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#969 of 996 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 996 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 996 125,000 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 996 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.
#973 of 996 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [tony_mdx]
Jul 23, 2013 (9:52 am)
Can u please let me know what dealer said about your Mdx problem. I do have exact problem on my 2013 MDX. I just got and noticed that when going on uphill it does not accelerate beyond 70 mph, no matter how much we push the pedal. All 4 cyl cars are passing by me.
#974 of 996 Re: This has helped me [tpulak]
Aug 07, 2013 (5:33 am)
Same exact problem for me (shudder around 35 or 40). Same solution too (switch to D4). I can also let off the gas or stomp the gas to make it stop.
Has anyone tried putting Mr. Tranny transmission additive in their MDX to see if it fixes this problem?
#975 of 996 Re: The plot thickens [notey34]
Aug 24, 2013 (7:28 am)
My 2005 Acura MDX started the "chudder" as they referred to it. I took it in and they charged me $3000 to replace the torque converter. The software caused the torque converter to go bad. I told them that is a factory defect and it should be covered. They said they said replacing the torque converter once it is bad is my problem. I only had the car for 1 year and it only had 60,000 miles on it. It was bought from the dealer as a certified pre-owned vehicle. Software causing a mechanical defect? That is a first for me. Software defects need to be covered just like any other defect, especially if it cause mechanical failure!
#976 of 996 Re: Acura MDX Transmission problems - WHAT YEARS? [resilient]
Aug 24, 2013 (7:39 am)
Acuras are notorious for transmission problems! Acura does everything it can to make the customer pay. Never had a problem with a Toyota transmission nor have any of my friends.
#977 of 996 Re: The plot thickens [jerrystroud]
Aug 24, 2013 (7:42 am)
A "Certified" car should come with an extended bumper-to-bumper warranty. Lexus' is 3 years from the date of purchase and up to 100k on the odometer.. You are getting screwed.
First, make the dealer call the CA Acura office and get them to pay it. If that doesn't work, file a complaint with Better Business.
Second, Don't buy another Acura, we swithed to Lexus and love it!
#978 of 996 Re: This has helped me [tpulak]
Aug 29, 2013 (4:53 am)
I have a 2002 MDX and love it since the day i bought it. My friend had a 2003 MDX and his transmission quitted on him 50k and luckily it was replaced under warranteed. I heard about the transmission issue of MDX and has been crossing my fingers but my transmission finally died on me 120k. I negotiated with Acura N America and were able to get a $1000 from them as a good faith gesture (they wouldn't give more because of the age of the car and way out of warrantee). Got the dealership to chip in a few hundred and I ended up replacing it for $1700. The problem is those thing only have a limited warrantee and I worry everytime I got that in between gears shutter