HONDA CVT PROB­LEMS?

Car (South Africa) - - TECH -

I am the owner of a Honda Jazz VTEC with a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion (CVT) and am im­pressed with the per­for­mance. It is also a plea­sure to drive. Af­ter read­ing the Septem­ber 2018 is­sue, I’m puz­zled by the neg­a­tive com­ments re­gard­ing these ‘boxes in the Honda Bal­lade and Civic. Are there prob­lems with them I should know about? AN­DRE KOCK Jef­freys Bay CVTS are an ac­quired taste, as the im­pres­sion of slip is ever-present dur­ing hard ac­cel­er­a­tion, plus the en­gine stuck at max­i­mum en­gine speed makes quite a racket. How­ever, a CVT suits a con­ser­va­tive driver who val­ues smooth­ness and econ­omy over per­for­mance.

We have not heard about me­chan­i­cal dra­mas with Honda CVTS ex­cept they are sen­si­tive to oil-change in­ter­vals (a spe­cific, ex­pen­sive oil from Honda) and can jud­der when the oil gets old or the wrong spec is used.

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