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#31 of 996 Mysterious Jerking
Dec 03, 2008 (5:46 pm)
Just a few days ago, I had that same "jerking sensation" that many Acura MDX owners were reporting relating to the transmission problem. I was at 20mph, and accelerating, when a sudden jerking came. It went on jerking for about 10 seconds, then it went back to normal. I wasn't able to duplicate this problem.. I am hoping this doesn't have to do anything with the torque converter, or transmission. I have 70k miles on the MDX, and it is a 2004 model, the one that is not included in the 2001-2003 recall of transmissions. My friend had his transmission replaced with my local dealer, for a price of $4800, which is outrageous for He was able to make acura pay for about $1000 dollars of it, but the rest came out of his pocket
#32 of 996 Re: Mysterious Jerking [tpulak]
Dec 04, 2008 (11:55 am)
My "jerk" is when I am decelerating.
Someone also said that the 04-06 MDX has the same transmission as the 01-03... Does anyone know if this is true? If so, what about the recall?
#33 of 996 Re: Mysterious Jerking [jkotlar]
Dec 04, 2008 (8:06 pm)
'03 gets the revised transmission. Much more reliable but still owners of '03-'05 models have had issues posted on the web.
If the "jerk" you feel is at 35 MPH when decelerating and engine RPM is below 1000 it's just the trans down shifting. (assuming it's not a violent down shift) You can watch the tach bump up slightly under these conditions. If your engine speed is above 1000 RPM when decelerating you shouldn't feel the down shift or see the RPM increase..
#34 of 996 The Jerking Issue
Dec 04, 2008 (9:30 pm)
All the MDX, from 01-06 have the same basic 5 speed transmission. This is the transmission shared with the 2nd gen odyssey, and 6th gen accord. All these cars suffer some sort of transmission problem. I am wondering though, that in 2003, that revised transmission (as skoobahead1 said) really made a significant difference, because, I saw that lots of 03 owners also have the tranny problem. But the 04,05,&06 have very limited amounts of problems with the tranny, according to users. This really doesn't make sense to me, especially because the tranny in 03, 04, 05, & 06 are same. The only difference from the latter models is a revised exhaust. Does someone know more about this? I am really confused
#35 of 996 Re: The Jerking Issue [tpulak]
Dec 04, 2008 (9:31 pm)
whoops, also, the honda accord isn't sixth gen, it is the seventh gen that has the prob, because it is the one that has the 5 speed automatic. The 6th gen has the 4 speed automatic
#36 of 996 Re: Mysterious Jerking [skoobahead1]
Dec 05, 2008 (8:05 am)
It just seems to me that I shouldn't be able to feel the downshift, no matter what the RPM. The tach doesn't bump either. I am so frustrated with this whole thing - I have a new transmission!!!
#37 of 996 3rd Tranny, 88000 miles
Dec 05, 2008 (4:24 pm)
We haven't heard yet if Acura will step up and cover us. The first transmission on our 02 MDX went out at 35000 miles in 2004. Acura handled that with alacrity. Now, the replacement transmission is bad at 88000 miles. So, with less than 90000 miles, we are to have transmission #3.
Consumer Reports still speaks glowingly about the MDX, I don't see how.
CR trashes the Dodge Grand Caravan, but I just sold my hoopti 1996 Grand Caravan with 206000 miles and it never needed transmission work. What are they smoking at Consumer Reports?
I sure hope Acura does step forward since this is obviously a chronic and ubiquitous problem.
I also cannot recommend the MDX to anyone who keeps a car more than 3 years. I guess we'll look at Jeep next time since they have a lifetime powertrain warranty.
#38 of 996 Re: Mysterious Jerking [jkotlar]
Dec 06, 2008 (8:28 pm)
My downshift on my '05 is very suttle at 35MPH when the engine speed is below 1000 RPM. The tach jumps up maybe 300 rpm..This is the only time I feel a downshift. If my engine speed is above 1000 RPM I feel nothing and the tach does not move while decelerating through 35MPH.
When is your "rough' downshift happening? What speed and what engine RPM?
#39 of 996 Re: Mysterious Jerking [skoobahead1]
Dec 07, 2008 (8:38 am)
That is exactly what I feel and exactly the same RPM and speed (30-35mph). I don't know if I'd consider it "subtle," though.. the car jerks a little. I can definitely feel it. Have you taken yours to the dealership?
#40 of 996 Re: Mysterious Jerking [jkotlar]
Dec 07, 2008 (3:21 pm)
A 300 RPM downshift increase under those conditions is not a transmission problem.The transmission is downshifting. Its completely normal for this vehicle. It's not a CVT. I can't speak for your MDX but my downshift is subtle. A harsh downshift would cause your RPM increase to be much higher. If another owner has one that doesn't have this downshift characteristic please chime in. I'd be surprised.