Advice for lancer SE auto transmission

Hello, does anyone have any more advice for my boyfriends 2015 Lancer SE? We know it’s not the best car but it was all that he could find in such a short time. He would like it to act more like a GTS or an Evo. Is there anything that he could really do to make it a like the Evo or GTS without killing the car? Any advice would really help. Thank you so much.

Not going to happen unless he has a really tall stack of money . He needs to just drive this and start saving money so that when these outrageous used vehicle prices drop he can find something closer to what he wants.

How old is this person anyway ?


I agree, you beat me too it.

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  1. It has an CVT not an automatic.

  2. He could probably find a body kit and get some different wheels/tires to make it look like an Evo. The GTS is mechanically similar to the SE (same engine, same transmission as your SE, but it’s FWD only). The Ralliart was sort of a toned down Evo; AWD, detuned turbo engine, and a dual clutch automated manual. So it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get your car to perform like an Evo without parting with more money than it would cost to simply buy an Evo.

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It’s more accurate to say that a CVT is one type of automatic transmission.


I assume your reason for posting this a second time is because the answers the first time around were not to someone’s liking?


I like to imagine that my small SUV or minivan is a muscle car. Plymouth Horizon runs like a better car. I would advise anybody to save the money. It doesn’t matter what is being driven or what you get for pay. It is good to find out that you’re fifty-five and not in a panic about your future.

Forget the bogus retirement advice. Maintain the car and listen to the radio. Buy your coffee at Mickey D’s. You’ll be rich before you know it.

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There is an undersupply of new and used cars now, so prices are high and selection is limited.

My advice: It doesn’t make economic sense to put even more money into an overpriced car that you don’t like all that much. Get it up to date with maintenance (see owners manual) and drive it sensibly. Get ready for expenses like new tires.

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No it’s not that, I was just looking for more advice to see if there are any more other people out there that would be able to see my post so I decided to repost it. This is my first time using the site so I don’t know how it works really.

Thank you for clarifying that part of it. This site does have a few unwieldy features so to speak.

As for your boyfriend’s car I would strongly suggest that instead of wasting money on cold air intakes, cat back exhausts, or flashy interior modifications that he consider taking care of basic maintenance first. That would mean oil changes, trans fluid changes, brake fluid exchange, cooling system service, etc.
Keeping the car going reliably from A to B is the main goal.

Yes, I’m aware of those “GET 20 more horsepower…” claims but that’s all fluff and no substance. Any improvement is more of a placebo effect than anything else.


In the realm of automotive transmissions, there are quite a number of differences between a CVT and the traditional automatic. CVT’s (other than Toyota’s oddball CVT with a traditional 1st gear,+ CVT) don’t have torque converters, or planetary gearsets. And traditional automatics don’t have variable diameter pulleys with a belt/chain as the primary motivating factor.

In terms of function, they both accomplish the same task similarly from the driver’s perspective though. In both cases the drive simply selects “D” and the transmission takes care of the rest without any further input from the the driver.

For me, I think there’s enough difference in how they operate to classify them as different types of transmissions and to not use them interchangeably in an automotive context.