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#799 of 967 Re: 04-06 Acura MDX transmission [michelleanne]
Feb 08, 2012 (2:00 pm)
I also have a 2003 MDX and at 97000 miles, after towing my MDX behind my motor home on a trip to FL, I began to experience shifting noises. after lots of research I found that the 2003 MDX transmission had a know problem with lubrication of gears when towed. Don't know if yours has been towed but wanted to respond. The local Acura dealer replaced my transmission at no charge and I was out of warranty.
#800 of 967 Re: Do we have a transmission problem? [dclark6]
Feb 08, 2012 (2:21 pm)
USE PREMIUM GAS ONLY IN MDX!!!!
#801 of 967 Re: 04-06 Acura MDX transmission [donlrob]
Feb 16, 2012 (12:15 pm)
Really? Nice! Did you say anything special to get it replaced for free out of warranty or did the dealer give any reason for his good grace?
#802 of 967 Re: Grinding noise at 40mph in 2003 MDX [pam53]
Feb 16, 2012 (1:43 pm)
Def the torque converter and its not cheap to fix over $1k. My 05 had the same problem and after replacement the noise was gone.
#803 of 967 Gurgling noise at 1500 RPM
Feb 25, 2012 (4:12 pm)
For a few months my 2006 MDX with 81000 miles has made a gurgling noise at 1500 RPM.
Completely goes away when I let off the gas or go faster to higher rpm.
What the heck is this?
I just got a letter from Acura concerning a product update concerning transmission judder.
Is that what this is?
#804 of 967 Replacement tranny same as the old?
Feb 27, 2012 (9:44 am)
Hoping folks could correct any possible misunderstandings I might have of the '03 tranny woes:
Transmissions are designed for specific models. You don't just put a generic transmission in any car - it has to be THE transmission designed for THAT model (& year). The only option for our car is the transmission as designed by Acura for an MDX (more specifically, for an '03 MDX). True??
The '03 X tranny problems are *design problems*. So, regardless as to whether it is new or rebuilt, from Acura or, say, from AAMCO, it still is a transmission with a design flaw (as opposed to a problem on the assembly line or poor quality part) True??
A new or rebuilt transmission for the 03 X is *still* susceptible to the same failure. In other words, a new/rebuilt transmission is no better (and no worse) than what came with the vehicle in '03. True??
#805 of 967 Re: Gurgling noise at 1500 RPM [richard20031]
Feb 27, 2012 (2:50 pm)
Bubbles, air bubbles, possibly, in the hoses leading to/from the heater core. Sometimes a gurgling noise can be heard in those hoses even without bubbles.
#806 of 967 Re: Replacement tranny same as the old? [tsreyb]
Feb 27, 2012 (3:06 pm)
The problem, "base" problem, is much more likely the result of the rear drive being engaged pre-emptively, however mostly un-necessarily. The most likely time for loss of driven wheel traction or loss of directional control resulting from loss of traction is during low speed acceleration, in a tight turn, or in an accelerating turn.
So it is at those times that the MDX VTM-4 system, or the newer SH-AWD system, will pre-emptively engage the rear drive clutches in order to significantly reduce the MDX's, or any FWD or F/awd, strong propensity for loss of directional control should a slippery surface be encounter.
The fly in that ointment, for most of us, is that the clear majority of the time the road surface will be HIGHLY tractive, leading to an extreme stress level for the entire driveline for the duration of the level, high level, of rear drive engagement.
Which leads me to suspect that Acura, along with installing a new or rebuilt transaxle, will/would also "quietly" reflash the TC, Traction Control. firmware such that the "awd" stress level is significantly lowered.
Some vehicles, FWD to F/awd "conversions, Ford Escape/Mariner/Tribute as examples, have a temperature sensors so as to warn the driven that the driveline is being overstressed to much, to often, and the driver is caution to stop and wait for the driveline components to cool down.
#807 of 967 2004 Acura MDX Transmission Problems
Mar 01, 2012 (5:38 pm)
Signed up just to contribute another confirmation of transmission problems on an Acura.
I have a 2004 Acura MDX with 160,000 miles that is now in need of a $5000 transmission replacement.
Regular check ups, had one at 150,000, replaced the timing belt and all with no avail.
NEVER EVER EVER BUY an Acura MDX - look how many people are having issues, and honestly I've had a number of other expensive issues earlier.
#808 of 967 Re: 2004 Acura MDX Transmission Problems [mistat]
Mar 01, 2012 (7:06 pm)
Sorry to hear of your trouble. I'd never buy an Acura either after the same problems with our 2003 transmission and the info on this blog.
I hate to break the bad news, but your motor mounts are probobly broken and the front lower ball joints are shot.
Our next car will be a Ford.