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Moose423956
9th January 2017, 13:20
Looking at buying a Subaru Legacy which has CVT. Though I'm used to automatics, I've never driven a car with CVT. Just wondering if any of you have experience of this?

Cheers
Moose

vetran
9th January 2017, 13:23
used to have a Volvo 66 (Rubber band driven) Apart from replacing the belt at 100,000 miles it was fine (apart from the Renault engine :mad)

A lot smoother than other automatics at the time.

VectraMan
9th January 2017, 13:24
Sounds weird:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A9V2O5D8mc

vetran
9th January 2017, 13:26
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volvo_66

in Red was a great little car!

northernladuk
9th January 2017, 13:26
AtW's Trabant will have that so maybe he can help.

AtW
9th January 2017, 13:48
Go PDK or go home.

HTH

CoolCat
9th January 2017, 14:17
I had a Ford CVT. The bands snapped and destroyed the gearbox case when they went. Stranded and car needed new gearbox.

Avoid.

LondonManc
9th January 2017, 14:20
Go PDK or go home.

HTH

Indeed. My next car will have one. :cool:

Willapp
9th January 2017, 14:22
Had an A6 Avant with CVT and I loved it. Didn't really worry too much before I got it, figured it was just another automatic. It is a lot smoother even than a DSG, though I don't think quite as fuel efficient (but very close).

Takes a bit of getting used to, as when you accelerate the engine RPM jumps to a fixed level (depending on how hard you stick your foot down) and then the CVT transmission handles the acceleration, so you don't get the usual engine note building as you increase speed.

I'd have another one.

AtW
9th January 2017, 14:24
AtW's Trabant will have that so maybe he can help.

Mine is 5 gear semi-auto :mad

ctdctd
9th January 2017, 14:29
Mine is 5 gear semi-auto :mad

Only 5? How quaint :tongue

LondonManc
9th January 2017, 14:30
Only 5? How quaint :tongue

I must admit, I was impressed at getting 67mpg out of my XF in 8th gear.

WTFH
9th January 2017, 14:46
I must admit, I was impressed at getting 67mpg out of my XF in 8th gear.

I'm happy getting 45mg in 7th at 70mph when the engine is purring around 1900rpm.

AtW
9th January 2017, 14:53
Only 5? How quaint :tongue

Yes, they used it because 7-gear one could not keep up with the peak torque :tongue

LondonManc
9th January 2017, 15:02
I'm happy getting 45mg in 7th at 70mph when the engine is purring around 1900rpm.

Don't get me wrong, impressed with it doesn't mean I wouldn't rather be pushing my Cayman round country roads, feeling it glued to the tarmac.

I managed to get nearly 80mpg out of a Ford Mondeo on a motorway trip.

sasguru
9th January 2017, 18:27
Looking at buying a Subaru Legacy which has CVT. Though I'm used to automatics, I've never driven a car with CVT. Just wondering if any of you have experience of this?

Cheers
Moose

The Subaru CVT is fine in practice. some don't like the spooling sound as it it seems counter intuitive but you won't notice it, only motoring journalists seem to.
It's a Subaru so also very reliable if maintained properly.

Paddy
9th January 2017, 18:41
Only 5? How quaint :tongue

Less one for reverse leaves four forward gears

northernladuk
9th January 2017, 18:51
Less one for reverse leaves four forward gears

And Neutral so three forward.

DimPrawn
9th January 2017, 19:16
And Neutral so three forward.

And Park, so that leaves Slow and Very Slow gears.