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Old 12-17-2020, 10:03 AM   #87
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Join Date: Jul 2005
2005 WRX STi
Crystal Grey Metallic


The Fiesta DCT is a pile of garbage, a slipping clutch like non-other.

When I test drove the 14 WRX CVT in sport mode (i.e. faux gears) I thought it drove great actually, snappy shifts and all that. I didn't launch too hard but it snapped off the line decently. Having seen what the inside of a WRX CVT looks like it's amazingly stout. Now I do remember the WRX Torque converter being a weak point.......big deal, about as hard as swapping out a clutch on a manual trans car. Maybe they undersized the lock-up clutch disc inside the converter, but that is a super easy fix anyway. Upgrade that and some high torque CVT fluid with a decent CVT cooler and I'd easily own one myself.

There are some bad CVT, typically anything Nissan related. The Honda Civic CVT wasn't terrible either, but I prefer the Subaru WRX CVT for the reasons I explained. So some of it is mechanical, some is TCM tuning based.
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