I came across the blog for the CVT gearbox, and how Pakistan should accept it and all the rainbows and fairies that come attached with it.
a few things that caught my eye was - the writer claims it has a rubber belt in it, till date I have not seen any CVT unit with a rubber belt unless it was a drill press or in a scooty.
secondly - speaking of CVT gearbox in Pakistan, Pakistan is still 40 or 50 years behind in transport and vehicles, The most common repair of any kind of old shifting automatic gearbox is to "replace the whole gearbox" mainly because of two reasons, the local mechanics have a big shortcoming of repairing these, the lack of parts availability in Pakistan for this repair and the cost - for an average Pakistani car owner - "kaabli (whatever that means) to sasta hai - aap kyun zyada paisay maang rahe hain" - regardless of the fact that it was a rebuilt unit with new frictions, seal set and also rebuilt torque converter. I did have some customers for these gearboxes and almost everyone of them either knew the value of the item or considered it as an operating cost with a booked result.
CVT units are supplied as fit and use till break assemblies from the manufacturer - this means that in any case the entire gearbox requires replacement with a brand new one. If one inquires about its cost they will be very badly shocked to find its price (worse if its an orphan car bought from auction outside of Pakistan)
Another factor to put in here is the average lifespan of a vehicle in Pakistan, a car is never written off in Pakistan it is used till the only thing remaining is some sheet metal and some sort of engine driving it on 4 wheels.
Im not writing this of 10 years ago, even on my recent visit to Pakistan I met a few old acquaintances who used to work like me, and the situation in this regard is a bit worse than before.
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