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#672 of 995 Just Got a New Torque Converter
Sep 28, 2011 (1:49 am)
I have a 2008 MDX Tech with 32,000 miles and occasionally encountered the dreaded shudder at 35mph around town as early as a year ago or so. This behavior began to surface with more regularity recently and (tired of punching the gas pedal to arrest the shudder), took it to the dealer last Thursday to let them have a look-see. Naturally, they needed me to demonstrate the shudder with a tech and wouldnchaknowit I was unable to demonstrate it. Dejected and headed back to the dealer, the tech mentioned that this wasn't an uncommon complaint among MDX owners and that he'd look at it but suggested I leave it for the day.
Well, 2 hours later the dealer calls and--whoopeee!--confirms the shudder and faults the torque converter (all covered under the factory 6yr powertrain warranty) and that I am to keep my loaner (a 2011 MDX, btw) until they can source the part and intall it. I got it back yesterday and I absolutely love my MDX more than before it that's even possible. The dealership here in the DC, Rosenthal Acura, couldn't have been more professional. I've got no complaints here. The service advisor called with daily updates and even offered to take me back to the service bay as work was progressing; an offer I took him up on (I'm lame, I know) and let me tell you, this type of first-person open-heart surgery is not for the faint of, ahem, heart. It kinda takes your breath away. I walked away never to return again to the sausage factory.
It's crazy, too, because I was expecting an ordeal judging by the numerous posts this longstanding topic. I'm happy to report here happy times! I wish this karma on everyone else here and your beloved MDXs. True Story.
#673 of 995 Re: Just Got a New Torque Converter [washingtongc]
Sep 28, 2011 (7:49 am)
2008...32,000 miles...Now that's worrisome.
Unless you make highly regular use, high TORQUE use, if the rear wheel drive aspects of the SH-AWD system.
Off-road, dirt/gravel road..?
#674 of 995 Re: Just Got a New Torque Converter [washingtongc]
Sep 28, 2011 (7:55 am)
What are you so happy about? That you got the warranty at 32k which should be normally covered? That they gave you a loaner? That your tranny/tc only lasted 32k? we'll see how happy you are when in another 32k you'll need a brand new tranny. You'll probably be doing quadriple double dragon flips by then I'm sure.
#675 of 995 Transmission shudder issue
Sep 28, 2011 (9:26 am)
I have a 2002 with 117K miles that has a mild case of the shudder/vibration issue. I talked to a co-worker who also has a MDX and he said his also has had the issue for the past 50K miles and his car now has 170K miles. He had extensive discussions with the dealer about it and one time a service person was very open about the problem. He was told that eventually he should replace the torque converter and transmission but only when the issue gets too annoying to deal with. It's not something you need to take action on immediately once the symptoms start. Apparently after 50K miles it hasn't gotten to this point yet. So my strategy will also be to wait and see. I only need to get a couple more years out of the car and the symptoms for me are not severe nor very frequent. I might experience it once during a day while driving and it's more of a noise issue - I don't notice much vibration or power loss. If you want to get another 100K from your car, then it may make strategic sense to do the work sooner than later. For me, I only need to get another 20K so I'm going to wait and see. Supposedly the rest of the car is solid and will make it to 200K without problem.
#676 of 995 Re: 03 Acura MDX transmission [madmommy3]
Sep 28, 2011 (11:43 am)
I cannot access the link. It does not work. I replaced the torque converter last November. Now my transmission wont shift. How do I join the lawsuit?
#677 of 995 Re: Just Got a New Torque Converter [washingtongc]
Sep 29, 2011 (5:20 pm)
I bought my certified one from Rosenthal too, but took it to Pohanka Acura for service. I think I need to take it to Rosenthal. Any one at the dealership you recommend I talk to?
#678 of 995 Torque converter replaced and SW upgrade = nice!
Oct 06, 2011 (10:45 am)
I posted some weeks ago regarding judder in the transmission and unstable RPMs in our 2010 MDX after only 25k miles. Bottom line is that we had the torque converter replaced and the SW upgraded for more smooth shifting. I CANNOT BELIEVE THE CHANGE... The car now runs like the luxury car it is and the ride is amazing. I put up some YouTube videos of the original problem and others have done that too. Bottom line, get that torque converter replaced, and second, get that SW updated, at least on your 2010 and newer (I believe the SW was released in July 2011 so ask for it for the next service).
#679 of 995 Re: Torque converter replaced and SW upgrade = nice! [ga2010mdx]
Oct 08, 2011 (7:06 am)
So glad I found this. We bought an 08 MDX 4 weeks ago with 71k miles. All is perfect except for a grinding noise I can hear around 40 MPH and the same shutter/jitter when shifting from 2nd to 3rd or 3rd to 4th (I believe). Also have the same RPM jumping around when over 40MPH or so. We have only put 500 miles on the car so far. Not that I am glad to have an issue with it, but at least I can see the write ups here the videos you posted. Note, my RPM jumping is more than what I saw in video. Going to finish gathering info, maybe record a video and head back to Acura. Wonder what response I am going to get. probably print out some detail like this too. What specific item was had the software updated? What it the main unit or the transmission??? I know I will catch slack for buying an 08 with 71k on it but this is my 3rd Acura, (91 Integra/RIP, current 04 TL with 120k, and now this). Integra was redlined 3 to 20 times a day for 5 years, only issue was AC compressor, had 144k when totaled in wreck. TL is not pushed so hard but is (older now) and perfect! I got the MDX loaded with Navi-Tech pk for $23k and do have a 12k powertrain warr, will see if it helps me. Wish me luck.
#680 of 995 Re: Torque converter replaced and SW upgrade = nice! [steve8587]
Oct 08, 2011 (8:30 pm)
Take it to a dealer and have them replace the torque converter...don't leave the dealership til they do.
Glad to see that Acura still has not fixed the problem stemming from back in 2001.
#681 of 995 Re: Torque converter replaced and SW upgrade = nice! [steve8587]
Oct 09, 2011 (3:36 pm)
We only had the torque converter replaced, not the entire transmission.
With regards to the SW you need to ask the dealership. Ours is a 2010 and thus with the six speed transmission, and I believe 07-09 are five speed. Anyhow, the service technician will be able to check if there's an upgrade available or not.