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Acura MDX, SUV
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#389 of 967 2003 MDX Trans Prob + replace = NOW ...RIP
Sep 11, 2010 (7:54 pm)
Lost the Mdx (2003 91k miles) this week driving down the highway to the airport to pick up my husband...luckily it happened on the airport property and was able to get help quickly. No trans light, not much of a shudder and then just 40 Mph, 30 mph and in 1/8 mile just nothing. Thinking of the possibility that I could have had the 6 kids in my car pool in this car on a highway in the middle lane with NO exit options combined with the lack of ownership from Acura is concerning at the least. Knowing the history of the transmission that I am seeing here and that the new trans in the 2007+ may not have fixed the issues led me to another brand after 30 + years of Honda/Acura's. Maybe it will take customers leaving as a result of quality issues to get their attention, Good luck to all on the message board.
#390 of 967 Re: Class Action Suit prep [wallabyguy]
Sep 13, 2010 (8:25 am)
"We are working on a facebook page to bring together owner's with these problems and prepare for a class action suit. The page link is:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Owners-Dealing-with-Acura-MDX-Problems/13568474313- - 9321
It's already getting Acura's attention. "
Although we never had any problems in 70k miles on our '04, this is obviously a problem Acura is aware of and they are trying to get out of it as cheaply as possible. The other automakers would do the same thing.
If facebook doesn't work out you could always sick 4chan on them, I've heard that they're ruthless.
#391 of 967 Re: Replacement Quality [madmommy3]
Sep 15, 2010 (4:13 pm)
hi madmommy3, thank you for the response. i am sick about this, the car was supposed to last 200k miles(maybe i am a little delusional but i didn't think it was an unrealistic thought at the time i bought the car). the dealer called me today and the district manager wants to split the cost for the replacement trannie with me($4300 so i'd pay $2150). i am NOT happy with this proposal. i feel that acura should eat the entire cost. i contacted a lemon law firm and am waiting to see if i have a leg to stand on.
i just don't feel confident that the replacement transmission will last. my mechanic's wife has an '03 mdx and he thinks this one will work, but i don't really know what he is basing that on. i wish i could get rid of it but i can't do anything unless the transmission is replaced so i am f*&%$#! -am i going to get blacklisted for that????
IF ANYONE HAS HAD THE TRANSMISSION REPLACED MORE THAN ONCE & GOT ACURA TO FOOT THE BILL PLEASE TELL ME HOW!
#392 of 967 Re: Replacement Quality [02mdxwoes]
Sep 15, 2010 (5:10 pm)
you might could get more and at the very least, demand a 3 year 36K mile warranty on the tranny. It is what any other good (certified) tranny would give you. I wouldn't count on it lasting 200K miles though...not from reading what I have read and from the noises mine was making. you might print all of this stuff out and tell them you know alot and are prepared to take it to whomever (they don't seem to care about lawsuits). Good luck, that stinks. We are trying to do the right thing buying what we think is quality and they should be taking these things out of service.
#393 of 967 Re: Replacement Quality [madmommy3]
Sep 16, 2010 (10:51 am)
funny you should mention the warranty. if you have to PAY all or part of the cost for the replacement trannie, acura DOES give you a 3yr/36k mile warranty. if they eat the entire cost of the trannie, they only give you a 1yr/18k mile warranty. at least that is what the service rep told me yesterday. that is f-ed up if you ask me. they should give the best warranty available regardless of who pays, period. i never thought that something like this would happen with acura/honda.
#394 of 967 continued saga from hades!
Sep 16, 2010 (4:17 pm)
push for the warranty. if they believe in the fix, they should stand behind it.
they suck. and they have us! fight it or ditch the car and move on. you may be lucky with the car (doubtful) but you will have the bad taste and worry like we did. we licked our wounds and moved on...unfortuantely to a Honda! so they didn't have to be punished tha badly but....you get the picture. And tell everyone you know about it. file a complaint with the NSHA government (whatever their auto thing is), call Acura corporate and file a compliant and see what other options you may have. at the end of the day, the little guy loses. yuck!
#395 of 967 Re: Replacement Quality [02mdxwoes]
Sep 24, 2010 (10:16 am)
We also are faced with a $4k+ bill for the vehicles 4th transmission. That's right on average every 45k miles a transmission has been installed. We would be satisfied if we could get Acura to cover half the bill and provide a 50k mile warranty. We are in Wi, What region of the country are you in?
#397 of 967 Re: here i go again.... [02mdxwoes]
Sep 24, 2010 (11:01 am)
We also are faced with a $4k+ bill for the vehicles 4th transmission. That's right on average every 45k miles a transmission has been installed. We would be satisfied if we could get Acura to cover half the bill and provide a 50k mile warranty. We are in Wi, It sounds like the district manager for "madmommy3", has some customer empathy and concern for the Acura/ Honda reputation.
#398 of 967 An update to # 193
Sep 27, 2010 (9:05 am)
refer to my earlier comment #193 about automatic transmissions lasting well over 100K miles.
Well, after 112K miles the transmission in my 05 MDX was replaced.
I brought it in for an oil/filter change and mentioned hearing odd noises from the transmission area, although there seemed to be no performance issues. Normally, I would have ignored the noises, however this forum caused me to be cautious. The tech and I went for a test drive and (Murphy's law notwithstanding) he heard the same noises. The shop looked at it, studied error codes, took it out for another test drive and proclaimed it a terminal problem, the transmission needed replacing.
The service writer told me the cost was $4800. I mused that an automatic transmission should last a bit longer than 112K miles. The service writer agreed and said that I fit the "profile" for someone whom Honda would consider eating a portion of the cost. He said he would fill out the paperwork and talk with the Honda rep. The "profile" he was talking about was that I had purchased the vehicle new from them and had it serviced to the schedule in the manual at Acura.
Later that day I got a call back saying that the new (rebuilt) transmission, with a 3 mos/36K miles warranty would only cost me ~$400 parts and labor. I dropped it off Monday am, free loaner (as usual), picked it up Tuesday pm. I don't know how much of the cost the dealer ate and how much Honda ate; in the end all I care is that I only paid $350 (note, less than quoted) for the new transmission.
This is the ONLY thing that has broken in 112K miles and it was way over the length of the warranty. I have never had a manufacturer or dealer offer to share the cost of an out of warranty repair and you can see from my previous entry that I have had experience with many manufacturers.
From my perspective, I walk away with a very positive experience from Acura/Honda in general and particularly from Sunnyside Acura in Nashua, NH.
Your mileage may vary.