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    Continuous Variable Transmission?

    I am looking for information (convincing) on Continuous Variable Transmissions (CVT) as the are being used in newer vehicles. I know how they work, at least the basics, but I am not sure of reliability and user friendly as it is used in a vehicle. We are currently looking at the possible purchase of a new Subaru Forester which incorporates a CVT and it makes me nervous.
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    Nissan has been using them for years. Haven't heard of wide spread issues.


    That being said, I couldn't own one. It's too weird. No shifting, just monotonous engine sounds with no associated "seat of pants" feel or feedback. Meh...
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    I think the CVT transmission was a perfect match for the JD 110. For some reason JD didn't put one in the 1 series.
    I think it would take a LOT of getting used to and think the reliability book is still being written.
    Our rural mailman swears by his Subaru but can't tell you what transmission is in it. It's blue…..
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    I'm a big, big Subaru fan. Nobody does AWD better. We have an '05 Baja, and I really love that car. A few months back we looked at buying a new Outback, but decided to hold onto the Baja for a little while longer. I really like the little Crosstrek, but I don't know why.

    Buy the Forester. Enjoy it.
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    The way I understand it, 2014 is this the first year Subaru is using them, which makes it even worse in my book. But than again it may be a good thing.
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    I have a buddy who is ASE. He said to stay away as far as you can. That's enough for me. They can't tow much if anything either. I'll stick with my manuals.

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    Daughter has either a 12 or a 13 Legacy , It has a CVT been averaging , 30-33 mpg. . It took them about 50 miles to get used to no shifting. I've only driven it a few miles , seemed no different than any other car. Yea first year for the Forester having the CVT may be the same one in the Legacy. I've been thinking of it , a Legacy or Impreza. If none of them the Rav4. We have a Vibe which is the Matrix we like the AWD on it so I'm just waiting to see if and when something goes wrong with the Vibe , now at 95000 and have only put brake pads and oil changes and filters.
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    I am not necessarily buying into the articles on the internet saying the lack of shifting or noise is an issue.
    Not totally in the same category but the speed and lack of shifting feel on a snowmobile with a CVT with 150+ hp is nothing short of exhilarating to say the least.
    I know torque and towing is relatively low, but I have the Tundra for that.
    I am not concerned about feeling the shifting, have the Mustang for that.
    The games manufactures are playing with acronyms (LSD, ALSD, 4WD, AWD) is really misleading for my age group.
    As far as I can tell the Subaru is one of only a very few manufactures that still have an AWD vehicle that is worth the purchase if you want a good AWD system, and I do.
    We had a 2004 Toyota Highlander that was awesome in the snow, new ones are just make believe.
    My daughter had 200? RAV4 that was awesome in snow also, new ones are also make believe. Now the 4WD or AWD turns off at 20 mph.
    When we had those vehicles I could snowplow the driveway when I wanted to and when I felt like it. I want those days back.
    The ALSD (automatic limited slip differential) IMO is also a joke in the newer vehicles, especially with drum brakes on the rear.
    I would guess that Subaru is one of the top vehicles to look at when looking for a vehicle to use in snow, so I guess my main concern is reliability, as it should be.
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    Continuous Variable Transmission?

    Ours has 115,000 miles. It had the radiator replaced about two months ago (cracked when the car was hit), and is having the valve cover gaskets replaced along with the 100,000 mile service right now. The 100k service includes a timing belt change that I didn't have the factory tools needed for, so the dealer is doing both. Otherwise, it's been pretty calm. Oil changes and brakes, normal maintenance stuff.

    It's a dream to drive in the snow, I'd rafter have it on slick roads than my 4wd F-350. It just feels like it sticks to the road. That's kind of the Subaru claim to fame, and they do it very, very well. If you look at where a lot of these cars are sold, it's in mountainous areas that get real winters.

    Go drive one! Even if you don't buy it, you'll have a better idea what you're looking for.
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