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Do I need to warm up the CVT before driving?

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2022 Corolla 1.8L

Scotty,

Two part question: 1) does the CVT transmission have to be warmed up before driving? I read an article that said one should put the car in drive for a minute at start up before accelerating. 2) How long do you expect CVT transmissions to last in the new Corollas? Many articles gave it a life span of only 120-150 thousand miles. That would be such a drag as we all know the engines last 300k or more. The cost to replace a CVT is around $6-$8,000! 

Scott Schymick 

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I read an article that said one should put the car in drive for a minute at start up before accelerating

Sounds like bad advise to me.

Some CVTs will be in the same position as N while idling in D, some CVT automatics will just try to creep loading the torque convertor and trying to slip the belt.

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How long do you expect CVT transmissions to last in the new Corollas? Many articles gave it a life span of only 120-150 thousand miles

Assuming it was maneufactured correctly, many of them are not and have issues on day one (for example)

But that's true of any car built in the last couple of years, due to supply chain difficulties.

 

Usually they begin to have issues around 100k, their cone bearings begin to whine.

And they can go bad as early as ~90k in city traffic, or last about 150k if maintained well.

 

That would be such a drag as we all know the engines last 300k or more

On the new launch gear CVTs and DynamicForce engines, reliable sources claim both are rated to last 150k miles. 

Personally test driving one, I didn't like it. The RPMs would drop too much in the 1st->CVT range shift, and it ain't too smooth.

And Toyota brags about how tiny the bearings and cones are on it, and that's really not a good thing - you want them to be overbuilt not "good enough for most applications".

So yeah, I'm skeptical on those to say the least.

 

 

Generally? the last bulletproof Corolla was built in 2010-2013, with some in 2014-2015. but since then? it's all downhill.

Last year was shopping for a car and realized how bad things have gotten, there are almost no cars anymore that you can just drive anywhere in any manner you want without having to worry about how it'd affect the transmission health, expect for the one I got and that's an outgoing model...

My Corolla was considered, locally, as "Toyotas lowest low" with oil burning and an awkward automated manual, but somehow now it became better than 95% of new cars and has appreciated (still the same car, the benchmark just got much lower)

And it's not like Toyota doesn't have good conventional automatic technology, Toyota group are supplying Peugeot, Citroen, Opel and Volvo with the world's best automatics for decades and refusing to install them on their own cars. Why can you but a Peugeot 208 for $17k with a 8 speed automatic that's rated for 300NM (150% reserve) when even the $25k Camry is only rated for 280NM (20% reserve) - it's not about cost, it's about planed obsolescence.

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Posted by: @scottisanole

1) does the CVT transmission have to be warmed up before driving?

No.

Posted by: @scottisanole

2) How long do you expect CVT transmissions to last in the new Corollas?

I've driven a couple of the new ones with that engine and that CVT transmission. It depends on how you drive and how you maintain your vehicle. Just remember that this particular Corolla does not have the K120 CVT transmission that includes a physical gear.

That’s a bummer! I thought it had the launch gear, which means more reliable since that gear takes most of the strain. But the first part of my question went unanswered. Have you heard of needing to warm up the transmission before driving for longevity? I know in a conventional tranny it’s better to warm it up, but don’t know about CVT 

No I have not (not that I know of). Not on CVT transmissions or even on regular automatic transmissions.

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