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Car Problem Reports
Acura MDX Automatic Transmission May Fail
Acura MDX Problem
Average Mileage: 112,544 mi (8,500 mi - 244,000 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 email@example.com 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.
Visitor, 2005 Acura MDX, 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.
Visitor, 2011 Acura MDX, 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.
Visitor, 2013 Acura MDX
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.
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.
Visitor, 2005 Acura MDX, 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.
Visitor, 2003 Acura MDX, 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
Visitor, 2002 Acura MDX, 78,000 mi
transmission failure due yo poor design. They made me pay $1000
Visitor, 2005 Acura MDX, 100,000 mi
Transmission started to shift erratically around 98,000 miles. Had to get a full rebuild at 100K.
transmission gave out just past the warranty dateline.
Dealership did not help in any way.