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NHTSA — Power Train Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,000 miles

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2012 Acura MDX drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2012 Acura MDX Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 072013

MDX 6-cyl

  • 15,100 miles


My 2012 MDX suffers from a torque converter rumbling sound and vibration common to the MDX series. As you accelerate the noise and vibration can be felt almost like a bearing noise which will eventually cause a lockup or failure possibly resulting in injuries to any drivers or pedestrians. The dealers are saying that this noise is indigenous to the inherent history of the vehicle. Fact: So I'm not alone in this and I know any vibrations in that area will definitely lessen the life of the vehicle and cost the car owners ! god forbid ! there refusal to simply replace the converter is a refusal to sell good vehicles and this should be a recall asap ! updated 10/22/13 Acura client services informed the consumer was informed that all the MDX vehicles near the same year, have an inherent documented knock on acceleration regardless of what premium fuel is used.

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 222013


  • 14,900 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Acura MDX. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle shook violently and the transmission failed to respond. A few moments later, the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, the engine would emit a clicking sound when in operation. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 14,900.

- Stamford, CT, USA

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