really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,334 miles

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2001 Acura MDX transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Acura MDX Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #6

May 272004

MDX 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles


Consumer received recall 04V176000 notice concerning transmission failure, which was taken care off. Currently, when shifting gears vehicle shook, the gears seemed to strain. Manufacturer was not contacted.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 302004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
Because the original transmission has been worked on and has aftermarket parts, Acura is denying the vehicle to qualify for a recall on the transmission. Provide further details.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #4

Jul 172004

MDX 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
I have a '01 Acura MDX which I purchased used. I have had several warranty issues with this vehicle since then. Because I purchased it used (it was imported from Canada which I did not know and I also did not know it voided any warranties that Acura had on it) Acura refused my plea to honor the transmission recall on this vehicle. I was on a Acura forum and read where one Acura customer transmission failed because of this recall. I have tried numerous times and have talked to numerous Acura employees. They all told me to take a "hike". can you help..I believe that if this is a recall and there is a defective part which could potentially cause death, they should fix it at no charge.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #3

Feb 272003

MDX 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,500 miles


Purchased certified preowned MDX from dealer (formally driven by finance manager for a year. Car cut off while driving less than 30 days. Dealer could not replicate the problem. Car cut off again, took to a different dealer and they could not replicate the problem. Car began to hesitate and stutter daily at initial cranking. Dealer could not replicate the problem after 2-3 drop offs. Finally the car showed a egr valve (sensor) needed replacing. Car cut off again two additional times while driving. Dealer could not replicate. Car began to studder and hesitate gear changes. Dealer finally replicated and determined 1st 2nd and 3rd gear were bad. Dealer replacing transmission with rebuilt transmission. I have been without my car for many days to weeks at a time. I have not had my MDX since June 21, 2004. I have had a newborn baby and this car has cut off while driving leaveing my family extremel unsafe. The transmission is being replaced under the extended warranty I had to purchase. Acura has refused to buy the car back or give me fair market value on trade. They have also told me the problem needs to addressed with the dealership. Please help.

- Fairburn, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 052003


  • miles
Driving at 70 mph my 2001 Acura MDX shifted hard to, I guess, 2nd gear, red lining the engine and causing control problems. I was able to swerve to right to prevent accident. The car is now down shifting randomly. It is down for a $3000 repair. Online, there are others that are experiencing similar problems. Radley Acura in va tells me the problem is common. This will kill someone soon. Please look into it and institute a safety recall of the transmission!

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 022002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at approximately 65mph, I attempted to pass another vehicle to my right transmission first appeared to downshift from 5th to 4th and the car accellerated normally, but suddenly the engine RPM increased dramtically, the car suddenly started deaccelerating and fishtailed widely. It side swiped the center divier of the freeway, damaging the left side. It appears that the transmission suddenly downshifted to a much lower than normal gear (likely 2nd) and the engine RPM that went over redline, causing the engine govenor to shut down the engine and the lower gear to provide excessive engine breaking, causing the loss of control.

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

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