NHTSA — Unknown Or Other Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,709 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Acura MDX miscellaneous problems

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2006 Acura MDX Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 212022


  • miles


On several occasions the vehicle will come to a stop and from that stop will begin to stall-at that point almost completely loosing power and an indicator light on dash indicates that an undefined problem *exclamation mark* Each time, the car almost completely slows to almost a stall out, and the car behind me comes dangerously close to hitting me from behind.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #6

Oct 122020


  • 139,000 miles
The transmission in this car has issues with acceleration and deceleration. I notice that there is transmission judder between 20-45 mph

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #5

Dec 292019


  • miles
The car started leaking water every time it rains in the drivers side of the car into the floor and the passenger side floor. I have found several posts about the same issue with Acura and Honda.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #4

May 012016


  • 98,000 miles


As I was driving in a parking lot, I went to apply my brakes as I am turning my car. The brakes felt hard all of a sudden even though I barely applied pressure. The break petal had a grinding sound and applied extreme pressure to break my car by itself. It felt as if my car was being thrown from side to side. This happened several times in parking lots. This has also happened about 3 times on the highway. While driving and going down a small hill on the highway I barely applied the break but the car break felt hard and weird as I barely pressed it. It felt and sounded like a grinding loud noise and cause my car to pull very hard to the right as if it was going to throw me off the highway. Thankfully each of those few times I was driving around 30 mph. Each occasion the vsa light came on and/or started blinking. I have taken my car to the gary force Acura dealership in brentwood, tn on August 9, 2019. They proceeded to do breakdown of my car and told me I needed a new wiring harness and capacitor that would cost over $1500. They told me my car wasn't included in the recall that was issued on March 13, 2013. My vsa light continues to stay on and I still am experiencing these problems. I can not afford these parts for my car and feel that Acura should include my vehicle in this recall. I fear for the safety of myself, my husband, and my 17 year old daughter as she has started driving and using our Acura MDX 2006. NHTSA recall 13V-092 mfr campaign id S89 recall date 3/13/2013

- Dickson, TN, USA

problem #3

Jul 192014


  • 95,000 miles
Acura a division of Honda has know for many years now about a defective draw on the battery from the hands free bluetooth in this vehicle even when the vehicle is shut off with the ignition key out of the ignition. I have read numerous complaints from the 2004 to 2012 models of all types of Acura models. I have installed two new batteries in the last two years. Vehicle sets more than two days and the battery is drawn down enough that vehicle not only not start, but you can't even get vehicle out of park position so you can be towed or pulled off the road safely unless you drag it locked up. And yes this has happened in a dangerous situation. What if you lose battery power for some reason going down the road? very dangerous to you and others on the road. I think this should be a recall on Acura, Honda as many years as this problem has persisted and as many types of vehicles that I'm hearing this problem is being reported on. I also have read one article about a class action lawsuit against Honda motor company for this very problem from a individual in the state of California. Its time in my humble opinion that Acura - Honda Motors own up to this mistake when when it goes back so far and so many types of vehicles with this issue.

- Ford, KS, USA

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problem #2

Jul 092016


  • 85,412 miles
Re: american Honda failed to replace unsafe airbag and refuses to take any responsibilities on July 9, 2016, we took our 06' Acura MDX to local dealer for the unsafe passenger side airbag replacement (NHTSA recall 16V-334). The dealer informed us that they couldn't replace the airbag due to an unknown wiring obstructing the airbag (exhibits a, B). They wanted to cut the wiring for airbag replacement. However, they will not take any responsibility if something goes wrong. We refused their idea of cutting the unknown wire, because it makes no senses when no one knows the outcomes is going to affect vehicle safety or functionality. We are the original owners and to our best knowledge no one has ever serviced the passenger side airbag. Thus, it is reasonable to suspect this might be a rare defect. We contacted Honda to explain this unusual situation, received a case #04828622; we sent an email with all the details (exhibits C). We had been waiting and following up, but Honda made no progress until we expressed our extreme anger after one year of anxious waiting. Finally, our case has been assigned to a representative at 'airbag recall department' around July, 2017. However, this has been playing the game of 'this airbag recall did not exist last year', 'not returning phone call as she promised', and 'sending a nonsense letter to confirm that our airbag is unsafe!'. eventually, we have gotten very frustrated and also being worry about our own safety with the dangerously defected airbag. We took the 06' Acura MDX to the dealer again; however, Acura dealer wants almost $300 for trying to figure out why they couldn't replace the airbag without any guarantee of replacing the unsafe airbag! we hope NHTSA would immediately start to investigate this case, and american Honda should be severely punished due to their egregious conducts.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 242012


  • 84,553 miles
Five days after passing the state car inspection at a Honda dealership, my wife and two sons were driving our MDX on 146N when the check engine light came on and the vehicle stalled. After having the car towed twice, first to a local garage (as it was after 7 pm and on the weekend) and then to the Acura dealership, Acura technicians confirmed the diagnosis of the garage and stated that a spark plug had been sucked into the engine rendering the vehicle unusable with significant engine damage. The initial cost estimate for repair was $8,100 as the following parts needed to be replaced: Engine short block, cylinder head, gasket kits, coil pack, spark plug(s), etc. The owner of the independent garage helped my wife take side-by-side pictures of the damage which are available if you would like to see them. As the damaged parts had been taken out of my vehicle, against my request, these pictures are all that I have to show the extent of the damage. I believe this is a defect in the vehicle and should be investigated. Please note that Acura does not inspect spark plugs until 100K miles and this damage occurred at 84,553 miles. We have followed the maintenance schedule recommended by Acura and were just outside of our power train warranty period and believe that a luxury manufacturer should stand behind their product especially for damage caused by a spark plug that is not required to be inspected for another 15,000 miles.

- Lincoln, RI, USA

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