Why are automakers obsessed with these CVT'S?
Me too,Count me in the minority, then. I liked the one CVT vehicle (2005 Freestyle) we had in our family. At times I wished there were more vehicles with them.
I think ours was a front-wheel drive. Kept it for 11 years...only issues were squeaky rear bushings and a leaky power steering pump. To the best of my knowledge, the transmission was never serviced, with at least 140k on the clock. Still not totally sure why my dad ever got rid of it, other than getting sick of my uncle nagging him for keeping such an "old" car. There wasn't even a spec of rust on it, which was amazing given Ford's reputation, being in an area that is liberal in the salt usage, and the extremely minimal effort put into keeping it clean.Me too,
I had a 2006 Freestyle with the CVT. I put over 200,000 miles on it and loved it. It also had the Haldex All-Wheel Drive which I also loved. My daily commute is around 180 miles and the CVT made it super smooth. I remember watching the speed stay the same while the RPMs adjusted up and down depending on the terrain. No noise, no pauses between gears, no weird downshifts. It was also nice in DC traffic Jams. It had the usual Ford transmission problems. There was a manufacturing defect on the input shaft that caused it to wear out the o-ring seal and caused the dreaded wrench light to come on. Ford finally figured it out and fixed it. It was also a 4,200 pound car with a 3.0 six cylinder. The trick was knowing where your peak torque was in the RPM band and keeping the RPMs there when you needed to move out quick.
the escape hybrid uses a system same as the prius, which is to say it is an e-CVT, which is a planetary gear set, like an conventional automatic, and electric motors. completely different than a conventional CVT.My previous daily beater was an 06 Escape hybrid that I bought used and the CVT operated just fine.
So that's to say it uses a planetary gearset for a fixed-ratio step-down, but doesn't have any variable ratio 'transmission' at all - just relies on the varying RPM of the electric motor and it's significant torque like most all-electric vehicles - is that correct?the escape hybrid uses a system same as the prius, which is to say it is an e-CVT, which is a planetary gear set, like an conventional automatic, and electric motors. completely different than a conventional CVT.