Just saw an ad on TV for the Mercury Montego. The ad mentioned that it has a CVT transmission that "You can't even tell it's shifting".
The CVT transmission was first designed and I believe patented in 1886! There were quite a few attempts to bring them to market in Europe in the 1980's, with the biggest problem being belt life. The Subaru Justy was, I believe, the first automotive CVT marketed in North America (but don't quote me). Now we have them in Nissan Murano's, Mini's, The Audi A4, various Ford products and many more to come. I believe BMW will have one out soon if not already, Toyota and Honda have them. They are becoming mainstream as the reliability issues have been/are being addressed and they will soon have universal acceptance. I'd buy a car with one if I was in the market for a new automobile, but instead I'll buy a bike with one and in the past I've owned several snowmobiles with them.pauljo said:Will the CVT prove to be reliable right from the start or have "teething" problems?
I hope it is a winner, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it just yet.
Right, you are Bill but the part you forgot to mention is that the salesmen will sell the cars without a clue what a CVT is or how it works and they will be serious when they use that line :roll:billmeek said:Many new car buyers will purchase them without a single idea what a CVT is or how it works. As far as they are concerned it's just another 'gizmo' on the car. I wouldn't put it past many of the salesmen to be using lines like, "Feel that new transmission.... so smooth you can't feel it changing gears." :roll: