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Old 12-29-2018, 05:47 PM   #57 (permalink)
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I avoid CVTs, but there's a small but loyal following for them. I'd say 60mpg is a figure to shoot for in a CVT, whereas a 5MT could reasonably aim for 80mpg and have the same difficulty getting there. These CVTs occasionally strip their flywheel and can fail between 150k and 250k miles, but if that's fixed they can keep going for a lot longer. They're around 100lbs heavier than the manuals and lack lean burn, but again can still easily break 50's and even 60's average with a careful driver.

I would recommend against a high mileage CVT, but 140k is not so high if the fluid has been changed regularly (needs it every 30k) and if the owner did not beat on it.
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