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Old 07-14-2016, 11:39 AM   #101
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Different engine... but I think it speaks to the powers of the CVT well.

In a 2016 Legacy 3.6R I'm seeing avg 26mpg with consistent highway travel at 75mph+ and city driving over the lifetime of the vehicle.

If I just keep it at 60 and am on back-roads I can easily pull off an avg of 35mpg. City driving and the fact that I like being pushed into the seat a little make my overall lifetime MPG suffer.

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26mpg avg if I don't care
Up to 35mpg+ if I want to hyper-mile
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:20 PM   #102
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I thought I would weigh in here.... I have 2016 CVT WRX Limited (since Jan 31 '16).

I would say in the city I get between 13mpg-20mpg (if I'm more conservative).

I drive about 40 miles each way (60-120 minute commute) (@#$#@ dc traffic). (almost all highway)

High way driving I can get usually around 32~ (highest so far is 34mpg) just under 5,000 miles at this point.

*Again that is per the digital display.

I have done some pusdeo math. I can get about ~400 miles on the 15.5 gal tank.

But I usually make sure to fill it about by around 380 miles or less. (I have a trip odometer that I reset every fill up). And only filled it up once with the low level indicator on. So Normally there's about 3 ish gallons left in the tank when I fill up.

Hope this helps maybe.

Getting a Cobb AP 3 as soon as I can find the funds. I didn't know there was only one mapping for the CVT ...that bumes me out.

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Old 07-15-2016, 07:31 PM   #103
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I thought I would weigh in here.... I have 2016 CVT WRX Limited (since Jan 31 '16).

I would say in the city I get between 13mpg-20mpg (if I'm more conservative).

I drive about 40 miles each way (60-120 minute commute) (@#$#@ dc traffic).

High way driving I can get usually around 32~ (highest so far is 34mpg) just under 6,000 miles at this point.

*Again that is per the digital display.

I have done some pusdeo math. I can get about ~400 miles on the 15.5 gal tank.

But I usually make sure to fill it about by around 380 miles or less. (I have a trip odometer that I reset every fill up). And only filled it up once with the low level indicator on. So Normally there's about 3 ish gallons left in the tank when I fill up.

Hope this helps maybe.

Getting a Cobb AP 3 as soon as I can find the funds. I didn't know there was only one mapping for the CVT ...that bumes me out.
You can get an Etune, I got mine from TP and it's a different car!
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Old 07-15-2016, 10:11 PM   #104
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You can get an Etune, I got mine from TP and it's a different car!
I beg newbness....

Previously I was driving a 96 corolla until it got murdered when someone forgot to break during an ice storm.

Just recently became a car nut.

Can you provide some urls? I'm not familiar with etune or tp. One of my fb friends [from hs] recommended cobb.

(+ or - he convinced at the 11 hour to not get a legacy when I was on fence legacy versus wrx).... his advice I took and it has made me a happier person!

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Old 07-16-2016, 09:31 AM   #105
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I beg newbness....

Previously I was driving a 96 corolla until it got murdered when someone forgot to break during an ice storm.

Just recently became a car nut.

Can you provide some urls? I'm not familiar with etune or tp. One of my fb friends [from hs] recommended cobb.

(+ or - he convinced at the 11 hour to not get a legacy when I was on fence legacy versus wrx).... his advice I took and it has made me a happier person!
ETune is the art of tunning a car tru email. The tuner will send you a file (a map) then you do some data logging then send that to the tuner and he'll tweak it as needed, then the whole process it's repeated again until everything looks good. He'll tell you when is good. TP is Torque Performance, do a quick search here and or google.

You'll need the Cobb accessport as its a very easy platform to use. Trust me, I was clueless at one point,(not that I'm a tunning guru by any means) but you get the idea. There's a lot to learn and read.
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Old 07-16-2016, 09:35 AM   #106
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The wrx is a lot more fun to drive but for long trips its really no contest.

I agree, I was on the fence as well, I wanted to get a 3.6 loaded with eyesight.
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:08 PM   #107
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Just a bump

No issues anyone since last July?

Not bad
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:29 PM   #108
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^^^ I guess not. Did you?
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Old 01-13-2017, 03:41 PM   #109
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I've had the 3.6R since March of 2016 and just hit 25,000 miles this weekend. It's been great. Not a single issue with the transmission or with any other part of the car really.

I'm sure as it gets more miles something will pop up, but so far it's been fine.
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Old 01-20-2017, 03:03 PM   #110
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I'm curious to what kind of mileage WRX CVT owners are getting. My buddy has a FXT and it gets better mileage than advertised.

Can anyone share their ACTUAL mileage (calculated mileage, not what's on the read out)?
I drive daily 3 miles round trip to a train station so that probably kills my city mileage. Yeah I could ride a bike but then I wouldn't get to drive the car every day . Sorry I don't worry about calculating, so digital read out has been sitting at 19.5-19.8. That's with hitting the gas at stop signs, but I keep it at 25 since its local the whole way.

Anyway, and on the weekends if I drive further I drive the car pretty hard, always got to be in the front, that's the best way to avoid rocks right? I want to enjoy, and my typical HW speed is 80 so I am sure that makes a difference.

I am totally stock, maybe it's time for an E-Tune, might help.
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Old 01-20-2017, 03:44 PM   #111
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I've had the 3.6R since March of 2016 and just hit 25,000 miles this weekend. It's been great. Not a single issue with the transmission or with any other part of the car really.

I'm sure as it gets more miles something will pop up, but so far it's been fine.

DAMN how many miles are you commuting per day lol
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Old 01-20-2017, 03:46 PM   #112
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You can get an Etune, I got mine from TP and it's a different car!
what all can they change? can they change the rpm that the cvt whats to run at?
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Old 01-20-2017, 04:15 PM   #113
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what all can they change? can they change the rpm that the cvt whats to run at?
Paddle shifters can change that ))
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Old 01-20-2017, 04:16 PM   #114
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^^^ I guess not. Did you?
No issues here, but I am only 17 000 km, works like a charm
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Old 01-20-2017, 11:39 PM   #115
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I'm at 37k and stage 1. Zero problems
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Old 01-21-2017, 07:10 PM   #116
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DAMN how many miles are you commuting per day lol
It depends. 750 was the worst I've done in a week. I've had some weeks with none. I'm in sales and cover a relatively wide, but local (no flying) territory.
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Old 01-21-2017, 11:14 PM   #117
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cvt is good now
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Old 01-25-2017, 12:12 PM   #118
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39k miles on mine with no issues. Have had stage 1 for 6k miles.
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Old 01-25-2017, 02:47 PM   #119
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39k miles on mine with no issues. Have had stage 1 for 6k miles.
What are your thoughts on Stage 1? Is it worth it? What changes stand out to you the most?
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Old 02-08-2017, 11:28 PM   #120
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Better response, smoother power, holds power higher into the rpm and uses less fuel! Im super happy with it, however it looks like 2016+ have a slightly better tune anyway so gains might be less.

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Old 02-08-2017, 11:35 PM   #121
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CVT WRX is a fine commuter, but if you are looking for power out of it there are a couple crucial modifications you have to make. I have seen 3 CVT WRXs with broken transmissions. Once you go past installing aftermarket intake and exhaust, the transmission will start to slip and then overheat causing it to break. Luckily F1 motorsports has designed a pro series torque converter, transmission cooler and upgraded transmission lines. The F1 TC can handle up to 600hp and the transmission cooler can be top mounted or front mounted depending on the location of your intercooler. The cars I have seen this setup on run flawlessly and can now handle further modification. I have not seen any one else offer this so as of right now F1 Motorsports is the only one. Here is a link to their products for this platform

http://f1ms.net/subarucvt.html

They also have install videos of these parts if you don't have them install it. Hope this helps!
Great info, do you know it what situations the CVT started to slip? Launches or accelerating from speed?

The torque converter itself can handle 600hp but the transmission behind it cannot.

I wonder if keeping the transmission cooler will help the occasional WOT daily or if only really the car that gets WOT for extended periods of time. I know they mentioned with the trans cooler to be more gentle on it when cold as it will take longer for the gearbox to get up to temp. If I was doing mountain runs then i would do it straight away but this car is a daily with the occasional WOT run.
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:39 PM   #122
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Bump of the only old CVT reliability thread I could find ^^ It's been over a year, anyone hear of new issues?
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Old 04-13-2018, 11:16 PM   #123
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2016 WRX CVT.
Have had it for over 2 yrs. with no 'power' mods. Currently at ~34,000 km.

No issues at all with the transmission. Car battery died the other day, but dealer replaced under warranty.

I normally drive in the city and on longer trips to the mountains loaded with snow gear. Never launch it but I do gun it from time to time. So far only 1 speeding ticket and that was on my first month of owning it.
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Old 04-15-2018, 09:43 AM   #124
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58,000 miles on my 2016 Legacy 3.6R, which I believe is the same CVT.

No real issues. The only thing that caused slight concern was a slowness to shift into reverse on a very cold day. Hasn't resurfaced, and I think the TCM was still booting. Literally got in, started the car and had it in reverse before the dash into screen finished playing. I'm sure it just wasn't ready to be in gear so quickly after being turned on.

The only other thing I've noticed was weird behavior once when leaving a stop sign. There is a bit of a bump in the road, and as I went over that, wide open throttle, the transmission kind of panicked. I don't know if it was absolutely or a vsc accelerometer feeding data that kept it from "shifting" but it didn't do the simulated 6 speed things that I've seen before. Instead, it just held me right at 5,000 rpm or so, redline is at 6,000, and before I knew it I was doing 80 without a single dumb simulated gear shift.
That last thing was actually really cool, I wish I could reproduce it.

Also, paddle shifters... Kind of lame... I got over the gimmick quick and haven't used them more than a couple times a year, and that's only to pick and hold a gear while going down big hills. Definitely not a saturating replacement for a DSG or traditional manual.
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Old 04-21-2018, 04:03 AM   #125
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ooops.. wrong thread.. sorry
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