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Most days when traveling the 38 miles it takes to get home, if I drive more than 65mph on the interstate, the CVT gets really whiny by the time I'm in the last mile or two. Does anyone think a larger transmission cooler or adding a transmission cooler might be a good idea? I'm just thinking that if it is struggling that much to make the car go...even under normal highway speeds...that cooling things down might help out? I'm not getting any ecm/transmission codes, so I know its not overheating. Perhaps the "gear" whine is normal. Thoughts?
 

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This is the 1st CVT transmission that I have had in a car, but they do seem kinda noisy/loud when driving, and I think thats because they are constantly shifting up and down...I also noticed when I am at a stop light then take off, you can hear a small grear whine sounds like the chrysler transmissions make...but IDK, I thought these sounds are normal in a CVT.
 

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i almost didnt buy my IQ because of the cvt,and like i knew ive come to the realization that they are terrible,seems to be pretty tough with all the abuse i throw at it but i very much dislike it.
 

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This is my first car with a CVT, and I am very pleased with it at all speeds and under all conditions. We switched from a smart Passion to the iQ, and changing the automatic manual of that car for the CVT in this one is like going from a dark and stormy night to a bright and sunny day.

One important caveat here is that you need to consider how you view driving. If you are looking for the labor of love of shifting a manual, easing the clutch and all of that, then a CVT is not going to give you that "fun", plain and simple. A CVT is much like modern computer internet connection - you push connect and it just connects. Absent any very specialized conditions (like mountainous roads), you only have to touch the "gear selector" when you go into reverse or when you park.

If, like this old fool, you look at driving as a chore, as something to have to do in order to accomplish something else, then you will view a CVT as another simplification in your life. If you have the same sort of handicap as I do and have trouble operating a clutch, then it will be even more of a benefit.

The noise levels. Well, it does rev higher under normal conditions. But, the "fun" crowd is constantly harping about running up the RPMs to the shift points and all of that - just as noisy as a steady state CVT in my experience.

I often wonder what the commentary was back in the days immediately after World War II, when the Buick Hydromatic was a new and exciting development in the American automotive world. (Oldsmobile had the first true "automatic" transmission on the market prior to the war, but it was a high end item that was then pulled for the war effort. Indeed, more people probably experienced the Hydromatic in the late light tanks and the tank destroyers of World War II than in the Oldsmobiles prior to the war.) Like the automatic starter from Bendix, the automatic transmission opened driving to a wider audience. But, I imagine that there were also those voices who spoke out against them as being too complicated, and tending to isolate drivers from the act of driving.

The prevalence of the automatic transmission these days seems to indicate the feelings of most of the motoring public.

Reliability is another issue. However, like the automatic transmission, we have come a long way since the first CVT hit the market. The "replace to avoid future problems" point for CVT belts seems to be well beyond the point at which most people unload their cars. That's good enough for me.
 

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I work near a High School, and on my way to or from work the kids like to play. I know they don't have the experience level to try and drive there cars but it is fun to dust them in the iQ. The CVT just pulls me out from the light and keeps climbing. Too many times I have watched the nose of the car next to me dive with a bad shift while I keep on running.
 

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I work near a High School, and on my way to or from work the kids like to play. I know they don't have the experience level to try and drive there cars but it is fun to dust them in the iQ. The CVT just pulls me out from the light and keeps climbing. Too many times I have watched the nose of the car next to me dive with a bad shift while I keep on running.
Try adding a cold air intake, and an exhaust that fun doubles :)
 

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I've had a CVT on my 250cc scooter for years and have had zero problems....so buying a small car with one wasn't much of a concern.

I do wonder how much a CVT costs to replace. I found our engine on-line and it was going for around $6,300 from Toyota.

Anybody ever price one?
 

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looks like mine started the loud whine today. also, this is similar to our prior nissan cvt sentra that developed a loud whine, both on a long trip on a hot day. on the sentra, we stopped and i checked for anything physical (honestly i have no idea what to check)l, didnt find any, then took it easy at first and continued our trip. earlier today i noticed the iq whined when im on the gas pedal only and it was louder than im used to.

i found similar issues on a nissan site and it looks like the cvt fluid level needs to be checked. according to a post from someone who works at the dealership, the fluid at a certain temp gets aerated and lose its lubricating properties causing the whine. maybe someone here with technical knowledge can confirm this. im considering to have mine checked though i rarely go on long trips.
 

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I'd have to do some research like Mike says to see what causes this. I've not experienced it myself. Does it feel like it's slipping or just get noisy and work as normal?
 

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i cant tell if im 100% since my reaction was to take it easy on the acceleration. somehow after that the whine disappeared, then heard it again closer to home. based on this and my previous experience with the nissan, both are 30+ mile drive, hot day, ac on at least on 2nd level, and at freeway speeds. hope this helps.
 

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That is pretty much how my experience has been. I've almost wondered if adding a transmission cooler might help things along. It occurs more often when you are making the CVT function like a transmission instead of a gas sipper. You guys know what I mean, you have mode 1 which is the "it gets there eventually" mode, mode 2, "performance", then there is mode 3 where you really stomp on it a couple of times... That is when it really does it. The commute is mixed highway/rural driving, so mostly 60-80mph, the urban road gets more interesting b/c you have some passing involved. The CVT just doesn't seem to like it. By the time I get to my housing edition, it sounds like it is about to give up, but it doesn't feel like it is slipping or anything, it just makes alot of noise.
 

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I decided to drive on a county road by where I live. I dogged my iQ and drove very aggressively entering corners hard and everything. I will say the chassis is amazing, the steering though quick lacks feel. however back to the point, after doing that my iQ CVT did have a whine noise that was mildly loud, however after about 10 minutes of going back to normal driving it went away. I think it is simply because the fluid got hot. I am no expert at all though. I will say even though i was going at what seemed like crawling speeds I had the biggest smile on my face.
 

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I can say I have experienced this whine, It seems like on long drives at 70 mph on highway it will whine and more noticeable at slower speeds. I have had to take my iQ because when on a hill I would give it gas and the car was struggling to go and when it did it took off. When that happened it was whining, All the dealership did was replaced fluids and said that it didnt appear to have any problems, it still happens every now and then. I dont know what causes it. just my too sense
 

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I noticed a whine...but at lower speeds. For example I was slowing down due to a red light, that turned green all of a sudden, so I gassed it and this god awful whine spills out of the cvt...this is my 1st and last CVT transmission.
 

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I had noticed the whine too, primarily when accelerating from a dead stop, or stepping on it to pass. Just did a drain and replace of the transmission fluid. Watched the video on how to do it. Very informative. All you need is a 6mm allen wrench for the pan cap and overflow tube behind it, a Torx 55 bit for a socket and at least a 12 inch extension for the fill cap, an extremely long funnel... and a lot of patience while refilling. Can only fill at a trickle... took about 20 minutes per quart!
 
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