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#507 of 967 Another MDX Transmission problem - 2006 MDX 71,000 miles
Jan 26, 2011 (3:55 pm)
Hi all. I unfortunately recently purchased a 06 Acura MDX with 69,000 miles on it. It was a trade in sold by Toyota dealership. It seems that the previous owners dumped this mdx because of the tranny problem and now I've inherited the problem. I am not very mechanically inclined and I didn't realize that it had "judder" issue when I purchased the vehicle. It became more evident after couple weeks. I tried to return the vehicle to Toyota dealership but to no avail. I ended up taking the car to Acura dealer(at 71000 miles) and they agreed that it had a "judder/shutter" problem and replaced the torque converter and PCM Software update under warranty(06 MDX warranty have been extended to 73,000 miles from 70,000 miles due to Honda lawsuit).
Right now its been about a week since the TC replacement and I can still hear the transmission shuttering/juttering/rattling problem. Its not as noticeable as previously but you can hear it judder/shutter or maybe its "whistling" around 20mph(slightly, you have to listen for it w/ the radio off but its that same judder/shudder sound, I KNOW I'll have same problem down the road). It seems that the only thing software update did is to move the shutter/problem from 30MPH to 20MPH, thereby just transferring the problem but not completely fixing it per se.
I will be taking my MDX back to the same acura dealer and possibly demanding that they replace the entire transmission because in my eyes/ears, there still is a judder problem(just not as loud). My questions are:
-will Acura warranty transmission warranty FIX this issue permanently or band aid it?
-is there a permanent fix?
-Exactly what does acura trans replacement under warranty do? rebuild tranny? refurbed? remanufactured?
-What is the best way to go back and tell them to replace my transmission? I know they're going to try to hide the problem since I am 2000 miles away from my warranty running out. They're def. going to fight me so I have to be smart about it.
I'd really appreciate any input on this. I am very frustrated and disappointed with this headache. This has been giving me migraines. I can't believe that I am stuck with this car for another 5 years. I have 00 RL with 118k miles which still runs great which is why I bought another acura but what a big mistake that was....never again, I live and learn, once bitten twice shy and eventhough I LOVE Acura's but no more Acura for me after this headache.
#508 of 967 Re: 2003 MDX Transmission problems [lis]
Jan 26, 2011 (4:10 pm)
Did the transmission replacement fix the issue?
Jan 26, 2011 (4:19 pm)
Guys, please go here and file a complaint on this issue....I know there are alots of attorneys that are currently laid off and are looking to make money. Anyone know any good class action attorneys?
#510 of 967 Re: Another Mdx with transmission problems [jensad]
Jan 26, 2011 (5:07 pm)
Jensad, you and your family are blessed with good experiences with your Honda/Acura cars and I truely hope your luck continues.....
#512 of 967 No permanent fix....
Jan 26, 2011 (11:16 pm)
I just took 3+ hours to read the entire 50 something pages. If you are reading this because you have the same tranny problem like the rest of us....
1) there is no permanent fix...only permanent fix is to get rid of the vehicle entirely
2)PCM software update will not fix the issue
3)replacement TC will go bad again
4)replacement Transmission will go bad again
5)If you are unable to get rid of the vehicle, it seems that the best solution so far is to push for entire transmission and torque converter replacement from Acura and get the 3 year 36k warranty and hope that if it goes bad again, it'll go bad within the warranty period.
#513 of 967 Same problem...suggestions at this poinit?
Jan 28, 2011 (7:04 am)
So, we took our 2005 MDX (89K miles) for the Torque Converter recall about a month ago. After they "fixed it" we noticed it was still shuttering. So, we took it back to them and they REMOVED THE TRANSMISSION, replaced a few other things and the shutter went away. That was 3 weeks ago.
Today, I was driving and noticed the D5 light started blinking. In reviewing other internet posts, it can mean the transmission is going out or a switch is overheating/failing. I'm not experiencing any other problems so he said that it is probably the switch and that sometimes that happens when a transmission is removed and put back in. So, I took it into the Acura dealership today and they are currently looking into it. On the phone, I said "it wouldn't cost anything to get the switch replaced...right?" He went on to say well if you don't have the extended warranty, then yes. I'm going to fight this one for sure...they had to pull the transmission because of the torque converter recall....I'm sure that is what is causing it....it's just a coincidence that 3 weeks after they worked on the trasmission that now it the D5 light is blinking?
#514 of 967 The plot thickens
Jan 28, 2011 (8:17 am)
Well I had the ECU remap done and I could see the problem lessen but it was still there occasionally. Now, about 4 weeks later, I suddenly get a tapping and check engine light. Within a few hundred feet the all wheel drive light comes on as well. A quick OBD-II check shows a cylinder 4 misfire but the engine was just inspected and the oil changed by the Acura dealer who performed the ECU remap a few weeks prior. Honda/ Acura will get one shot at fixing this issue if it ends up being somehow related to the TC. If they don't I'm moving forward with a lawsuit. Enough is enough. They knew/ know there is a problem, denied it, then throw out some half-ass patches which only work, according to a manufacturer service manager about 1/2 of the time and still let this to continue.
Check out the FB page dedicated to this issue.
#515 of 967 Re: The plot thickens [wallabyguy]
Jan 28, 2011 (9:47 am)
If I bought the car in 2008 Certified Pre-Owned from Acura...wouldn't this be covered under the 7 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty?
#516 of 967 Re: No permanent fix.... [dc1225]
Jan 29, 2011 (9:42 am)
"..1) there is no permanent fix..."
You could pull the fuses that power the drive to the rear clutches and dramatically extend the life of your transaxle. The other possibility is to put a switch in series with the power to the rear drive clutches and only power them under KNOWN low traction conditions.