really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,300 miles

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2003 Acura MDX miscellaneous problems

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2003 Acura MDX Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 122016


  • miles


Takata recall there are four recalls on my car and the nearest Acura dealership is 200 miles away. There is a local Honda dealership that could do the airbag recall, but Acura claims that since there are several recalls that it needs to be done at the Acura dealership. I don't have the time to take an entire day to get this fixed. Acura keeps referring me back to the dealership and the dealership keeps referring me back to Acura.

- Idaho Falls, ID, USA

problem #7

Jul 272016


  • 163,000 miles
Torqe converter going out shattering noise third gear 30 to 40 mph about 1500 rpms there has been over 100 complaints online about the same issue

- Turlock, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 152016


  • miles
I had all recalls repaired a lou sobh Honda in cumming ga. Acura was clear that some of the recalls I had done would have to be paid by me but would be promptly refunded. I supplied all receipts and now (over 10 weeks later) have still never been reimbursed. Pathetic customer service.

- Buford, GA, USA

problem #5

Oct 202015


  • 120,000 miles


I think it is about time that we all push NHTSA to make Acura/Honda recall all these MDX from 2001 to 2012 to have these torque converters and transmissions replaced and fixed once and for all!!! this is very dangerous as there is no sign when these cars are going to lock up and go from 75 mph down to 40 mph and then stays at 40mph till you can get off the highway to an exit. I swear maybe somebody needs to get seriously hurt when they get rear ended by someone that has no clue why you have come to a sudden change of speed. This week it's different then before, now it almost threw me through the windshield had I not had my seat belt on. Though when your not expecting a cars transmission to halt so fast it still scares the life out of you and then try and get over to the breakdown lane. This is my 2nd repair or rebuild of all these items and for the cost of these cars when new Acura should be sued and made to pay to fix these drive train defaults!!! come on NHTSA you know they are in the wrong and lets get these cars fixed too once in for all before more people are killed or seriously hurt.

- Geneva, AL, USA

problem #4

Oct 172015


  • 176,000 miles
Transmission slipped at 2nd-3rd gear while I was driving it in the highway

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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problem #3

Sep 172015


  • 188,000 miles
I received a recall notice and made an appointment to have my vehicle repaired. Upon taking it to the dealership and them fixing it I drove home my car immediately began running hot. I called the dealership back and he told me to bring it back in. I was issued a loaner vehicle. I received a call stating that my radiator had somehow come loose and that my engine was blown. I was so upset so I called back and told him my mechanic was coming with me now all of a sudden the engine is not blown but instead warped and can be machined. I feel they damaged my vehicle by doing the recall and they don't want to take accountability for it. Please help me.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 012006


  • 35,000 miles
My car along with many other Acura between 2001-2005 have a problem with a very significant shudder vibration that lasts a few secs, usually at speeds between 35-40. If you read the blogs you will see hundreds of other consumers say the same thing: Acura says they can't replicate the noise. When the car is out of warranty, then suddenly they can replicate it and they say they have to replace either the torque converter or the entire transmission, charging $2000 +. this is a major problem and should have been a recall, please help us hold Acura accountable for this known problem! these cars are too expensive for such a big problem so early on.

- Newark , DE, USA

problem #1

Jan 222003

MDX 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 400 miles
The MDX navigation system gives verbal and visual directions. I tend to rely on the verbal directions in the city. Sometimes the system cannot determine its position because it cannot get sufficient satellite signals. It gives no verbal clue this is happening, it justs gives directions as if it knew where it was (presumably via dead reckoning). There is a visual cue, but it is very hard to see during the day. The small letters "gps" turn white when the signal is weak. This happened to me first while in boston on 22jan2003. It started giving me directions as if I were several blocks away. Fortunately I knew the area well enough to know it was lost before making lots of wrong turns, but a driver relying on the gps might have found himself driving the wrong way down a one way street. I know that incorrect map data can cause the same problem and I have accepted that risk, but it is not necessary to compound that risk through poor software implementation, especially when the problem costs almost nothing to correct.

- Wayland, MA, USA

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