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Do Nigerian Car Owners Understand the Drawbacks of CVT transmission cars?

Nigerians buy cars but they lack proper knowledge of cars and in today’s ever changing world the need to know the car that suit your terrains,economy and budget becomes imperative! Also in consideration is the availability of parts and manpower to fix the cars!

As it stands today most Nigerian technician do not have the capacity to fix CVT transmission and once the transmission packs up you change it you don’t rebuild and this can be pricey considering the exchange rate! Any CVT transmission that isn’t bought new is akin to selling a monkey to buy a dog! You still got an animal that squats! So why don’t you buy a normal transmission!

I have always loved cars, grew up with mechanics building and rebuilding engines those days in Owerri,one of the finest Benz and Puegeot mechanics and as I grew old I started enjoying cars and I have come to realize that in a car there is more to it like handling and cornering then transmission. My first real driving experience was in Warri! Was driving my Aunt’s 505 SR manual! Superb car! At 18+ then I started enjoying those European babies!

Then Belgium cars came and these were Asians ! It was Deawoo racer! Trashy cars never lasted ! Then Mitsubishi galant etc came out! Trashy cars you can’t still find them anymore ! Then German mistake called Opel vectra and cadet came!

Asian cars would have been awesome but their ways of cutting cost can be so annoying! Unlike the European cars that go propeller ! Most cars come in CVT!

If you drive Toyota Camry or some Honda you will notice that you have gear issues! These gears aren’t the old rugged automatic gears but CVT! And it has so many drawbacks!

CVTs can be expensive to repair or replace when compared to a conventional automatic transmission. Some of the common problems that owners run into include overheating, slipping, and sudden loss of acceleration. Shuddering is also a common problem.

According to caranddriver.com, They have no feeling of connection between the accelerator and the engine during acceleration.There are limits on the engines that can work with a CVT in terms of power and size.They don’t last as long as a conventional transmission.CVTs are harder to work on.

“Given this, we can say with reasonable confidence that not only do CVTs not require more repairs than other transmissions, over the course of their life they’ll probably require fewer. Worn-out friction surfaces and overheating problems caused by a lack of transmission fluid are still probably the most common problems”, Mistertransmission.com

CVTs are typically not utilized in sports cars. Higher repair costs. Not only do CVTs cost more to fix or replace, they generally do not last as long as traditional automatic transmissions.

Some of the cars with this CVT transmission are Honda: Accord, Accord Hybrid, Civic, CR-V, CR-V Hybrid, HR-V, Insight then Hyundai: Accent, Elantra, Kona, Venue also Infiniti: QX50, QX55

We have Kia: Forte, Rio, Seltos, Soul in the club! Then Toyota came with a crowd Lexus: ES 300h, LC 500h, LS 500h, NX 350h, NX 450h Plus (PHEV), RX 450h, RX 450hL, UX 200, UX 250h

Mitsubishi: Eclipse Cross, Mirage, Mirage G4, Outlander, Outlander Sport also Nissan: Altima, Kicks, Maxima, Murano, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Sentra, Versa

Subaru: Ascent, Crosstrek, Crosstrek Hybrid (PHEV), Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, WRX

Toyota: Avalon Hybrid, C-HR, Camry Hybrid, Corolla, Corolla Hybrid, Corolla Cross, Highlander Hybrid, Prius, Prius Prime (PHEV), RAV4 Hybrid, RAV4 Prime (PHEV), Sienna, Venza.This list was compiled by Dustin Hawley of J.D. Power

Anthony Emeka Nwosu

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