I just recently purchased a '01 Insight with a growling trans, and yes I got it cheap, haha. I dropped the pan on it over the weekend and found 5 large metal pieces in it (see attached pic). I went ahead cleaned the pan & magnets, flushed the fluid, but nothing else. I did notice this weekend that the trans slipped real bad when it gets warm & I tried to climb a hill. I went ahead and had it towed home.
Before I got the car, I've checked with the local dealership and trans shops, but none of them seem to rebuild the CVT's. They either replace them with a remanufactured one ($4-5K+) or installed another used one and hope for the best. I'd like to know if anyone actually rebuilds these trans? If so, who & where? And is there someone relieable in southern California area? I like the car and I'd hate to see this car parted out & scrapped, so any help would be much appreciated.
I was amazed at how many 2009-2011 CVT transmissions are available but basically no G1 CVTs. Maybe Jeff can send you the link for the $900 dollar one?
That one is in Japan. I think the CVT was there in 2000. I'd be a little leery of ordering from overseas. Getting them to honor the warranty might be tricky. I found mine from a Florida dismantler on eBay as well, but it is in my Blue 2003 CVT which is/was sold already.
Sad really, I barely got to drive it for a couple days before it sold.
Seriously though, my opinion is pending because the current IMA battery is toast. I'm going to put a good one in a drive it for a few days before I deliver the car to the buyer. I like it. It's surprisingly peppy, not the normal auto trans penalty. I wonder if the fuel maps are changed slightly to make the car more responsive (and thus the MPG penalty). I have nothing to back this up, other then it felt just as quick as my MT Insight.
It was my first time driving a CVT. I really didn't drive it long enough to determine anything. I spent half the time trying to figure out if it was supposed to act like that or not, I didn't remember that it had a bad IMA battery.
I want one though, mostly to learn about behavior and such. Its behavior during the positive and negative recals was quite interesting. Some of it I've observed before when running BCM and MCMs from a CVT in a MT car.
I did not like the start clutch feeling. It slipped way too much during a jackrabbit start, and just felt wholly inadequate. I don't think it would last long in my hands.
Ratio changes were a little slow IMO. Snore... I could likely downshift into 2nd and pass you before the CVT reacted. Hmm... Isn't there a Sport mode though? See, I didn't even try that.
Man, I sound like a total n00b. I think I'll pick one up at some point. It would be fun to see how fast I could destroy it, at least. Maybe learn some IMA behavior in the mean time.
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