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NHTSA — Power Train Problems

2001 Acura MDX (Page 2 of 2)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
109,631 miles

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2001 Acura MDX drivetrain problems

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2001 Acura MDX Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Jul 172012

MDX

  • 82,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2001 Acura MDX. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the transmission suddenly shook violently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the torque converter needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any further assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000 and the current mileage was 93,000. The VIN number was not available.

- Ocean City , NJ, USA

problem #10

Jun 302012

MDX

  • 115,000 miles
There is a malfunction of the ignition interlock feature. The key can be removed while the transmission is in neutral or drive. The vehicle is at risk of rolling away while unattended.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #9

Jul 092010

MDX

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Acura MDX. The contact stated that the transmission shuttered while driving 40 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the torque converter or the entire transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure had since recurred whenever the vehicle was driven at 40 mph. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #8

Aug 042010

MDX 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Transmission failure caused by plugged fluid cooler in radiator.following occasional undiagnosed high transmission temperature fluid warnings when towing a trailer, car shifted unexpectedly into 2nd gear at highway speeds. Just prior, shifting had become slightly erratic, including sharp engagement above idle when pulling away. Erratic behavior was noticeable, but not disconcerting. Once the transmission started shifting into 2nd gear at highway speeds, the vehicle was slowed, and pulled off the highway briefly to cool. Upon restarting, erratic shifting continued. Trip completed by holding car in 2nd gear. Vehicle operated normally next morning driving to shop. Diagnosis was computer unable to determine what gear transmission was in. Shop performed complete transmission overhaul. Car then operated normally - until trailer towing again attempted. Trailer had been towed with indetical loading for some 6+ years without problems, including mountain passes in 3rd gear. Now when towing transmission overheated without warning in cold weather, including over-temperature light, & transmission fluid spraying out, wetting the underside of the car & exhaust system, creating smoke cloud. Repeated attempts to fix were unsuccessful until transmission shop finally found fluid cooler integral to the radiator plugged solid, allowing no fluid flow through that cooler or the factory-installed towing package cooler. Warning! if you have an older Acura that experiences transmission fluid overheating, radiator replacement is likely needed. It is likely that the overheating hastened the failure of the transmission. The severe deceleration of the vehicle when downshifting on its own into 2nd gear at highway speed could easily have resulted in a serious accident. Transmission problems are common with this model of vehicle. I am surprised that Honda has not done something about it.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #7

Aug 042010

MDX

  • 150,000 miles
Tranmission failure caused by plugged fluid cooler in radiator. Following occasional undiagnosed high transmission temperature fluid warnings when towing a trailer, car shifted unexpectedly into 2nd gear at highway speeds. Just prior, shifting had become slightly erratic, including sharp engagement above idle when pulling away. Erratic behavior was noticeable, but not disconcerting. Once the transmission started shifting into 2nd gear at highway speeds, the vehicle was slowed, and pulled off the highway briefly to cool. Upon restarting, erratic shifting continued. Trip completed by holding car in 2nd gear. Vehicle operated normally next morning driving to shop. Diagnosis was computer unable to determine what gear transmission was in. Shop performed complete transmission overhaul. Car then operated normally - until trailer towing again attempted. Trailer had been towed with indetical loading for some 6+ years without problems, including mountain passes in 3rd gear. Now when towing transmission overheated without warning in cold weather, including over-temperature light, & transmission fluid spraying out, wetting the underside of the car & exhaust system, creating smoke cloud. Repeated attempts to fix were unsuccessful until transmission shop finally found fluid cooler integral to the radiator plugged solid, allowing no fluid flow through that cooler or the factory-installed towing package cooler. Warning! if you have an older Acura that experiences transmission fluid overheating, radiator replacement is likely needed. It is likely that the overheating hastened the failure of the transmission. The severe deceleration of the vehicle when downshifting on its own into 2nd gear at highway speed could easily have resulted in a serious accident. Transmission problems are common with this model of vehicle. I am surprised that Honda has not done something about it.

- Livermore, CA, USA

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problem #6

Jul 042010

MDX 6-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
RPM's run high and then sudden engine cut off; in addition, a shudder or vibration develops while driving at speeds between 35 and 40 mph. Acura stated a failed automatic transmission torque converter. It is recommend replacing the torque converter and installing an updated powertrain control module (PCM) to correct this concern. There are no check engine lights or codes at this time. Transmission was replaced at 140,000 previously.

- Newport Bch, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 012008

MDX 6-cyl

  • 141,369 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I own 2001 Acura MDX and my daughter is the primary driver. She stated that while driving down with her four month infant the car began to jump in a jerking motion at 35 mph. The gear light started to blink repeatedly and the check engine light came on. While pulling off the road the vehicle was skipping before came to a complete stop trying to make it home, the vehicle slowly sped up and started to jerk and skip again and then started back into reverse. It was taken to a local repair shop and was told that the vehicle had a transmission failure and it was recalled the same problem. As the second owner of the vehicle, I was not aware of the recall so I did some research and found out that other owners are still having problem even with the recall so call to be fixed the defect problems. I called the dealer( provided VIN) to verify my vehicle was taken in for the recall and was told it was taken in and "inspected" and not further information what else was done. The dealer gave me an over the phone estimate for repair cost of $5500. I requested a hard copy via email and they sent me an estimate for $6581.37 to replace the transmission. I called America Honda co on several occasion to get more information about the recall and to find out what exactly done to the vehicle and all they are telling me that my vehicle was fixed during the recall and they have no information on what was fixed or done to the vehicle and that I was responsible for the repair cost. I told America Honda that I was calling for recall information and they were more concern about who were responsible repair cost. During my research I learn this incident with my vehicle is still a safety issue and luckily no one was hurt and no fatality yet. This is my complaint about my Acura MDX still dangerous even as older luxury vehicle.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #4

Sep 082009

MDX 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
My 2001 MDX has been having this issue for over 2 years. It happens only sometimes but usually when accelerating from 2nd to 3rd gear. It makes a shuddering sound and then the rpms go up and it will not accelerate. You have to then stop or slow down to make it go in a lower gear. Sometimes this will happen 2 to 4 times a drive and sometimes will go days without happening. Mechanic thought it to be transmission issue and said drive it until it stops. However...after reading hundreds of complaints online...it appears that individuals have fixed the tranny or torque converter only to have the problem soon reappear. I am hesitant to replace tranny/trans as I have 163,000 miles on it and do not want to replace these items if they won't fix the problem. Many, many complaints of the exact same thing all over the web. Honda should be made to address this issue and see what the problem is! I am the original owner...bought it new in 2000. Have taken good care of it and performed scheduled maintenance. Just want to know what the issue really is before I spend $3000 to $4000 dollars to fix it. Other than this....love the vehicle! please look into this issue!!

- O Fallon , IL, USA

problem #3

Oct 102010

MDX

  • 98,000 miles
We have a 2001 Acura MDX which has developed a "speed bump" shudder at around 30 mph. The Acura dealer didn't mention that this is a recurring problem as I found out at this link --- townhall-talk.edmunds.com/webx?14@@.F1775eb/461 --- there are many, many people on this forum discussing this same problem. It appears that this problem is widespread and common. Acura's way of fixing the issue was to give us 15% off of a new transmission which is not a very friendly way of fixing a problem which has apparently been in the car's dna since it was built. We then got a software update letter in November of this year from Acura for this same problem for a 2005 MDX which we no longer own. One of the key lines in the letter is "this (fix) can help prevent your transmission from being damaged." Wow --- will it take a failed transmission and the death of a family as with the Toyota debacle to get them to act responsibly and do a voluntary recall on all Mdxs??!!

- Lake Forest, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 102009

MDX

  • 121,972 miles
We purchased a 2001 Acura MDX, used, for our 18 year old son. Within 9 months, it began shifting poorly. Of course, with a young driver, he didn't know what was going on. Just by happenstance, we were taking it around for tires, oil change, etc. They pulled the tranny dipstick and said 'you're tranny's shot'. we had it towed back to the car lot service department, where they confirmed. Then, luckily, we were at just under 122,000 miles, which is where my extended warranty would have expired! it was replaced under that warranty, with my only having to come out of pocket just over $700, which I paid for betterment B/C I elected to get a brand new transmission, rather than a used one with almost as many miles on it as the original! I have looked and asked around and I am not able to confirm that there is, indeed, a recall on the tranny itself, just on the converter, which was not replaced in my circumstance. But, if someone knows different or learns about a recall later, please post!

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #1

Apr 102004

MDX

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Our 2001 Acura MDX (with approx. 25000 miles) stops running abruptly when driving for no apparrent reason, resulting in engine shut down, loss of power steering, loss of brakes and all systems. This vehicle has been to the dealer for repair 2 times, and is being towed again today, April 10, 2004 for the 3rd time in one month. Dealer repair service unable to determine cause on 1rst occasion March 12, 2004. Second occasion march26, 2004 resulted in a replacement of the *idle air contol valve and it's adjustment (*part # 16022-pba-AO3) this obviously did not fix the problem. We now fear for our lives to drive this vehicle. No matter what the third repair attempt outcome, we will get rid of this vehicle.

- Haleiwa, HI, USA

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