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78Z
04-05-2003, 04:39 AM
Article (https://www.canadiandriver.com/testdrives/03mini_cvt.htm)

I don't really see the point but I guess its better than a normal slushbox

aeronca65t
04-05-2003, 08:38 AM
This is the primary reason we *didn't* buy a new MINI last year...they didn't have a "regular" slushbox (and we absoluteley needed at least one auto trans car in the family).

This trans is "all-new"....I had visions of a transmission debacle with spings and gears falling out of the trans from below....just like the "all-new" Austin America slushbox I had years ago. Didn't want to take that chance with our day-to-day grocery getter.

The first application of this continously-variable trans was in the little Dutch DAF (now owned by Volvo) and FIAT built the trans under liscense for their 128. The ratio-change works on the same principle as the variable speed drive in my Bridgeport milling machines.

As it turned out, we bought a new Mazda Protege("regular" 4 spd. auto trans), which was cheap, comfortable and handles better than my daughter's WRX.