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Honda CVT transmissions

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by reckedracing, Aug 6, 2018.

  1. reckedracing

    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    I am looking at pre-owned CRV's and currently targeting 2014 low mileage, because the CVT was introduced on all models of CRV in 2015. (The RDX does not use a CVT, 6 speed auto up to 2018, 10 speed auto in 2019).
    It looks like the Honda CVT was first placed in service in the 2009 Accords?

    Is it an irrational concern to not want to buy the first models of new technology, ie: 2015 or 2016 CRV?
     
  2. BigJ

    BigJ I'm just about that action Boss. VIP

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    My best bud bought his wife a 2015 CRV at the end of the model life. His wife loves it. Its roomy, enough pep for her, and gets phenomenal gas mileage. Tons of features and storage. Does well in the snow.

    Reminds me of driving a boat. I loathe driving a CVT personally.
     
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    yeah, technology aside, it's awful. opt for anything but a cvt
     
  4. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    CVT is older than that. I think i had a 1996 auto coupe with one. I think the HX models came with them. It's an automatic transmission in a ~150hp Honda. You know what to expect and what you expect is what you get.
     
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    There was not a 90s honda CVT transmission goober
     
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    Fuck a CVT ... nuffsaid
     
  9. reckedracing

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    eh, to be very clear. I currently baby the shit out of my vehicles, usually have the accelerator less than 25%, and very rarely more than 50%.
    I'm not looking for sporty, or anything more than reliable point A to point B with heat and a/c.

    So the focus of the CVT conversation at this point is... is it more or less reliable in the long term than a regular autotragic transmission.
    I'm targeting under 30k miles preowned and hoping to get to about 7 years or 125-130k with no major mechanical headaches.
    Current 2003 is at ~127k with an intermittent auto trans jerk/stutter at part throttle, and just this week started throwing an evap code.
    Sick of driving old shit.

    If a Tesla wasn't so expensive I would be in the market for the autopilot.
     
  10. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    My goal was to alleviate the concerns around "first year technology" by pointing out that Honda has had CVT transmissions for more than 10 years prior to your vehicle in question. I personally believe your thoughts are irrational, but I also own a 2017 Toyota Tacoma, which is known for having issues since the 2016 refresh was launched. See here and here.

    Odds are, your transmission will have recalls, TSBs, and computer updates to make it not suck, just be sure to have them done. Also, you can look for something with a warranty and A) beat the hell out of it and try to brake it ASAP or B) baby it and see how it holds up. I suppose you could also buy an extended warranty from Honda or go through Carmax. Lots of options if it's really the car you want. My gf has a 2010 CRV and it's about to hit 190k miles with the only issues being an AC recharge.
     
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    I think you should get a subaru to go with your shoes. :)
     
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    I'm not ready to make the leap to a Subaru, still fighting the good fight.
    CRV is still the #1 in too many categories vs Rav4, CX5, etc.

    If this one was closer I would own it already. 5 hours north/west near Buffalo.
    Local dealer told me they could transfer it, then I went in and they tried to sell me a new one. F*cking stealerships.
    https://www.liahondaofkingston.com/used-Kingston-2015-Honda-CR+V-EX-5J6RM4H50FL109918
     
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    I guess the real question here is, what does your husband drive?
     
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    My mom has a 2016. She loves it.

    She's also 71 and hauls labradoodles and grandkids around....
     
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    So I changed the plugs and coils on the 2003 CRV this weekend.
    I've been experiencing what feels like a slight mis-fire, but throwing no related CELs.
    I figure its either ignition, or possibly a transmission issue.

    Pulled a compression test while I had it apart. Cold motor. 160, 156, 160, 170 starting from t-belt side.
    Last week I started throwing a 1457 evap code as well.
    So far I have not had the mis/stutter, but it was very intermittent.

    So it goes, procrastinate some more.
     
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    A good friend of mine dailies a 2017 Honda HRV with a CVT and he loves everything about the car BUT the transmission. It just feels bad lol. But I've never heard of reliability issues with CVTs either.
     
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    I ended up behind an HRV yesterday and it appeared to be about as tall as my 2003 crv.
    the rear cargo area seems to be pretty small to me. might have to give one a look in person.
     
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    Bad is relative, it all depends on what you are used to. Especially when so many people are used to driving manuals. A lot of men like us also drive like assholes. And the manual transmissions aren't meant to be driven by assholes. lol
     
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    CVT: redefining the term "slushbox"
     
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