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Acura MDX Transmission Problems



  • I bought my MDX new, ran great, but around 90K I noticed occasional lag in shifting by 98K it was pronounced, and before the 100K I've had to have a full rebuild. I never took this car off-road and have never used it to tow, nor have I overburden the vehicle. It's very disappointing that a high end SUV such as this have this kind of problem. I was thinking of getting another Acura, but this experience calls into question if Honda/Acura is truly a reliable vehicle.
    I'm not the only one who's having this problem, transmission repair shops and Acura dealers alike are well aware of the Honda/Acura transmission history. I took my MDX to the Acura dealer well in advance of this problem and days before it, the transmission, gave out. Today I have an $1800+ bill, and no response from Acura's customer service.
  • You got off very cheap paying $1800. It was a similiar situation with our 2003 MDX. We won't ever buy another Acura/Honda ude to their poor customer service on this issue. I'll buy a Ford next time.
  • jga5jga5 Posts: 11
    I guess I am still 04 MDX with 122k is still working but I have noticed some changes.

    It amazes me that Acura ignores the problem. I too would have considered another Acura but NEVER EVER again. And I will tell every body else the same.
  • Help. bought a 2006 Acura TL with a little over 36,000 miles from the dealer on October 1. Today service said I need a new transmission for$4500.00. Was told he would put in a claim with Acura to see if they will cover it. Any ideas, suggestions, similar stories.?
  • Acura paid 90% of the cost on our 2003 transmission replacement with 108k miles. Don't back down.

    If you don't win, find an independant transmission shop with Acura MDX experience and a good Better Business rating. They can rebuild them better for about $2500.

    Next time, buy a Ford or something else.
  • The check engine light on our mdx came on early today morning.. new year surprise.. i have close to 120k miles on it and changed timing belt/pump around 105k. The problem however started a week back when we had snow here in TX and the TPMS/VTM lights started showing up along with Check engine light after a oil change. The Check Engine light stopped flashing shortly afterwards and didn't come up for 3-4 days until today morning.

    I took it to Autozone and they helped in pulling the codes which triggered the check engine light. The following codes came up - P0304, P0300, P0301 and P0420. The dealer service is closed today but I intend to take the car tomorrow for service.

    Will appreciate if anyone who had experienced similar problems or have knowledge of what is driving this issue/expenses to fix the issue can provide thoughts.

    Thanks a lot!
  • "Goggle" can tell you the meaning of those codes.
  • lathalatha Posts: 3
    edited January 2013
    I have a 2006 Acura MDX with 98K miles on it. Since last few months it is acting weird. In December 2012, my car was parked in front of the babysitter's garage with ignition on and it was in park mode. When I came back, I could not see my car. It had driven by itself and crashed the baby sitters garage. 3 months back my car went reverse mode and hit my neighbors curb when it was parked with ignition on. Occasionally it accelerates by itself while driving. For the past three weeks the car is in dealership and they have given me a rental car to drive. Today I have received a call from Relationship manager from Acura CA and he stated that they haven't found anything wrong with my car and they cannot offer anything. They asked me to get the damages covered by my insurance. I am scared to drive my car. Please let me know if anyone has suggestions.
  • jga5jga5 Posts: 11
    Never heard of this problem before but I have two thoughts: 1. the dealership found the problem and quietly repaired it so as to not get hit with the cost of the other damages, and 2. Don't leave the engine running when you are not in the car - I can think of only "bad" things that can happen as a result of you getting out of a car with the engine running.
  • flalflal Posts: 3
    edited January 2013
    Just leased a new mdx before Christmas with 60 miles on it and noticed a few drops of fluid on the front grill. Unfortunately we had travel plans and no time to take the car back to the dealer due to the holiday. Over the next 2 weeks the fluid continue to appear and spread. Took the car into the dealer and they found that the transmission oil cooler was leaking and replaced it. Now I feel like my car is not driving as smooth and seems to vibrate while stopped at lights. Not happy considering this car has less than 2000 miles on it.
  • jga5jga5 Posts: 11
    Thank God it's just a rental. Sounds like a lemon. :sick:
  • Our 2009 MDX rolled down the driveway causing 9000. in damage. Has anyone else had problem with these cars not staying in park?
  • My 2002 Honda Accord had a problem - engine could be shut down while in D (not P), causing the car to roll two or three times, when I had to stop the car when I got out of the car already, almost hit another car at least twice. This turned out to be a problem that Honda recalled for later.
  • What did you end up doing? I have an '04 MDX with 148,000 miles, impeccably maintained, and today the radiator failed. It appears that transmission fluid has backed up into the radiator ... overflowing out of the plastic overflow bucket. I drove it and dropped it off at a very good Honda/Acura repair garage a mile away ... with the strawberry milkshake combination leaking. This is the best vehicle that I have ever owned with only 2 unscheduled repairs. The dealer services the MDX at ever 7500 interval. Sounds like my only option is a new $6K transmission.
  • qaliqali Toronto CanadaPosts: 60
    I don't think you are alone. Just Google this problem and you will see a number of hits. I had the exact same issue, however, in my situation the engine/transmission shut down. The dealer told me that this is a fail-safe mechanism. In any case, I paid big $$ to get the radiator fixed, but the tranny did not need to be replaced. To be sure I took the truck to another dealer that I know and he performed a extensive test and told me I need not worry about the tranny as the other dealer had done a good job. However, I am disappointed in the design of the MDX wherein a simple fault such as a radiator breakdown has the potential to damage the tranny. Sigh...
  • dc1225dc1225 Posts: 53
    I drove 2013 and the tranny isn't much better. Anyone have any dealing w infinity qx or jx?
  • flalflal Posts: 3
    Took the car back to the dealer, after driving with the tech discovered that the condensor fan motor now needs to be replaced due to the loud noise. Any suggestions on how to deal with Acura Client Service, this car has under 2000 miles on it. 2 parts replaced in the first month is unbelievable!
  • 3 item failures within 6 months constitutes a lemon.
  • dc1225dc1225 Posts: 53
    Y look up the lemon law
  • lathalatha Posts: 3
    My 2006 MDX car was in park but rolled on its own and crashed my baby sitters garage and caused damages. I have turned the vehicle into the dealership and they are replacing the gear, as there is a recall coming up in the first week of February. For the past one month, I am using a rental car they provided me .
    My experience in dealing with Acura client service is not great. Client services told me there is no problem with my car and I have to claim the damages through my insurance on the contrary to what the dealership doing to help the situation.
    It appeared to me client services are trying to get out of a liability law suit.
  • dc1225dc1225 Posts: 53
    Really? Is this a recall? How do u know
  • I bought a 05 MDX new and have 132k miles w/o any problems so I was surprised to see the amount of TC and Tran problems, but then I haven't been on this board for a LONG time. I'm now thinking about a new 2013 MDX and am concerned if Acura has resolved these drive train issues. Can anybody enlighten me?
  • Our 2009 MDX jumped out of park and rolled off the drive and hit trees. 9k in damage.
  • lathalatha Posts: 3
    I truly understand your situation. Acura will never accept there is a problem with the vehicle as it is liability for them, but they will change the associated part saying as there is a recall for this and so we are simply doing this for your protection. This is my experience. MDX killed 2 people by taking off by itself when it was parked in front of subway. It happened to someone in Chicago and Acura said there was no problem for the vehicle. I have reported my incident to National Highway patrol, Federal High commission and Secretary of state to help others who get trapped into this. Unless we all join together and act it is not easy to fight against a big corporation. Did you get the recall letter from Acura yet? I had 5K in damage and Acura washed off their hands and asked my insurance to pay.
  • hi, any update on 2012 mdx?
    I have the exact same issue, have taken up the case to BBB
  • ridgwayridgway Posts: 2
    No resolution. We have given up and are just "used to it".

    It still is unsatisfying to have it 1100 rpms trying to go up a 5% incline hearing it chug having to pound the gas to get it shift (or use the paddles) to only have it speed up too much and have to back off. The expectation is I depress the gas enough to go up the hill at the speed I want and the transmission will shift accordingly and not chug.

    The 2011 with the software patched transmission does not have this issue! We have driven both on the same hill with the same driving style.

    If you get any resolution please keep us posted. Thank you for taking this forward to the BBB.
  • uchimauchima Posts: 1
    Hello folks, Why is Acura MDX's Transmission always having problem?
  • 04mdxmn04mdxmn Posts: 1

    My transmission died at 91k miles. I can't believe there is no recall on the 04 models after experiencing the same symptoms. I am hoping to see a class action suit because I don't want Acura to get away with this. Client relations said there was nothing they could do.

    Someone help us!
  • dc1225dc1225 Posts: 53
    Go see a Toyota salesman. He will probably help you more than the Acura people at this point
  • jslivonjslivon Posts: 57
    If Acura won't pay for it, take it to an idependant transmission shop with experience with Acura's. They can fix it for $2,500, not $5k like Acura charges.

    Next time, don't buy an Arura.
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