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#102 of 996 Transmission and front end
Oct 06, 2009 (4:23 am)
I own a 2002 MDX and experienced transmission problems around 50,000 and kept getting various codes until around 70,000 I finally went to Norris Acura in Ellicott City, MD. Their wonderful staff worked with me and contacted Acura North America who agreed to give me a new transmission. I still had to pay the labor to install (around $650) but at least I have a new transmission. Now at 110,000 miles my front-end is loose and starting to make clunking noises when I make a hard turn. I've realigned and balanced but the car still has a shake to it. Anybody know what that could be? Also anybody have issues with the SRS light? Mine has just turned on but I haven't made a trip to the dealer yet.
#103 of 996 Re: Transmission and front end [mdx_cpa]
Oct 06, 2009 (4:52 am)
you are lucky you got a new tranny and they weren't jerks like they were to me. the SRS light had a recall a few years back. Call your dealer and check. I just had mine fixed. The light means you have no side air bag in a crash so you will want to fix it. The dealer told me there are about 8 or so reasons for the SRS light failure, only one of them covered under warranty. Mine wasn't covered but because I told them how sensitive I was to the transmission issue and how another dealership treated the issue, they needed to tread carefully. So, they called and said it was a "grey area" but would fix it at no charge. You can google and find the SRS recall on line. Can't help on the other clunking issue. Good luck!
#104 of 996 Re: Please help! [gugy68]
Oct 07, 2009 (1:38 pm)
Acura won't budge, they are basically saying they would take care of my transmission for $2500. I asked for a better deal, since I am appalled that a premium brand car with less than 100k miles need a total transmission replacement. They seem not to care.
I guess, I will just move on and trade it and say bye, bye to Acura brand forever.
#105 of 996 Re: 2005 MDX [jmceneany]
Oct 08, 2009 (2:03 am)
Did your new torque converter come with a warranty?? If so, how much, how long? Thanks
#106 of 996 Here's a fun one
Oct 09, 2009 (12:04 am)
At 56000 miles my Transmission went out for the first time on my 2002 MDX. At this time, the dealer was able to get the factory to "goodwill" the repair. Great right? No. Here I am 23k miles later and the transmission they replaced is now toast. I went to the dealer and they told me that since the last repair was covered for free, it wasn't under any sort of a warranty and I should be thanking them that they are only charging me half price this time. Unbelievable! How can you look at me straight faced and tell me that I would need to pay to fix the work that you did poorly just 23k miles ago? I have never been this angry with any other company in my life. I will never buy an Acura again.
#107 of 996 Re: Here's a fun one [bbaer1]
Oct 09, 2009 (1:50 am)
CALL AMERICAN HONDA ABOUT A WARRANTY.
I think the dealer is lying to you (or let's hope misinformed) because my re-manufactured transmission came with 3 yrs/36,000 miles. I was told this directly from Amer Honda. The service manager confirmed it verbally, but when I looked at the completed repair order/receipt there was NOTHING on there about a warranty.
So I MADE him type up a separate work order that specifically states the warranty.
KEEP ALL OF YOUR PAPERWORK!!!
#108 of 996 Re: Transmission and front end [mdx_cpa]
Oct 09, 2009 (2:09 am)
We have a 2002 as well and had the tranny & clunking noise. I think the clunking is the sway-bar bushings. It's a cheap fix. Our dealer fixed those for free when we had it in for the tranny replacement. FYI, we had the SRS problem too. And we too got the "labor only" deal when our tranny was replaced in May 2008.
So far things are ok... I am hesitant to say that because there were a few times last winter when hubby said he felt there may be a problem. He NEVER warms his car up in the morning (during the winter) so he just takes off. Well our driveway to the main road is about .3 miles, you have to stop, then turn to get onto the highway.
Well a few times when he was turning onto the highway and accelerating he felt like the car was in neutral and "did not want to go" but after a few seconds it "kicked it" then was fine for the rest of the day.
This only seemed to be a problem when the weather was under 40 degrees outside. I drove it several times and could not get the problem to duplicate. We even took it to the dealer and they drove it for an hour - nothing.
What did we do? In Feb, we bought a van and are just letting this one sit and be used as a backup. You see my husband used the MDX for his business and we NEED something that is going to be dependable. We still love it, but do not drive it on long trips anymore. I think we may sell it.
#109 of 996 2005 MDX MILEAGE
Oct 13, 2009 (5:04 am)
I need advice on a 2005 MDX I am planning to buy soon. The problem is that the mileage is over 137K miles. I was wondering if this is not unusual for a 2005 vehicle.
Thanks Fellas for the help.
#110 of 996 Re: 2005 MDX MILEAGE [jk05mdx]
Oct 14, 2009 (8:42 am)
You will have a problem with the transmission which will cost your $3K plus! The Acura has a different definition of "fix" which means they "looked" at it under warranty and it didn't seem to have a problem.
When the transmission has a problem (which it will) it will no longer be under warranty and you will pay to replace it.
After two Acura's and three transmission; I would go with a Lexus. Acura is no longer a realiable, dependable car. They are now digging in on the issue since they are losing their shirts on transmission issues.
We need another class action law suit to make them disclose these issues before purchase!
#111 of 996 Re: File a complaint with National Highway Transportation Safety Administration [lynslaw]
Oct 14, 2009 (8:46 am)
There was a class action law suit here the Acura's were recalled but Acura has a different deffinition of "fix" than we do. There term "fix" means it was "looked" at and found not to have a problem. A few yeards or 1,000 miles later it dies and you have to pay!
Another class action law suit is need to have Acura really FIX the problem and notify potential buyers of the problem.