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#1733 of 2044 2003 Acura MDX Transmission Problem
May 02, 2009 (3:06 pm)
I have a 2003 Acura MDX with around 79000 Miles. I now have a transmission problem. The car will automatically goto neutral while stopping at Red-Light. I will need to move to D1 and then move back to D5. Acura has recalled Transmission for the very same problem for 2001 & 2002 models.
I went to my dealer yesterday and met with a Service person. He told me that they are having a lot of coplamints from 2003 ACURA MDX custoers with the same transmission problem. After hearing this, I called the Acura Service helpline but they told me that they will not pay for my transmission. I need to goback to the Dealer who is asking for $4800 to fix my transmission problem.
I really feel very helpless as Acura is not helping me for a known problem with their transmissions in 2003 MDX. What should I do? As per the dealer, I am not the only one who is having this problem? This seems to be a known problem. This certainly appears to be a manufacturing defect that Acura is refusing to admit and take care of the issue.
#1735 of 2044 Re: 2003 Acura MDX Transmission Problem [sanjaybt]
May 03, 2009 (10:49 am)
With 80k miles and 6 years on your truck -- you'll get no help on repairs. No manufacturers will fix that unless you bought a chrysler which had a 7/70 power train warranty. Check the price at a top notch independent transmission shop.
#1736 of 2044 2009 Acura MDX with Tech. & Ent. questions
May 06, 2009 (12:56 am)
I see someone already asked this first one but that it wasnt' answered.
Can you watch the movie being played on the dvd RES on the front screen?
The other person asked if you could watch 2 diff dvds and i dont think that is possible because there is only one dvd slot but I know on my old suv with RES, you just had to have the parking brake on and then you could watch the dvd on the front screen.
some ppl disabled the parking break kill switch so they could view the dvd on the front screen and also disabled the daytime running lights with taht as well if you didnt' want them as it burned out the bulbs and if it was a cloudy day you could just pur your parking lights on.
I'm sure there is a way to get the dvd playing to show on the front nav screen but it may be the same type thing only when the car is parked and thefore requiring a work around.
speaking of workaround, I'm sure there is a way to disable the seatbelt and before anyone says anything, there are 100's of threads about disabling the seatbelt chime of every car make and model including Acuras most of which get 100's of posts by ppl screaming about how you should wear your seatbelt. noone is saying you shouldnt' but ppl still have the right to know how to disable the chime if they so choose. I know there is a way with the mdx and the info is out there but if it hasn't already been shared in this thread then i'm sure others would be interested as well and not neccessary for anyone to post their opinion on seatbelt use as its just the matter of a chime and nothing to do with ppls opinions on seatbelts one way or the other.
Also, where is the ipod/mp3 player connector in the Tech with Ent.? in the tech its in the center console and the tech with ent. adds a 9 volt (usually indoors) type plug which is handy but then omits the mp3 plug of the TEch.
If you get Tech PLUS Ent. why does it then take away that feature of the tech just cus it adds the plug of the Ent. I could see if I just got the Ent. then maybe i dont get the mp3 plug that the tech comes with but if you get tech and ent you should get both.
the print ou the car sticker says aux mp3 connection though so where is it. do they just mean the red and white audio plugs behind the center console? cus that isn't an aux mp3 plug, though you can use a red and white audio to single audio ccable to connect to an mp3 player or ipod/iphone but that connection with the yellow video plug is made to connect an aux video device with audio not an mp3 player.
so is there an aux mp3 connection that the window sticker printout speaks of that I am not seeing somewhere? also can you plug a single ended cable to single end for iphone into one of the 3 headphone jacks also behind the center console? maybe that is what they mean but then wouldnt' it say 3 aux mp3 jacks? it sure makes it sound like there is single aux mp3 jack somewhere but i ahvent found it.
also It says something about automatically folding mirros but i see no button to do that either and it seems they fold manually by hand which i was afraid to do at first cus they were stiff and after reading that they were auto on the window sticker I was afraid that folding the mirros in manually would break the motor in them. well if thats the case too late cus i didn't see any switch/button to automatically fold them in.
thats it for now and I guess i need to RTFM but most of my questions are probably not even in the manual.
#1737 of 2044 Re: 2003 Acura MDX Transmission Problem [sanjaybt]
May 06, 2009 (6:24 am)
Open a case with Acura Client Services. You'll be given a representative that will open a case and work with Acura and your dealer in possibly getting this issue resolved.
While there is no set rule or promise I can give, there are plenty of cases where Acura will approve the repair where the customer will either pay nothing, or just labor.
My wife's friend had her 2002 transmission replaced at 85,000 miles for free some two years ago.
You might want to try heading over to the unofficial "acuramdx" site and submitting your issue in the "Transmission Problems" forum. This is a common problem and Honda/Acura knows it.
#1738 of 2044 Re: 2003 Acura MDX Transmission Problem [dave210]
May 06, 2009 (7:10 am)
congrats on getting the issue resolved on the transmission. Of course, that was two years ago. It's a different world today but worth the effort.
#1739 of 2044 Re: HELP!!! [acuraman8]
May 06, 2009 (8:36 pm)
i know u posted this message about an year ago , but i have the same problem , my radio would not power on , did check the radio fuse in front that is ok , were you able to solve ur problem and any suggestions for me
#1740 of 2044 Re: 09 MDX - noise from rear of car - Thud/Thump [upstatedoc]
May 07, 2009 (3:44 pm)
I have had the same problem on my 2008 MDX. I found a technical service bulletin from Acura, dated 2/6/2009, that addresses the issue. They are saying that the probable cause is faulty rear dampers. Corrective action: replace both rear dampers, the damper mounting bolts, and the stabilizer link flange nuts. I have an appt. in 3 days for repair. I will update.
Here is the link to where I found the TSB.
#1741 of 2044 Driver side door is not locking/unlocking with remote key
May 11, 2009 (9:04 am)
I bought used 2005 MDX which is touring,
Driver side door is not locking/unlocking with remote key. after opening the Drive door manually with key , I can unlock the other door's with the remote key.
can somebody suggest me or anything i need to do other than taking to dealer.
#1742 of 2044 Re: 2003 Acura MDX Transmission Problem [dave210]
May 12, 2009 (12:17 pm)
that's great your friend got a free transmission. at least she got 85k.
have a 04 mdx, 56k had a leaking transmission gasket that needed for the
traany to be replaced. luckily had serviced at dealership.
Acura came thru with me paying only $100.