These transmissions remind me a lot of CDs when the first came out, yes I'm that old. A lot of people hated CDs and a lot of people loved them. CVTs are very similar IMO when the first came out I hated them test drove a few and before I bought my 2014 Avalon I test drove a few and they felt odd to me. The wife took a job which requires her to drive 100 miles a day do I bought her a 2017 Civic with CVT, it drives different from when they first come out. It's funny when we used to buy cars like Caddy's, Avalons, Lexus, etc we love smooth shifting transmissions, people would state " Man you can hardly feel that car shift gears " well that is what CVTs do. I test drove a Subaru Outback last night came with a CVT car rode great as does the Civic. Now I agree with a lot of people that would not want a CVT for towing, or in a muscle car etc. But for a highway car or road trip car which the Outback will be I really can't see an issue with them. Once they hit cruising speed you cannot tell a difference. And while they lack the knock down gear for passing the Outback accelerated incredibly well as cruising speed. Point being I think it all depends on your use of the vehicle. I am curious as to what repairs my be if needed.