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#75 of 996 2001 Acura MDX Transmission Whine
Aug 04, 2009 (7:10 pm)
Just purchased a used 2001 MDX with 180,000 miles. The car was a one owner car which we purchased from a dealer. The car is in very good condition with a very clean interior and the engine is very smooth. We noticed after we brought the car home that there is a whine that sounds like the transmission. We took the car back to the dealer the next day and asked that they check it out. They said that it is normal for a car with that many miles and said nothing about transmission problems with the 2001 - 2002 year MDX's. I know that we should have done our homework a little better but after the fact we really like the car and want the problem resolved. Could this be a recall issue that was never fixed?
#76 of 996 Re: 2002 Acura MDX torque converter problem [chicagoe]
Aug 04, 2009 (7:59 pm)
So here is how my 2002 MDX transmission issue resovled itself. Took it into the dealer and sure enough they confirmed that I had to have tranmission replaced. As a reminder I have 115K miles on it and have kept it serviced on schedule. My mechanic that I went to (not dealer) confirmed that it was a transmission and that I should go back to the dealer and let them know that a $40k car should not need a transmission at 100K. Having done a little investigatin I came across this board and read that the 2001 and 2002 MDX's had transmission issues. Knowing that, I went into the dealer and described my situation. I then asked the service consultant if the 2002 had transmission issues Reluctantly she confirmed that there had been an issue. She said she would see what the issue was and if it was the transmission she would call Honda USA and see what they would do. Sure enough I got a call and she confirmed a transmission. She mentioned the cost would be $4800 l/p and 36 mnth/36,000 mile warranty on the part. Honda agreed to split the cost with me. Still out a substantial amount but not as bad as could have been. Having a little bit of information and letting the service consultant know I was aware of the issue I beleive helped. Squeaky wheel gets the grease I guess. Good luck
#77 of 996 09 MDX issue
Aug 05, 2009 (5:53 pm)
Bought '09 MDX two weeks ago. On way home from dealership with only 11 miles on odometer, went gently over speed tables through my neighborhood and heard and felt a grinding sound after going over table and as I started to accelerate at about 25 mph. Only happens on some, and only on speed tables (not humps or bumps). Also, the yellow exclamation dash light flashes on when this happens, but does not stay on. Dealership says this is not a problem. Could not reproduce sound with technician in car with me since at that time I did not realize it was speed tables only and we tried speed bumps. It is loud enough for any passenger in the car to say "what was that?" I don't think I should have to live with "what was that?"given that I can't even leave my neighborhood without going over a few of these tables. After reading the posts, I am afraid I am in for a long fight, but maybe I will get more attention with a car that now has just 300 miles on it!
#78 of 996 Re: 09 MDX issue [pejp]
Aug 05, 2009 (6:42 pm)
I am still feeling the issue of "jerk" a few people discussed.
I have 1900 mi on my 09 MDX and still have this issue today.
It is the feeling the speed suddenly reduced like someone step the brake when your foot off the gas paddle. Anyone have this experience? Tecnican can't dupicate it when I bring back to check last month.
#79 of 996 Re: 09 MDX issue [pejp]
Aug 05, 2009 (7:35 pm)
Also, the yellow exclamation dash light flashes on when this happens, but does not stay on.
I think that is to be expected. The (upside down) exclamation indicates a problem with tire pressure. A speed table will cause rapid compression and decompression of the air in the tires depending on how fast you approach the table and thay may trigger the tire pressure monitor.
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#80 of 996 Re: 09 MDX issue [pejp]
Aug 09, 2009 (9:31 am)
From what you describe it also sounds like you are seeing your traction control work, which is normal. Often times when you go over a hump at any speed the tires will temporarily lose contact with the road. The traction control does its job and the light will go on. If this is the only place it happens (maybe on very rough roads as well?), this may be the normal functioning of the traction control.
#81 of 996 Re: 2002 Acura MDX torque converter problem [mos6]
Aug 10, 2009 (5:57 am)
Gotcha Hoss! Good job. I did the same. I took the info I had and explained it to the service manager. I also asked if he could get Acura USA involved and he actually offered it to me before it could get off of my tongue. He called me back within a few hours and agreed to split it 50/50! Not a bad deal. Yeah, it's still $2,500 + tax (and that's nuthin to sneeze at) but it's definitely better than 5G's! Nevertheless, I believe that if you present your case in a civilized manner and have a bit of a track record with a particular dealer...you may get some consideration and assistance. I've always owned Acura's and intend on always doing so...kinda biased but it is what it is. Good luck everyone!
#82 of 996 09 MDX trans problem no more I think
Aug 11, 2009 (6:17 pm)
I was finally able to reproduce the sound today for an Acura technician over a speed table. He had predicted it was the ABS and when he heard it, he immediately said that is what it is. The wheel speeds are not in synch at that point causing the ABS to be briefly activated due to the overly sensitive sensors - ("overly" being my addition here) The upside down exclamation dash light is simply being activated that it is working but is not staying lit to say there is a problem. Perhaps I am too trusting, but I had a very good feel about it after spending 10 minutes with the technician who gave me the brief history of trans probs in the MDXs and a few other issues that he sees more frequently. Time will tell of course, but for now I am satisfied with the ABS explanation.
#83 of 996 Re: Trans. Repair 2002 MDX [signguy2]
Aug 21, 2009 (7:39 am)
Would you please tell me what dealership you went to for the repair?
does anyone has similar experience in New Jersey and can recommend a dealership?
#84 of 996 Re: Trans. Repair 2002 MDX [rehan1]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Aug 21, 2009 (7:41 am)
You might find some recommendations if you click the Local Services tab at the top right too.