NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

2002 Acura MDX (Page 5 of 5)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,412 miles

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2002 Acura MDX transmission problems

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2002 Acura MDX Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #4

Jun 012004

MDX 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,436 miles


1.) the at shift gear slides out of park even when vehicle is turned off. Very dangerous for children shifting gears out of park while key is out of the ignition! per conversation with consumer, the dealer has identified that the shift-interlock solenoid assembly was damaged and replaced under warranty to customer's satisfaction. Also learned that 4-yr old boy inside vehicle potentially damaged gear shift resulting in free movement from park to other gear(s). 2.) atf temp sensor remains on in dashboard even while trans is cool. Electrical problem code (dtc) PO710. 3.) the D5 gear indicator light remains on and flashing while driving. Vehicle was towed to Acura dealer in latham, NY for electrical repairs.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 122002


  • 8,000 miles
When brakes were applied there was a popping sound, also, when switching from forward to reverse there was a popping sound.

- Taylorsville, NC, USA

problem #2

Dec 102002

MDX 6-cyl

  • 13,770 miles
Upon starting the vehicle, there was a noise which also occurred while driving. The automatic transmission had to be replaced because it failed. Also, the rack and pinion had to be replaced at 12,000. The vehicle is still having problems with the rack and pinion.

- Woodhaven, NY, USA

problem #1

May 282003

MDX 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
2002 Acura MDX with approx. 17K miles repeatedly forcibly downshifted for no apparent reason on the evening of 5/28/03. Dealer reproduced the behavior on a test drive on the morning of 5/29/03 and is replacing the transmission without any further diagnostics.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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