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Stephen Hood

Springfield, MO

#1 Jul 16, 2007
I have an 01 Acura MDX that at different times will vibrate as though you are driving across a washboard. You mainly feel this from below and will only last a couple of seconds. Has anyone else experienced this.
John

East Northport, NY

#2 Jul 17, 2007
I had what sounds like a similar problem in my 2001. When shifting into 3rd gear at about 15mph the whole car would shudder. I took it to the dealer and they changed the transmission control module.
Randall

Belmont, NC

#3 Jul 24, 2007
Stephen Hood wrote:
I have an 01 Acura MDX that at different times will vibrate as though you are driving across a washboard. You mainly feel this from below and will only last a couple of seconds. Has anyone else experienced this.
Did you have you problem diagnosed? If so was it the motor mount or transmission? I too am having the same problems and was told that I need to replace the transmission.
Brenda Bucyrus KS

Milwaukee, WI

#4 Jul 28, 2007
My 2003 MDX does this ... when it starts to vibrate, I can reduce the vibration by taking my foot off the accelerator. Otherwise the noise and vibration will continue for several seconds. Seems to occur mostly at average speeds (30-50mph). I've taken it to the dealership and, of course, they couldn't reproduce the noise (cars seem to know when they're being diagnosed!)...they also said they have not ever heard of this issue. Now it's out of warranty. I'd be interested to hear of others who have the same problem...my husband has an RL, drives the same roads I do, and has no vibration.
Mitch

Alamosa, CO

#5 Aug 1, 2007
My 2002 MDX with 58k miles does the exact same thing. If I back of the gas it goes away, haven't had it in to the mechanic yet because it does it so irregular. Love to know what causes this.
Richmond MDX Owner

Harrington Park, NJ

#6 Aug 22, 2007
John wrote:
I had what sounds like a similar problem in my 2001. When shifting into 3rd gear at about 15mph the whole car would shudder. I took it to the dealer and they changed the transmission control module.
I have a 2003 that is having the same problem. Did the transmission control module resolve the issue?
AR MDX Owner

Conway, AR

#7 Jul 5, 2008
We have the exact same problem and it began around 30,000 mi. After numerous trips to the dealership where finally they heard it, but never could fix it, Surprise, Surprise! It was of course still under warranty. It still makes the noise at over 100k and now there is a more serious vibration on occasion. This sounds like an engineering and/or design problem that Acura should have addressed and taken care of or recalled! We have decided no more Honda products, certainly no more Acuras!
Also, has anyone had to have the struts replaced? The struts on our MDX have had to be replaced 3 X's!
Siris

Boston, MA

#8 Jul 15, 2008
The vibration may be the transmission control module, as this seems to be a regular problem betweeen MDX's that were made arounf the 01-03 years... Check to see if it may be a collapsed engine, my car was kind of vibrating also when i was going around 40mph's and when the car was running while parked or on a light... I took it in and it eneded up being the a collapsed engine, which means that the engine wasn't leveled and it was touching something under which made it shake! So weird....
Kevin Red Bank NJ

Hillsborough, NJ

#9 Oct 9, 2008
AR MDX Owner wrote:
We have the exact same problem and it began around 30,000 mi. After numerous trips to the dealership where finally they heard it, but never could fix it, Surprise, Surprise! It was of course still under warranty. It still makes the noise at over 100k and now there is a more serious vibration on occasion. This sounds like an engineering and/or design problem that Acura should have addressed and taken care of or recalled! We have decided no more Honda products, certainly no more Acuras!
Also, has anyone had to have the struts replaced? The struts on our MDX have had to be replaced 3 X's!
Agree, my first and last Acura...besides returning to the dealer for a number of problems covered under warranty, now at 65K it is vibrating under acceleration at 35-40 MPH. It does stop when you let off the gas...would love to know what the problem is before having to go back to the dealer.
Aubrey

Celina, OH

#10 Oct 21, 2008
Kevin Red Bank NJ wrote:
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Agree, my first and last Acura...besides returning to the dealer for a number of problems covered under warranty, now at 65K it is vibrating under acceleration at 35-40 MPH. It does stop when you let off the gas...would love to know what the problem is before having to go back to the dealer.
I had the same problem with my 2001 Acura MDX. At 75,000 miles (in 2004) they changed the oil jet kit. Then the EGR valve.(All covered by warranty/recalls). I picked up the car and within days the same "vibrations" began occurring. Your Acura dealership should follow Service Bulletin 05-024 and change oil jet kit and torque converter. They know this is a problem and call these vibrations "shudder vibrations" that occur typically between 35 and 40 mph. With mine, they ended up replacing the whole transmission (in 2004) and at no cost to me because of recalls on my particular vehicle. HOWEVER- I now have 180,000 miles on it and am HAVING THE SAME Shudder Vibrations!! I've taken it to the dealership and they insist they hear a "knocking" in the middle of the transmission and I will need it replaced- again! I'm so frustrated at this point because I'm a loyal Honda/Acura buyer. There is NO REASON ANY vehicle should EVER need 3 transmissions in 7 years! I happen to know a Marketing Quality manager and have family that work at the Honda transmission plant who have directed me to contact the customer service number found in the back of my manual and raise holy hell! The reason being is that if there is a knock in my transmission that means my C2 S2 Oil Jet Kit is overheating and preparing to fracture. THIS IS DANGEROUS!! This will cause the vehicle to lock-up at highway speeds and very likely cause a wreck. The people I know said the dealership didn't follow proper protocol in following the Service Bulletin because the whole transmission didn't actually need replaced. The ATF should have been flushed and the torque converter replaced. Further the Oil Jet Kit they DID install isn't doing it's job due to a kink in the counter measure hose installed which is limiting the amount of ATF that cools the gear.

This is a problem that Acura/Honda knows about and should be taking care of at no cost to us loyal customers. I suggest following the above procedures and then if that doesn't work, start raising hell!
Katelyn

Peoria, AZ

#11 Oct 27, 2008
I am having a similar problem with my 94 Legend, but at higher speeds (around 65 to 70). It also gets better when I let off the accelerator, but sometimes vibrates so much that it feels unsafe. It feels especially bad when I accelerate at high speeds. I havent taken it to get looked at yet...could it be a fuel pump issue? My car is much older than those of other posters here.
Walter

Woodbridge, Canada

#12 Nov 22, 2008
I also have started having a similar problem with my 2003 MDX which vibrates at around 40 km/hr. Having read all these comments, I'm going to call the dealer next week and get it serviced. I have an extended warranty which hopefully will cover this problem.
Walter

Woodbridge, Canada

#13 Nov 22, 2008
Walter wrote:
I also have started having a similar problem with my 2003 MDX which vibrates at around 40 km/hr. Having read all these comments, I'm going to call the dealer next week and get it serviced. I have an extended warranty which hopefully will cover this problem.
I'll post the results of the service I intend to have next week. If anyone wants to contact me, my email is wbuzzelli@rogers.com.
Kendal

Upper Marlboro, MD

#14 Feb 7, 2009
Wow! I thought I was going crazy but now I see I am not the only one with this problem. My 2003 MDX has been doing this for now almost 6 months and of course like everyone else, when you take it to the dealer, they can not reproduce it. I have even driven with the mechanic in the car to see if I can make it happen. It will never do it! I told my husband I am so tired of taking it to the dealer but I am also tired of the vibration. As many of you have said, this starts during acceleration of 15-40 miles an hour and leaves within a couple of seconds. I can feel it when it begins but can make it stop by removing my foot from the gas. I am sure people driving behind love the quick decelaration.=)

If anyone has any more information on this please let me know lmroberts08@comcast.net . I will be back at the dealer on Tuesday morning for trip #3.

Thanks!
Terence

Milton, FL

#15 Feb 17, 2009
I, too, have a 2001 MDX that has been vibrating like this since Year 1. Had the PCM replaced. things were quieter for a while but now it's starting again; this time though @ other speeds, too (30 - 40, 60 - 70).

Question: anyone know their vehicle manufacturing date? Mine was Dec 6, 2000. Toronto Plant.
Debra

Walla Walla, WA

#16 Mar 6, 2009
We bought our 2001 MDX used in June 2008. The car was a gray market vehicle from Canada so we called up the Acura dealer in Canada and scheduled an appointment to take care of the recalled items (the tranmission and the front coil springs). Since it was August, we scheduled our vacation up in Vancouver and had a splendid time. We were very pleased with the service but were told that they would not replace the tranmission but would put in a oil jet kit. The bill came to $0. Tonight on the way back from church we almost took the highway but my husband decided to take the 35 mph road through town instead. His decision (and God) saved our lives. With no warning whatsoever, the wheels locked up and we burned rubber on our new Michelin tires for about 500 feet while the car was shaking and felt like it was going to flip over. The wheels locked up and it does not move.
It was... none other than the transmission... gone. My kids, my husband and I are thankful to be alive. Now I am angry because we could have been killed and now our vehicle doesn't roll. Two different tow trucks had to come out. If there was a whirl or a whine in the transmission all along to give us a warning,that would be one thing, but we had no indicators. I agree. How many people have to be killed before they fix this problem once and for all? We have a Buick and a Chevy in our driveway that are from the 1980's and none of them have had a major recall or problem like this. Even when Acura follows the protocol with the oil jet kit, the 2001 MDX is still dangerous because one never knows when it will lock up. It's too bad because we really have enjoyed the features and luxury of driving this car but it's not worth my family or my life.
Aubrey wrote:
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I had the same problem with my 2001 Acura MDX. At 75,000 miles (in 2004) they changed the oil jet kit. Then the EGR valve.(All covered by warranty/recalls). I picked up the car and within days the same "vibrations" began occurring. Your Acura dealership should follow Service Bulletin 05-024 and change oil jet kit and torque converter. They know this is a problem and call these vibrations "shudder vibrations" that occur typically between 35 and 40 mph. With mine, they ended up replacing the whole transmission (in 2004) and at no cost to me because of recalls on my particular vehicle. HOWEVER- I now have 180,000 miles on it and am HAVING THE SAME Shudder Vibrations!! I've taken it to the dealership and they insist they hear a "knocking" in the middle of the transmission and I will need it replaced- again! I'm so frustrated at this point because I'm a loyal Honda/Acura buyer. There is NO REASON ANY vehicle should EVER need 3 transmissions in 7 years! I happen to know a Marketing Quality manager and have family that work at the Honda transmission plant who have directed me to contact the customer service number found in the back of my manual and raise holy hell! The reason being is that if there is a knock in my transmission that means my C2 S2 Oil Jet Kit is overheating and preparing to fracture. THIS IS DANGEROUS!! This will cause the vehicle to lock-up at highway speeds and very likely cause a wreck. The people I know said the dealership didn't follow proper protocol in following the Service Bulletin because the whole transmission didn't actually need replaced. The ATF should have been flushed and the torque converter replaced. Further the Oil Jet Kit they DID install isn't doing it's job due to a kink in the counter measure hose installed which is limiting the amount of ATF that cools the gear.
This is a problem that Acura/Honda knows about and should be taking care of at no cost to us loyal customers. I suggest following the above procedures and then if that doesn't work, start raising hell!
Paul

Toronto, Canada

#17 Nov 1, 2009
I have a new '09 MDX. Since delivery, 3 months ago, I have a vibration at the 110 to 120 km/hr mark. Road force balance has been done numereous times, tires replaced, drive shaft changed, propeller shaft changed. Dealer and Honda Canada now claim all MDX's have this vibration but no one else complaining. Told I need to accept this vibration as normal. Is anyone having this problem?
Mk Chicago

Vernon Hills, IL

#18 Nov 3, 2009
I have had this vibration problem as described in the thread with my 01 MDX for some months. My mechanic can find nothing. I also have a problem with the front carpeting being soaked after a heavy rain, worse on the driver's side, and worse toward the seat than the pedals. The inside of the driver's window is wet after rolling it down and back up. Has anyone experienced this? How is this water getting in? My mechanic said the windsheld drains are working
Jamie - Kalamazoo

Wakarusa, IN

#19 Nov 4, 2009
2004 MDX: 179,000 miles. Can't believe i found this thread, it was at the top of the message board, which is strange because i have never had to visit a 'forum'! I now get this 'vibration',(almost sounds like a muffler heat shield vibrating against something) at startoff to say 10mph. comes and goes, but probably 90% of the time. Well I figured it was front end/tranny somewhere as i parked the car, revved it up in neutral to see if it was vibration or tranny...well no vibration when in neutral so figured it has to be drivetrain somewhere. I've had zero issues besides a light bulb and a fuse (and the fuse was created by my kid!). Follow most of the service scheds, owned the car since new. planned on getting 300k on it. I am curious how much rebuilt trannys are for the MDX's. car is paid off and is in fantastic shape, but i don't want to die because of a locked up tranny. i commute on the highway everyday.
Pat in NC

United States

#21 Nov 23, 2009
Count me in too. My 2001 MDX has the shudders. Been going on for a couple of years. Less than 100k miles. The dealer (Leith Acura) says I should get screwed with a new transmission for $4,200.
This is my last Acura. Don't buy MDX's!
Pat

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