Why Most CVT Transmission Cars are Terrible

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  • Published: 25 October 2018
  • CVT transmission car review. Why Most CVT Transmission Cars are Terrible, DIY and car review with Scotty Kilmer. CVT transmission problems. CVT transmission vs automatic, which is better? Continuously variable transmissions in modern cars. What is a CVT and who makes them. CVT pros and cons. CVT transmission how it works. What is a CVT transmission in a car. The truth about who makes most of the CVT transmission in newer cars. Car Advice. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 50 years.

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  • Scotty Kilmer
    Scotty Kilmer   12 months back

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    • B. L.
      B. L.  17 hours back

      @Andrew Oliver My first car was a 1981 Buick Skylark, the used car dealer sold it to me with a rusted out frame.(Unibody) He slapped an I section sticker on it and said it passed in 1989.

    • B. L.
      B. L.  17 hours back

      Scotty. My friend traded a 2008 Honda civic for a 2013 Nissan Sentra. I think my friend did a bad quality trade. The Nissan has less power climbing hills than the Honda, could this be the quality transmission difference?

    • Mike C
      Mike C  4 weeks back

      Have a W169 A-classe with 260.000 miles, with 6 speed CVT transmission, it runs amazing , never had a problem.

    • john g
      john g  3 months back

      Asin makes the six speed automatic transmissions that are in the fwd Ford five hundred. Now the cvt in the Ford five hundred is known to have problems. Right Scotty?

    • marc doiron
      marc doiron  3 months back

      when you say Mazda uses JATCO transmissions, do you know which Mazda models (and what year)… i cannot remember what Mazda model had a JATCO CVT transmission (unless it was a JATCO AUTOMATIC or JATCO MANUAL transmission) ??????

  • Ramon Burgos
    Ramon Burgos  5 hours back

    Can you do a video on Volvo SUVs?

    • cullis102
      cullis102  12 hours back

      I heard that the CVT in the 3.5L Altima models are alot better and built by another company. Any thoughts?

      • r3drift
        r3drift  1 days back

        If you keep these car under 3k rpms then you'll have a long life vehicle. It is almost at 200k and never had any mechanical problems with my 2012 altima.

        • Kyle Burton
          Kyle Burton  2 days back

          How about a 2005 Mercury Montego CVT transmission?

          • Aytug Demir
            Aytug Demir  3 days back

            Why is everybody so obsessed with gas mileage these days? Personally I say reliability and better performance over 3 more mpg.

            • heyglasses
              heyglasses  3 days back

              i rented a nissan pulsar with a rental company whilst driving uber and had to change 3 vehicles due to transmission issues causing breakdowns. Dont ever buy a nissan.

              • thomas hernandez
                thomas hernandez  3 days back

                At least Nissan CVT transmissions last longer than Toyota CVT transmissions that's why Toyota started using Nissan CVT transmissions

                • Diane Wuchevich
                  Diane Wuchevich  4 days back

                  Hi Scotty, I have no comments. I have no questions. I know nothing about the mechanics of an automobile nor do I care to know anything about it. But your channel popped up on my feed a few weeks ago and though the subject matter (auto mechanics) is totally uninteresting to me. I'm addicted to your videos!

                  • Truthisaf Orceofnature

                    Subaru Lineartronic CVTs are NOT JATCO! Manufactured in-house by Fuji Heavy Industries with a German design. Not that they haven't had issues...

                    • G P
                      G P  6 days back

                      Honda cvts are legit

                      • Shipra .S
                        Shipra .S  1 weeks back

                        I am planning on getting an Infiniti Q50, they are seven speed automatic transmissions but can I trust Nissans automatic transmissions??

                        • robertschris79
                          robertschris79  1 weeks back

                          There so bad that Honda , Toyota , Kia and a few other manufacturers are now using them in there cars !! Fact !! 🤔🤔🤔

                          • Corkfish1
                            Corkfish1  1 weeks back

                            I'm pretty sure mazda does not even offer a vehicle with a cvt

                            • Roughie king
                              Roughie king  1 weeks back

                              CVT = boring And lazy, get a manual transmission. More reliable and more fun.

                              • Moh H.A
                                Moh H.A  1 weeks back

                                I suggest if we can fix a camera on the gear while we examine the cvt to determine weather the bolt in good shape or not.
                                For example I remove the certain plug then mount the camera empty the oil and speed the internal wheels for just a minute.

                                • Howard Lee
                                  Howard Lee  1 weeks back

                                  Can a CVT slow down a car going down hill like an automatic does ?

                                  • Al Grayson
                                    Al Grayson  1 weeks back

                                    Howie - Maybe. 2019 Sentra will hold the car back on downgrades about 7 mph over the cruise setting. If cruise is not on, it has to have "L" selected. "D" is freewheeling. 30,000 miles.
                                    "Can?" "A?" Yes, if it's programmed to.

                                • craig robertson
                                  craig robertson  1 weeks back

                                  Yes I nearly crashed a friend's nissan with cvt tranny Id pulled out into traffic and in a normal tran's it would have speed out normally.But this one goes at it;s own pace

                                  • Ajingtec
                                    Ajingtec  1 weeks back

                                    Yet car manufacturers keep making them. As a consumer, I will never buy a car with a cvt

                                    • piranha keeper
                                      piranha keeper  1 weeks back

                                      Scotty is there a cheaper warenty insurance to buy from a 3rd party outside of a dealership rather than paying the 100% markup at the dealership when buying a new car?

                                      • magnuscat
                                        magnuscat  1 weeks back

                                        If you do proper OEM CVT FLUID CHANGES every 30k miles and CVT filter changes every 60k miles chances are your CVT will last a long time. The vast majority of these premature failures is owner negligence! Its not an old school 4 speed automatic sealed transmission with lifetime fluid that nets you a shitty 18 mpg. Its a delicate transmission that will save you thousands in fuel costs over the years if you invest some time and effort into maintaining it!

                                        • Qahar Raheel
                                          Qahar Raheel  1 weeks back

                                          Honda makes their own too scotty

                                          • The Boss
                                            The Boss  2 weeks back

                                            Just do your fluid changes people

                                            • Arsenalfanatic09
                                              Arsenalfanatic09  2 weeks back

                                              Mazda and VW use real autos. VW use DSG autos and normal autos

                                              • ehud59
                                                ehud59  2 weeks back

                                                Are you high on any illegal substance ???

                                                • Tim Tupaea
                                                  Tim Tupaea  2 weeks back

                                                  Oh and I'm in New Zealand don't know if that will make a difference to your opinion

                                                  • Tim Tupaea
                                                    Tim Tupaea  2 weeks back

                                                    Hi Scotty I'm thinking about getting a 2010 nissan xtrail it also has a CVT transmission are they ok or should I just steer clear ?

                                                  • John Bercik
                                                    John Bercik  2 weeks back

                                                    The fact that Toyota owns apart of Asin doesn't really change the fact that it's really a different company. Their name is literally different. Toyota would have to work with the Asin engineers the same way Nissan would work with the third-party CVT company engineers with the only difference being the top management of Toyota can influence them.

                                                    • lexustech48
                                                      lexustech48  2 weeks back

                                                      Toyota/Lexus hybrid CVTs are planetary gear based. New Toyota non-hybrid CVTs are normal CVT belt and adjustable spindle. Toyota/Lexus Hybrid trans CVT are solid, traditional CVT not good.

                                                      • The Plant Boutique Co
                                                        The Plant Boutique Co  2 weeks back

                                                        Hi Scotty,
                                                        I'm in a bit of a pickle, I have a 2014 Nissan Sentra. Transmission went out 2 times already. 1) At 50k miles, it was covered by the warranty 2) at 84k miles paid around $1400. I'm afraid it's going to go out again, any recommendations? Car is paid off, how can I get the most for the value? I don't want to cheat anyone by reselling myself.
                                                        Please Help!
                                                        Karina

                                                        • craigsclocks
                                                          craigsclocks  2 weeks back

                                                          Tires......Bridgestone or Michelin? Is one better then he other?

                                                          • Andreti Giovaneti
                                                            Andreti Giovaneti  2 weeks back

                                                            I will buy a manual T before I get a CVT.

                                                            • Warren Mundell
                                                              Warren Mundell  2 weeks back

                                                              I never heard of a VW with a CVT. Anyone know which model?

                                                              • Omar Diaz
                                                                Omar Diaz  2 weeks back

                                                                What about the Nissan Maxima s v6 3.5 so far so good but is it something to worry about ?

                                                                • Joe Glenn
                                                                  Joe Glenn  2 weeks back

                                                                  What do you think about a 2017 Hyundai Tucson Limited with the Ultimate package? For my only car. I work from home and drive less than 15K per year. I like the hatchback and th long warranty. But are there other issues I'm not aware of? Your opinion would be greatly appreciated.

                                                                  • The Captain
                                                                    The Captain  2 weeks back

                                                                    Got a 2011 Outback with 280k miles, CVT transmission is original and working perfectly!

                                                                    • Michael Jurgielski
                                                                      Michael Jurgielski  3 weeks back

                                                                      The Toyota Prius transmission should not be confused with other cvts the Prius transmission is an e CVT which is different than a regular one a regular one uses two pulleys and something called a push belt the one in the Prius uses the main electric motor and a set of planetary gears tied to a final drive very simple very reliable

                                                                      • Lord Yamcha
                                                                        Lord Yamcha  3 weeks back

                                                                        JATCO 7 and up are doing well now.

                                                                        • Sam Han
                                                                          Sam Han  3 weeks back

                                                                          I would like to know where are the common leak points of the cvt transmission.

                                                                          • Fun Arena
                                                                            Fun Arena  3 weeks back

                                                                            Nissan extended warranty from 5yrs 60k to 10yrs 120k. No worries. Just keep clean fluids and oil.

                                                                            • A Davis
                                                                              A Davis  3 weeks back

                                                                              Depends on the year and model of your Nissan. They did double the warranty on certain models back in 2007, but that ended completely by 2008. Every CVT Nissan built in the last 10 years or so has the standard 5 year 60K power train warranty. If they want to instill confidence in their transmission, give it a 10 year 100K warranty like Kia and Hyundai.

                                                                          • John Smith
                                                                            John Smith  3 weeks back

                                                                            Lolz Honda has been using cvt in their scooters since the early 80’s and they were bullet proof. I’m sure they still use them in the scooter for 2019 models

                                                                            • transformation under progress

                                                                              Planning on a 2017 Civic cvt... Should I?

                                                                              • Lawrence Jensen
                                                                                Lawrence Jensen  3 weeks back

                                                                                I have a 1999 Toyota Corolla 4 speed automatic can I use aftermarket transmission fluid if so what kind?

                                                                                • Noreen Panerio
                                                                                  Noreen Panerio  3 weeks back

                                                                                  What about the new nissan xtronic cvt? Is it better?

                                                                                  • Go MGTOW
                                                                                    Go MGTOW  3 weeks back

                                                                                    My sister had a boyfriend who had a Nissan Altima with a CVT in it. He swore to God that his car was bullet-proof and that his Nissan CVT would last a million miles. Well, three months later his CVT blew up on the freeway and left them stranded far away from home. That's when my sister got herself a new boyfriend because the old one was mentally defective.

                                                                                    • Indra Budiman
                                                                                      Indra Budiman  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Sir , can we use CVT Honda for my Proton Preve ??

                                                                                      • Alex Lynn
                                                                                        Alex Lynn  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Does Mazda really use Jatco? Or is it Aisin? I’ve heard both and am confused on which to believe.

                                                                                        • Eddy Khan
                                                                                          Eddy Khan  3 weeks back

                                                                                          scotty can you pls explain what is the main reason of CVT failure. Coz this is not just the problem of Nissan, this issue is also with Honda’s CVT.