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#2038 of 2052 MDX Transmission issue DON'T TRUST MECHANICS assessment
Mar 17, 2013 (8:36 pm)
I have a 2004 MDX. The design flaw where the transmission fluid line runs through the radiator and eventually fails,...(unless you proactively decide to replace your radiator) causes a situation where there is a mix of transmission and radiator fluid and the transmission seems to fail. My mechanic said my transmission on my MDX was toast,...wanted $5,000 to fix it. My father has a former Acura/Honda dealer mechanic who has been working on his Hondas for years,...swears by him as the only honest one. I brought the car to him, and he told me anyone who tells you the transmission is bad is full of it. You have no idea until you replace the radiator, flush the transmission, replace the fluids in both (He flushed the new radiator and lines twice) I paid $400,...not $5000 to fix the radiator and the car has been fine since. I have 173,000 miles on it. DON'T TAKE YOUR MECHANICS WORD ON THIS ISSUE!!! My NEW mechanic told me that there is no way to tell if there is any damage unless they drop the transmission to assess it. That is a major job so mechanics just say it's toast! The risk is that you put in a new radiator,..flush the system, spend $400 and there is actually major damage so you are out $400. So far my NEW mechanic has not had one MDX or Pilot that has had this issue where replacing the radiator and flushing out the mixed fluids has not worked. Don't trust your mechanic on this issue unless you really believe you damaged it and understand the signs of REAL damage. Small risk, big reward...
#2039 of 2052 Re: MDX Transmission issue DON'T TRUST MECHANICS assessment [bostonsteve1]
Mar 18, 2013 (5:01 pm)
I have the same model and year (MDX, 2004}. So far no tranny problem at 100,000 miles. So for maintenance purposes, I would then have my tranny flushed and so with my radiator in the near future. Thanks for the info.
#2040 of 2052 What Does *B1 Service* Mean + Other Inquires
Apr 25, 2013 (2:00 am)
Hey Everyone! I'm kind of new at all this (so please bare with me) :|.. lol! I have a *2008 Acura
MDX* and I wanted to know a little more about what other Owners were paying for maintenance
fees. Usually the men of the house take care of details such as these, however I've been challenged
to tend these matters on my own -- also for future purposes, I would like to take circumstances
into my own hands so I'm better equipped to deal with such aspects if need be . Recently, I
received a *B1* service message and was wondering pricing quotes others have recieved ?! Also,
there has been issues with the *battery dying*, as of late, and it continues to be an on going issue
even after the vehicle has been jump-started. If one doesn't drive the truck for a day -- it'll be dead!
Lastly, I was wondering how much it would cost for a *wheel alignment* and having your *break
pads* changed ?! One other piece of information: I'm from the Vancouver area in Canada --
Thank-You to all of you in advance .
#2041 of 2052 Paint Protection Films and nose mask
May 01, 2013 (8:40 am)
Guys, need your help. Recently, got new MDX and want to keep in pristine condition as long as I can. To keep paint protected - which is better way -
1. paint protection film
2. Nose Mask
3. Just repaint bumper after few years of use.
Also, I have to part the car outside, so is it worth to buy car cover., if yes, which ones good ones out there.
Thanks for your time.
#2042 of 2052 Re: Paint Protection Films and nose mask [asp_mdxowner]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 01, 2013 (8:55 am)
If you're going to keep the car outside, the goal of 'pristine' isn't really feasible. Your car will over time show small signs of wear and tear if kept outdoors.
My opinion is that 'paint films' or coatings are a waste of money, and that having the car waxed 2X a year is about the best you can do.
Nose masks can protect paint but also cause problems for paint, so it's a trade-off of sorts--you may end up with less chipping but more discoloration over time.
Repainting the bumper shouldn't be necessary unless you are hit while parked--a little chipping in the front bumper can be dealt with by using a touch-up stick from the dealer.
Car covers can be a real pain but they certainly will keep the car cleaner. The downside is when it rains and they get wet--how do you dry them if you've taken them off to drive the car---and putting a wet cover back on a dry car creates a mess----and the wind blows them off. You don't want a water proof cover because that traps moisture, so a "breathable' cover would be best. They do make them in hi-tech materials and probably, if you don't mind all the hassles that go with covers, it's the best thing for protecting your car from UV light, airborne debris, air pollution, and animals.
But "pristine" isn't going to happen with an outdoor car.
#2043 of 2052 Re: Paint Protection Films and nose mask [Mr_Shiftright]
May 02, 2013 (9:07 am)
Thanks for your reply.
I agree that by keeping it outside not going to help.
Regarding Paint Protections Films (XPEL or 3M), I read that they can protect from chips, bugs highway driving. I am kind of leaning towards them. XPEL says it has even self healing mechanism. My concern is that will it create lines on paint and how easy its to remove or replace.
On car cover I read about getting scratches while taking it on - off.
regarding wax -- which wax are good out there.
Aug 17, 2013 (7:40 pm)
I was reading in the forum and I believe someone said that their 2004 mdx had a transmission recall. I was wondering if anyone else has this information because the dealer has no idea what I am talking about.
#2047 of 2052 Re: Rear Suspension clunking noise? [tommyj1]
Aug 21, 2013 (10:13 pm)
please i need your help badly. i have the clunking noise problem on my acura mdx. but i cannot open the link that you posted. please can you tell me what the bulletin said. thank you