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Old 05-01-2021, 12:02 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I watched a teardown of the transmission in the Pacifica and it's nothing at all like a CVT. It's all gears, no bands, clutches, or belts, that I can determine and looks very stout. The final gear looks stouter than that in a ford 9" rear end.

So what I think might be the limitation is how much cooling capacity it has, but then something all geared without slipping parts like a Ford 9" rear end doesn't need much cooling.

We'll see how reliable the whole van is for 2-3 years and then decide. If its problem free I'll add a hitch and keep it, if it's had to go in a bunch then I'll probably sell it and try something else.
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