Honda CR-V with a CVT transmission

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Asked by fcg1936 Mar 26, 2017 at 07:22 PM about the 2017 Honda CR-V Touring FWD

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

Thinking about buying a Honda CR-V that has a CVT transmission.  I have
heard that this type of transmission only lasts for 60,000 miles. Am I taking a
chance buying this car since I will put more than 60k miles on it?

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Buy an extended warranty. Cvt transmissions have been troublesome.

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Best Answer Mark helpful
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I believe Honda's CVT transmissions have proven to be reliable. The 60k lifespan is more applicable to early Nissan units; perhaps that's what was meant when the advice was given to you.

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Thank you for responding. I believe the advice refers to the older CVT's. I can't believe that so many auto manufacturers would use CVT's if they were not reliable.

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My 2016 Subaru Forester had to have the entire CVT tranny replaced at 68K Miles it was $9000 plus labor good thing i had the extended warranty. If you drive a lot like I do I would be worried I will be forced to purchase something else before my warranty expires I was hoping to get at least 200K out of it but I cannot afford another CVT issue I no longer trust any vehicle with a CVT so do your research.

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Thanks MARKNC. I am convinced and will stay away from a car with a CVT.

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I have a Rogue with 105k miles and a CVT. Absolutely no problems with the CVT.

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My '13 Outback blew it's CVT at 75k. Subaru completely covered the replacement even though I was out of warranty by 15k miles. Subaru has extended CVT warranties to 100k miles nationwide.

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Subaru has seen the writing on the wall. First their engines burned oil and they were sued. They are trying to get ahead of lawsuits over the CVT by extending the warranty.

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@Richard My 2011 Rogue showed signs of transmission problems at 33,000 miles. Rebuilt twice at 55,100- still not right. Now waiting for new transmission. I only had trouble when driving on the interstate, 70 MPH, hot days above 96 degrees, and approximately 1 1/2 hours into drive (when transmission heats up, goes into safe mode, with acceleration loss, 45 mph max speed). During normal diving conditions around town, I never had an issue. Even 45 minute trips to the next town at 60 mph, were never a problem. I have a theory that if I had not gone on long interstate trips, I never would have had an issue. I’m curious of your driving conditions. Do you drive long distances on the interstate? Mainly around town? 105k miles is impressive. The repair guy told me vehicles like yours exsisted but, I really did not believe him.

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Thank you. We live in Atlanta and drive to New York and/or Boston about 5 times a year. The rest of our driving is local. Still debating buying a car with a CVT.

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We have a 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage with a CVT transmission when we bought it had 8500 miles on it it now has close to 95 thousand and we're still getting 35to 41 miles to the gallon on the highway depending on how fast we are going. for the 1.2 3 cylinder motor that's in it it does alright.

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My 2011 Nissan Sentra has had three CVT transmissions and has 92,000 miles on it. I am staying away from any other CVT transmissions at least made by nissan.

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Hopefully CVT's have improved since 2011.

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Backup display staying on without restoring default screen? Car stalls while backing up? Car suddenly accelerates while waiting at a stop? Tranny control stops responding v.v. won't recognize R or D or P, and requires a full restart? Then, your 2015 Honda with CVT has a defective transmission. Honda repair techs will try their old standby line that nothing can be done without evidencing a randomly occurring problem. Be persistent and document the problem.

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Scary! Is this what happened to you? Was the problem resolved successfully?

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I'm looking into buying a 2018 honda crv r there any problems w/cvt? ? long will cvt last b4 being replaced ? ? reliable is CVT ? R there any SUV s tht dont have CVT ?

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CVT evolved from Honda’s motorcycle line. It is very much a Honda thing, and unifies the cycle and automotive lines. Count CVT as very much a strategic commitment for Honda transmissions. Honda replaced my tranny and gearbox once the problem was documented. The frustration was in not being able to duplicate problems on demand at the shop. iPhones can be used for more than a phone call, as was the case for my CR-V. 2018 ... not my year, but you might trying checking consumer reports for trends from 2015 and above. That experience provides a sense of user experience; of course, tranny quality marks assume an owner knows when their miscellaneous electrical problems are actually traceable to the transmission ... a linkage that isn’t self-evident.

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I have an 2006 first generation Insight with 375K miles and no issue with anything on the car.

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AVOID ALL CVT transmissions! 60K tops. anyone who gets more mileage is lying or a fake post! I had a 2016 Pathfinder, was in the shop 3 times due to shuttering at low speeds. then back in for a transmission replacement at 30K and another replacement at 58K. I got rid of it shortly after when I felt it shuttering again. I now have a Kia Sorento SX. 100x's better, and 0 issues after 60K.

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I have a 2012 Honda CRV with 80K miles on it. I started feeling a shuddering as it would go into the third gear at 26 mph. This problem became more consistent and three weeks later the shifter locked up totally. I took it to a Honda Dealership and explained what was going on. They replaced the shifting cable to the tune of $500. Their mechanic test drove it to check on the shuddering complaint and found no problem. I picked it up and drove down the road and the shuddering continued. Does this issue cause the shifting cable to snap? Does Honda recognize this as an issue? Will they help with costs? Anyone know?

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Hope Honda will help but with 80K miles I doubt it. Does anyone know the warrantee on a Honda CVT?

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The 2012 Honda CRV was equipment with a normal 5-speed automatic transmission. The CRV's with CVT transmissions started production for the 2015 model year. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.

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I was looking in to one too. I have a Nissan murano and had to have the transmission replaced. I asked the transmission guy about it. He does not recommend any CVT transmission. The CR-V's are still new to the CVT transmission for him to have them come into his shop but he has had an influx of Subarus since they put them in. I will not trust any vehicle with a CVT

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My brother heard about a fix that has stopped the "shuddering" in mine for now. Have the transmission and differential fluid drained and replaced. Replace the oil plug gaskets. Test drive. If shuddering remains change trans fluid again. Use only Honda fluids. Mine was gone after first time but could return. It's only been a week. If this doesn't correct it, have them check diagnostics on the pressure sensors in trans. (This will cost a bit more but not as much as a new transmission. This info came from a Honda rep that is quite knowledgeable. Good luck! so far I'm only out $100 and feeling very relieved. I'll keep you all updated if more happens.

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HUGE problems w/ Honda CVTs. look in hrvforum.com and how many people had to replace the cvt at 2-4 years. its a 5-8k repair.

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bought a brand new 2016 Honda CR-V with the CVT and it just died at about 122k miles. shuddered on acceleration and then died not 50 more miles down the road. $4000 to replace. Most of those were interstate miles to and from work. I had a funny feeling about buying it at the time, wish I had listened to my instincts.

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Bought a brand new 2016 Honda CR-V with the CVT. The transmission just died at about 122k miles, started shuddering on acceleration and then died about 50 miles down the road. Most of those were interstate miles to and from work. $4000 to replace at the Honda dealer.

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I have a 2007 altima with 222,000 miles. Just had first major repair. Had to replace entire a/c system. Original motor and cvt transmission. I never take it over 3000 rpms and I change the fluid every 50,000 miles. The fluid is extremely important in cvt operation. I think people having troubles drive the car harder and at higher rpms and possibly dont change the fluid enough. I also think some of the cvts are just lemons. It's a relatively new technology to be mass produced and put in cars. Automatic transmissions had the same growing pains.

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I currently have 92,000+ miles on my 2015 Honda crv ex and is still running great!

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I would not trust CVT transmissions, had a 2010 Altima and it went at 122k, They not only are not dependable, when they order parts for them, they can’t buy just one part , you have to buy a group of parts.. I will never buy another vehicle with a CVT transmission.

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I was trying to decide over a Honda CRV or Kia Sportage. After hearing about the issues with the CVT transmissions I feel it is not worth the risk of purchasing the Honda. I read that rather than gears, the CVT uses pulleys and steel belts. It is critical that regular fluid changes be done and never neglected. I also read that the CVT gives a false sense of slipping in snow and ice when it is not. The sportage is a match in horsepower and provides a better warranty. Ive made my decision

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mothers 2014 cr-v has a cvt she has the dreaded shudder issue too so cvts avail at least in 2014s not just 15 7 above

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CVT’s are not used in trucks because they are too unreliable. That should be a red flag for anyone considering buying a vehicle with a CV transmission. Eventually, CVT’s will be refined. Right now, they are highly unreliable. If they fail at high speed, CVT’s normally explode internally like a grenade, making them unlikely to be repairable. Most CVT’s cost $4000 to $7000 to replace. This is something car salesmen fail to tell the public. Many sales persons are unaware of the cost. Most Japanese manufacturers are now putting CVT’s in their sedans, subcompact and compact cars, including Honda, Nissan, and Toyota. CVT’s are expensive junk, although Honda and Toyota do make the better CVT’s. The good news is that, thus far, Mazda has refused “to put that junk in their cars”. Their chief engineer says he doubts that Mazda would ever use CVT’s. I will never buy another car with a CVT. My next vehicle will probably be a Mazda.

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Only Prius and Corolla have CVT transmissions.

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I know the Honda 2019 and 2020 CR-V has a CVT

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Only the e-CVT used on the Toyota Prius have proven long term reliable. Normal CVT's from Honda (propietary) and Toyota (Aisin) are decent but not up to a conventional auto tranny; JATCO that belongs to Renault/Nissan are basically the worst CVT you can have in a car, Subary uses them as well. What you kind of save in gas, will kick your rear end probably sooner than later. CVT's are cheaper to manufacture, have less parts and are lighter, but the damn things are way more expensive to maintain and fix/replace. Better wait a few years until they get it right.

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