Non tbird related but I have been car shopping and was wondering if anyone knows much about the new CVT Ford is using. Any reliability issues cropping up yet? What kind of service life can you expect out of the belt?
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isnt ford offering 100K mile warranties now? I personally think the CVT is cool however dont think its worth the hassle it doesnt really get any better Performance or Gas mileage and the Sched Maintence is expensive (fluid).
I think the CVT would be great with a turbo!! talking about always being on the curve.. but for a N/A vehicle that has a pretty flat torque curve I dont think its needed.
Remember the Subaru Justy? That cvt was considered non-rebuildable by the dealer. Replacements cost triple the value of the car- lol.
They did launch well for an engine with no power. The only noticable shift was when the converter locked up. If you didn't know better you would swear the tranny was slipping. The rpm's will just hang at whatever rpm the throttle position dictates while the car accelerates.
A lot of the newer cars with autos are lifetime fluid (I can name a number of them since late 90s, Isuzu Rodeo is one), and even the 4R75E is lifetime fluid but still have a dipstick on most vehicles. They do that with magic programming mainly.
I will have to drive Fords version of CVT, I don't really seem to like it, and not just because I like whiplash from 1-2 and 2-3 shifts.
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I work at a ford dealer, and the only trouble I have seen with them was in an Escape Hybrid, which is technically a "E-CVT". We ended up putting a unit in it, but it was due to the fact that it fried one of the internal modules that cannot be replaced. If I remember correctly, it was only like the 7-8th escape Hybrid that for has had big trouble like that, and it was only a few months ago. The only thing I did not like about the trans that I found from doing PDI's and used cars, It will allow the engine to bounce off the revlimiter which is like 7000rpm on a 500, and it only had about 12 miles on it and scared the chit out of me. Other than that, I really like it. Very smooth, and its something "different" instead of the same old same old.
Just my $0.02
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