transmission failure
Angie P

New Port Richey, FL

#41 Jun 19, 2007
We have a 2001 Acura MDX. We brought the vehicle to the Jacksonville, FL dealer in 2004 when the transmission recall was announced. They said the transmission didn't need to be replaced, but we noticed that our vehicle was hesitant and made a vibrating noise. We brought it in twice since then and they had us replace the motor mounts, said it was the fuel injectors, maybe the EGR valve...everything but the transmission...until our vehicle was out of warranty. Now they're saying it will cost upwards of $6,000 and that Acura will not help with the cost. I've been reading many Consumer Reports, blogs and info on Wikipedia and it said that due to many transmission failures, the manufacturer extended the warranty on the automatic transmission on some Acura CL's and TL's for 7 years, 100,000 miles. Many replacement rebuilt units had problems. A class action lawsuit later extended the warranty to 93 months or 109,000 miles.
If anyone else is having problems with their Acura MDX without any help, let me know, maybe we can get a class action lawsuit going. It worked for the CL and TL, so we may have some hope for the MDX. Id also appreciate suggestions!
Jeff in Boston

Cromwell, CT

#42 Jul 17, 2007
My 2002 MDX Touring model has been experiencing transmission slippage between 2nd and 3rd gears for 2 months now. I just went on a long trip to Vriginia and it happened twice in 2 days. The check engine light came one as well It has 90K for mileage.

I brough it to an Acura dealer in Virginia and they told me the fault code was an incorrect gear ratio which means the tranny needs to be replaced. I decided to take my chances and drive back to Boston. I brought to to an Acura dealer Peabody and they confirmed the transmission needs to be replaced. They called Acura and are replacing the tranny for free. I was very relieved to hear this as I was expecting a huge bill. I have always been diligent with service and has it done at the Acura dealer. If I had not done this, I doubt they would have picked-up the tab.

Obvisiously, this is a problem with the 2002 MDX that acrua is aware of.
Jeff

United States

#43 Jul 25, 2007
I am the (proud?) owner of a 2001 MDX that I bought 2 days ago with 93,000 miles. I did some reseach at the dealership whom sold it new and they stated that the previous owner had the transmission replaced at 85,000 miles (Aug. 2006).

I am very concerned that being a 2nd owner I won't have any leverage to deal with Acura when this trans. goes south.

What do I need to do to have Acura foot the bill if this tranny needs replacing?
Alan

Waltham, MA

#44 Jul 29, 2007
Mark wrote:
<quoted text>
Dona and all, I just have had a transmission lock up at higher speed on the highway and almost lost my family, I also learned that there is a recall for that transmission on all MDX's build in 2001 and 2002.
The dealer says that it is only recall for inspection but in fact if as a result of inspection they will see some indicators on the gears they must replace the whole transmission.
I have more if you are interested.
I have an MDX with 70000 miles on it and the check engine light came on last week. My dealer said it needs a new torque converter and the cost is $4500 however Acura agreed to split half. I still have to pay $2250. Any suggestions?
james

Toronto, Canada

#45 Aug 20, 2007
can anyone tell me where i can take my mdx for the transmission recall....having serious problems that aren't getting fixed properly at the mechanics. acura tells me my VIN # does not match up to any transmission recalls...i am very frustrated
Kelly HB

Dahlgren, VA

#46 Sep 11, 2007
Where is it written that they have to repair the transmission. We have a 2002 MDX with about 90000 miles and all we get is the run-around. If you can send me to the place that shows they must repair, I'd be eternally grateful.
Thanks,
Kelly HB
Alan wrote:
<quoted text>
I have an MDX with 70000 miles on it and the check engine light came on last week. My dealer said it needs a new torque converter and the cost is $4500 however Acura agreed to split half. I still have to pay $2250. Any suggestions?
Kelly HB

Boston, MA

#47 Sep 18, 2007
Jeff in Boston wrote:
My 2002 MDX Touring model has been experiencing transmission slippage between 2nd and 3rd gears for 2 months now. I just went on a long trip to Vriginia and it happened twice in 2 days. The check engine light came one as well It has 90K for mileage.
I brough it to an Acura dealer in Virginia and they told me the fault code was an incorrect gear ratio which means the tranny needs to be replaced. I decided to take my chances and drive back to Boston. I brought to to an Acura dealer Peabody and they confirmed the transmission needs to be replaced. They called Acura and are replacing the tranny for free. I was very relieved to hear this as I was expecting a huge bill. I have always been diligent with service and has it done at the Acura dealer. If I had not done this, I doubt they would have picked-up the tab.
Obvisiously, this is a problem with the 2002 MDX that acrua is aware of.
You are very forunate. I have the exact same car with similar mileage and the same problem. Bought it in Canada then moved to States. Neither Acura USA nor Canada will do a thing for me. I was even willing to drive in to Montreal but Acura Canada says it is not among the recalled VINs. I think this is bovine excrement b/c I have documented here and on acuramdx.org hundreds with the same problem as I have.

Can you confirm from your dealer that yours is being done b/c of the VIN? I am considering a class action suit because it seems that the VIN thing is arbitrary.
Kelly HB

Boston, MA

#48 Sep 18, 2007
Angie P wrote:
We have a 2001 Acura MDX. We brought the vehicle to the Jacksonville, FL dealer in 2004 when the transmission recall was announced. They said the transmission didn't need to be replaced, but we noticed that our vehicle was hesitant and made a vibrating noise. We brought it in twice since then and they had us replace the motor mounts, said it was the fuel injectors, maybe the EGR valve...everything but the transmission...until our vehicle was out of warranty. Now they're saying it will cost upwards of $6,000 and that Acura will not help with the cost. I've been reading many Consumer Reports, blogs and info on Wikipedia and it said that due to many transmission failures, the manufacturer extended the warranty on the automatic transmission on some Acura CL's and TL's for 7 years, 100,000 miles. Many replacement rebuilt units had problems. A class action lawsuit later extended the warranty to 93 months or 109,000 miles.
If anyone else is having problems with their Acura MDX without any help, let me know, maybe we can get a class action lawsuit going. It worked for the CL and TL, so we may have some hope for the MDX. Id also appreciate suggestions!
I'm in for the class action. They are saying some VINs and not others can get repaired. BS.
linda

Newtown, CT

#49 Sep 19, 2007
I was just in a horrible accident with my MDX. It was my daughters wedding day. I was in a parking garage, put the car in reverse and was backing up when the car surged backwards into a cement beam, then surged forward at full speed into another cement beam. This car was totally out of control. Airbags deployed, and we got out as fast as we could. It was a horrible experience. I missed important moments on my daughters wedding day, but walked down the isle limping and my knee swollen twice its size. Please let everyone know about this. This could have been more tragic had it been on a main street where people would have been killed! I am now without work due to my injuries.
Largo

United States

#50 Sep 21, 2007
Dave J wrote:
<quoted text>What else do you have? I have an 02 MDX with 46,000 miles and when I shift from any of the drive gears into reverse there is a single clank noise. It does not do it going from park to reverse or from nuetral back to reverse as long as I do not go to the drive gears. Anybody else experience this?
Hello, I think all MDX and other cars like my Lexus IS300 have that issue. What you are hearing is the sound of the brake pads moving. As they get older the brake pads loosen a little and will make a clunking sound when you change direction, ex. first time you brake going backwards. My wifes MDX also makes the noise when put in drive after exiting the garage. I have not notice or do I believe the brakes are any worst due to this noise. After replacing the brake pads the noise dissaperared.
Largo

United States

#51 Sep 21, 2007
Kelly HB wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm in for the class action. They are saying some VINs and not others can get repaired. BS.
I would like to be in it. I own a 2003 MDX 50,000 miles with a recently developed transmission problem. It's been mentioned more often in other forums like AcuraMDX.org . Around 35-40 mph in high gear the transmission produces a rumble or vibration and surges a few rpm's. I read there is an ACURA Service Bulletin #05-024 about the subject but have not findout what's it all about. I am in the process of finding out from the dealer what are they going to do.
Largo

United States

#52 Sep 21, 2007
bill c wrote:
i have an 04 mdx w/48850 miles do i need to be worried?
I would. My 2003 MDX 50,000 miles (just out of warranty) developed the vibrating/shudder in high gear/40 mph. Foundout Acura Service Bulletin #05-024 corrective action is to replace the transmission Torque Converter and PCM unit. Some forums quote this fix as the $2,500 Acura whammy.
Jay

Hilo, HI

#53 Sep 24, 2007
I'm about to purchase a 2003 MDX with low miles and a 1 year dealer bumper to bumper warranty. I've been reading all the horror stories about the transmission problems on these cars and thinking maybe I should cancel the deal and buy something else. The MDX is in excellent like new condition and drives great. Any recommendations? Is it worth it?
Is the '03 model as troublesome as '01 and '02?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.
Cindy

Milan, GA

#54 Sep 24, 2007
Kelly HB, I was told the same thing about the vin #. This is the second transmission I have had to replace. This first rebuiilt lasted 50,000 miles, now at 111,000 miles, I have to have another one. Acura in the states was ready to cover all costs, but then ran the vin# and said it was sold in Canada and traded here in the U.S. So the dealer called Canada and Canada said they would not replace because they didn't have that many problems ! I think this is ridiculous.I am ready to join you for a class action suit regarding the this.Anyone else want to join?
linda

Newtown, CT

#55 Sep 25, 2007
my acura mdx is a 2005, and as I stated in my forum post, my car accelerated and I lost control and hit a cement beam in a parking garage. It was the morning of my daughters wedding! I would tell you that having your car checked by Acura would be the answer, but my car was just in for a $700 service bill for a 30,000 mile checkup. So you really can't trust them either. It is very unfortunate, Acura had a great reputation, and that is why we chose this car. I just wanted everyone to be aware! I would hate to see this happen again, possibly killing people in its path.
Apowersurfer

Bellevue, WA

#57 Sep 30, 2007
These stories of dealers trying to charge $5,000 before "going to bat" for the customer with Acura and miraculously getting a goodwill repair sound suspicious. Some dealers try to charge the customer AND submit a warranty claim to the manufactuer.
TERRY B

Orlando, FL

#58 Oct 6, 2007
IT SOUNDS LIKE IT IS TIME TO GET AN ATTORNEY TO DEAL WITH THE MDX TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS. THIS MAY GET THEIR ATTENTION. HAS ANYBODY HEARD OF ANY INVOLVEMENT WITH ATTORNEY IN THIS MATTER. I JUST KEEP GETTING THE RUN AROUND FROM THE CUSTOMER SERVICE PEOPLE. I THINK IT MAY TAKE A DEATH OR TWO IN AN ACCIDENT AND A CLASS ACTION SUITE BEFORE THEY WILL DO ANYTHING.

MY 2002 MDX IS ON IT'S 4TH TRANSMISSION! I JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT OTHER OWNERS TROUBLES.
Robin Birring

Nashville, TN

#59 Oct 16, 2007
i have the same problem of shudder around 70km/hr and 1400rpm on my acura mdx 2001. i called acura customer service and they told me they did inspection on transmission in 2004 regarding second gear. i brought this vehicle in nov 2006. i dont know what the real trouble is ?? by going thru form it look like bad transmission.
can anyone help what should i do.
Robin Birring

Nashville, TN

#60 Oct 16, 2007
i have same problem
Angie P wrote:
We have a 2001 Acura MDX. We brought the vehicle to the Jacksonville, FL dealer in 2004 when the transmission recall was announced. They said the transmission didn't need to be replaced, but we noticed that our vehicle was hesitant and made a vibrating noise. We brought it in twice since then and they had us replace the motor mounts, said it was the fuel injectors, maybe the EGR valve...everything but the transmission...until our vehicle was out of warranty. Now they're saying it will cost upwards of $6,000 and that Acura will not help with the cost. I've been reading many Consumer Reports, blogs and info on Wikipedia and it said that due to many transmission failures, the manufacturer extended the warranty on the automatic transmission on some Acura CL's and TL's for 7 years, 100,000 miles. Many replacement rebuilt units had problems. A class action lawsuit later extended the warranty to 93 months or 109,000 miles.
If anyone else is having problems with their Acura MDX without any help, let me know, maybe we can get a class action lawsuit going. It worked for the CL and TL, so we may have some hope for the MDX. Id also appreciate suggestions!
DanLA

Valencia, CA

#61 Oct 18, 2007
I called acura about my malfunctioning tranny. They never told me about any recall or additional mileage warranty. I had my local auto repair guy tow my car for diagnosis. It was tramy & when I price compared on 2nd call acura was $600 higher. I gave it to my longtime auto guy. Do I have any recourse or hope for restitution?? My acura dependability has been terrible in so many ways.

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