Originally Posted by tibug
What CVTs are you referring to? I know that Nissan has had issues with their CVTs, but there's many cars with CVTs out there that have had no more issues than conventional automatics have. CVTs have also been around quite a long time. All Toyota and Lexus hybrids since 1997 have used a CVT, for example. I don't know how you got to the conclusion that they are less reliable than conventional autos (EDIT: that could be true, I just don't know how you know). The CVT was really a godsend on the Mitsubishi crossover rental that I had a few months ago...the thing was so gutless that it had to be in high RPMs to be able to get out of its own way, which it still had trouble doing.
The Justy used a CVT way back when.
EDIT: I'm not saying that the Justy's CVT was anything like modern CVTs, just to be clear, Clarence.
Audi ditched CVTs (they tried it out in the FWD A4) due to reliability issues.
Nissan's CVTs are so bad they had to extend the warranties
of nine models 10 years/120k miles.
Ford ditched CVTs (tried them out in the Freestyle) due to huge reliability issues.
MINI ditched CVTs due to reliability issues.
Toyota style hybrid CVTs are a completely different beast. They rely on planetary gear sets instead of belts.
CVTs offer little benefit over a modern torque converter automatic or DSG. They suck to drive, have little to no benefit for efficiency, and are impossible to repair for the most part.