

  • Mike

    I wish I could post a URL, but the “police” intercept ANY websites, that is why I had to type YARISWORLD dot com. Just come join us and start a new thread. Nobody will mind. And if they do, tough you know what. Mazda is a good company and the new Scion IA is already being sold in Canada and abroad as the next Yaris. The 16 model year will be the last Toyota made Yaris. You are aware of the reliability of your Prius and now your Yaris. The new Mazda will not be as reliable, however, it will have new creature comforts like safety stop. If you want a new Yaris you better jump. Check out CARGURUS.COM dot com to find Yaris vehicles in your area, both new and used. I spent $18k on my Yaris SE, but I plan on keeping it for two decades or more. They are indestructible, minus a bad clutch or water pump on occasion. Solid car. This is not a good move by Toyota, but there is very little profit to be made in small econoboxes. Toyota would rather focus on higher margin products. It’s a shame because the Tercel, Yaris, and other Toyota made small cars are essentially going to the wayside.

  • Mike

    And the Prius C is a decent little car but Toyota is this king of getting rid of that and definitely the V Prius.

  • nunyabeeswax

    Maybe the corlolla sucks. you can check other reviewers out there; the main problem with adaptation is the inability tto overcome the lack of gear jerkiness from normal transmissions, and the reving sounds when you first start out.

  • nunyabeeswax

    So, you took a CVT to traditional transmission shops, and they said bad things about it. DUH. they lie about CVT’s because CVT’s are bad for their business. And it is true: you cant just get a rebuilt CVT and put in a car in case you have the rare problem (nothing built is foolprof, there will always be a defective version of even the best prodct in the world). You have a new CVT transmission put in. doesn’t change the fact they are cheaper, they are more reliable, and they will, eventually, come to dominate the market due to fuel requirements.

  • nunyabeeswax

    also, most transmission shops don’t service CVT’s properly. From the Nisaan customer forums:

    DO NOT HAVE ANYONE SERVICE THE TRANSMISSION EXCEPT A NISSAN SHOP. Normal transmission shops don’t pay attention, and wreck your CVT because, they suck and don’t keep up with what they need to do.

    Do not let Jiffy Lube sell you on a transmission flush.
    Right on Nissan’s website it says that the transmission flushes sold by most companies contains harsh cleaning chemicals that will damage the CVT transmission.

    You must use the Nissan Spec transmission fluid. There isn’t any point risking the transmission to save only a couple dollars difference than taking it to Nissan and having them use the right fluid from the start.

    As long as you use the correct fluid, and change it every 30k to 50k miles, the transmissions have had few failures since ’07.

  • nunyabeeswax

    wait, you ridiculously overdrive it, and blame it for failing?

  • nunyabeeswax

    Well, of course transmission rebuilders wont touch them..since CVT’s cant be rebuilt, That’s known, up front about them. In fact, I have to question the credibility of anyone saying they try to rebuild them.

    more liars faking credentials they don’t have.

  • nunyabeeswax

    so, manufacturers are extending warranties on equipment they know is going to fail..because they like spending money????

  • Kathy Sikorski

    I took it to a Nessan dealer and he said the 2012 Nessan Versa CVT is a defect and if you check on department of Transportation and look up 2012 Nessan Versa there are many 2012 Nessan Versa CVT transmissions failed all afer the 60,000mi warranty and all cost to replace over 3,000 see for yourself

  • WhyIsThat1234

    So you are not happy that you can’t re-build CVT’s as a mechanic, so you are bashing them?? Sounds a bit biased to me. CVT’s are just as reliable as geared automatics, but yes, when they fail they have to be completely replaced.

  • Infinitrium

    i bought a 2007 jeep compass in november 2014. the compass uses the Jatco JF011E that is also used in many other vehicles. it took me a while to get used to it but eventually i did. yes, driving one does feel like driving a traditional automatic that’s slipping and the only time you ‘feel’ the cvt working is when the torque converter locks up. Honesty, it’s been the most reliable part of the vehicle, as basically nearly every other sensor that controls the powertrain has failed. Serves me right for buying a late 2000’s Chrysler

  • EliteSharks Channel

    I will give it 5 years…

  • EliteSharks Channel

    I will give it 150k & 5 years & i am positive this Engine & CVT will still run flawless.

  • EliteSharks Channel

    Boy they didn’t fool me but looks like someone else did fool you?

  • John Clark

    read it again you #$%^&*

  • John Clark

    no, it is bcs they want to sell junk they manufactured, and they hope it will make it past 121 000.

  • John Clark

    It explains why Infinity has no CVT.

  • WhyIsThat1234

    has nothing to do with Americans. CAFE standards are demanding more efficiency. CVT are more efficient and provide at much better mileage. I sold my last CVT vehicle with 184k miles and it was still very strong.

  • Troll

    Cvt Trans are junk I have a 2007 sentra and at 100 had to have Trans pulled for a leaking seal .cost 1500.00 the older sentra are thu shit we hate this one fkakdk junk we goin back to HONDS fuck a cvt

  • Troll

    Yup that what aamco told me if I ever rebuilt /repaired sentra 07 sentra no more 4 me

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  • Troll

    Cvt is fuck in junk PERIOD

  • Troll

    Fuel economy isn’t any better my daughter had a 92 sentra got 38 to 40 mgg on road my 07 is lucky to get 30 to 35 no its not any better nissan is going DOWN IF IT HAS CVT IT’S JUNK

  • Troll

    That’s bullshit

  • Troll

    Thank you …cvt is junk

  • nunyabeeswax

    so they give a longer warranty, delaying the sale? Nope, that doesn’t make sense either. they aren’t going to extend warranties past a point when they believe the component will fail.

  • nunyabeeswax

    meh, keep on whining. The only complaints are subjective silliness, whining about feel and saying t doesn’t sound right.

  • nunyabeeswax

    which isn’t a technology problem. not a problem at all. Its trying to apply the reflexes developed form outmoded transmission to a different system. The initial reving isn’t a problem, nor is it prolonged.

  • nunyabeeswax

    utterly clueless. A CVT transmission will outperform most automatics on acceleration. the silly thing about connection is just a made up prejudice you decided ot have, devoid of any factual basis

  • Lisa

    I guess I should of did more research before I bought my 02 Toyota Rav4. These r suppose to b one of the most high demand cars in Colo n very hard to find one n when u do u pay the price. Bought mine n on the way home, 20 min later, I noticed the gears felt like they were slipping on the highway. Then I get home, put in reverse, step on the gas n it shifted really hard. If u wait n don’t hit the gas it shifts fine. I thought it was the transmission n the guy that sold it to me came n had it towed to a friends garage n said he would fix it. That’s been 5 days ago n still haven’t got my car back to drive, still w/o a car. The car has 133,000 miles n I can’t n won’t b able to put a lot of money into fixing this car. Is the trans going out or is that normal for it to do that in reverse. Please help before I spend more money or before I sell it, HELP PLEASE, ASAP!

  • Camille

    My mom gave me her 2006 Nissan Murano with 126k miles. It was driving fine but needed CV axle and bearings and brakes. Spent OVER $500.00 getting that done. NEXT DAY, it would not accelerate at red lights – just at times not always. Towed it to Nissan dealership and they said CVT transmission fluid pressure was gone and was destroying the transmission. $4500 to replace. I think the book value is $3500. I now own a lawn ornament!

  • Troll

    U keep winning u Lil bitch

  • nunyabeeswax

    What, you have to pay to replace parts on a vehicle with over 100k miles? The horror!

  • nunyabeeswax

    Well, on another anniversary of buying my first CVT car, I note..I’m still exceeding the stated MPG, and it runs flawlessly, and out-accelerates many alleged ‘sportier’ cars. The most recent generation of CVT’s has eliminated the initial problems, and will, in time, come to replace most automatic transmissions on any car outside of the world of ‘enthusiasts’ who fantasize about being race car drivers and confuse clunky gear shifting with actual performance.

  • Camille

    Wow!! My 2001 4 wheel drive Toyota Tundra has 220k miles on it with the only thing that has been replaced is the battery a few times, tires, belts, n i think an alternator. I drive it daily n use the 4 wheel drive a lot.

    My 2007 suzuki gran vitar has 240k miles on it. Other than eating headlights…no major repairs. Driven daily.

    My 1992 Ford Ranger had 250k miles on it. Replaced the clutch once or twice. Sold it in 2008 cause it was getting old. My neighbor still sees it driving fine n dandy.

    My 1988 hyundia excel went well over 250k. Key west to new hampshire n back numerous times. Rebuilt engine once. Gave it away in 2008 n it still ran great. Girl totalled it.

    So i expect to do regular maintenance n keep my vehicles well into the 200k miles. No car payments n low insurance rates are a favorite thing of mine. A car that dies at 150k or less is a lemon in my book.

  • nunyabeeswax

    statistics show your performance to be well in excess of the standard. You’ve been lucky, congratulations

    As for the determination of the economic benefits of a repair, that’s a case by case basis. in the case of CVT transmissions, the newer ones are, not surprisingly, lasting longer. The savings and benefits start immediately, with a lower initial price and improved gas mileage; having to eventually replace, instead of repair, a CVt transmission may seem a higher cost, but given the savings in initial price, operations, and the lifespan boost from having a new transmission the replacement costs versus normal automatic transmission rebuild cost becomes a non factor.

  • zzford

    nunya must be a Nissan dealer or service manager.

  • nunyabeeswax

    nope. Just a normal joe.

  • nunyabeeswax

    Theres a recall in 2012 for ” interference between the shifter rod and the shift knob, the vehicles may be shifted out of the park position without depressing the brake pedal”. nothing about any specific Nissan problem. Up to you to provide the citation.

  • Enrique Senior

    All the hate CVT get. I remember my dad saying direct injection was junk and that he would never buy a car without a carburetor.

  • bgf

    A person after my own heart!

    My 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee … 141k miles … Engine and tranny strong however the electrical, not so much … Dumping it and grabbing a small SUV (too bad none of the newer ones have the flip open rear window )

  • bgf

    Honda CRVs are CVT as well

  • bgf

    Yup … Toyota legendary reliability is king

  • bgf

    Wrong wrong wrong and wrong. But I’m running out of keystrokes for today and just fricken too tired from beating off all day to explain it to a lame brain 2nd grader

  • bgf

    Dear ass fucking ass fuck

    Boy, what an assfuck you’re beconing

  • nunyabeeswax

    Shakespeare reborn.

  • Tom Moxey

    Bought a 2015 Altima 3.5SL last fall. I guess I didn’t do an adequate test drive, because the CVT tranny is HORRIBLE. The car is nearly undriveable at 25MPH. The tach bounces from 800-1200RPM nonstop, and the car constantly lurches or drags. At times it’s dangerous under heavy braking, like the computer doesn’t know your trying to stop and not continue acceleration. You have to become a master of pedal modulation to not lose your mind. Took it to the dealer, according to them this is ALL NORMAL. What a bad joke. I will never buy another NISSAN (owned them my whole life)…. and never another CVT. Shoulda bought the Hyundai Genesis 3.7 with the manual tranny after all.

  • OkTeriffic

    Not really worried about the costs attributed to the replacement or rebuilding of a CVT on my 2016 Sentra…. They now have a lifetime powertrain warranty….

  • steve m

    same car, same problem with my daughters versa…recall needed for defective transmission! needs part for pressure hiusing at $1700+labour total $2300. i will never recommend Nissan to anyone…..EVER!

  • Hootie

    Well I bought a brand new 2013 Nissan Rogue “Special Edition” in May 2013 and the CVT is shot! I took it in at 55,000 miles and Nissan gave me crap! Also, why did they change the warranty to 10 yrs. – 100,000 miles on every Nissan except the 2013 Nissan Rogue????! Somethings fishy! I’m about to get rid of mine ASAP!

  • Hootie

    WoW! Same here! I took my 2013 Nissan Rogue in at 55,000 miles as I could tell the CVT was “messed up!” They tried to tell me it was due to me sideswiping a car!!?? WTHeck does that have to do w/the transmission being shot?? NEVER again. Getting rid of it asap!

  • Hootie

    Exactly! I bought a 2013 Nissan Rogue with CVT and it’s out! Nissan extended their warranty to 100,000 miles, 10 yrs. on all Nissan’s except the 2013 Nissan Rogue! WTHeck! Fishy!

  • RSJ

    Whether you like them or not, CVT’s are hard to avoid with the major players in the Sedan and the SUV market – CR-V, Forester, Rogue all have CVTs, Accord, Impreza and Altima have them…some Fords have them….hard to avoid them.

  • nunyabeeswax

    manuals are outdated technology. Modern automatics and CVT’s have erased any slight advantage manual might have had in the past (and mainly only mattered on high performance car). Now, any human driver driving a normal car with a manuao cant really outperform an automatic.

  • I had a rental SUV that had a CVT transmission, and I must say it felt weird and disorienting to not feel the car shift when you expect it to. I think I will stick to good old mechanical gears meshing for now.

  • NoDakNative

    In what world do you live in where 240,000 km of what sounds like mostly highway miles is “overdriving”?

    My 1990 Ford Ranger has 240,000 miles on the original tranny (3 clutches over the years). Still going strong.

    My 2010 Toyota work pickup has 305,000 miles. Still going strong.

    It’s not 1972 anymore. A tranny only lasting 150,000 miles of not even harsh useage is unacceptable in today’s market.

  • nunyabeeswax

    you have a few out of norm performances, and suddenly think that’s the new standard?

  • Kwembe19

    My mom leased a 2015 Civic with CVT. A few months after, I bought a 2016 Mazda3 with an automatic. When both had about 3,500 miles on it, the CVT in the Honda started giving problems and now we’re back and forth to the dealer, and they can’t even seem to find out what’s wrong yet. I’m so happy I bough my Mazda; I almost went with a Civic. Both get similar gas mileage and my mom is very jealous of me right now because we’re starting to realize CVT is unreliable, and apparently it’s difficult to even diagnose a transmission problem right away. Thank goodness it’s still under warranty, and this Civic was built a few months AFTER the recall that was a result of, what else, unreliable transmissions in the Honda Civic/Fit. After this experience I will be very reticent to buy a car with CVT.

  • stu magoo

    I’m in the process of buying my third cvt Nissan (1 sentra and 2 Altimas). The sentra was old but still ran good 124k no trans problem. I bought a 2010 altima sl with 89k.. no problem until lady t-boned me talking on phone. I’m getting a 2014 this week. I’m not scared by cvt trans problems…..they sold over 34k Altimas in the US alone last year. You can do a search on ANY manufacturer and hear horror stories. I like the ride and I’m usd to cvt’s. A lemon is a lemon and ALL manufacturers have them. It takes getting used to driving a cvt just like it takes a hour to get used to the turbo Chevy crude im driving from Hurtz (pun intended). Talk about a lousy trans with shift points that change with the sun location. For a cheap used sub 15k car I’ll take a Altima with the CVT over just about any car in that price range. Ur mileage may vary.

  • John Kunkle

    Why do people have-to drive like maniacs?
    The lady friend just bought a Versa, it winds like they say… but it’s bs… she drives like she needs to beat the car to death to go anywhere…
    There’s such things as “SPEED LIMITS” that everybody can benefit by!!!
    Observing and obeying the speed limit is not just a prolonging factor concerning the life of any vehicle, it saves lives, it shares the road, it saves gas and money.

  • Tesia Mariah Dukes

    i have a 2013 nissan sentra and the speed isnt picking up like it should does anyone know what the problem is? i done took it 2 times to shop they say nothing that thats how they drive.

  • I am late to the discussion, but my 2012 CVT failed this week. At <38,000 miles. I bought it new. I mostly take the train to work and use the car for weekend road trips and the odd grocery run. Every bit of maintenance has been done by the book at the dealership.

  • Tony Scavone

    nunyabeeswax – Bullshit…somebody brainwashed you.

  • nunyabeeswax

    Its called reading and comprehension. Things change over time, and reading helps you keep up to date with changes, especially in technology. You should try it sometime.

  • Tony Scavone

    No, it’s called brainwashing. CVT’s are documented junk, any supposed savings are gone with frequency of repair costs and inconvenience of down time. Get your head out of your ass and what up!

  • nunyabeeswax

    Read new documentation. CVT’s now are not the CVT’s of a half decade or more ago.

  • Andy Stone

    You have my sincere sympathy. I hate stuff like that.

  • Andy Stone

    How did it work out Lisa?

  • Brant

    No Mazda’s have CVT.

  • Waldo Lost

    He’s not the only one. They are not “out of norm” at all. There’s no reason a tranny can’t last 250,000m if it’s taken care of. Heavy loads might shorten the life a bit, but there are a lot of older cars/trucks on the road with high mileage and original tranny’s.

  • Christopher H.

    My 2007 murano transmission went, just hit 90,000 miles. Never will I buy any nissan products again. Total junk.

  • Larry

    COST, COST, COST, DURATION, DURATION, DURATION. The CVT transmission was trust upon the public because of increased Government regulations on gas mileage. The industry had wonderful 4 speed transmissions that lasted forever. Nearly all car manufactures had their version of a 4 speed automatic transmission until the mileage standards increased. In an effort to meet those standards, 6 speed and CVT transmissions were developed. The problem was that 6 speed transmission inner workings had to occupy the same area that 4 speed transmission inner workings. That made for a tight squeeze for those 2 extra gears as well as the rest. It was done but at a cost of longevity. But the 6 speed was and is still head over hills better than any CVT on the market. Have you wondered why they don’t put them in large vehicles. Well, its because they can not handle loads. So, the car companies relegated them to small and compact cars. And did you know, they are a sealed unit. You do not even change the oil in CVTs. And when one craps out, its not serviceable. You must buy a new one or one from a wrecked vehicle. Most never reach 100, 000 miles and many puke after 70,000 miles or less. When that happens, you have a big giant paperweight of a transmission, and the car is worthless. My conclusion is that CVTs are junk. They will always be junk. It was trust upon the public for all the wrong reasons and the concept makes is impossible to improve upon. Stay away from them and you will be financially happier for doing so.

  • matt long

    not a matter ‘if’ it breaks but ‘WHEN” it WILL break and you don’t replace the belt but the WHOLE thing. WHY did Nissan go that long on a warranty? oh, UNRELIABLE

  • Rick Hoover

    I fully expect a transmission to last the life of a car. My 1995 Subaru had over 260,000 miles on it with out any problem.

  • JJG

    people usually only share experiences when their vehicle fails. look at most restaurants in your community in google maps, most reviews are bad reviews regardless if the service is good. Bad experiences are usually more noisy than good experiences.

  • Captain Ahab

    Good Lord never buy a cvt. In the states they have a designated service lane for cvt problems. All that poor guy does is get yelled at…

  • Justin Richards

    What do you expect it to say? “Oh yeah here’s the new CVT, it’s a sack of shit and won’t last”
    My 95 Ford Escort had 220K on transmission and got 40+MPG
    my 94 Chevy Lumina had over 250K original motor/transmission
    my 01 Cavilier had over 200K original motor/transmission
    my 00 Pontiac Montana was having issues at 140K that was fixed with additives and a partial fluid change to avoid having to change weak solenoid

    All this reading you do don’t amount to shit, this website has some shit posted about the cheapest cars to own and the first one i see is the jeep something, the a vw. All these kind of websites are BS. You need to STOP READING and STOP COMPREHENSIONM and get out there in the real world and see what the fuck is going on

  • nunyabeeswax

    your funny. I like you.

  • EPogz

    Well, after >5 years of owning 2 nissans with CVT and reading internet posts and complaints, it seems like nissan has put those “junk” CVTs in lower-end models and put a more reliable on higher-end (flagship) models. Mine is a maxima and murano, with >150k miles and >120k miles respectively and have zero (0) issues, never missed a beat. Granted, i’ve seen people had issues on maximas as well but mostly occurring the 2009 models. On the flipside, there’s also a lot of issues on NON-CVT tranny of other manufacturers as well but those owners aren’t complaining on the internet as much as CVT owners do. Just my $0.02

  • EPogz

    sorry, i meant occurring *before* the 2009 model…

  • WakeupNow

    If the old style geared automatic transmission is so great, why are there thousands of transmission repair shops spread around the country? These shops have been in business since the geared automatic transmissions were put in service! CVT’s can not be repaired, only can be replaced, and they are relatively new. Therefore the repair shops are doing a thriving business repairing the old style geared automatic transmissions! Why??

  • WakeupNow

    If the old style geared automatic transmission is so great, why are there thousands of transmission repair shops spread around the country doing bangup business? Heard of AAMCO? These shops have been in business since the day geared automatic transmissions were put in service! Why??

  • Up your Yin-Yang Diane

    I agree with you on the 4 speed . I am still driving a 96 Dodge Ram PU with a 318. It has the 43Re 4 speed auto trans. All these trucks are indestructible. It wasn’t until the 2000’s that Chrysler went with higher speed trannys that the trouble began.
    So, I agree with you . Can’t beet a 4 speed tranny. I’m curious to see how the 9 speed tranny hold out.

  • Jeff Pyle

    My Transmission shop told me to steer clear of cvt transmissions. He said they WILL break and the are almost always more expensive to fix. A few months after he told me this my brother’s Jetta with a cvt trans broke and it was almost double what my conventional 6 speed automatic cost to rebuild. No thanks. I’ll stick with conventional.

  • nick1111

    CVT is an absolute crap

  • nick1111

    They are still crap

  • nick1111

    CVT is a crime committed, hope there will be a class action suit against CVT makers

  • Joe

    Just had my 2nd
    Transmission replaced Nissan rouge 1st at40.000 2nd at 90.000 kept on locking up in 1st gear had to stop vehicle shut car off and restart in order to get vehicle out of 1st gear

  • RSJ

    I have a Subaru Forester ’17 with a CVT – my first ever CVT-equipped vehicle – I don’t like it at all…over all the Forester is a good SUV, easy to get in and out of, nice ride, quality feel BUT the CVT ruins the experience…it shudders, surges and is just very unpleasant in most all driving situations except cruising on the freeway at 70 mph – its pretty smooth then but only then….if I had it to do over, I would have gotten an SUV with a normal tranny – problem is, the options are limited if you want a highly rated one (Mazda CX-5 or VW or GM) are about the only options…

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  • Forever Great

    Absolute GARBAGE. No matter the vehicle manufacturer. Inevitably the cvt fluid needs to be changed out otherwise it’ll be destroyed. They don’t last nearly as long and just other day I went to look into buying a new Honda CRV EX-L, almost vomited when I saw they put a CVT in it. THEY’RE MEANT FOR SNOWMOBILES, NOT CARS.

  • Forever Great

    I can’t believe Subaru destroyed such a reliable solid vehicle with that crap CVT.

  • RSJ

    Yes I agree – everything else about this car is great it handles well it’s comfortable it’s well-built – I’ll have to say I went today and drove a new CRV and the CVT is smoother but the whole vehicle feels much cheaper and less well put together then the Subaru serve a CRV is an option for me either I wish they would put a good seven or eight speed transmission in it and be done with it

  • Many cars nowadays are being sold with CVTs instead of traditional automatics, mainly because of their efficiency. In fact, the new 2013 Nissan Altima (above, read our review here) uses a CVT transmission and is rated as the most fuel efficient mid-size sedan on the market with a 38 mpg highway rating. In addition, almost all hybrids use CVT transmissions, including the Prius, helping maximize fuel economy.

  • Stephen Bogert

    What kid wrote this, that a CVT is like the gears on a bicycle? Quite to the contrary, A bike has a number of specific toothed sprockets that can be selected, just like the gears in a cars gearbox are selected, a CVT does NOT have specific ratios, the chain is pinched between variable diameter pulleys. resulting in chaffed metal in the oil, and very predictable overall wear. Similar designs are seen in cheap drill presses and snowmobiles, both of those use rubber/fabric belts though and work quite adequately. The CVT is a device to meet regulations for mileage, at the cost of all performance, durability, and reliability. As others have pointed out the design barely works in low power cars, it is not used with heavier cars, powerful engines or any model that is expected to have enjoyable performance.

  • Forever Great

    Sadly I’m looking at new cars 2015-18’s and most are cvt now. Unreal

  • Swapster_com

    Bought new 2012 Rogue. I like to keep my cars for ten years, but rhis car had nothing but problems with the cvt. I had to get rid of it. Never again. I avoid all models with cvt regardless. Also, Nissan will find an excuse not to back the warranty… so they are on my no-buy list.

  • Arne

    I brought a used 2014 Nissan Sentra with the CVT and previously it was a rental car; in about five months the transmission give out and I had to go to the dealer to replace the transmission and lucky it was still warranty. Probably I won’t keep this car because it is very unresponsive and under-power.

  • TruAgape1234 .

    My guess is the majority of cvt’s giving you the most problems are the Renault-Nissan’s littering the roads.

  • TruAgape1234 .

    An unreliable CVT in an even more unreliable Chrysler. The worst of both brands.

  • Art Nerheim Jr.

    What can we expect from a glorified golf cart tranny? My wife has one in her 2014 Civic with almost 30k so far she is lucky!

  • George Lewis

    I have a cvt with over 11k on it and so far no problems and it gets better mileage than advertise. sometimes with a tail wind I get 63 mpg going 50-55

  • Treeman

    I have a 2017 Forester Touring 2.5i with CVT, 6500 miles. I absolutely love every aspect of my very first Subaru. At age 75, i consider my Forester the best car owned by me in my lifetime.

  • Sebastian Lorenzetti

    My lousy 2011 Altima had its transmission die at 130k. Junky cars in general. I’d never buy another nissan, and will avoid CVT transmissions like the plague.