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#963 of 995 Re: 2004 Acura MDX Transmission Problems [maikolo]
Apr 29, 2013 (3:05 pm)
I drive 2003 Acura MDX with 139,900 miles now. First owner and replaced timing belt, belt tensioner, power steering component?, engine mount, and some electronic component that caused VPN light to come on and off.
All cars after about 100,000 miles have to replace timing belt and other components that wear down. If it's a moving part, it's going to wear and tear.
Transmission never gave me problems. But I think I know how I avoided the problem. When the car was only a year or two old I noticed sometimes the car would jump into gear going from Reverse to Drive shift if I pushed the accelerator as soon as I shifted the gear into "D". From that point on I just shift to D and wait. Then I would feel the car gear engaging on its own and after that I would push the accelerator. That only takes a second or two. But not more than 2 seconds. From then I never had the car jump into gear. And it still drives fine.
And as long as it drives I'm saving at least $500 a month for new car payment to purchase a comparable car.
#964 of 995 2009 mdx only with 45K trouble already
Apr 30, 2013 (12:43 pm)
I don't want to start bashing Acura just yet however, I am going to give them one more chance to make things right.
My mdx just went out of warranty in January 2013 which is only at 45,500 miles. 2009 year model.
#1 They convinced me that my moon roof leaks in the car wash because it is water proof but not air proof so that's why now every time I wash the car water drips on the driver and passenger. Okay Acura. Why didn't this happen before the car went out of warranty?
# 2 The check engine and transmission light came on and trouble code p0847 came up. Acura wanted to charge me $125.00 to run a diagnostic which I declined and told the service manager this can be related to a letter I received a few months back about software or repairing a torque converter which Acura extended the warranty on. The software was done then after we picked up the mdx and drove for about 20 miles the lights came back on. I started to google the issue and come to find out many complains about 3rd gear pressure switch and some people having issues with TC on older models. I do not understand why this is not covered under emission which in some states Acura gives 80k/8 year warranty on or why isn't it covered by the power train 70k/ 6 year warranty if this is a common issue. I see some dealers doing the repairs under the power train warranty and others are making the customer pay. My dealer is telling me now I have to pay the $125 to run it to find the issue when they know what the issue is by the trouble code and telling me it may not be covered by the warranty for the power train.
#965 of 995 Re: 2009 mdx only with 45K trouble already [lemonacura]
Apr 30, 2013 (1:06 pm)
Thanks for the report and I'm sorry your having to "pay" your way through the problems Acura built into your MDX. It all comes down to a fundamental issue of integrity. Any company that allows this many problems to persist lacks judgement and the ability to look long term. Sure, they are avoiding some warranty costs today, but they have lost, forever, my "new car purchase" dollars. And I'm not alone.
#966 of 995 Re: 2009 mdx only with 45K trouble already [jga5]
May 06, 2013 (8:18 am)
I hear you, I had all the problems above and I have a 2005, its crazy, and am still,paying for it! Sad story for all of us ugh
#967 of 995 Re: 05 MDX thinking about 13 [davidb18]
May 06, 2013 (8:22 am)
Nope, they are not fixed!! Trust me, and keep reading these posts, its crazy.
#969 of 995 This has helped me
Jun 24, 2013 (10:48 am)
I was the original poster of this thread over 5 years ago. It's amazing how time flies
I still own my '04 MDX, now running at over 110K miles. I have been having a very slight shudder/grinding sound of the car at around 35-40 mph. This has been happening ever since 60K miles. However, I've chosen not to do anything about it, and it's been running perfectly fine ever since.
However, I noticed when driving at "D4" on the transmission (meaning, just using 4 gears), the shudder is completely gone. I did some research online, and I see that 35-40 mph is a "trouble spot" for these transmissions, as the car is confused when to downshift or upshift.
But at "D4" the car no longer attempts to switch gears at this speed range. I now drive with D4 in town, and D5 in the highway, and the car drives beautifully.
I recommend everyone to try it out! The Acura MDX truly is a beautiful car, and I still have faith in the vehicle. I plan on selling it for a 2014 model soon , but I will be sad to see it go!
#970 of 995 2001 MDX Transmission
Jul 12, 2013 (3:46 pm)
I have a 2001 Acura MDX second hand. Bought it October of 2009 and it has been a wonderful vechile, and have had to only replace the alternator over the past 4 yrs. I bought it with 181, 000 kms and it now has 255,000km. I had the Check Engine light go on after driving on the highway. I took it to acura and they said it was the Torque Convertor sensor and the Transmission malmunction sensor. They said my tranny fluid smelt burnt and it needed a new transmission and quoted me $4700 for a rebuilt and $5300 for a new one. Funny thing is there have been no signs of any transmission problems. I have done a lot of research and YES it probably will need a rebuilt transmission but a reputable transmission shop gave me a max quote of $3300 so I will probably go with them, when I need to. For now I will drive it until it truly goes so I can save some coin to pay for the replacement.
Overall I have loved this vehicle even though I havent loved it with regular maintenance and taken it to some pretty crazy places on some rough roads. The only problems I have had with it are the altenator, A/C went a long time ago, and the stereo is dead, and not the transmission. I feel that all cars have their issues, some manufacturers more than others but I still love my Honda/ Acura and will probably try to stick with them when I can. Sometimes you get a lemon and that cant be helped. Obviously the Transmissions on these dont have a long life but from most of these posts Acura has been good enough to offer something to help with the cost. Good luck trying to get that from any other business after the waranty runs out. Go try that at Future Shop and tell me how that works out for you! LOL. For a top end car they are beautifully made and decently priced. You cant beat that! And compared to a Chrysler transmission they are much better, not much of a conparison though. Im sure they have done their homework and the new MDX probably wont have this issue.
Love my MDX! ">
#971 of 995 125,000 miles
Jul 12, 2013 (4:30 pm)
At 125,000 miles, my '04 MDX developed a high pitch whine from the transmission. I took it to the dealer and then to a transmission place. $4000 later, I had a re-built tranny and I'm driving smoothly & quietly again. I also have a 100,000 mile warranty. The very next week, the rear, passenger side widow controller goes out. Don't even ask how much the dealer wanted to fix that. I found the parts I needed on-line for $94 and was able to make the repair myself...don't use duct tape to hold the window glass up while you remove the mechanism.
#972 of 995 Re: 2001 MDX Transmission [markkamp76]
Jul 13, 2013 (7:22 am)
Good for you! Go with the lower price tranny but make sure they have experience with these units and can perform updates and modifications so it reduces the chances of failure. Also expect to replace two broken motor mounts. If the timing belt and spark plugs are over 100,000 miles, replace them too.