Transmission Hesitates

2013 Acura MDX

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Acura dealer.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
70,250 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. software update (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2013 Acura MDX transmission problems

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2013 Acura MDX Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 012020


  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,770 miles


The Service Bulletin 16-044 states, "A shudder from the torque converter lock-up may be felt while driving between 20 and 60mph. Why wasn't there a recall and why was I charged for this repair? And what is the possible damage to the torque converter as the result of this software problem?

- christian247, Allenhurst, Pacific Islands (US)

problem #2

Mar 162016

MDX Tech V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

This vehicle has had a transmission slip since purchase. Taken to Acura multiple times, transmission checked, and torque converter replaced. Now as of 2017 the issue is a computer software problem in the transmission computer, supposedly, and an update from Honda that is going to take care of the problem. The local dealer (so far) has been accommodating, but they basically did not know how to fix the slip, and the transmission fluid is heating up and breaking down. If your trans is slipping make sure you mention to your dealer that there is supposedly a software update for the trans computer. It is currently at the dealer, hopefully this update will fix the problem.

Update from Dec 10, 2017: YES! The software update fixed the problem. No more slushy trans.

- Peter C., Louisville, KY, US

problem #1

Jul 102013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 932 miles

Picture this, you want to merge into the right hand lane between 2 vehicles, you signal, slow down and slide over, then accelerate to get into the space. BUT there's no response from the gas pedal/transmission, your heart skips a beat, and after 2-3 seconds the trans finally kicks in. That's the problem. The transmission hesitates.

- Don P., West Vancouver, British Columbia, canada

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