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#311 of 995 MDX Transmission Woes
Jul 17, 2010 (3:10 pm)
My wife and I just purchased a used 2005 MDX with 108k on it and MAN i wish I had stumbled upon this forum beforehand. Not one week after driving this car the same grinding noise in the 20-40 MPH range has started in. We put almost 50 miles on it with the test drive and taking it to our mechanic before purchasing the vehicle, and no noises whatsoever were heard then pertaining to transmission grinding. Another false hint of promise in the vehicle was the fact that my mechanic did a computer reading and no known issues showed up regarding any type of transmission problems. When we were buying the car and checking the carfax the "no recalls" on the vehicle make and model sounded good, but that obviously doesn't mean anything considering that this problem SHOULD BE RECALLED!! I have owned Jeeps and Toyotas, both companies in my experience have been quick to recall their vehicles when it's publically known that there are issues with their cars, why is Honda letting this one slip? Are not enough people complaining? I couldn't believe the amount of posts I found when I googled "Acura MDX transmission problems," we are just frustrated an looking for some advice on what to do about this situation. Bought the vehicle as is, no warranty, but can we try to play the squeaky wheel with Honda and maybe hold them responsible? Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks
#312 of 995 Re: MDX Transmission Woes [jcagle24]
Jul 18, 2010 (5:44 am)
Sorry to hear about your problem, what I've learned from my experience is that, Acura/Honda doesn't know why this happening therefore there is know sure fix! That's what scares me, I bought my 06 in Dec 09 they replaced T/C then in June 2010 Transmission/TC only 59k on the car. I was told that they can't promise that this will cure the problem. So, basically it's wait to see what happens..You can call American Honda to see if they will help cover your cost. Good Luck! As far as recalling them, my thoughts on that is that not all of them have this problem a lot do but, I guess not enough for them. Like I said replacing T/C and or Transmission worked for some and not for others, that I don't understand and neither do they, they have know answers that's pretty scarey! Again Good Luck
#313 of 995 Re: MDX Transmission Woes [jcagle24]
Jul 18, 2010 (9:33 am)
Since I posted my original comments my saga continues. AAMCO replaced my transmission for a second time and did fix the original issue of the slipping. However, I soon had the grinding noise that I have read about on this forum. I took the tech for a ride and we were able to determine that the noise happened at 1500 rpm. Speed can be any speed, look at the rpm's. It was the torque converter. They replaced it and I got my car back 5 days ago. The noise has again returned and I will be taking it in again for the same issue. I did get 235,000 miles out of the first trans with no issues so it is hard to complain. It is the new trans that has caused me all the trouble. Otherwise, the car has been fantastic and I would buy another one.
#314 of 995 A Bigger Problem than I thought
Jul 18, 2010 (12:45 pm)
Nearly 3 years back I started this thread on my concerns on my 2004 Acura MDX vehicle. It currently has 85 k miles, but I am worried that my car's tranny might soon go out like many other MDX's. I already knew of the recall of affected MDX transmissions, but only from 2001-2003 year ranges. But from this thread now, I can easily conclude that this is a bigger problem. I am seeing from what I read that there are some 2005's and 2006's with the same tranny problem...but curiously, if I am not mistaken, no 2004's? So from the years 2001-2006 (first gen MDX's) , all the years except 2004 are affected??? Its too confusing...because in my understanding, all these first gen MDX's use basically the same 5 speed automatic transmission!
#315 of 995 Re: Just the Tip of the Iceberg !!!! [kpsmith999]
Jul 20, 2010 (1:14 pm)
Got my 06 back on July 6th after they replaced TC/Transmission and I am hearing the noise again! Not as loud or frequent, what is going on, why does it cure some and not all? Acura doesn't even have an answer to that. There is nothing left for them to replace, what would be the next step for them to take, I really don't understand, does anyone have an suggestions to this? Why can't they fix this for good, I've only put 10k on this car since I bought it. They replaced the TC the first time I was hoping new transmission would do the trick..any ideas please let me know!
#316 of 995 Re: 2001 MDX Transmission Failed [junaid5]
Jul 20, 2010 (3:03 pm)
hey junaid i have a 2001 mdx as well 170 k mileage on it. I was told i need either transmission repair or rebuilt. I searched and was able to find this shop who will rbuilt the transmission for 2500 he also will give a 1 year warranty on it. i will be takin the car to him in a couple of days. This seems like the best solution if u want information on him you could call me
good luck yaar
#317 of 995 Re: Just the Tip of the Iceberg !!!! [lori24]
Jul 20, 2010 (5:21 pm)
It is obvious that there is a design problem that Honda/Acura is not about to admit to. I would file a complaint with the NHTSA (www.nhtsa.gov). The noise you hear will probably increase in frequency and noise level over time. I hate say it, but I would insist on another replacement until they get it right. I assume you are still under warranty. If so, you should have the right to insist that they try again. There is so many postings on this very problem that there should be not doubt that your transmission or torque converter needs replacing (again). I have read several postings where multiple transmissions did not fix the problem. Keep the pressure on!
#318 of 995 Re: Just the Tip of the Iceberg !!!! [kpsmith999]
Jul 21, 2010 (4:37 am)
Thanks for the advice, I did file a complaint and also let the dealer and American Honda aware that I am hearing a noise again. Unfortunely the noise isn't consistent enough for me to push it just yet, one thing I am confident about, is that it will be. I just don't get why they can't repair the problems for good, what is the fix? Don't understand why they just don't figure it out! Thanks again..
#319 of 995 Re: Just the Tip of the Iceberg !!!! [lori24]
Jul 21, 2010 (5:06 am)
My first and last Acura. Damn I wish this thread was as populated then as it is now. This MDX cost me $$
Unless there is a class action suit, the only fix is to trade it in for another vehicle.
That's what I did when it started for a third time. Get rid of it before it materializes to a regular basis again.
#320 of 995 Re: Just the Tip of the Iceberg !!!! [gbreda]
Jul 21, 2010 (5:52 am)
I've thought about it, but I've only had it 8 months and would probally loose my butt. It is still under warranty for another 40k or 3 years, believe me it has crossed my mind. I am totally sick of this whole thing, I don't know how Acura dealerships can sell these cars without disclosing that info. What I would really like is for them to take this car back, and return my down payment, doubt if that is an option, I may get an attorney to see if this is a possible option.