A Jack rabbit, jerky, shuddering start. I use to get that all the time after starting the car or leaving the stoplight. Some of the worse times was after backing down from a driveway and going from reverse to drive, the delay was ridiculous and the jerking forward was pretty bad.
A wtf moment for me everytime, Cuz, I didn't understand what was going on or if this was how a cvt runs.
Thought that was normal for this crappy cvt.
Then I did a CVT drain & fill, most likely the cure and also drained the differential & transfer case for added measure.
I no longer have that dreaded delay in acceleration. The best way to describe it is that it no longer has a disconnected feel.
It has a solid robust link from accelerator pedal to engine.
None of that jerky feel and mini whiplash I was getting before.
Dont settle for less, the whole reason for the cvt is to no longer have those shift points. Its actually suppose to accelerate like an electric golf cart.
If you really want to have that kinda normal delay in acceleration, I got that all day long when I rode with my ex in her manual Mustang and RX-8.
Hence, any delay in acceleration = not normal.
My 2009 Rogue no longer has any jack rabbit starts, shudder, or delays whatsoever.
OCD really magnified those symptoms, now I don't think about it no more. The last 30,000 miles I drive in amazement and appreciation in how it drives really smooth. Seriously, I can't feel my steering wheel vibrate. I have to make sure I don't grind my engine because i can't tell if it's on at times. So I glance at my rpm gauge to double check.
But it's always back in my mind when my cvt will eventually fail,
Original cvt here.