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’01-’06 Trans. Whine (TW) Failure Thread Survey

Thanks to those who participated in the “Transmission Whine Poll”.

The purpose of this thread is to more fully document what others have experienced with symptoms & remedies.

Hopefully these results will encourage others to pursue an equally satisfactory remedy as mine.

The Symptom: A notable Whine from the transmission area which varies in pitch with speed (Not gear), and increases/decreases in intensity at various speeds. Most prevalent on Drive or Coast – Neutral throttle less so.

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List model year:
Date/Mileage TW was first observed:
Current mileage:
Symptoms:
Did TW worsen over the above time periods?

Dealer response and/or corrective actions:

Cost: If none, put "warranty" or "goodwill"
Mileage TW was addressed by Dealer:
Did you contact your local Client Services (Owners.Acura.com)? Enter Case #.
Current status of TW.

For all others who have had zero issues please put "NO FAILURE"
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No failure.
03 97K.
 

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List model year:
2006

Date/Mileage TW was first observed:
2/09, 45Kmi

Current mileage:
64Kmi

Symptoms:
Whine on Coast & Drive

Did TW worsen over the above time periods?
Yes

Dealer response and/or corrective actions:
Replaced Transmission & TC with Reman. Units

Cost: If none, put "warranty" or "goodwill"
$0.0 Covered under CPO Drive Train Warranty

Mileage TW was addressed by Dealer:
64Kmi


Did you contact your local Client Services (Owners.Acura.com) Enter Case #.
Yes #B012010-03-2201100.

Current status of TW.
Fixed – for now
 

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List model year: 2002
Date/Mileage TW was first observed: 139,000
Current mileage: 139,000
Symptoms: Transmission is slipping when shifting
Did TW worsen over the above time periods? The slipage just started but has not worsened in the week we have had the issue

Dealer response and/or corrective actions: Replace transmission is dealer response but we are trying to search for other options

Cost: $4,500
Mileage TW was addressed by Dealer: Ours never had a whine, it just failed (started slipping)
Did you contact your local Client Services (Owners.Acura.com)? The dealer actually did on our behalf. Acura offered to cover 10% ($450) but in order for them to do so we had to replace the computer as well ($650) so net/net they were no help
 

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List model year: 06
Date/Mileage TW was first observed: 66k
Current mileage: 66k
Symptoms: Whine almost like a pulley going bad? Could be heard at idle. Local mechanic said it was coming from tranny.
Did TW worsen over the above time periods? n/a
Dealer response and/or corrective actions: appointment made

Cost: If none, put "warranty" or "goodwill" It had better be covered
Mileage TW was addressed by Dealer: 66k
Did you contact your local Client Services (Owners.Acura.com)? Enter Case #. n/a
Current status of TW. n/a

This is our second MDX 02 had tranny replaced @ 45k and was starting to exhibit symptoms again @ 65k traded for 06 MDX.

My father is on his third transmission on his 04 MDX first @ 24k & second @ 36k. He does tow his behind his Motor-coach.

If this does turn out to be the transmission I'm afraid this will be our last Acura.
 

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List model year: 06
Date/Mileage TW was first observed: 66k
Current mileage: 66k
Symptoms: Whine almost like a pulley going bad? Could be heard at idle. Local mechanic said it was coming from tranny.
Did TW worsen over the above time periods? n/a
Dealer response and/or corrective actions: appointment made

Cost: If none, put "warranty" or "goodwill" It had better be covered
Mileage TW was addressed by Dealer: 66k
Did you contact your local Client Services (Owners.Acura.com)? Enter Case #. n/a
Current status of TW. n/a

This is our second MDX 02 had tranny replaced @ 45k and was starting to exhibit symptoms again @ 65k traded for 06 MDX.

My father is on his third transmission on his 04 MDX first @ 24k & second @ 36k. He does tow his behind his Motor-coach.

If this does turn out to be the transmission I'm afraid this will be our last Acura.
Please keep us updated on the results. Thanks.
 

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List model year: 2003 MDX Touring
Date/Mileage TW was first observed: 8/15/10/82,416
Current mileage: 82,416
Symptoms: bad whine upon acceleration and gear not engaging
Did TW worsen over the above time periods? No warning. Everything went to crap literally overnight. Until late this afternoon, had never heard the whining or otherwise had any other indication that there might be a problem with tranny. Today = apparent catastrophic transmission failure.

Dealer response and/or corrective actions: Pending

Cost: If none, put "warranty" or "goodwill"
Mileage TW was addressed by Dealer: Pending
Did you contact your local Client Services (Owners.Acura.com)? Enter Case #.
Current status of TW. Pening

For all others who have had zero issues please put "NO FAILURE"
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Current mileage:

I will be contacting the dealer first thing in the morning and I have an independent on standby. I have to tow the vehicle. It isn't even driveable. :(
 

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List model year:
2004

Date/Mileage TW was first observed:
7/10, 62Kmi

Current mileage:
64Kmi

Symptoms:
Whine on Coast & Drive

Did TW worsen over the above time periods?
Yes

Dealer response and/or corrective actions:
Have not contacted dealer

Cost: Mileage TW was addressed by Dealer:
64Kmi


Did you contact your local Client Services (Owners.Yes #B012010-03-2201100. No
Current status of TW.
Just bought car so have not taken it in
 

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List model year: 2003

Date/Mileage TW was first observed: Shortly after purchase used w/ 82K miles

Current mileage: 94k miles

Symptoms: low volume, high pitched whine that stops when load is absent. Not detectable on rougher roads w/ more ambient noise.


Did TW worsen over the above time periods? No, seems the same since first noticed.

Dealer response and/or corrective actions: No warranty, so no dealer contact.

Cost: If none, put "warranty" or "goodwill": NA


Mileage TW was addressed by Dealer: NA

Did you contact your local Client Services (Owners.Acura.com)? No
Enter Case #. NA

Current status of TW. : No change.


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Date/Mileage TW was first observed:145000
Current mileage: 152000
Symptoms: what you mentioned. Increases with speed.
Did TW worsen over the above time periods?

Dealer response and/or corrective actions: none

Cost: If none, put "warranty" or "goodwill"
Mileage TW was addressed by Dealer:
Did you contact your local Client Services (Owners.Acura.com)? Yep but called the number. They said they couldn't do anything
Current status of TW.
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List model year: 2002
Date/Mileage TW was first observed: Always had it (bought it used at 42k miles). Thought it was just the Acura engine sound, as the THREE cars I tested all had the same sound.
Current mileage: 123k
Symptoms: sounds like a helicopter at 15mph and pitch gets higher and sound gets faster as speed picks up.
Did TW worsen over the above time periods? Was the same, but has gotten worse since the transmission was changed in May 2010. Significantly worse in the last 2 weeks.

Dealer response and/or corrective actions: Initially stated that the torque converter was bad, but that was misdiagnosed and the transmission went bad (2nd gear known issue). Taking back to the dealer this week.

Cost: If none, put "warranty" or "goodwill" Transmission was changed (goodwill)
Mileage TW was addressed by Dealer: 80k
Did you contact your local Client Services (Owners.Acura.com)? Enter Case #. Not yet
Current status of TW. Pending
 

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Looks like I got lucky again. Just a front passenger wheel bearing (after a non-Acura garage had done a complete review of the front end and said there was nothing wrong). Guess that's the last time I go to that mechanic!
 

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List model year: 2003
Date/Mileage TW was first observed: 89,000
Current mileage: 142000
Symptoms: whine, slippage between gears 2 and 3

Dealer response and/or corrective actions: reluctantly split the costs of a new refurb transmission. I had to prove I was a loyal Acura service customer to receive this.
 

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List model year: 2006
Date/Mileage TW was first observed: 08/2006
Current mileage: 60550
Symptoms: None
Did TW worsen over the above time periods? Yes mine failed all together, it would take 5 minutes to get to 10 mph

Dealer response and/or corrective actions: They took mine gave me a loaner and replaced my tranny

Cost: Under warranty
Mileage TW was addressed by Dealer: 10,000
Did you contact your local Client Services (Owners.Acura.com)? No
Current status of TW: Great, but I have a letter about new software??

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List model year: 2003
Date/Mileage TW was first observed: 06/2006 55K
Current mileage: 96k
Symptoms: high pitch whine at 70mph whenever gas pedal is applied. Most noticeable when road noise is at a minimal.

Did TW worsen over the above time periods? No but tranny failed at 96k. Followed 60k and 90K tranny fluid change schedule.

Cost: $1900
Mileage TW was addressed by Dealer: 96K, Dealer "Goodwill" at took care of the rest. Original cost was $4500
Did you contact your local Client Services (Owners.Acura.com)? Yes
Current status of TW: Just got the MDX back 2 weeks ago. Took it for trip up to the mountains. Ran like a champ. Also notice that there is no more whine at 70mph, which I had with the old tranny.
 
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