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#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?
#500 of 995 Re: Another Mdx with transmission problems [codog3]
Jan 23, 2011 (9:06 am)
You could probably save, or extend, the life of your transmission if you were to add a switch so you can turn the power to the rear drive clutches on and off. OFF unless you have reason to suspect low roadbed traction.
#501 of 995 Re: Another Mdx with transmission problems [wwest]
Jan 23, 2011 (9:46 am)
basically what I am doing. Driving in d4 and only putting the car in D5 on the highway
#502 of 995 Re: 2003 MDX [prijay]
Jan 25, 2011 (10:02 am)
Where do I get information and argument points to take to the dealership? How did you get data on previous transmissions?
#503 of 995 Re: 2003 MDX [seasley]
Jan 25, 2011 (10:33 am)
Search this blog and you'll find Acura Bullitens, references to Acura customer service in CA, links to file complaints and other disastified customers comments and suggestions.
Also Google Acura MDX transmission problems and see where it leads. Print the important stuff and take it to the dealer and rub their nose in it.
But also, read the owner manual maintenace schedule and decide if you have a ligitimate complain. Was your vehicle's transmission maintained with the recommended fluid changes? Acura appears to be handling this case-by-case. Depends how long you had it and who services it, and if you'd remain loyal to Acura/Honda.
#504 of 995 Re: Another Mdx with transmission problems [saramarie1]
Jan 26, 2011 (8:17 am)
My advice to ALL potential car buyers... Learn from our expensive mistakes and do NOT buy Acura/Honda vehicles. Bought used 2003 Acura in early 2004 with minimal milage still under Mnf. Warranty of 50,000 miles. Car have recurrent grinding, shudders, and hesitations approximately 25-40 mph causing NEAR accidents despite regular service primarily Acura Dealers. Problem diagnosed by Acura dealer as Torque Converter problem requiring transmission replacements in 2006 53,000 miles and again in 2007 61,900miles. The dreaded Torque Converter problem returned AGAIN around 119,000 miles Dec. 2010 requiring yet another transmission replacement. Basically, this car will have FOUR different transmissions in it's life time. This is a SAFETY nightmare waiting to happen to you, me, neighbors, friends, and our family...if it has not happened already.
Please help me officially inform Acura/Honda of THEIR transmission problems by calling 1-800-382-2238 and file a complaint directly with them so that they can no longer pretend a major problem exists AND report the problem to the Transportation agency NHTSA 1-888-327-4236 or www.safercar.gov.