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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 02-03-2016, 05:52 AM Thread Starter
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CVT longevity

I love my new Civic Touring. The ride is smooth and quiet. The technology and the infotainment versatility is so great.

The more I read about the CVT transmission, the more I wonder if I actually bought the right car. From what I read, it is inevitable that at about 50 K miles I will be hit with a $5-6 thousand charge for a new CVT. I rationalize by thinking that this was old time CVTs and these new 2016 CVTs have been perfected especially when combined with a turbo. Please someone with expertise tell me what kind of longevity I can expect. My 2002 Passat had 206,000 miles on it and was still in good shape. I do not regret my purchase EXCEPT if my Civic Touring days are numbered.
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I have never heard about 50K miles being the end of the line for the CVT in Hondas. I think with proper maintenance and if you don't beat the CVT up daily you should be good pass 50k and into 100k. I'm sure at some point the belt on the CVT will have to be replaced but i don't think the whole system will have to.
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My original CVT in 2006 hybrid is still going strong at 175K miles. The fluid looks great . I was changing it between 40k and 50K miles since day one.


CVT's last a long time. If you go up an down hills like crazy (San Francisco), it may take a small hit, but so would any other transmission.
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My family has a 1st gen Murano with the CVT, and throughout its 150k+ km life (just shy of 100k miles), the CVT has never given us any trouble. (I wish the same can be said for the rest of the car.) Of course it needed regular fluid changes, but every transmission needs that.

Given the Fit / 9th gen Civic's CVT recall, I do have some concerns over the longevity of the tranny. But at this point in time, the piston pin snap rings issue worry me a lot more.

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Your best bet is to change the CVT fluid every 30,000 miles. I'm not sure what is involved in changing it on this car but the fluid only costs about $20 for a drain and fill.
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Hondas are usually built like tanks as long as you take care of it and bring it in for scheduled maintenance.
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I have never heard about 50K miles being the end of the line for the CVT in Hondas. I think with proper maintenance and if you don't beat the CVT up daily you should be good pass 50k and into 100k. I'm sure at some point the belt on the CVT will have to be replaced but i don't think the whole system will have to.
AFAIK, the belt/chain in the CVT can not be replaced at a dealership as the process requires jigs & fixtures that they don't have. If the belt fails, it's a remove and replace with a new transaxle. That said, the belt/chain is the least likely part to fail in this transmission. I haven't looked at the OM for this car yet, but if there isn't a maintenance item listed for the CVT, I bet you have nothing to worry about. The old 5AT doesn't have a maintenance item for it, until the MM calls for servicing it.

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Hondas are usually built like tanks as long as you take care of it and bring it in for scheduled maintenance.
Unless you are talking about the 01-03 Civics, or pretty much any Honda automatic transmission that are mated to Honda V6.

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I haven't looked at the OM for this car yet, but if there isn't a maintenance item listed for the CVT, I bet you have nothing to worry about. The old 5AT doesn't have a maintenance item for it, until the MM calls for servicing it.
Maintenance Minder code 3 is replace transmission fluid. Who knows what conditions cause it to display.
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I read that from one idiot who posted it on facebook, hardly a reliable source.
Believe me Honda did not win car of the year for the Civic, by putting a transmission in it that lasts 50k


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