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#9800 of 10048 Re: Need some advice [busiris]
Jan 25, 2013 (4:51 pm)
Bet I would have woken up hung over, missing a kidney and my wallet.
#9801 of 10048 Re: Subaru + Turbo + CVT = greatness? [andres3]
Jan 25, 2013 (6:12 pm)
You must of missed that part of the Forester's review. IMHO that makes the CVT unacceptable. They've got the gimmick down to the point where it's a good gimmick, but it is still Gimmicky.
IMHO I think there are three things that make CVTs unacceptable to you. Those would be the letters C, V, and T.
#9802 of 10048 Re: Need some advice [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 25, 2013 (6:30 pm)
I'd be more upset by the depreciation on an A8 than the repair bills."
If I didn't know you better from reading your comments over the years I'd conclude that you're a candidate for a nicely depreciated used A8.
#9803 of 10048 Re: Need some advice [cdnpinhead]
Jan 25, 2013 (6:59 pm)
Those are reasons why early A8 and S8 are very rare today - keeping one on the road makes a similar era S or 7er look like maintaining a Lexus. Parts availability is sketchy, and I believe some shops don't want to touch them.
Not all used higher end cars are bad, but you really have to be careful. There are some MBs for instance, say an 00-02 S600, that I wouldn't take for free.
#9804 of 10048 Re: Need some advice [ateixeira]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jan 25, 2013 (7:57 pm)
Worth it. You only need one kidney.
#9805 of 10048 Re: Need some advice [hpmctorque]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 26, 2013 (8:44 am)
Nice car the A8 but I really can't afford to keep a car like that up AND take vacations, eat out, etc. I don't mind stretching a bit to own a unique car but I'm not going to diminish my life for one.
#9806 of 10048 Re: Subaru + Turbo + CVT = greatness? [bpizzuti]
Jan 28, 2013 (7:55 pm)
Being as my two favorite (thus far) car makers that I've owned in the past are using CVT... I guess I better get used to it.
Does Honda offer a real automatic transmission option? I know Audi does.
#9807 of 10048 Re: Subaru + Turbo + CVT = greatness? [andres3]
Jan 29, 2013 (6:10 am)
Honda has actually never offered a real automatic transmission, technically. Their "automatics" have always been unique in that they're not constructed of planetary gearsets, they look more like manual transmissions with a torque converter and some automation added on.
And yeah, they're still in the Civic, CR-V, and everything else. So far their new CVT is limited to the Accord. I'm assuming if it's successful there it'll be deployed to other models.
#9808 of 10048 Re: Subaru + Turbo + CVT = greatness? [bpizzuti]
Jan 29, 2013 (6:39 am)
I'm sure they will to meet future CAFE standards. You almost have to.
#9809 of 10048 Re: Subaru + Turbo + CVT = greatness? [ateixeira]
Jan 29, 2013 (9:00 am)
Almost. You know the EPA's website actually says DCTs are capable of a higher percentage of fuel savings than CVTs? Maybe due to parasitic losses, some CVTs are using torque converters to get rid of the rubber-band sensation. But I did find that kind of curious.
DCTs seem to be harder to implement "right" however, at least partially because they're being marketed as "automatics" rather than "automated manuals." The two have a different connotation and a different expectation when it comes to smoothness.