Acura has a troublesome job forward of it. Because the model tries to develop quantity and retain among the clout it misplaced in previous years, it finds itself with too many automobiles and two few SUVs in a market that calls for extra of the latter, not the previous. In the meantime, the spectacular reborn NSX, now a hybrid, hasn’t captured the creativeness of sports activities automobile followers in the identical approach as its long-lived predecessor.
Maintaining with — and in some circumstances, getting in entrance of — technological developments is a part of Acura’s comeback plan. Naturally, within the curiosity of technological development and environmental appeasement, it was essential to deliver a multi-cog computerized transmission on board. Nonetheless, a collection of producer service bulletin level to 2 potential weak factors within the firm’s nine-speed.
Late final month, Acura issued two service bulletins to sellers — one overlaying the 2015-2016 TLX sedan, the opposite coping with the 2016 MDX. In it, Acura warns that some transmission heaters had been “improperly manufactured,” permitting engine coolant and computerized transmission fluid to combine.
Ought to this happen, “the engine and transmission could also be completely broken and require substitute.” Within the case of the TLX, the autos’ transmissions had been already changed as soon as earlier than to treatment a leaking transmission hotter.
“In uncommon circumstances, these autos could have additionally overheated however as a result of the problem was below investigation, a typical restore process hadn’t been developed,” the bulletin reads. “Additional motion is required earlier than the car is totally repaired.”
The identical subject afflicts 2016 Honda Pilots. House owners will likely be notified by the producer to take their autos again for a checkup. If the part falls outdoors the affected manufacturing date, there’s no drawback. Nonetheless, if it does show suspect, the car will obtain a bevy of latest components — amongst them, a transmission, transmission hotter, radiator, thermostat, coolant hoses, coolant reserve tank, and ECT sensor O-rings.
It’s attainable house owners may even discover themselves driving away with a brand new brief block and cylinder head, plus the transmission and coolant trappings.
This isn’t the one subject to strike nine-speed Honda and Acura fashions. In a collection of service bulletins issued in September, the automaker warns of transmission finish cowl leaks on the 2015-2017 TLX, 2016-2017 MDX, 2016-2017 Pilot, and 2018 Honda Odyssey.
“Throughout meeting, the transmission finish cowl sealing gasket will get torn,” the automaker states in its bulletin. To treatment the problem, the producer will substitute the dodgy gasket.
After reaching a U.S. post-recession gross sales excessive in 2015, Acura’s annual gross sales tally has dropped significantly. October 2017 gross sales dropped 1.three %, year-over-year. Till the model fields extra utility autos, it’s tough to see the MDX and RDX offsetting losses within the declining passenger automobile phase.