a friend of mine recently bought a '96 155 ts 16v 2.0 and he offered me to test drive it (i love test-driving other folks rides). the ride was good though the suspension needs some bit of work and the engine was pretty smooth.
but as i press thru the rev range, i noticed there was no kick-in from the variator. after the rev has passed 4500rpm, it seems to flatten out. but at the same time, i felt that the car had enough torque and power. just no feeling of varator kicking-in. he assured me that the previous owner had mentioned that the variator was among the new things being replaced before the car was sold.
so what gives?