pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
118,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace torque converter and transmission (3 reports)
2003 Acura MDX transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Acura MDX Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 162015

MDX Touring Edition V6 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 184,000 miles


To all you 2003 Acura MDX Owners, You need to go on to Ebay and Purchase your Torque Converters.

I Just Purchased one For $99 NEW from Canada with Free Shipping. When they act up and if your not capable of changing it out yourself then take the Part to your Mechanic or Dealer and Save Big $$$$ Folks.

I Never have bought parts from the Dealer unless the vehicle was under warranty then it was their Money, I find Ebay to be cheaper than Auto Parts stores. Downside you may have to wait 4 days to get the part but it's worth it. Easy search and then put Lower to High $$ in Settings to left.

Good luck and lets hope my transmission is not going to need a 2nd rebuild, I have a 184,000 miles on it and will hit up Acura of America to hopefully get them to pitch in, I have to say other than this, an alternator and a battery and it still runs and rides like new and read people with 300k on them still bragging so hope to as well.

- Mike C., Geneva, AL, US

problem #2

Jan 012014

MDX Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

I find it awful that you buy a name brand car and still have these kinds of problems, this should have been a recall based on the fact that not one but several people have complained about this. I think someone should start a lawsuit because this is going to cost several thousands of dollars to fix.

- Brandi K., Sylacauga, AL, US

problem #1

Jan 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

Noticed rumbling vibration noise at around 35000 miles when the speedometer was 35-40mph and Acura Service could not replicate the noise. It got worse and worse- now it's at 99600 miles and the sound is much louder, of course now that my car is not under warranty Acura is certain the Torque Converter and Transmission need to be replaced. They said they won't replace a torque converter without putting in a new transmission. Over 5K for the repair! Did lots of research and this is a very well known defect that should have been a recall or extended warranty.After lots of complaining Acura said they would cover 25% of the repair- that is not good enough- this should be Acura's responsibility- I paid 40K for a nice car to avoid these exact issues. This is what I would expect from FORD not Acura. The questions always seem to revolve around if I had Acura do all service- since the torque converter issue is not a result of poor maintenance this should have NOTHING to do with it. My Mother is on her 7th Honda, I had two Hondas then upgraded to an Acura- this is unbelievable- it's a LEMON! Also found out simultaneously that the Motor mounts are bad from a poor design, that's a whole different topic!

- Nanci C., Newark, DE, US

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