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Old 12-16-2020, 02:27 PM   #84
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Join Date: Jul 2005
2005 WRX STi
Crystal Grey Metallic


CVT are a bit under-rated.

Driving-wise and tuned correctly, CVT feels like a sequential 6 spd. Most CVT are fully-locked up at around 20 mph, some off-idle. That means it's a hard connection to the wheels thru a forward clutch pack and CVT belt, not much different than a manual tranmission car. That mushy feeling is either the CVT running with the torque converter open, or oil pump cavitation causing the belt to slip, tuning or whatever. But IMHO it's fixable, not so much the technology limitation.

Tuning and what-not might make the difference. I run ECUTek and they do something to the map, plus I'm running an upgraded TCM flash from Nissan that fixed a ton of wonkyness with the CVT. I prefer it now way more than an auto-trans and about equal to a 6-spd.
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