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#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
#695 of 996 '04 MDX transmission/radiator failure
Oct 31, 2011 (4:11 pm)
I own an '04 MDX Touring edition w/approx 85k miles. I treat it very well and perform preventative maintenance (regular fluid/filter changes, etc). The only problems up to now have been two cracked engine mounts and a transmission cable problem, which were fixed by a local dealer.
So...last Thursday the car stopped driving: engine revved but car wouldn't engage so I had it towed to the same dealer that performed the aforementioned repair. Diagnosis: radiator failed and the coolant back-flowed into the transmission, which resulted in a catastrophic failure. Dealer wanted $1800 just to do tranny flush to tell me whether I would need a new transmission, which would then cost me anywhere between $5500-$6000. Had it towed to local transmission specialist (super-reputable) who said flush job is a rip-off and I need new tranny. He's trying to get me the best deal he can but estimates are still hovering near the $5k mark (this includes the radiator work and an exorbitant, I think, charge for a 3 year warranty).
Anyone have any advice about what I should do? It seems to me that this is a basic design flaw and I don't feel that I should pay because Acura has never heard of a check valve. I read several posts in which it was mentioned that Acura payed some of the cost. Thoughts? Ideas? Any help appreciated.
#696 of 996 Re: '04 MDX transmission/radiator failure [hk01d]
Nov 01, 2011 (8:01 am)
Personally I would have a shop power flush the tranny, $200 tops, fix the radiator problem and IMMHO more likely then otherwise be on my way.
Your "reputable" shop may not want to do this since they would then be responsible in the low likelihood my procedure doesn't work long term, 30-50,000 miles of additional trouble free use.
Try it, you might like it.
#697 of 996 Re: '04 MDX transmission/radiator failure [hk01d]
Nov 01, 2011 (4:39 pm)
Good luck cause im so over my 2003 MDX....all in this year i had a new radiator and new transmission put in and i just came from the store and my check engine light just came on and its skipping gears....SO OVER ACURA!!!!!!
#698 of 996 2008/2009 MDX transmission problems?
Nov 02, 2011 (5:31 pm)
We are thinking about buying a certified pre-owned 2008/2009 MDX. I've read most of the messages here and got really horrified by the transmission problem for 01-06 MDX. With regarding to 2008/2009 MDX, we have some questions:
1) Does this horrible transmission problem still exist for 2008/2009 MDX? I know they redesigned MDX for 2007. Does the problem still exist afterwards?
2) Read some articles here and somewhere else complaining the engine lights can go on if using some sub-premium gas. Is this true?
3) Failure to change transmission fluid can result in transmission failures?
Not trying to draw a debate. I'm driving an old 96 Camry and it has 140k miles on it. Never has any problem with engine and transmission. Always on regular gas. Haven't change transmission fluid for past 5 years... It's just my wife wants a 3-row luxury SUV upgrade...
Thanks a lot for your inputs...