2005 Acura MDX Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2005 Acura MDX

2005 Acura MDX Problems

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

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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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»

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2005 Acura MDX Questions

mechanic says its aluminum case FLAW. its leaking as it porus. they want 5,000 to replace it, i dont think i should foot this bill as its a manufactureing FLAW. Can other Acura owners tell me if they have had this problem////

The green key light is flashing, . Last couple of months needed a jump several times. Finally wouldn't start at all, replaced battery (it was leaking ) , still wouldn't, replaced starter (prior to problem, sounded like it was was going out) . Now it tries to turn over, but sounds like...

Was driving around town 105 degrees,AC had a burned leaves smell coming.g through the vents...lasted about a min. Then nothing but hot air blowing from the vent. Does it need refrigerant, or a new compressor (ouch). ?? Help its 111 today...im stuck to my leather seat. Its only 7 years old, and h...

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2005 Acura MDX Recalls

This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators. Upon deployment the passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the affected airbag inflator modules to correct this concern.

This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators. Upon deployment the driver and/or passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Honda dealers will replace the affected airbag inflator modules to correct this concern.

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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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.

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...

Great ride, power, comfort and with decent fuel efficiency if driven gently.

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