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After driving my CVT 15 Civic LX for a nice 2 hours with a high pressure system nicely rolling in, Ive decided to hold out on an ILX or 5 speed until theres more info on cvt. at the end of the day a car that is taken care of is going to take care of you so if you're rough on it and you hit it hard over 5000 rpm then you're going to have more belt wear and higher chances of having a transmission issue. If you if you keep it around 4500 RPM when passing and try not to hit it to off try to hit it too hard too often especially during extreme cold/heat, then you should be good for 15 years. Changing the fluid/filter on cvt seems to help alot too according to high mileage civic owners.
 

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Hi guys,

I see that some of you afraid of CVT and potential issues you may have. To my knowledge, CVT transmission is a good option for sure and has a good lifetime period, but... you should follow a few rules. To change (drain\fill) CVT fluid every 25-30k km, replace strainer (if CVT has strainer) every 50-70k km. This should keep you away of getting issues. As far as I know, it can run for 150k+ km with no issues.

Personally, I just bought a used Civic 2013. I was looking for 2013 specifically, because of the 5-speed hydro-mechanical transmission. I beleive that it is more reliable that CVT and has lifetime 200k+ km. But automatic transmission does not mean that you are safe and will not get a pain in a**. Mine has 50k km and I am going to replace fluid soone along with filter (under the hood) and strainer (located inside the tranny). I went to my local Honda dealer to find out some parts prices and I was told that they never replace the transmission strainer - that made me lough, to be honest.
Ok, so you change your tranny fluid sometime and never replace filter, right? If so, try to change your engine oil only with not replacing the filter... Sounds crazy :) same thing with transmission. IMHO

I had Toyota Corolla 2011 and Camry 2015 with classic type automatic transmission. AT fluid was changed on time, but...
Corolla 2011 - there was whining noise came out from sattelites in AT and its 'normal' but that made me crazy.
Camry 2015 - u760e tranny. Well-known problem was torque converter shudder on specific conditions (speed\gear\rpm) - that was a nightmare.

I am sorry for being a bit wordy. I just would like to ask CVT users stay relaxed. Other type transmissions have issues as well (vibrations and noises).
Please enjoy your CVT (great gas economy and smooth ride) and maintain it properly.

Cheers.
 
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