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NHTSA — Engine Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
126,903 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.

2005 Acura MDX engine problems

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2005 Acura MDX Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 172014


  • 115,000 miles


I pulled car out of driveway and as I reacher speed of 25 miles it started jerking badly. It stopped after speed increased. Did not happened again for few days and from that day it is getting worse day by day. Lot of noise sometimes when its shifting gear. Also when I get on highway I can smell some fluid burning. Sometimes it jerk very badly on curves.

- Brampton Canada L6x4x1, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 132014


  • 186,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Acura MDX. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 20 mph, the steering wheel seized and the vehicle stalled without warning. As a result, the contact crashed into another vehicle. A police report was not filed. The driver sustained a head injury that did not require medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 186,000.

- Garfield, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 062014

MDX 6-cyl

  • 128,320 miles
Found a strawberry milkshake in the radiator overflow tank. Diagnosis: Failure of transmission cooler inside of radiator.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 132014

MDX 6-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
I was driving down the road when my car jerked and then would not shift out of 1st gear. I had to have it towed in and was told that my transmission needed to be replaced.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #1

Oct 122010

MDX 6-cyl

  • 82,197 miles
Hello, I am a very unhappy frustrated 2005 Acura MDX owner. My car 2005acura MDX at 82K miles, I noticed car shifting gear was not shifting smoothly. Having difficulty while shifting gear & which went worse & very stiff. Also, a grinding noise coming, while accelerating at low speeds ( 25-40mph). It started to happen almost every time I accelerate the car or holding this speed on a slight incline level. I have had my mechanic to look at it & was told this noise is a transmission/torque converter problem. It's common to Acura Mdxs. & also, advised to take it to Acura dealer. On Oct-2009 car was placed for service @ authorized Acura dealer. Where dealer state that it's out of company warranty. The gear shift cable as well as transmission was replaced with 3-year warranty Acura dealer at my (owner) expense 5K. Again, in June-2012 @ 89K mileages, same problem started. My car shift gear was not shifting smoothly. My car needed excessive force in order to shift gears. Again, car was taken to an authorized Acura dealer and the gear shift cable was replaced. Dealer state that the gear shift cable was covered with rust. Which I believe the failure was a Acura design flaw. The vehicle was repaired second time at my expense($400) for the same problem or cause. Recently, again (Sept-2012) same strange vibration/grinding noise started. It sounds identical to the issue I was having previously. However, this types of failure recurring every few months later. Unfortunately, I found the same problem still exists. It is very frustrating and feel very nervous while driving with my family. I even get scared to drive this Acura SUV in case it will stop on the middle of the way, while driving. I'm requesting you( NHTSA) to take this serious and possible life threatening matter with Acura and make them accountable and responsible for it.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

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