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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Torque Converter Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,800 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Acura MDX transmission problems

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2002 Acura MDX Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 282010

MDX 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles


Torque converter issue (vibration/shudder/grinding between 20-50 mph while accelerating). Acura recommends replacement of transmission and torque converter. Acura has not acknowledged this as a problem, despite the repeated incidents of failure. This is a known problem and needs to addressed by Acura!!!! it would be safe to say from similar complaints that I've read on the internet that there are probably thousands of Mdxs that have this problem.

- Sussex, WI, USA

problem #3

Jun 282010

MDX 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Torque converter issue (vibration/shudder/grinding between 20-50 mph while accelerating). Acura recommends replacement of transmission and torque converter.

- Sussex, WI, USA

problem #2

Jul 022009


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Acura MDX. The contact has experienced multiple failures with the vehicle shifting into neutral. While driving various speeds, the vehicle will shift into neutral. The vehicle will then resume normal operation and drive in the correct gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they determined that the torque converter in the transmission failed. The contact is in the process of getting the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer stated that no compensation would be provided because there were no recalls. The contact was advised to file a claim for good will with the manufacturer. She filed a good will complaint with the manufacturer and was informed that they would cover half of the repair cost; however, the 105,000 mile service would have to be performed at the dealer. The failure and current mileages were 97,000.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 192006

MDX 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,200 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle made a clicking noise as it accelerated from 30-40 mph. The dealership determined the tork converter needed to be replaced.

- Holliston, MA, USA

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