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#924 of 996 MDX 2005 will not shift
Nov 25, 2012 (7:45 pm)
I have MDX 2005 with 58000 miles. I bought it used at 31000 miles in Jun 2008 and got extended warranty 7/100000 that has expired in Feb 12. The car has always been maintained by Acura dealership and all scheduled maintenance have been performed.
Last Friday morning, actually black Friday, when I wanted to go for some shopping, found that the car will not shift to "Drive". I had no clue what may have happened as I parked it just normal on Thursday morning. Anyway, checked manual and unlocked shifter. This got me out of the garage. By the time it was 8 AM and I called Acura dealership. They advised me to get the car in.
When I started driving found VSA and check engine light were on. Also noticed that "D" light, i.e. shifter in drive light was continuously blinking. Called dealership again and they advised that as long as I am comfortable, I could drive on. I had to drive about 20 miles to dealership.
I reached dealership and they put the car on diagnostic. The codes they are getting are confusing and they were not able to diagnose the actual problem. They gave me loaner to get me going as they needed more time to know the problem. They also promised me to do everything with Acura to remediate this issue if it was related to transmission as the car has been sold and maintained by them and has low miles.
I'm just waiting to hear back from them. In the meantime, if anyone had the same situation, the inputs would help me to make good decision.
#925 of 996 Re: MDX 2005 will not shift [anildel]
Nov 26, 2012 (4:48 am)
My guess is that you will need a new transmission. An Acura refurbished unit costs $4500 installed. Your issue with the expired extended warranty is very similar to our case with our 2003 MDX. After heated complaints on my part, and two calls to Acura in CA, they paid 90% of the cost. Even though the 7 years is up, remind them of the low mileage.
Legally, you are screwed. If they won't offfer reimbursement, an independant shop should be able to rebuild it for about $2500. Just make sure they are experienced with these transmissions and can put in better parts and do all the upgrades.
Although we got a better deal then most people with this transmission issue, I won't buy another Acura.
#926 of 996 Re: MDX 2005 will not shift [jslivon]
Nov 28, 2012 (11:50 am)
Thanks for response. You were correct. Transmission is bad and needs to be rebuilt/replaced.
The Dealership worked with Acura at their own and let me know today that Acura is ready to chip in for 50% and I need to bring in rest, about $2400, for replacing bad transmission with remanufactured.
I have contacted Acura myself for more assistance and they are reviewing the case. This review involves District Manager who is not available today.
I'll know result of review by end of business tomorrow.
#927 of 996 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [tony_mdx]
Nov 28, 2012 (1:54 pm)
Our new 2012 MDX also has strange behavior going uphill. It feels extremely unresponsive as if the transmission is choosing too high a gear. (RPMs are at 1100-1200 going 30 MPH). You have to push the pedal half way down to get a meaningful response. This makes it downshift and then speed up too quickly to which you have to back off the gas.
We brought it to our dealer and drove around with a tech. The tech's claim "that is normal". *sigh*. When you depress 50%, it downshifts, then you have to back significantly off the gas to avoid from speeding. This is not right. Our BMW and chevy silverado have no such issues.
Anyways, I am very interested in your resolution if any.
Its heartening to hear we are not alone.
#928 of 996 Re: MDX 2005 will not shift [anildel]
Nov 28, 2012 (2:34 pm)
50% was what Acura firt offered me. I was still mad and pressed the issue. They came back with 90%.
Even at 50%, take it. Hopefully, the replacement would have upgrades so it might last longer. But still, figure a new transmission every 100k miles in your budget.
Also, at 110k miles, you'll need a new timing belt, spark plugs, valve adjustment and probobly have to replace two broken motor mounts (you have a total of three).
#929 of 996 Re: MDX 2005 will not shift [jslivon]
Dec 06, 2012 (11:24 am)
I got the car back this morning. Acura replaced transmission with 3/36k warranty. After all back and forth with Acura and Dealership, I ended up paying about 1700. Compared to initial 5200+ and local shops (AAMCO and Gater) asking for 2700+ with lot less warranty, I think it's fair deal. I also got loaner car all this time..that helped.
While driving this morning I felt that steering is harder than before. There are no whinning or any sound. It just felt harder.
Called service manager and they want to take a look at it.
Can this be related to transmission replacement issue?
#930 of 996 2005 MDX Transmission FAIL
Dec 23, 2012 (9:29 am)
I bought my MDX new, ran great, but around 90K I noticed occasional lag in shifting by 98K it was pronounced, and before the 100K I've had to have a full rebuild. I never took this car off-road and have never used it to tow, nor have I overburden the vehicle. It's very disappointing that a high end SUV such as this have this kind of problem. I was thinking of getting another Acura, but this experience calls into question if Honda/Acura is truly a reliable vehicle.
I'm not the only one who's having this problem, transmission repair shops and Acura dealers alike are well aware of the Honda/Acura transmission history. I took my MDX to the Acura dealer well in advance of this problem and days before it, the transmission, gave out. Today I have an $1800+ bill, and no response from Acura's customer service.
#931 of 996 Re: 2005 MDX Transmission FAIL [rdilones]
Dec 23, 2012 (11:12 am)
You got off very cheap paying $1800. It was a similiar situation with our 2003 MDX. We won't ever buy another Acura/Honda ude to their poor customer service on this issue. I'll buy a Ford next time.
#932 of 996 Re: 2005 MDX Transmission FAIL [rdilones]
Dec 23, 2012 (3:09 pm)
I guess I am still lucky...my 04 MDX with 122k is still working but I have noticed some changes.
It amazes me that Acura ignores the problem. I too would have considered another Acura but NEVER EVER again. And I will tell every body else the same.
#933 of 996 2006 Acura TL
Dec 29, 2012 (4:54 pm)
Help. bought a 2006 Acura TL with a little over 36,000 miles from the dealer on October 1. Today service said I need a new transmission for$4500.00. Was told he would put in a claim with Acura to see if they will cover it. Any ideas, suggestions, similar stories.?