Last post on Dec 08, 2013 at 1:46 PM
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#983 of 996 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 996 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.
#985 of 996 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [pwr1]
Oct 07, 2013 (6:20 am)
We have a 2004 MDX with the transmission issues. It made noises at around 1300 rpms. Acura told us it would cost about 5K to fix. I actually found a great workaround by always driving in D4 instead of D5. We are also going be looking at a used RX 350.
#986 of 996 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [chrismcdog]
Oct 07, 2013 (6:40 am)
The best deals are buying a car 3 years old that was turned in after a lease. They are like new, still have a warranty, and thousands less then new. Use the Edmunds website to read reviews. We drove 600 miles one-way to Miami, Florida to buy our car and saved 5 to 6 grand over buying local. Use the internet to do your searching. It wa workth paying a thousand or two more for a "Certified" car from a dealer. Our Lexus came with an extended factory warranty, was completely gone through and detailed from the dealer in Palm Beach, FL , including a full tank of gas. All I had to do was add a little air in the tires.
#987 of 996 2003 Acura MDX transmission
Oct 08, 2013 (4:46 am)
I purchased a used 2003 MDX with 87,000 miles 5 months ago; driving on a busy highway I noticed a bad smell. I pulled the car off the road and had it towed to the Acura Dealership I had purchased the car from. After almost 3 hours they came in and gave me the bad news... my transmission and radiator needed to be replaced... OUCH! No extended warranty and a cost of over $6,000. I'm waiting to hear if the dealership will help with the price, any suggestions on how to handle this discussion?
#990 of 996 Re: 2003 Acura MDX transmission [dougc3]
Oct 08, 2013 (5:13 am)
Make the dealership call the Acura home office in CA. Tell them about this blog and you are aware of the defective transmissions. That's what we did and got Acura to pay 90% of the cost. I would think the dealership would take some responsibilty since it was only 5 months since you bought the car.
Last resort is to file a complain with your local Better Business Bureau, but don't expect them to do much. It will just be a recorded complaint on the dealership's record. I'm assuming that the failure wasn't due to negligence on your part.
If all this fails, an independant transmission shop can rebuild it for $2500.
#991 of 996 Re: 2003 Acura MDX transmission [dougc3]
Oct 09, 2013 (4:26 am)
After a brief discussion with the dealership and mentioning theses blogs, they and Honda stepped to the plate and paid 100% of the cost for the new radiator and transmission.
#992 of 996 Re: 2003 Acura MDX transmission [dougc3]
Oct 16, 2013 (8:33 pm)
Fantastic. Kudos to Honda/Acura for standing behind their product when they had no legal obligation to do so. My 2010 Advance with around 38,000 miles has been perfect so far. Couldn't be happier with it.