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Acura MDX Transmission Problems

tpulaktpulak Posts: 44
I'm own a 2004 Acura MDX, that currently has no problems. But I heard of a recall for the transmission of the 01's to the 03's , stating that the transmission might suddenly downshift, causing a crash. Well, the 04 mdx all the way to the 06 mdx have the same transmisisons as of the 01's to the 03's. I'm very worried: does this problem affect the 04 to the 06?


  • Have a 2001 MDX. Transmission died at 104K. Warranty expired at 100K. I think Acura/Honda build great cars and great planned obsolesence. This make, model and year should have been included in the class action lawsuit with the rest of their models from 1998 to 2002. They are very considerate by offering to pay all but $1000.00 of the cost. Perhaps they know what is really going on and this is how they cover up their guilt. Can't afford to go down this road again. I think Toyota is the way to go.
  • markrj, I'm experiencing the transmission problems now. I live in New York City. Can I ask where you live and what should I expect from ACURA when I contact them. Any added info. would be appreciated. Thanks
  • I took my 2003 Acura MDX in for 100,000 mile maintenance and found out there was metal specks in my transmission fluid. The mechanic recommends I take it to an Acura dealer to have a new transmission put in. I see from previous dicussions this is a common problem. How common is it and why does Consummer Report recommend this vehicle if there is a known problem with transmissions.
  • scjdscjd Posts: 5
    At less then 90K the car requires a transmission replacement. The estimate was $5400. Dealer did not volunteer any help before I provided documentation about recall and information that transmissions on 2001 - 2002 MDX's are extremely unreliable.
    Got 75% off the bill as "Good Will" from Acura, still have to pay $1200, 3 year warranty included.
    Still, I think it is completely unacceptable for 40K luxury car to have transmission problems that early...
  • How were you able to provide documentation? Were the '04's included in this recall?
  • I have 98K miles on 2003 MDX and got transmission problem. Dealer is asking $4500 to repair. It is too much for 45k car and under 1000000m. It should be covered.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    It is too much for 45k car and under 1000000m.

    I think you meant 100,000 km or about 60,000 miles.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • In December of 2000 I purchased the 2001 Acura MDX for my wife thinking I was paying premium prices for a premium car and premium service. Wow, was I wrong (except for premium price). In 2004 with less than 50,000 miles the car started vibrating intermitently. Our local Acura dealer was unable to replicate the problem and told us our MDX did not have the MDX transmission problem. The intermitent noise has continued to get worse but is still very intermitent. My wife is overseas for 3 weeks so I took the car to a local Honda/Acura specialist. After driving the car for 3 days they finally determined the torgue converter in the transmission was bad. Our local Acura dealer confirmed this and informed me the entire transmission needed replacing. This is the same noise we reported to the dealer in 2004.

    The local dealer called Acura and asked them if they would assist. They offered to pay 70% of the cost leaving me to pay $1180 of the $3,800 plus dollars of repairs required.

    I called Acura and expressed my frustration over them not covering an issue that started while the car was under warranty. The Acura representative reponded:
    1. Did you get all your service done at an Acura dealer?
    2. The Acura dealer you took the car to does not belong to Acura.
    3. We can withdraw our offer at any time...

    So this will be my last Honda experience. I only hope others are not victimized by this company that doesn't seem committed to quality or service and clearly doesn't value its customers.
  • My 2002 MDX transmission died after 6 1/2 yrs - just as I turned 60k miles! Because I read this forum, I was ready to fight. Fortunately, my warranty was for 7 yrs 75K miles, so no fight necessary. I received no recall notice, as others have on this site. Too bad, I loved this vehicle, and now am not sure what to buy next.
  • So does any know what years DON'T have the transmission problems?

  • Can you give me the name of the site that you got for the recall and any other information about the transmission problems?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    The Edmunds Maintenance Guide has recall and TSB info.

    Try this link for the 2002 MDX.
  • Thanks for the information and the link. I found a lot of things I didn't know about my MDX.
  • My 2005 MDX recently started downshifting a little rough. It happens after I have been traveling at least 50mph. When I take my foot off the gas to coast before pressing the break, I feel the rough downshift at about 30mph.

    I took it to an Acura dealer where they replaced the transmission, free of charge since I was within warranty, but the problem persisted even after the new transmission. I took it back and they checked for "updates" the computer might need. After verifying the computer was up to date with the most recent software, I left. The problem still exists.

    Has anyone had any sort of problem like this?
  • What do you mean you just left? They acknowledged your problem and told you basically too bad?
  • Well I left after they replaced the transmission, because I ASSUMED that would fix the problem! When it didn't, I went back, which is when they said it might need a software update. I got the update (assuming that would fix it), but it didn't. Now I am back this morning for more tests. I have had to pay anything, but the dealership is 50 miles away!
  • Keep us posted. Once again a transmission problem in an Acura 5sp Automatic :mad:
    Did they happen to mention what they think CAUSED the failure. I've been searching for months for anyone that might have a logical explanation. This senario of Acura replacing Transmissions and Torque converters has been going on since 2001!
    There has to be a reason. It sounds like even Acura isn't concered.
  • 10sfan10sfan Posts: 136
    I have not experienced this problem with my 2005 MDX, but am concerned as the vehicle will be out of warranty within 7 months. May I ask how many miles you currently have on you vehicle. I would let the dealership know that you do not live around the corner and this traveling is an inconvenience.
  • I got the second software update for my computer today. My computer is now the most up-to-date it can be. So I was driving home and it downshifted rough again just like it has been doing. They told me that it was a gas flow issue, but with the update it would rectify what was going on. Not so. This was my 3rd or 4th trip (I can't remember since I'm so frustrated!) back and I'm about to give up.

    What the heck is going on? The guy I have been working with is very kind and knows I am oviously upset with the situation. :mad: I got a free oil change and tire rotation but that doesnt really make up for the time I've lost from work (10+ hours), the mileage I've put on the car (350+ miles) or my aggravation!
  • I have 47k on the car, and about 1k on the transmission.

    Trust me, the dealership knows I don't live around the corner. I have made that perfectly clear! Oh, did I mention it took me 2 HOURS to get there this morning?
  • I am having the same problems I have been reading about in these forums with my transmissions--the 'rumble strip noise', the torque converter, bad shifting-- I have 136k miles, local dealer says trans needs to be replaced, and Acura is telling me they can't help because of the mileage. What is my best course of action? Please help, I need links, history of trouble with 2001's, any experiences you may have had that can help me push this through. Thanks...
  • I don't have a rumble strip noise, but I have a rough downshift at about 30mph. I have less than 50k on my 2005 MDX. It has been to Acura 4 times and the problem still persists. I don't know if Acura can do anything for you as far as cost since you are out of your warranty period. Did Acura check for software updates?
  • I had my transmission replaced at 47k! I have a 2005 MDX. I am still having the same problem that I had before the transmission was replaced (rough downshift at about 30mph) :mad: . Correct me if I'm wrong, but a shifting issue would be the transmission? So if I really had a new transmission, the problem should not still exist. Right??
  • After reading about the problems other people have been having with their MDX's, I went back to my dealer that I have always had work done on the car there, and they told me that the torque converter needed to be replaced. They did all work FREE of charge!!. This is the second problem with this transmission in only 86,000 miles. The service manager told me that there has been a problem with the computer working the shifting of the transmission which has lead to problems with the tranmissions. However they believe they have solved the computer problem and I should be O.K. I honestly believe that if you have had problems in the past with your MDX, and were faithful to your dealership, that they will take care of you.
    Good Luck!!!!
  • Do they believe that the issues werew solved through the replacement of the torque converter? Or through the updates to your computer? :confuse:
  • tpulaktpulak Posts: 44
    Just a few days ago, I had that same "jerking sensation" that many Acura MDX owners were reporting relating to the transmission problem. I was at 20mph, and accelerating, when a sudden jerking came. It went on jerking for about 10 seconds, then it went back to normal. I wasn't able to duplicate this problem.. I am hoping this doesn't have to do anything with the torque converter, or transmission. I have 70k miles on the MDX, and it is a 2004 model, the one that is not included in the 2001-2003 recall of transmissions. My friend had his transmission replaced with my local dealer, for a price of $4800, which is outrageous for He was able to make acura pay for about $1000 dollars of it, but the rest came out of his pocket
  • My "jerk" is when I am decelerating.

    Someone also said that the 04-06 MDX has the same transmission as the 01-03... Does anyone know if this is true? If so, what about the recall?
  • '03 gets the revised transmission. Much more reliable but still owners of '03-'05 models have had issues posted on the web.
    If the "jerk" you feel is at 35 MPH when decelerating and engine RPM is below 1000 it's just the trans down shifting. (assuming it's not a violent down shift) You can watch the tach bump up slightly under these conditions. If your engine speed is above 1000 RPM when decelerating you shouldn't feel the down shift or see the RPM increase..
  • tpulaktpulak Posts: 44
    All the MDX, from 01-06 have the same basic 5 speed transmission. This is the transmission shared with the 2nd gen odyssey, and 6th gen accord. All these cars suffer some sort of transmission problem. I am wondering though, that in 2003, that revised transmission (as skoobahead1 said) really made a significant difference, because, I saw that lots of 03 owners also have the tranny problem. But the 04,05,&06 have very limited amounts of problems with the tranny, according to users. This really doesn't make sense to me, especially because the tranny in 03, 04, 05, & 06 are same. The only difference from the latter models is a revised exhaust. Does someone know more about this? I am really confused :confuse:
  • tpulaktpulak Posts: 44
    whoops, also, the honda accord isn't sixth gen, it is the seventh gen that has the prob, because it is the one that has the 5 speed automatic. The 6th gen has the 4 speed automatic
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