Woodie wrote: The point of the Kizashi is that it's a driver's car, not just a bland sedan, how anyone can reconcile that with a CVT completely escapes me.
2 words...paddle shifters. Manual mode using the shift lever is also fun, but I prefer the paddles.
The paddles get used heavily and often. Takes the blandness out of the ole CVT. When I'm done fooling around, the car goes right back to normal boring all on its own without any additional effort on my part. Rarely need to use my brakes while driving except to actually stop. Coming from countless years of DDing sticks, can't imagine not having paddles in an automatic of any kind. Yet another thing the next car, should I ever get another actual car, will have to attempt to live up to. Now, is my over use of those things going to hasten the CVT's demise? Maybe, who knows. Meanwhile, I'm havin' fun.
Digger..no "valve body" in these things. Conventionals yes, and it is true that plaque can be dislodged during flushing causing issues. I was warned before I used to have our old suburban flushed. No matter how the fluid is exchanged, or what type of trans it is, the level has to be set correctly. Even conventionals. It's my impression that these CVTs are far less forgiving of any sort of over/under fill.
My brother just had his GF's 09 SX4 conventional trans flushed a couple weeks ago. By the time he got home it was puking ATF out the trans vent all over the place. Overfilled big time. And yeah, he had it done at a GM dealer equipped with a BG flush machine. Another epic fail by 'the trained pros'.
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