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#892 of 967 2003 MDX Transmission Failure 56K Miles
Oct 19, 2012 (7:21 pm)
After just having the transmission rebuilt on this gently-used and well-maintained vehicle, I learned how common this problem is. Very disappointing. After having bought four Acuras from a local dealer, they did not have the courtesy to reply to my complaint. They did not do the repair work, since their shop prices are way too high. This will be my last Acura. Some enterprising lawyer ought to explore the possibility of a class action suit on this.
#893 of 967 Re: 2003 MDX Transmission Failure 56K Miles [inacurat]
Oct 20, 2012 (6:32 am)
I agree with you. My only recoarse is never to buy another Acura/Hoda product. Our next car will be a Ford.
#894 of 967 Re: 2003 MDX Transmission Failure 56K Miles [jslivon]
Oct 20, 2012 (8:20 am)
"..will be a Ford..."
Jumping from the frying pan directly into the FIRE!!
#895 of 967 yet another torque converter
Oct 22, 2012 (10:14 am)
I have been reading many of the other reports from others about their torque converter. I have a 2001 which we dearly love but it has been shuttering for the last 10k miles and I was not smart enough to realize what it was. I now have only 107K miles and I am wondering what to do. The dealership said it would be about $2,800 to replace the converter if that is all that needs to be done. However, when I was riding with the mechanic to show him the issue, I asked how many TCs he had replaced and I think he had done one. I also noted in some of the previous notes that some owners had gotten theirs replaced under warranty. Any chance here for me? Should I take it to a transmission specialist or a different dealership where they have more experience replacing the TC? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
#896 of 967 Re: yet another torque converter [sidneyh]
Oct 22, 2012 (10:23 am)
Sorry to hear that you are experiencing difficulty with your TC. Without a doubt, I would take it to a transmission specialist who has seen many many similar conditions. Most dealerships will remove the transmission and send it to a specialist anyway. Of course, I would make certain that my extended warranty did not cover it. Good luck.
#897 of 967 Re: yet another torque converter [sidneyh]
Oct 22, 2012 (10:53 am)
First, demand that the dealer call the Corp. office in California to see if Acura will pay for it. If they refuse, call yourself or find another dealer. It took me two heated arguments with our dealer until Acura agreed to pay 90% of the cost.
If that won't work, find an independant transmission specialist who has experience with these Acura transmissions. You will need a new torque converter and a transmission overhaul. An independant specialist will be $1,500 to $2000 cheaper then Acura. A factory rebuilt transmision from Acura will cost $4500 to $5000 installed. An experienced independant transmission shop will replace the parts with better quality and should know how to do modifications and upgrades to make your transmission last longer. Check their record with Better Business before commiting.
#898 of 967 Re: yet another torque converter [sidneyh]
Oct 22, 2012 (2:56 pm)
In my experience it would be rather unusual for the TC itself to fail, given that this is a VTM-4 F/awd system it is much more likely the TC lock-up clutch that is failing. If you have the ability to "lock-out" the OD system I would drive it that way for a long enough period to satisfy myself of the true failure cause.
#899 of 967 Re: yet another torque converter [wwest]
Oct 23, 2012 (7:37 am)
Do I accomplish that by driving it in D4? Would that leave it in 4th gear and not shift into overdrive? If I do this and it does not give me the shimmy symptoms, do I conclude that it is the TC? Thanks for your help.
#900 of 967 Re: yet another torque converter [sidneyh]
Oct 23, 2012 (8:54 am)
My 04 started the shutter about 20k miles ago. I simply drive around town in D4 and manually shift to D5 if I go on the highway. Hurts fuel economy somewhat, but beats replaciing the transmission.
FWIW I recently had the fluid changed at a Honda dealer and the shutter was noticeably less.
#901 of 967 Re: yet another torque converter [sidneyh]
Oct 23, 2012 (3:49 pm)
If locking out OD results in proper functionality otherwise then the problem is most likely the lock-up clutch.