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We bought a 2018 CH-R from Carvana last year. THANK GOD I discovered it had transmission issues within the Carvana short limited warranty. Entire transmission had to be replaced at a cost of $9000.

So, I asked the Toyota tech if they put different parts in or the same parts and she said the same.O...K... Don't you think you should put in different parts instead of the same ole defective ones?

So...... is this going to happen again? The price of the transmission was half the price of the freaking car.

A couple of days ago we got an EPB malfunction notice. Looks like one EPB actuator is $1,000 and the Toyota has two, so dreading what this could mean.

So, wondering if anyone had this dreaded 2018 transmission issue twice?!?!

I'm kicking myself for not researching the car more in depth. I've always heard Toyota was epic, so I assumed, but if there are going to be more serious issues like these, I am considering selling it before any more disasters strike.

Also, if anyone has thoughts on this EPB thing let me know. I called Toyota and they said the car already had the recall work done to it all the way back in 2018.


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Well, I'm biased and think all CVT transmissions are garbage. But it is what it is with this car as it's the only transmission option unlike overseas where they get a manual gearbox (well at least they did as I think Toyota just killed the manual gearbox option). The key thing with CVTs is the need to do routine fluid maintenance. I don't care what Toyota or the dealer will tell you. The fact your trans failed may or may not be due to a factory defect with your trans. But you don't know if the previous owner did any sort of trans fluid maintenance. I say all of this without knowing how many miles your car has.

I've done as much research as I can with the trans used in the North America model C-HRs. I have not found any change in the part number for the trans which would indicate an update to any of the internals. There may be some updates that have been done during the course of the model production over the years. But typically you will see that as a different part number that supersedes the previous part number. There also have has been a high number of 2018 owners that have reported trans problems here. But that's not proof positive there is a problem as the sampling size is still small. Mine is a 2019 with over 103,000 miles. The car still runs fine and I've done two transmission flushes since owning the car new.

In my opinion since you have a new transmission is to do trans fluid service when you reach between 30k to 50k miles and repeat thereafter to maintain the reliability of the trans.
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