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#65 of 995 MDX Transmission
Mar 05, 2009 (8:09 am)
Well, here's another story. 2002 MDX base with tranny problem at 44,000 miles a few years ago. Acura dealer first had "no idea" of the problem then offered through Acura home office to repair at no cost to us as good will. Now at 98,000, a slightly different issue has arisen: drive gear selector light flasshing, engine light is on, and when warm, VTM-4 lock-in light goes on. Would you believe the hard down-shift is probably the car attempting to shift back into VTM-4 lock at 30 +/- mph. Dealer calls Acura and they offer to pay HALF, or $2,000 even though they have not been able to diagnose the problem. Amazing, I drop down $2 grand because I trust that the unit cannot be repaired, or that the issue might involve a $100 sensor problem.
I have no clue yet what my choices are, if any.
#66 of 995 2003 MDX Transmission problems
Apr 16, 2009 (9:30 am)
Update to my story from January 2009, where I initially wrote:
My MDX has 95,000 miles on it and has the extended warranty to 100,000 miles. Three times in the last two weeks I've started the car in the morning and when it shifts to 2nd gear (going up a slight grade) it's like I put the car in neutral - no pwer but the rpms go way up. Twice it's caught and been fine, yesterday it didn't catch and I shifted down from drive to lowest gear before it would engage.
When I took it in, they say they can't replicate the problem so can't turn it in as a transmission problem as they don't think there is one. They will charge me $120 every time I bring it in but they can't find anything wrong with it - so I guess I won't be bringing it in every week like I'm tempted to. Any suggestions on how to get this to replicate so I can get it fixed
Also, something I didn't mention before, the torque converter had been replaced at 76,000 miles. This time, at 95,000 miles they told me it was an imput sensor and replaced that. Shifting is still rough, but it doesn't slip like before. However, at 98,600 miles all the lights came on again - AB, VSA, VMT-4, brake, etc. When I took it in, they said that it was due to a bad cell in the battery and recommended that I have my transmission flushed as the fluid looked "burned". I said that was odd since they'd replaced the fluid when they'd replaced the torque converter, and just changed the transmission fluid at 93,550 miles and that I was taking it to an independent dealer to have them look at the fluid and transmission. They then agreed to contact the Acura care and see if they could get them to agree to replace the tranmission. Today they said that they would replace the transmission under the 100,000 mile warranty.
#68 of 995 Re: 08 MDX jerky issue [thebouncer1]
Jun 27, 2009 (12:33 pm)
Have you find out the jerky issue response from your dealership/
I had experiencing the same issue since I get my brand new car.
I am not familar w/ sport seadan concept but feel like you mentioned that someone s on brake and the speed suddenly reduced. It's really bother me all the times druing the low speed. I don't think we should keep step on accelerator to waste more gasoline, right?
#69 of 995 Re: 08 MDX jerky issue [jyao888]
Jul 14, 2009 (1:41 pm)
I did bring in my 09MDX for technician to test drive regarding the transmission issue you have and I experience the same at first 4-500mi when I got my car.
This "jerk" issue had been less and less. I had 1300mi now and feel the transmission change gear when I slow down and speed up. Tenician siad it's normal. The harder you step the accelerator the transmission take more time to shift gear. The soft you step the quicker gear changes. It's the way to design to protect engine for damages due to suddenly speed changes. I am very gentle driver and not sure about this concept.
#70 of 995 2002 Acura MDX torque converter problem
Jul 21, 2009 (5:13 pm)
I have a 2002 Acura MDX that has about 97,000 on it. I have kept it up to date on its services, oil changes, etc...About two months ago, I started noticing at different speeds my car felt like it shifted into neutral and would take a couple of seconds to let me accelerate again. It only happened every once in a while. About a couple of weeks ago it became more frequent and it developed a funny noise. I brought it to my mechanic who said that the transmission was failing and I would need another. Before sinking another $3,000 I started looking at other cars very disappointed that I car I bought because I was told it would last forever needed a new transmission. As I went searching, I met other customers with 2002 Acura MDX's with similar problems. I called the dealership asking if they knew of this and they said they couldn't help me because I hadn't serviced my car there for a couple of years. I told them that I had still been servicing my car but at my mechanics because I was not happy with their service. I started wondering if this was a problem and found out by taking my MDX to the dealer that some of the 2002 MDX's had problems with the torque converter. Needless to say, mine was one of them and it need a new torque that would cost me over $2,000. The dealer told me my warranty was up and I would have to pay for it. I then called Acura back who said I should ask my dealer to contact the district manager to see if they will replace it on goodwill. I called the dealer who was not happy and said that I need to bring them all my receipts from the mechanic and then they would submit it to the warranty manager. Acura told me if they will not help me then they will assign me a case manager to investigate. My question to Acura was how do I know there are no other defects once I fix this problem. Why was there no recall? Why do I have to pay for something that was a know defect? I also found out the TL's had a class action law suit which caused Acura to extend warranties. Any suggestions on how I should proceed?
#71 of 995 04 MDX Transmission Problem
Jul 29, 2009 (8:38 am)
I had problems with my 04 MDX Transmission. On the way back from a road trip from TN, the transmission went in Roanoke VA. Mind you, I live in NJ. Granted, my MDX had 153000 miles on but I service the transmission three times since I purchased at 62000 miles ( so that's 90000 miles I had it with three transmission service done by Acura).
I did contact Acura Care and all they said is that my Warranty has ended. I sent it to Duncan Acura in Roanoke for them to check it out and see if I qualified for a "Good Will" Repair... they cam back with something about Acura is willing to supply a transmission and pay 1%(?????) Not sure what that meant but all in all, I am $3500 less in my bank account.
Just wanted to let everyone know that get rid of your 04 MDX before you hit 153000. I have a couple of more payments myself and I will be venturing over to Lexus or Infiniti after its paid off.
I really don't think my transmission should have went so quickly, especially when I took care of it....And I have a 05 TL and a 90 Legend...check this,,no issues with my 90 Legend at all, runs like a champ with 97000 miles on it...
#72 of 995 Re: 2002 Acura MDX torque converter problem [orange5]
Aug 02, 2009 (8:58 pm)
I have a 2002 MDX as well with 115k on it and have the exact same issue you are describing in your positng. I also took it to my mechanic who said I should contact the dealer and let them know I was not happy with a $40K car that needed a transmission at 100K. Was there any resolution with the case manager in your situation? Taking mine into the dealer tomorrow to see what they say. Any new advice to pass on?
#73 of 995 Trans. Repair 2002 MDX
Aug 03, 2009 (7:48 am)
Yes, the dealers are well aware of this problem. they were willing to repair
the trans. for $1000.00, its a $3800. job here in new york, so I had it repaired
from what I've read on the net, that's the going rate for this repair, I can't afford
to replace the vehicle so I had it repaired, I had 90,000 miles on it at the time and now have 98,000 its been 10 months now and no problems,
remember to get in writing the three year warranty which is mostly what you'll be paying for.
Best of Luck Bob
#74 of 995 Re: 2002 Acura MDX torque converter problem [mos6]
Aug 03, 2009 (7:33 pm)
I hear ya. I have a 2001 MDX and I had a similar problem 65K. I took it in and they were going to see what "codes" it was giving off. They didn't see any codes in the system but did notice that my trans needed a flush/service. So, I did it and thought I was on my way. Well, for the past 2 mos I have been in traffic and it "slips" loses "grip" and I wait for the R's to come down and then goose it to make it catch. Sometinmes it does and it'll HIT real hard and off we go...but more often lately...it won't catch and I'll wait for the R's to come down and shift down a gear and we're good to go. Nevertheless, I explained it to them and they've had it since Saturday. (It currently has 75K)
Acura called me today and said that it's giving code P1740 (it relates to a "pressure switch" and 4th gear). Also, my two motor mounts (front & right) are cracked. They cannot replicate the slippage and there are no codes to verify anything. Nevertheless they obviously reccomed a new trans and new motor mounts. They want $5,200 ($4,560 p/l for trans and $690 p/l for motor mounts + tax)! I then read these posts and are PO'd. I am going to ask the service manager to hear my case and pass my concerns to the district field representative.
Finally, I decided to "shop" the job with another Acura within the area and they're quoting me $3,979 ($3,654 p/l trans and $325 p/l motor mounts). So, it may be worth shopping the job around.