Hi, does anyone know how much power the CVT in the 2010 2.5 SL can handle before needing to be modified or replaced?
The 4-cyl CVT's certainly won't take abuse like the 6-cyl versions. I'm pretty sure it's a matter of additional shear from smaller surface area, the 4-cyl versions seem to beat the fluid up much faster. I've seen them go a long way with religious fluid changes, but anybody who believes the advertising about "lifetime fluid" is doomed to a dead tranny around 100K, maybe less. In contrast, the 6-cyls all seem to make 140~150K with the same neglect.I was tempted to write "50 HP less than the motor puts out."