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Acura MDX Automatic Transmission May Fail

Acura MDX Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Average Mileage: 111,253 mi (8,500 mi - 244,000 mi)


The automatic transmission tends to fail more often than in similar models.

  • devhop18, , 66,000 mi

    Recently purchased a 2004 MDX and after taking it to the Acura dealership I learned the transmission is bad. Acura has to have been aware of this issue for several years and I am proposing to launch a class-action lawsuit to sue for damages. I would like anyone who has had transmission issues with their Acura to please email me at and leave your First initial and last name, current email address, state of residence, year, make, and model MDX. I believe that once we have enough support we generate some interest from high profile law firms.

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  • Visitor, , 100,946 mi

    getting this humming/drone noise whenever the car is in 5th gear. The noise starts around 60mph+ either I'm accelerating or letting off the gas the sound is still there. But when I down shift to 4th the noise goes away.

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  • Visitor, , 89,000 mi

    when we pressed on the accelerator it would slip, causing the engine to race up to 5-6k RPMs. The car revs/shudders on and off up there for a few of seconds before finally catching into gear. Now it no longer catches

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  • Visitor,

    Fantastic design and build quality. However, there is a very severe problem when trying to merge and having to accelerate quickly. The car stalls and acts like you are using the brakes for a few critical and sometimes fearful seconds before it "kicks in" and starts to accelerate as it should before getting hit by the on-coming traffic. I brought it back to the dealer who checked it out and said that it was working fine and that they couldn't find any problems. Well, there is a problem and I think that Acura knows about it, but won't admit to it in fear that it might affect sales. I'll have to tolerate it for now, but no more Acuras for me ever again.

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  • Visitor, , 78,000 mi

    transmission failure due yo poor design. They made me pay $1000

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  • Visitor, , 8,500 mi

    Transmission failed at 8500. Gears would not shift resulting in high engine RPM. Dealershp replaced whole transmission and then the PCM (powertrain monitoring computer).

    I am still experiencing minor transmission issues with the new transmission and car is under diagnostics at the dealership.

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  • vventur, , 125,000 mi

    at first started with erratic shifting. did a tranmission flush and shifting got better.
    problem after transmission flash. it will not shift gears. dealer say it is bad transmission. $7000 dollars to repair. i will not another Acura/Honda vehicle.

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  • Visitor, , 153,000 mi

    Tranny went, driving down the road with the kids, all of a sudden I couldn't go anywhere. Bought the car 5 month ago and had it back to the shop 2X for engine light.

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  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    Transmission started to shift erratically around 98,000 miles. Had to get a full rebuild at 100K.

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  • jrader01, , 75,000 mi

    Problem with torque conveter cause the car to shudder at 25-40 MPH. Acura denies that it is a common problem with the MDX. The don't see a problem with multiple failures at 75,000 miles. The want $5,500 to fix the problem.

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