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#246 of 996 Torque convertrer shuttering
Apr 26, 2010 (2:04 pm)
*** 2004 MDX owners Read this I save $1700.00 on my transmission and torque converter repair.
Well add me to the list of torque converter issues, and now Acura is recommending that I replace the transmission too. Here's the history, I brought it in because at around 25-30 mph I could hear a fluttering and my rpms would go up and down 200-300 rpms, no check engine or flashing vtm-4 light. So I though maybe plugs and coils, nope replaced them all and still the same problem. So I brought it into Acura. They test drove it and the only thing they could do was to disconent the feed to the torque converter and then the issue went away. So they told me at least it will cost $2250.00 for the converter, but they STRONGLY RECOMMEND to replace the whole transission for $3700.00. My mouth hit the floor..... I told him I would call him back. So next I started looking online and clicked here and saw soooo many similar issues, and that people were getting Acura to cover all or a portion of the cost, but the kicker was that they had most of their service done, but I live 1 hour away and have had 1 service repair done at Acura. But I thought "what's it going to hurt to ask them" so I called back and politly said;
"You know I've done some research and I'm finding that there are A LOT of issues with the transission on MDX's and that many people are getting help from Acura to cover the cost, can you please try to see if you can make sone calls to help out a MDX lover that just can't afford repairs like this? after I tell him that I'm not the first owner and I know they don't owe my anything but if he could do this I would really appreciate it he agreed.
45 min later and he called back and nocked it down from $3700.00 to $2000.00, now I know it's not free, but I was looking for help and they nocked off $1700.00, that I have to say is very good customer support for something that if I did nothing I would be out that money.
Long story short, just try to call the dealer and see if they will do something for you. It was really easy.........
#248 of 996 Re: 2003 Acura MDX Transmission slipping [buskedavis]
May 07, 2010 (6:50 am)
Sounds like we have the same problem...Replaced the transmission at a reputable shop but the problem recurred. It is back in the shop and they haven't been able to find anything wrong with the transmission even though they have road tested it and it has happened while they are driving. This may be a more common problem than Acura is letting on. Have there been many responses to this post?
#249 of 996 Re: 2003 Acura MDX Transmission slipping [lushlife]
May 07, 2010 (7:36 am)
My trans. was replaced at 107k miles. Acura paid 90%. I honestly don't think the trans. had any mechanical failure. I think it was electronic or a dirty fluid filter that is not serviceable. There is no way that the bearings, gears, or clutches wore out. I was changing its fluid every 30k miles.
Acura won't say what is wrong with these. The CA service center rep. told me the replacement transmission will not have the same issues. I think he lied to me, but that's because I learned a long time ago not to trust people. If I still own our '03 MDX when this next trans. fails, I'll take it into an independant repair shop that can assure and warranty that the rebuild/repair will fix the issues.
Since replacement, I'm changing fluid with every engine oil change (5,000 miles). It takes an extra 5 minutes to change the fluid and I'm using Mobil 1 ATF for multi vehicles. I'm not sure it will help.
#250 of 996 2005 acura MDX torque converter
May 07, 2010 (7:19 pm)
I brought my car in one month ago due to rumbling noise at 30-40 mph. They stated it was the torque converter and that it needs to be replaced but not right away???? and that they can't guarantee that the noise will go away if it is replaced. Now, if they expect me to pay $2000 or more shouldn't it be guaranteed?
I read in another forum, that I should try changing the rear difft'l fluid and that it may take the noise away?? any comments/ suggestions will help.
#251 of 996 transmission
May 12, 2010 (5:41 am)
I have 05 mdx and when the car is at 20 - 40 m/h it vibrates and makes some noises. I have 105k mies on.
#252 of 996 Traded my MDX
May 12, 2010 (7:44 am)
I'm glad I traded out of my MDX
#253 of 996 Achilles heel
May 13, 2010 (5:19 am)
Any names of reputable lawyers with a history of success regarding this issue?
I've owned other all wheel drive vehicles with standard transmissions that lasted longer than the automatic transmission on this 02 mdx. This issue is going to be acura's Achilles heel.
#254 of 996 rumbling noise at 30-40 mph
May 13, 2010 (6:23 am)
Im having the same problem as most of the people here on this forum. I hear a rumbling noise at 30-40 mph.
#255 of 996 Re: Achilles heel [tzelig]
May 13, 2010 (7:23 am)
Yeah, I had been a Subaru driver for many years and decided to try a more "comfortable" vehicle with Acura. I will have a hard time looking at another Acura or recomending one.
Funny that on an out of warranty repair, Acura "strongly recommended" replacing the transmission. Yet on my 2 in warranty repairs, they did not even want to change the transmission fluid.