I owned one of the first CVTs available. I watched it roll off the truck... It was the 1996 Civic HX CVT... Pretty cool car and never once gave me any problems with the CVT.All CVT’s have had problems, many problems...(just do a quick search and be ready to read for weeks). Yes, even Honda, Toyota, Subaru, Nissan, etc., etc.
I really liked Kia and Hyundai for staying away from them, but like all others, the cheaper, but more unreliable transmission, won. These are already showing signs of problems as indicated on the original posting. I’m afraid that many more will surface as they sell more of these. The Kia Soul has been an amazingly realiable vehicle, reason why Kia sold so many...I’m not sure that will be the case from now on, unless you get base model with the 6 speed manual transmission or buy another model with the traditional automatic transmission. Get a troublesome transmission for maybe one more mile per gallon? No thanks!
Actually the 1989 Subaru "Justy" came with the first CVT in America... I had a Justy believe it or not - I had the 4WD 5 Speed stick shift and I loved that little car! It had a 3 cylinder engine - I had to get rid of it because the syncros on the transmission kept getting out of sync... I sold it... It had a cool button on the stick to lock it into 4WD and it would go through just about anything.