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#685 of 996 Re: Debating on buying another mdx..09/10 [mdxer7]
Oct 26, 2011 (1:07 pm)
I have a 2002 MDX bought new. After 5 years and only 30,000 miles, the transmission started shuddering when shifting, and Acura replaced it (rebuilt it) under warranty. Now, at about 65,000 miles, it's happening again. I just called the dealer to see if Acura was covering these under warranty even though it's out of warranty, and the service writer told me that transmissions on the MDX are not a recurring problem. My experience - and that of hundreds in this forum - indicates otherwise. I'm bringing it in next week, and we'll see how they deal with it. But this is twice in 65,000 miles. I don't drive it hard, and in fact try to drive it economically. Maybe that's the problem, since some of these posts indicate that hitting the gas hard eliminates the shuddering. This is my second Acura, and I kept the first for 7 years (and only 35,000 miles) without a single maintenance issue. How they treat this one determines how I feel about a third Acura.
#686 of 996 Re: Debating on buying another mdx..09/10 [drbobk]
Oct 28, 2011 (8:19 am)
You may wish to note that almost every manufacturer that has tried to make a silk purse (Actual AWD) from a sow's ear (FWD SUV[***]) has had problems with the initial implementation. It is not a simple matter to leave the front diff'l SOLIDLY driven (a MUST) and have the rear drive come online "solidly", or even semi-solidly "at will".
Having both front and rear "solidly" driven will ALWAYS result in extreme stress on the drivetrain and tires.....
EXCEPT ON A KNOWN SLIPPERY SURFACE.
The MDX was switched to the SH-AWD system for this very reason.
*** RX300, Escape/Mariner, MDX, etc.
#687 of 996 Just purchased a 09 MDX with 12k miles for 32
Oct 28, 2011 (11:28 am)
WOW! didnt realize how big of an issue this is. Acrua keeps a tight lid on this matter i see. I just purchased a 09 mdx with tech, 12k miles for $32,000 last weekend. I was not not aware of this AT ALL. I am still under the factory warranty for another 2 1/2 half years. my question is should I take it to acura now and avoid any future headaches? because the car is still a baby and I am hoping I really dont start having issues in the near future. so far I am loving the car (granted I only had the car for a week) I know a few MDX owners and havent heard any complains from any of them. Thats the reason why I decided purchase the car but I've been reading a lot of discomforting comments and I must say I am feeling a little uneasy about my decision. please, any advice would be appreciate.
BTW I purchased the car from Paragon Acura in NYC
#688 of 996 Re: Just purchased a 09 MDX with 12k miles for 32 [raymdx09]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 28, 2011 (11:50 am)
Reliability since 2004 has been pretty good, per Identifix. This is a "problems" discussion so people who aren't having issues are less likely to post.
Enjoy the new ride!
#689 of 996 2007 Transmission Problems?
Oct 30, 2011 (8:28 am)
I have leased MDXs since they first came out. I recently bought out my 2007 vehicle at the end of my lease since I loved the car, had no problems with it and the residual value was a reasonable deal and I was way over in miles. Have gotten all routine maintenance and changed transmission fluid when recommended. Weird grinding sound when decelerating on exit ramps started a couple of months ago but nothing that was impacting my driving. Driving mostly highway miles currently at 81K. Out of the blue yesterday started shuddering and rumbling when car goes over 40 mph. No way you could drive it like that. After looking at the numerous transmission complaints, looks like I have joined the ranks Acuras with bad transmissions. I guess I am out of warranty at 70K. Any ideas on getting them to cover this? Thank you.
#691 of 996 Re: 2007 Transmission Problems? [nancywalzog]
Oct 31, 2011 (5:04 am)
Make your dealer call the Acura home office in CA. They should pay at least 90% of the replacement cost ($4,500 total cost for an Acura rebuilt transmission). Tell them about this blog and you know they are defective.
If they won't do it, file a complaint with BBB. If they still refuse, go to another dealer. They may help in an attempt to get all your future business. But the bottom line is that if all this fails, you are screwed. if you contact a lawyer, you will get double screwed.
#692 of 996 Re: 2007 Transmission Problems? [nancywalzog]
Oct 31, 2011 (7:51 am)
It begins to sound as if my advice on modification applies even to the MDXes with the SH-AWD system. Add a toggle switch to open the electrics that drive the rear clutch engagement circuits unless a true need for AWD functionality exists, KNOWN need.
Driving both rear wheels along with at least one front wheel on a highly tractive surface even only for/during acceleration begins to look like a BAD idea. Accumulative effects of the stress/heat takes its toll in the long term.
#693 of 996 Re: 2007 Transmission Problems? [jslivon]
Oct 31, 2011 (9:26 am)
Thanks for the suggestion of filing a compliant with BBB. Do you report the dealer or the Acura USA?! I just filed one against Acura USA since it was their customer service folks who refused to waive the $1,000 to replace our 2004 MDX transmission which was diagnosed by one dealer to be failing.
2nd dealer would NOT recommend a repair at all and that might have something to do with it. I tried to appeal to their sense of SHAME that Lexus folks gave us 4 brand new Michellen tires when we complained about the cabin noise with their Toyo tires!! This was at 48,000 miles. They showed NO SHAME despite the fact that cost of a customer retention HAS to be at least $5,000 in US market.
If I had seen the postings here about the transmission problem, I would have thought twice about buying an MDX! Keep up the good work here since I am sure someone is being helped, if it's too late for us suckers.
#694 of 996 Re: Just purchased a 09 MDX with 12k miles for 32 [raymdx09]
Oct 31, 2011 (10:21 am)
I always take with "a grain of sait" what people post on this and other sites. The reason is that the poster may have an agenda and I read the post, and then decide whether I accept what was written or not.
I purchased a new RL 08 (in Feb of 08) and it now has 58k and up until two weeks ago, there were NO mechanical issues I had to deal with. However, this last week when I had the 60k service, they found my power steering pump was gone. If I DIDNOT invest in my 100k warranty the cost to me would have been just about $ 1000. But since I purchased my 100k warranty I only had to pay y deductible of $ 100. I.e. the cost of the warranty was $ 700, add my $ 100 part I still made $ 200
I learned the hard way years ago not spending an extra $600-800 to get an extended warranty. And I have not had any issues with the tranny. Just the pump.
Good luck to all and stay safe