I cannot get in to my dealer until 7/16 for this update & inspection.
I scheduled my CVT software update appointment online (Nardy Honda, St. James, NY) It's
for 8/23! I'm not driving much now (laid off from job) and don't have any
long trips planned between now and then.
I was concerned about the CVT tranny when I bought my HRV in March 2016
but I figured it had been used in the Civic for a few years so I figured it was ok.
Not very confident of taking a long trip in my HRV now :-( but I do like the vehicle
a lot, features, fuel economy, ride is fine.
No car is perfect but a tranny replacement on a Honda is troubling. I expected 150,000-200,000
miles of trouble free service (35,000 miles now) I keep up with maintenance on all my cars.
5000 mile oil changes (synthetic) tranny, rear differential fluid at 30,000 miles. Antifreeze 50,000 miles.
Brake fluid flush every 5 years or sooner. Cabin filter, Air filter every 25,000 miles etc...
I've had no issues with the HRV, rides well. Only problem I had was rear rotors rusting up, uneven
pad wear on rear brakes within 25,000 miles. I showed pictures to service manager on one visit for
service and he didn't have any comment (car was out of warranty) I replaced rotors and pads with
PowerStop parts from RockAuto, seem to be ok
So, follow up after software update on 8/23/21.
1. HRV seems slightly more sluggish starting off,
barely noticeable difference.
2. Rubber band effect seems less although I never
thought it was that bad.
3. Even though it's a CVT I've always noticed a "shift"
at around 40 mph. The "shift" seems softer now
4. Fuel economy is down a bit, maybe 3 mpg, but I've only
driven about 100 miles since update, mostly local. I did
have a highway drive yesterday, about 70 miles total and it
seems the mpg is improving.
Final note, all these observations are very subtle and may just
be my imagination
Update took a little over an hour, service department was their
normally busy early morning but they are pretty good.
I will continue to do transmission/rear diff fluid changes every
30,000 miles, Honda fluid is not that expensive and it's easy
enough to do.
Let me know what you guys/gals think.
10/18/21 follow up to my follow up
trans software upgrade done at 35,874 miles. I now have 37,300
and have taken one 500 mile round trip. Fuel economy is back to
normal. I guess it took some driving for the computers to relearn all
parameters. Trans is working well.