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#410 of 995 Re: 2005 MDX torque converter replaced - overdrive bearing [john477]
Oct 07, 2010 (9:40 am)
The torque converter on my '04 Touring failed at 110,000 miles (10,000 out of warranty). I presented the information I knew about the problem, from this and other forums, to my service manager. He just got back to me and Acura is going to cover 90%. I'm glad about that. Now I wonder should I trade it in or sell it. This still kinda sucks. I have maintained this car and was expecting to get at least 200,000 miles out of it. I have no way of knowing how long this one is going to last. Does anyone know if the replacement is the same defective unit or are they installing an improved version??
#411 of 995 Re: 2005 MDX torque converter replaced - overdrive bearing [f8james]
Oct 07, 2010 (9:49 am)
You may want to suggest they replace the whole transmission. Others in this forum have had to replace multiple torque converters. An new rebuilt transmission is warranteed for 3yrs/36 months. I'm going run our MDX until this warranty expires on our replacement transmission and trade it in on a Ford. I don't trust it to last.
#412 of 995 Re: 2005 MDX torque converter replaced - overdrive bearing [jslivon]
Oct 07, 2010 (10:44 am)
Acura is losing alot of customers over this issue. Myslef included.
Already traded out of the MDX after 2 replacements and the third one beginning to fail. All with only 78K miles on the vehicle.
#413 of 995 NHSTA Complaint Statistics
Oct 07, 2010 (2:48 pm)
The NHSTA (National Highway Safety & Transportation Administration) tracks reported issues by category. It is recognized that only a very small fraction of vehicle owners take the time to file an online complaint. You can imagine that the "real" numbers are significantly higher. That being said, here are the statistics by year for complaints mentioning "shudder/vibration/torque converter for the years 2004, 2005 and 2006. There was only one transmission problem reported for 2007, 2008 and 2009 (looks like Acura fixed the problem):
Year.......Total Complaints.......All Tranny Complaints.........Shudder/Vibration
2004................42............................17 (41%)........................13 (77%)
2005................51............................30 (59%)........................27 (90%)
2006................23............................14 (61%)..........................8 (57%)
Totals............116.............................61 (53%)........................48 (77%)
Transmission complaints by far out numbered all other complaints for Acura MDX. The Shudder/Vibration/Torque Converter issue comprised 77% of all transmission complaints. It is obvious that there was a "defect" for several years that was ignored by Acura. To speculate a little, if 48 vehicle owners reported the shudder/vibration/torque converter problem to NHSTA, and only 2% of owners with with problem actually took the time to file a complaint, that would extrapolate out to over 2,000 (2,400) vehicles that could potentially have the problem. I am sure Acura has done these numbers and has decided to address this problem one on one as owners complain (and I am sure Acura is hopefully that their vehicles are out of warranty). Also, think of all the owners that had this problem and their vehicles "were" within warranty and we would not hear from those owners in a forum such as this!
PS - Honda Pilot owners (same transmission at Acura MDX) have similar statistics in the NHSTA database.
#414 of 995 Re: 2005 MDX torque converter replaced - overdrive bearing [f8james]
Oct 07, 2010 (3:32 pm)
If you can find a way to safely disable the two rear drive coupling clutches the new tranny would undoubtedly last for over 100,000 miles, probably even 200,000 miles. Having the rear drive engaged automatically during acceleration and/or truning on highly tractive surfaces simply adds to much undue stress, HEAT, on the entire drive train. The automatic transmission just happens to be the weakest link for the MDX.
With some of the new F/awd systems a single fuse can be removed, or an on/off switch added in series, during the summer period to disable the rear drive functionality with no adverse efffects.
#415 of 995 feeling like a fool
Oct 11, 2010 (6:28 pm)
well it looks like i'm the lastest victim of this mdx debacle! please include me in the class action suit that's LONG overdue. like a fool, i trusted acura. i've owned a honda for 13 years and only had routine maintenance done on it. i THOUGHT buying an mdx was a step up. boy, was i wrong. i'm just beginning my quest for justice in having my transmission repaired. good luck to me. judging by all your other stories, i'm going to need it. i'll keep you posted.
ript off in DE
#416 of 995 Re: Best of luck [kpsmith999]
Oct 14, 2010 (1:54 pm)
KPSmith, I have a 2004 MDX and just got hit with a $5k quote to replace the transmission due to a long standing shudder problem. I'd like to talk with you about how you presented the similar cases to the dealer, and where you found them,. arneexponential2.com
#417 of 995 Re: Best of luck [mdx_failed]
Oct 14, 2010 (7:05 pm)
That's weird.....A transmission problem in an Acura.
#418 of 995 Re: Best of luck [mdx_failed]
Oct 14, 2010 (7:47 pm)
Please don't include your email address in postings to the Forums.
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#419 of 995 Re: Best of luck [mdx_failed]
Oct 17, 2010 (6:36 pm)
We bought our 2004 mdx from a third party with around 50K miles on it a little over a year ago. Discovered very faint noise in transmission at around 80K. I was hard to reproduce for our general mechanic, but over the last 10K miles it got much worse and we were also quoted around $3K to replace the converter two days ago.
Needless to say, we're very upset about this when we found this out.
Found this forum by googling acura 2004 torque converter so we could learn about it. How can I get involved with any class action suit etc for this matter?