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#490 of 995 Another Mdx with transmission problems
Jan 16, 2011 (11:11 pm)
Just realized that there was so many other mdx'ers with transmission problems. Well I have a 2002 Acura Mdx 2nd owner, with 160k and transmission problems. I just found out it was recalled, and tranny was replaced in 2004 when it had 43k. I called acura client services like other mdx'ers did told them about my problem. I was advised to take it into the dealer and have a diagnostics but i will have to pay for it, and if it was for the same reason they would fix it and refund me the diagnostics fee. The dealer calls me 4 hours after and confirms the tranny problem and had already called Acura to advise them of my problem. 3 days later dealer calls me and informs me that Acura cant help me and i had to pay the full amount of repair which was 5600 they offered discount on parts but still was 5400. What am I to do now? is there a class action lawsuit goin on, if so i want in on this.
#491 of 995 Re: Another Mdx with transmission problems [acurajoe]
Jan 17, 2011 (8:52 am)
Sounds to me as if the dealer "suckered" you, I can't imagine Acura standing behind a failed transaxle at 160,000 miles.
#492 of 995 Re: Another Mdx with transmission problems [wwest]
Jan 17, 2011 (9:23 pm)
But im not giving up. Im planning on complaining to acura once more and see where that takes me. I will post results
#493 of 995 Re: Another Mdx with transmission problems [acurajoe]
Jan 18, 2011 (8:36 am)
No harm in trying.
#494 of 995 Re: Another Mdx with transmission problems [wwest]
Jan 18, 2011 (9:49 am)
no way - especially since that vehicle already got one free tranny replacement.
Some dealers are scummy. My back up camera died during the cpo and the first dealer I called said to bring it in for "diagnostics". I'd have to pay for that.
The second dealer I called was up front over the phone and said CPO doesn't cover electronics.
#495 of 995 Re: Another Mdx with transmission problems [codog3]
Jan 20, 2011 (1:23 am)
So, was Acura willing to help?
I'm very frustrated right now. About 18 months ago I had to fork out 5200.00 to replace the transmission on my 2003 MDX. It only had about 110k miles on it at the time. Then about 6 months ago I noticed my car was leaking transmission fluid. Took it on to the dealership who ended up doing another 2500.00 worth of work on the transmission and replacing the torque converter. Now here I am today with the same problem yet again. My transmission is leaking. I've already sunk 7,700.00 into this freakin transmission and still it doesnt work. It might not hurt so bad if I still didnt owe 15,000 on it. I'm frustrated and really let down. Anyone have any suggestions??
#496 of 995 Re: Another Mdx with transmission problems [saramarie1]
Jan 20, 2011 (5:19 am)
Your original transmission replacement was under a 3yr./36,000 mile warranty. I'm not sure why you had to pay more money for repairs after 18 months unless you exceeded the 36,000 miles.
Anyway, DEMAND that the dealer contact their California office about compensation or find a new dealer. We had out 03 MDX transmission replaced at 108k miles and Acura paid 90% of the cost, but only after I argued with them after the first two offers were too low.
Also, file a complaint with BBB and the government recall agency.
#497 of 995 MDX belt tensioner pulleys
Jan 20, 2011 (5:35 am)
Hi Acura MDX Owners,
Besides your transmission problems, look out for your two serpentine belt-tensioner pulleys to need replacement after 130k miles. I noticed my serpentine belt wobbling a little at idle on the top idler pulley. Sure enough, the bearings were going bad. I didn't need a whole new tensioner assembly, just the two pulleys that cost about $45 total at the local parts store. It's not an easy job and only recommended for the "mechanically inclined".
If a pulley were to fail, it could sling off the serpentine belt and possibly damage the water pump and/or alternator, not to mention leaving you stranded on the side of the road. Keep in mind, these serpentine belts are only good for 60,000 miles and need periodic replacement. Just because you take your car in for regular oil changes, doesn't mean they inspect and take care of all these little problems.
We'll be buying a Ford after our replacement transmission warranty expires.
#498 of 995 Re: Another Mdx with transmission problems [saramarie1]
Jan 20, 2011 (7:39 am)
I never replaced the back-up camera and as for the transmission I drive in D4 unless I go on the highway.
Does it really cost $5k for a transmission? How much at an independent shop?