The automatic transmission tends to fail more often than in similar models.
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2005 Acura MDX
2005 Acura MDX Problems
Acura issued a recall on a number of 2005 vehicles because the gas tanks were improperly manufactured and could leak in the event of a crash. It is unclear if all the fuel fill issues are related to the recall or not. For more information on this recall please click here»
The clutch in the torque converter can fail allowing debris to circulate throughout automatic transmission.
2005 Acura MDX Recalls (Recent)
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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The Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system is designed to help keep the vehicle from skidding if the driver tries to round a corner too quickly. This is achieved by applying the brake at one or more wheels as necessary. During the manufacturing process an electrical capacitor in the VSA control module may have been damaged. This can cause intermittent minor application of the brakes or if the driver were to apply the brakes while the VSA is malfunctioning, the vehicle may come to an abrupt stop. Additionally, due to a loose electrical ground connection, on certain 2005 Pilots the VSA system may unexpectedly apply partial brake force without illumination of the brake lights. Sudden inadvertent braking, especially without illumination of the brake lights, may increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will install a partial wiring harness containing a capacitor for the VSA system, the affected Pilots models will have their ground connection tightened.
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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.
2005 Acura MDX Questions and Answers
I cannot shift my transmission below D4 and it is very difficult to shift into park. There is no clicking noise when i depress the brake pedal. can it be more than a sensor thanks
Twice in the past month, my 2005 MDX has failed to start. Both times, I asked a friendly passerby (thankfully we were in parking lots) to help jumpstart the car, but it didn't work even t...
How do I remove the center console to access the illumination bulb of the drivers heated seat switch?
My DVD player does not automatically take in my dsic. The green light is lid. The dvd player is purchased with the entertainment package.
Check engine showing codes P0172 and/or P0172-P and VTM-4 light coming on. Sometimes may go away for weeks when cleared, other times comes back fairly quickly. Have 105,000km (65,000mi) on the ve...
2005 Acura MDX Reviews
Bought used from the dealer with low mileage and a good price. It is now 6 yrs. old and has had just normal maintenance, except for tires and battery replacement. It has been reliable and utilitarian, albeit with lousy gasy mileage. I would strongly recommend this vehicle to any family as an excellent SUV. Major weakness is the sound system.
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Great car except for the transmission (torque converter). Just picked up my 2005 MDX from dealer after replacing the torque converter. It appears that the vibration/grinding between 35-40 mph has now been eliminated. For background, I reported this problem in March 2009, a couple of months prior to the expiration of my warranty. The service tech stated that he/she could not reproduce the noise I was hearing. Over a year later, the noise was now continuous. I took the vehicle in and this time the service tech could hear the noise. I was told that the vehicle was out of warranty (45,000 miles, but over 60 months) and that it would cost $2,000 to $3,000 to fix the problem. I opened up a case file with Honda America. After several calls, I was offered a repair for $500. I continued to complain and mentioned that I had uncovered over 100 complaints for the exact same issue. The Honda rep. still would not budge on the $500 cost to me. Finally, I mentioned that I might pursue a "class action suit". He said he would speak to the district supervisor. Miraculously, he came back and said that Honda America could cover 100% of the repair. I would suggest that anyone battling this issue out with Honda America mention "class action suit". There attitude seems to change quite significantly! Good luck!
Great ride, power, comfort and with decent fuel efficiency if driven gently.