Originally Posted by CentralNJKizashi
I'm finding that the CVT on my kizashi is shifting into high gear way too early. Like 5th gear at 20mph and 6th gear by 30mph. It's causing the car to vibrate and lug like a manual trans would do if you put into too high a gear at a low speed.
Does anyone have this problem and or know if their is a TSB or something to fix this?
There are a few owners around that have complained about this, including me.
Suzuki Australia describe it as a "characteristic" of the car and basicly "stiff s**t" we can't do anything about it.
Unfortunately they describe the Kizashi in their advertising as an "exceptional luxury sedan" with a "smooth, powerful" engine. Neither statement gels with the actual experience of driving the Kizashi CVT gently.
(The other big complaint is the fuel consumption which is nowhere near the claimed figure!)
It's frustrating when the rest of the car is so good!
All of the reviews I read before buying my Kizashi made no comment about the vibration problem, but I found this one afterwards which seems to describe the problem!
2010 Suzuki Kizashi XL Sedan | GoAuto - Our Opinion
It seems to me that Suzuki have geared the CVT way too high (top is higher on the CVT than the manual) and, as you said, programmed it to change up to early when driven gently. I can only assume this was to try and get better fuel consumption as it definately detracts from the diving experience!
I hope that Suzuki come out with a reprogram of the CVT to improve the situation!