Last post on Nov 04, 2013 at 9:10 AM
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Acura MDX, SUV
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#975 of 995 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 995 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 995 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 995 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
#979 of 995 Re: This has helped me [cwy1]
Aug 29, 2013 (5:04 am)
Our 2003 transmission died at 105k miles. Acura paid 90% after many complaints from me. We have 180k miles now and it's still running. But like you, I have my fingers crossed.
#980 of 995 Re: This has helped me [jslivon]
Sep 03, 2013 (2:10 pm)
I have a 2003 and our transmission just went out at 148k miles. We are the second owners, will Acura still help us pay for it at the 90%? I read a few of you that posted about Acura of CA, but are you original owners? does that matter? I need to get this fixed asap, we gotta fit 3 car seats in the back .
Thank you to anyone that can help me asap
#981 of 995 Re: This has helped me [drcorey]
Sep 03, 2013 (4:09 pm)
Don't expect anthing being that your are the second owner and at that higher mileage. But you should still try. If it fails, go to an independant and reputable transmission shop and have it rebuilt instead of paying Acura prices. Make sure the shop is familure with Acura problems and their noted faliures.
We won't buy Acura anymore and just bought a used Lexus. Much better car all around!
#982 of 995 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [ridgway]
Sep 13, 2013 (11:37 am)
Check the air filter. It might be restricted with something, thus starving the vehicke of air.
The air intake is at the bottom of the vehicle. Mine pulled up a plastic bag that got stuck inside and had the same issue.
#983 of 995 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [ridgway]
Oct 06, 2013 (11:26 am)
My 2012 MDX transmission sucks. Period. Now I know why the salesman said to really drive the car hard during the test drive. Because if you don't, it will constantly up shift too early into a higher gear, and you wouldn't buy it. Shame on you Acura for charging $50K and delivering such an otherwise great vehicle. Great style, workmanship, materials, engine, interior... Cannot overcome this transmission issue. Come on Acura, just do a remap so we can all start driving normally again. WE REALLY WON'T BUY ANOTHER ACURA VEHICLE IF YOU DONT FIX THIS! My Mom's 2006 Pilot is a joy to drive compared to this car... Does that really make sense?? Now I know what "near luxury" means. This vehicle is almost not drivable in the mountains because of the transmission hunting around all the time and up shifting. I'm done.
#984 of 995 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [pwr1]
Oct 06, 2013 (12:31 pm)
We have a 2003 MDX and got stung with the transmission issue. Recently, we shopped for a used car and discovered that the Lexus RX 350 is a much better vehicle then the MDX. However, we wanted a more comfortable sedan and settled on a Lexus ES 350. The Acura equivilants were not as comprable.
Acura is going downhill.