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#519 of 967 Re: What year MDXs have transmission problems? [motherof3inct]
Feb 07, 2011 (9:01 am)
Myself and several other 2010/2011 mdx owners are experiencing a slight metallic knocking noise in our vehicles at speeds between 0 - 25. Dealers cannot pinpoint the source of this issue. Someone that's a master tech at a forum mentioned that the noise is originating from the transmission. Dealers Acura/Honda are not being forthcoming if this is the case. Being in the situation I would not buy the mdx if I had to do it over again. But it may be something they can fix (pcm or knock sensor adjustment) Don't know.
Having a $60,000 vehicle that sounds like its got a diesel engine was not part of my plan. Not knowing what's causing the noise for months now has given me a bad view of Acura. I've also been told by the dealer that its normal for the car to sound this way. Yeah so Acura intentionally made a vehicle that knocks.
#520 of 967 Re: NEED YOUR THOUGHTS [sarj1]
Feb 07, 2011 (9:40 am)
Did you ever find out what was wrong with your tranny? I am having the exact same problem on my 2001 MDX with 152k miles on it. Please let me know what the dealer told you. my email is dtvo2005 gmail.com.
#521 of 967 Re: What year MDXs have transmission problems? [mdxtech2011]
Feb 07, 2011 (10:26 am)
During acceleration below 25MPH(20?) your "center diff'l" is locked, or at least partially so. On a highly tractive surface that will result in a LOT of undue stress on the drive train components. That stress level is often so high, say during a fairly tight accelerating turn, to the point that something MUST give.
In an actual 4WD in this situation it would most likely result in "tire hop"/scrubbing as a way to relieve the additional stress. In the early VTM-4 MDX that "give" was obviously provided by the torque converter (lockup clutch?) resulting in widespread premature failures of that component.
Your slight metallic knocking noise may be the result of slippage of whatever component, weakest link, must provide the required "give" when accelerating, even lightly, on a non-slippery, tractive, surface
Feb 07, 2011 (3:36 pm)
mother of 3, look elsewhere. Being mother of 3, this is headache that you do not need. I realize that all cars have problems but transmission/engine problems are the worst and most costly problems cars can have. You will not have a piece of mind owning an MDX. I'd lean toward X5 or RX350. I I believe BMW has 100k mile warranty now on power train, etc...Acura got rid of the 3rd row seat so all things being equal, X5 and RX350 comes out way ahead even if you have to pay bit more.
#523 of 967 Re: MDX [dc1225]
Feb 07, 2011 (6:44 pm)
#524 of 967 Re: MDX [wwest]
Feb 07, 2011 (7:00 pm)
eaaaeewwwwwww, I don't really consider 4runner a "luxury", "high end" though.....
#525 of 967 Re: MDX [dc1225]
Feb 07, 2011 (10:32 pm)
Lexus GX or LX470 then..?
#526 of 967 Re: MDX [dc1225]
Feb 08, 2011 (12:03 pm)
You mentioned "warranty" and Acura has a 100k for the mdx and the rl and I am sure for their other vehicles. We got one for our rl as we have in the past experienced tranny issues on other vehicles we had purchased. And after putting out $$ previously for previously owned vehicles, we decided to cover our axx this time.
We learned from bad experiences and I hope the readers don't have to learn the way we did.
Good luck to all and stay safe.
#527 of 967 Re: MDX [jensad]
Feb 08, 2011 (12:08 pm)
I need to add as I forgot about a 1978 honda that was used by our children that had a tranny failure. Fixed it and then we got another 10 k out of it and then old. Sorry for the screw up.
#528 of 967 Re: No permanent fix.... [dc1225]
Feb 11, 2011 (6:40 pm)
Yay for me! I just took my Acura MDX 2006 in and at first they were going to replace the entire transmission, but then they said it is only the torque converter. So more or less you are telling me the car I spent over $35K on is a piece of sh!t and I should never invest in honda again. I have 72K miles on it and planned to drive it for another 5 years. Does not look like that is the case...
Has anyone thought of a class action suit? I asked if they planned to do a recall on the transmission and then stated "Since it is not a safety issue, we legally are not liable to"