CVT short for Continuously Variable Transmission is an interesting engineering problem from years ago even before Hub Van Doorne 1950.
The variable transmission is achieved by a belt and pulley system that can slide seamlessly, making to change the gear.
With many successive application of the technology, it is not yet without problems.
Despite this efficiency of the Honda CVT technology, some of its problems include:
1) Transmission Jerking
Most noticeable is transmission jerking which occurs when the car is accelerating.
Persons in the car can have this feeling like when a plane is landing, as the car bounces uncomfortably.
All that matters when it comes to users of technology is good experience.
2) Annoying noise when starting to accelerate
With automatic cars very common nowadays, drivers don’t want to experience anything like the noise associated with manual transmission engines of old.
This annoying noise can cause great discomfort to customers as well as cause to worry that something is really wrong and demand for the technicians to have a look at.
The constant activity in the change of gear and acceleration because of the mechanism causes extra heating. This happens because of friction between the belt and the steel pulley, or the transmission oil is old or has been contaminated.
4) Leaks of the transmission fluid
It appears that the Honda CVT users have to do more oil changes and the sorts of maintenance relating to transmission oil compared to other vehicles. However, other concerns have been in the higher cost of maintenance. Some users have found fix in getting a new CVT oil plug and are happier with the results.
5) No Cues for Gear Shift
Car drivers generally expect some basic feedback like change in gear shift but you only get a seamless slide and your car keeps flying in acceleration with the Honda CVT.
6) Generally higher cost of maintenance
Compared to other automatic transmission, the technology is relatively new so not so many technicians work on it, making fixes and maintenance more expensive.
7) A transmission fluid gets easily contaminated
Opposed to the expectations of a lasting transmission fluid, it easily gets dirty and needs to be changed more frequently as much as after 30,000 miles. Again the contribution of this challenge to the higher running cost is a turn off for the brand as old users report selling off their cars for other brands.
8) Check engine alert:
Most times alerts to ‘check engine’ come up and it is more frequent than normal with Honda. From the technicians, the most popular culprit for this message would be the transmission system.
10) Gears changing at high revolutions per minute:
This is the common expectation as in automatic cars, but it appears that most users of Honda CVT do not like the way that happens.
Users want to be able to throttle while having better efficiency without automatically changing the gear. However some few minorities of users may not have this as a negative experience.
In conclusion, while the Honda CVT offers relatively smooth ride and a mechanism that allows fuel efficiency, the noisy engine sound, the delay when initiating the accelerator and the higher maintenance costs may be discouraging factors for prospects to consider picking the Honda over other possible options.