AO Silver Member
Join Date: Apr 2002
If the variator is knackered, the engine will sound like a diesel at tick over. In the beginning the noised will only be apparent at startup. Later on it will be present until the revs reach approximately 1800 rpm's. At the final stage, the noise will be present at all times, and starting to influence the overall performance. If the car is still under warranty, have it replaced asap.