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#822 of 996 2004 MDX Transmission broken
Apr 23, 2012 (10:26 am)
I have a 2004 MDX with 111,000 miles on it. Last week as I was driving to work my MDX red lined and started to lose speed. Fortunately, I was right next near an off ramp and was able to pull off safely while coasting. But just like all the other posts on here, it was because of a broken transmission.
I received quotes to have it rebuilt ranging from $2500 - $3500. That price varied by the length of the warranty.
I contacted the Acura dealership to see if there was a possibility they would be able to assist in covering part of the cost to get it fixed. The guy in the service department I spoke with was very dismissive. It was almost as if he was on the defensive from dealing with other people who have had this issue. Either way, I'd expect more courtesy from a dealership I spent $40k at.
My fear is that if I invest so much into my MDX now to fix this issue, how much will I have to spend next year and the year after. It seems like the MDX just turns into a money pit once this problems start to occur.
On the converse, if I trade in my MDX for a new vehicle (it def. wont be for another Acura) I will have to spend money on monthly payments for the next 60 months. It seems like a no win situation.
... For the record, I purchased my MDX from Springfield Acura in Springfield, NJ.
Maybe if we start posting the name of our dealerships, they will step up to the plate and contact Acura to complain that their business are being hurt for selling vehicles which have known defective parts. Or at the very least, bring the shotty customer service to their attention.
#823 of 996 Re: 2004 MDX Transmission broken [ih8acura]
Apr 23, 2012 (10:49 am)
Many others in this forum who have had the same trouble you've reported have also run into rudeness at Acura dealers/service managers. You are right-- they are tired of MDX torque converter complaints. It is shocking that Acura has failed to address this issue with older MDX vehicles. I have a 2010 MDX which developed a faulty TC at just 35,000. A replacement was made under warrenty. But about two months ago, I received an "advisory" saying that software for the transmission needed attention. The lack of honesty and the rude behavior will (after my purchase of six Acuras overr the years) will be steering me to the new medium sized SUV now offered by Infiniti. Check it out.
#824 of 996 Re: 2004 MDX Transmission broken [curious52]
Apr 24, 2012 (8:31 am)
My best guess would be that now that the MDX models with the SH-AWD system are also having TC failures the software revision will involve less "robustness", lowering the functionality, of the SH-AWD system.
Less functionality of the system = lower driveline stress/HEAT overall.
#825 of 996 Should I buy a new Acura MDX
Apr 24, 2012 (11:34 pm)
I have been looking to buy a new Acura MDX. My question is do I have to be concerned and go for another brand if Honda and Acura have had bad records on REALLY to keep value due to transmission problems for many years of their cars?
#826 of 996 Should I buy a new Acura MDX
Apr 24, 2012 (11:41 pm)
I am looking to buy a new Acura MDX. With the transmission problems of past Acura and Honda cars, should I be concerned and buy another brand instead?
Are the new Acura MDX free from their transmission defects now? Do anybody know?
#827 of 996 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [spicydoc]
Apr 25, 2012 (3:02 am)
Acura has behaved very badly about a torque converter problem that has plagued owners of MDX vehciles from 2002 until now. Mine has had a software update which was essentially the result of a recall, but Acura shaded the word by using "advisory." But in a word, I'm disgusted.
You should look very seriously at Infiniti's new JX SUV which promises to be everything the MDX has been and more. That is what my next SUV will be. Good luck.
#828 of 996 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [spicydoc]
Apr 25, 2012 (6:00 am)
I own a 2003 MDX and had transmission problems. I won't buy a Honda/Acrura any more. Look at Lexus or a Ford product.
#829 of 996 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [spicydoc]
Apr 25, 2012 (8:17 am)
if you do make sure you cover your self with "lifetime warranty" whatever the cost. TC will go out on you just matter of when.
#830 of 996 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [spicydoc]
Apr 25, 2012 (9:23 am)
I would reconsider purchasing an MDX, or any Honda/Acrua, at this time. From what I've seen, pretty much everyone on this forum has experienced issues within only a few years of purchasing an MDX. For a "luxury" vehicle that costs upwards of $40k, one would expect that it will last for at least 10 years before any serious issues occur. If this was an isolated incident, that's one thing but after reading all these posts I'm realizing that we all got taken advantage of.
This experience really opened my eyes to always do serious due diligence before purchasing another vehicle.
#831 of 996 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [spicydoc]
Apr 25, 2012 (11:23 am)
I purchased a 08 RL, and last year we purchased a 11 MDX. I additionally purchased for $ 600 an extended warranty. I never got extended warranties on any of my 40 + cars over the years, however, I began to read these blogs and other blogs and I concluded that I had better COA which I do with an extra $ 6-800 and get the warranty. Paid off last year when the 08 had a new tranny part put in at their cost less my $100.
And I know one thing, I will not ever want to pay $ 2000 because I failed to get an extended warranty. And I know that for an extra amount of cash, I won't get stuck again. i.e. If I pay 50k for the car, what does it really matter for an extra $1300-1500? And maybe I am just throwing my $$ away but I can sleep better at night. JMO.
Good luck to all and stay safe.