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Old 10-08-2012, 12:41 PM   #51
Zeeper
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I will also point out that I was able to switch over my front and rear differential fluid to Amsoil Severe Gear (the transmission and front differential share the same fluid) in my driveway, and it cost me about $60 or so.

If you want to service the CVT fluid, that has been reported to be a $300 job (just to buy the correct fluid).

A while back I bought a used low miles 1988 Honda Accord, that within a year needed an auto transmission rebuild (the long and the short of it is it was the prototypical only driven on sunday car, and that was a problem. Whoever owned it before let the carbs gum up and the transmission seals dry out because he or she barely drove it and never burned out the carb residue). It cost more than the car was worth, but was cheaper than buying another car, so at the time I bit the bullet. That repair put a bad taste in my mouth vis a vis Automatic transmissions.

Since I plan on driving this car for many years, the cost of a new clutch vs the cost of a CVT band or other CVT work was also in the back of my mind.

Even the AWD system is cheaper to service and maintain.

Those costs will only be apparent in 5-10 years (or maybe longer in my case at ~10,000 miles a year), but they are future considerations on choosing more complicated over more simple.
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Last edited by Zeeper; 10-08-2012 at 12:47 PM.
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