The automatic transmission tends to fail more often than in similar models.
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A shudder or vibration may develop while driving at speeds between 35 and 40 MPH. Our technicians tell us this condition is commonly caused by a failed automatic transmission torque converter. It is recommend to replace the torque converter and install an updated powertrain control module (PCM) to correct this concern.
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The clutch in the torque converter can fail allowing debris to circulate throughout automatic transmission.
2003 Acura MDX Recalls (Recent)
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Due to electrical interference the airbag control module may fail causing inadvertent deployment of the front airbags, side curtain airbags, and/or seatbelt pretensioners. Unexpected airbag deployment can result in personal injury and/or a vehicle crash. Dealers will install a suppressor unit to limit the electrical interference to the airbag control module to correct this concern.
Summary: HONDA IS RECALLING 2,032 HITCH STYLE BIKE RACKS SOLD AS AFTERMARKET FOR USE ON MY 2003-2007 AND SOME MY 2008 HONDA PILOT, RIDGELINE, AND ACURA MDX VEHICLES. A PINCH BOLT EXISTS BETWEEN THE BIKE ARM BRACKET AND THE UPRIGHT ASSEMBLY OF THE "HITCH" STYLE BICYCLE RACK.Learn more »
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These vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission have a system that prevents the ignition key from being removed from the ignition lock unless the transmission is in the park position. A part in this system can wear and allow the key to be removed when the transmission is not in park. When the transmission is not in park, the vehicle may roll unexpectedly increasing the risk of a crash. To address this concern, dealers will install an updated shift interlock lever and if necessary, replace the ignition switch.
2003 Acura MDX Questions and Answers
The driver's seat in car moves up and down and the back can be adjusted but the seat does not move back or forward. Is this common? What doesn it entail o fix?
a/c not working and its fully charge,blower will not come on,neither will compresser.i change out resistor and it still does not come on,compresser kicks on for about 3 sec and cuts off
The rear left-side passenger window in my 2003 Acura MDX will not move. The window is up (thankfully), but neither the driver's control or the door control will move it at all. Is there a fu...
I am getting the P0325 code and my malfuction lamp and sometimes my 4wheel drives light comes on. Can you give me step by step instructions with pictures on how to replace the knock sensor. Thanks
My wife accidentally drove her newly purchased 2003 MDX with 97K miles on it in the 1-2 gear mode for around 20 miles, attempting to go 70 mph. She stopped car when all dash lights went wild. When ...
2003 Acura MDX Reviews
I plugged my cell phone adapter into one of the sockes and my whole system shut down. I have no radio or navigation system. What can be going on and where can I take it for repair. Thanks
Hey visitor in northrop, ny - don't blame your wife for the vent tabs breaking. i have an '04 mdx and all vent tabs on front dash (driver side, center console and passenger side) have broken on numerous occasions. each time they are replaced at the dealer i've been told this particular part breaks all the time - even been told by one service rep that it's a "design defect". It's a real hassle as we live in the mountains in a rural area, closest Acura dealer is 3 hours away. It's an awful design and a real pain when they keep breaking. not to mention the cost each time. i have 114K miles on the car and the tabs started breaking periodically at around 20K miles - we've had the same problem ever since. We don't have kids and they've broken off when both my husband and I have been using the car. The service at the dealer has been less than stellar - and I've had to contact the corporate acura office. Initially the replacements were under warranty but once we hit 50K miles we had to start paying even though it's been a recurring problem that started while the car was under warranty.
2003 model. At 140K miles now. I can not say enough good things about this car. Such a solid invesment, such good engineering. People's jaws drop when tell them the milege. Perfect for long family trips, and with a Tule on top, you can really haul! I hardly know what is under the hood. I do not recall any serious issues. Regular maintenance. Accelaeration is not very impressive and there is some annoying delay. Maybe normal for a car this size with a 3.5 lt. Some problems with brake rotors but not sure if that was not due to the mechanic error. The vent guides broke early on, wife kept poking at them! The headphones were not of good quality. GPS, after all these years, still is the best out there in terms of ergonomics and clarity and ease of use while driving. My next car will be another Acura most likley.
I bought this MDX new and it has been a great car up until now. I have 103,000 miles on it and I have been getting a vibration/chatter at 38-48mph (torque converter?), air conditioning not blowing cold air, rear blower not working.....and a smell of gas or oil in the interior has recently developed. The nearest Acura dealer is 2 hours away.
Any help here would be appreciated.
We bought this car new and it now is at about 99,000 miles. It has been serviced at the dealer most of the time except for some oil changes. We had a rear blower power unit fail under warranty, a right side inside fuse box issue that was replaced, after warranty and the a/c compressor has started making noises, but we haven't replaced it yet. Otherwise, the car drives and feels solid. I replaced the brakes and rotors with the new EBC yellow pads and was verrrry impressed. This is the way to go. The car still looks and drives like new. The paint and the interior are still perfect except for parking lot dents and dings.