CVT Transmissions – Pros and Cons

Posted by Adib Assassi | Dec 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

            Traditional transmissions consist of a limited number of gears. A continuously variable transmission “CVT”, also known as a shiftless transmission, single-speed transmission, stepless transmission, pulley transmission, or, in case of motorcycles, a 'twist-and-go', is an automatic transmission that can change seamlessly through a continuous range of effective gear ratios. Many manufacturers offer CVT transmissions. For example: Honda, Subaru, Nissan, Toyota, Hyundai, Chrysler, GM, Audi all make their own version of a CVT transmission. Manufacturers often tout the CVT transmissions as making the vehicle more fuel efficient than it would be with a traditional transmission. CVTs are also supposed to provide for a smoother ride while driving. However, there is also a down side to CVT transmissions.

              Given that the CVT transmissions are fairly complex, many have problems and issues. For example many owners of vehicles with CVTs have complained of power loss, transmission jerking, transmission slipping, transmission coolant hose leaks and failures, and various error and warning messages illuminating in their cars. Due to the pervasiveness of the problems customers are experiencing, many manufacturers are sending out recalls on certain CVT components, issuing service bulletins or offering extended warranties of their CVTs.

              The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) keeps records of vehicle owners' complaints. NHTSA is also responsible for enforcing federal motor vehicle safety standards and for regulating and monitoring the issuance of safety recalls for vehicles. If you have problems with your car's CVT, you can visit NHTSA's website ( to find records of other owner complaints for your make and model vehicle, and you can also look up to see if there are any recalls affecting your vehicle's CVT. You can also report problems you are experiencing with your CVT.

              A CVT transmission is a great concept if it works correctly. But if it has bugs or issues, it can be a real nightmare. Even if a CVT transmission is relatively problem free, most CVT transmissions have a delicate service schedule that customers should try to follow in order to avoid problems in the future. So before you purchase a vehicle with a CVT transmission, spend a little time and do your research. See what other owners are saying about their CVTs. Drive a few different vehicles with CVT transmissions. Aside from an engine, the transmission is the most important and costly system in a vehicle. You want to make sure, as much as you can, that it will be reliable, problem free, and will last a long time.

              If you own or lease a vehicle and have CVT problems, you may be entitled to lemon law relief. Even if your car's manufacturer issued an extended warranty or made repairs under a recall, you could still be entitled to a replacement or repurchase vehicle. Stop putting up with on-going and lingering CVT transmission issues. Contact The Lemon Lawyer at 844-227-7762 today. We'll let you know your options and are here to help.

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