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NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,875 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Acura MDX fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Acura MDX Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 112013

MDX 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


Same as all other complaints about fuel back flowing during a fill up. Also, can't fill up the tank because the gas pump keeps cutting off during fill up. Takes over 15 minutes just to try and fill up the tank and that is not always successful. Obviously Acura has a 'known' problem with the tank but they won't admit it to the public because then they will have to fix it at their cost. They are hoping that we will continue to pump money into useless repairs, then they may address the issue.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 202014

MDX 6-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
On the highway going 65 mph when the acceleration suddenly froze up, rpms shot up to 4000 -5000, the car started shaking and I had to quickly pull to the side of the highway to avoid being crashed into by other cars. After I pulled over, I turned off the engine, then re-started, so I resumed driving but after driving two miles my car did the same thing once it hit 2500 rpms. Again I pulled over. I restarted my car again and slowly drove my car home. The next day, I called an Acura dealership, explained the situation to a service provider. They said they couldn't diagnosis over the phone and said they did not know about a relevant recall. I then had my car towed to a nearby repair shop where they told me that the car would not reverse or accelerate. The service man said he thinks the transmission is broken. I'm now reading how this is very common problem with the '04 MDX. My mother called Acura to say that I have read that this issue seems to be a very common occurrence with '04 Mdxs but was told that they would not help and were not aware of this make/model having issues with anything other than the rear differential torque converter. The woman she spoke with was very rude and very dismissive. Said my car was too old for Acura to be responsible for any mechanical issues and that I had never had the car serviced (which I have.) she was very condescending in her speech to my mother despite the fact that this is a known common problem and which almost killed me. They should make people aware that the torque converter problem is only the "tip of the iceberg" within a potentially much broader scope problem. Had I known, I sure would have addressed this before almost getting killed!! how many people didn't get their torque converter replaced because they did not know the big picture??

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #6

Sep 222011

MDX 6-cyl

  • 132,000 miles
I have attempted to fill my gas tank several times and the hose keeps tripping off after a couple seconds. I can't put more than two or three gallons in my car and it takes forever to do that. Gas runs out of the tank on to the side of the car and the tires. I called Acura and they said there is no recall for this issue and that they can't do anything about it.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #5

Jun 012010


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Acura MDX. The contact stated that when he attempted to pump gas, the fuel will spill out which was similar to the failure in NHTSA campaign id number: 04V541000 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Tank assembly). The dealer and manufacturer were informed who advised the contact that his vehicle was not included in this recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was approximately 80,000. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #4

Nov 182010

MDX 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
I own a 2004 Acura MDX with approx. 58,000 mi. The problem I'm experiencing is when ever I try to fuel the vehicle it either stops automatically after about 0.2 gal or it overflows onto the body and tires also after about0.2 gal. I noticed it about 6-8 weeks ago, so I started going to a different gas station where it would fill without problems, but just in the last week, it does it all the time no matter what gas station I go to. I feel this to be a safety hazard due to the fact any fuel spill is hazardous, let alone if it spills onto the rear tire when the breaks are hot on a hot summer day and I just got out of a traffic jam where I was constantly having to break. All though I've read many complaints of this same problem with other MDX owners on various on-line forums, Acura has yet to make a recall for this and fix the problem.

- Round Lake Hieghts, IL, USA

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problem #3

Dec 082009


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura MDX. While refueling the vehicle gasoline began to spill out of the fuel tank. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the filler neck was replaced. The failure continued to recur so the vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer where the orvr wall was replaced. Approximately 3 months later the failure began to recur and the vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer where he was informed that the replacement of the orvr wall failed. The orvr wall was again replaced. Approximately 4 months later the failure began to recur. The authorized dealer was notified and he was advised to replace the entire fuel tank. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 89,000 and the current mileage was 95,000.

- Plainfiled, IL, USA

problem #2

Oct 162010


  • 65,000 miles
Intermittently for about 3 months, gas would be pumped as usual. After a few seconds, the gas would gush back out. Or, only a couple dollars of gas could be pumped before the auto-shut off stopped the gas flow. You try again, and it would auto-shut off again. Major fire and safety hazard. Dealer replaced entire gas tank to fix problem, but charged customer for labor.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012009


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura MDX. The contact was refueling the vehicle as gasoline began to spill from the fuel tank. The dealer replaced the filler neck yet the failure recurred. The dealer then replaced the on-board refueling vapor recovery (orvr) wall. Within three months, the failure had recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the contact was advised that the replacement of the orvr wall had failed. The orvr wall was replaced a second time but to no avail. The dealer then advised replacing the entire fuel tank. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 89,000 and the current mileage was 95,000.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

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