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2014 Acura MDX Vibrations

leomanecioleomanecio Posts: 1
edited December 2013 in Acura
Just got 2014 MDX basic and experiencing some "vibrations" on driver's side left front (sounds like strut area) and left rear (shock area). I now think the vibrations are VCM-related but if this is the case, what is the connection to the rear? I took it to the dealer and the damn vibrations couldn't be replicated even while I drove the car. Has anyone out there experienced anything similar? If you like your stereo turned up, chances are you can't hear or feel these vibrations.

2014 Acura MDX Basic FWD Graphite Ext/Ebony Int

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  • Hello Everyone, Tiffany Here.
    I purchased a new 2014 MDX two weeks ago. There is a noticeable defect with the rubbber weather strip around the windows of the rear passenger doors. There is a point on the 3 o'clock position of the window seal that bends roughly 30 degrees. At that point, the seal is popping out. Looks ugly and water can get inside.

    I examined all five 2014 MDX on the dealership lot, they all had this same issue. Dealership doesn't know how to fix it, and Honda Canada is asking the design engineer in U.S.

    THe 2013 & 2012 MDX have the same 30 degree angle, but no such problem.

    I'm asking all affected owners to ask HONDA to fix this.
  • deanniedeannie Posts: 13
    edited November 2013
    Bought mine in 8/2014 and started experiencing these same vibrations in my vehicle (sounds like left front) since mid October. The vibes only occur when the engine is revving between 1000 and 2000 RPM while driving the vehicle. They're getting louder and more frequent over time, suggesting that whatever is vibrating is loosening up and becoming more susceptible to these vibrations. It has been my experience that such sounds/vibrations in this RPM range are heat shields vibrating at certain harmonic frequencies specific to low RPM driving. It is annoying.

    To avoid the vibes, you can put the trans in sport and downshift using the paddles when revs get down to 2000 rpm. But we shouldn't have to do this to avoid vibrations in a a premium brand vehicle. As more MDX miles are driven, more will report the issue. I'm going to bring this up when I bring mine in for the first oil change. I'll let you know.
  • UPDATE on vibrations. They only occur at light throttle at low speeds, between 10 and 35 mph. If I accelerate hard from low speeds, the vibrations don't materialize. That leads me to believe the vibes may be triggered by the engine switching into/out of the fuel saving 3 cylinder mode, and that the higher tension in the drivetrain when accelerating a little harder than normal suppresses those vibrations. I'm able to induce the vibes at will. My guess at this point is that a heat shield will have to be tightened (if it's attached by nuts & bolts), or I'll just have to live with it (design flaw that many/most MDXers will eventually experience). I'll keep you posted,
  • Had same problem - vibration, no load on engine - 1500 rpm - fortunately happened with mechanic in car - was the ABS actuator vibrating against the undercarriage of vehicle when it activated (apparently cycles). Brake line repositioned away from body. rechecked - all is good
  • My 2014 MDX was new in October. After about 3000 miles I began hearing short (1 to 3 second) vibration type sounds, at speeds anywhere from 20 to 50 mph, coming from under the hood directly in front of the driver position. I also sense a momentary lapse of power of the same duration and corresponding to the sound. In winter months I live in Florida so I took the car to the Acura dealer in Ocala. The service guy, who heard the sounds while on a test drive, said he was aware of the defect as others were in about the same noise. He said it has to do with the cylinder management system when cylinders are de-activated/re-activated re: fuel conservation. I asked what the fix was and he replied there wasn't one. He said an Acura rep had been to the dealership in November and told them Honda didn't consider the problem worthy of a recall and therefore nothing would be done to rid the car of this very annoying, repetitive vibration noise. He also told me that certain 'Honda' models, with engines which have had the cylinder management system for a few years, also have the problem (this is a new engine for Acura in 2014). I told him ANY mechanical defect can be fixed and in my opinion Honda/Acura are simply ignoring their customers by not acknowledging and then fixing it. It may not (or may, the jury is still out) affect the performance of the cylinder management system BUT it really annoys me to have to listen to the noise constantly (and for as long as I will own the car for possibly for another 2-3 years) and therefore it should be dealt with. Notwithstanding I paid approx. $55,000 for this car and expect to be treated with kid gloves if they wish to retain me as a loyal customer, which I have been as I have owned a 2009 RDX, a 2011 MDX and now this model!! If they do not address this defect they will definitely lose me as a repeat customer, probably to Lexus.

  • polx2polx2 Posts: 1
    I just took my 2014 MDX to the dealer. The tech said he will try another 2014 MDX to duplicate the issue and consult with Acura. I took a video since I knew it was hard to duplicate:
  • There was a recall for vehicles manufactured between May 2013 and Oct 2013 for loose bolts. Did any of you contact Acura?

  • Bought mine in November and it goes through spells of doing this same thing - mostly when the car is warm, weather is warm and when I'm traveling at a level speed (20-70 mph) with my foot consistent on the gas. I'm so glad someone caught it in video! Haven't been in for my first service yet, but will inquire about the recall when I do. Hopefully others will keep this page updated with their outcomes.

  • carbuyernow1carbuyernow1 Posts: 9
    edited March 4

    Did any notice load engine noise for 2014 MDX as in youtube video and other forums. Are there still problems with MDX that were purchased this year from January ? I want to purchase one if it all is fixed. My first luxury car, and I don't want to waste my time at dealer to do R & D and get upset about the purchase. I can purchase RX350 and live with it.

  • dyungdyung Posts: 7

    @carbuyernow1 said: Did any notice load engine noise for 2014 MDX as in youtube video and other forums. Are there still problems with MDX that were purchased this year from January ? I want to purchase one if it all is fixed. My first luxury car, and I don't want to waste my time at dealer to do R & D and get upset about the purchase. I can purchase RX350 and live with it.

    Not every car has that issue, there are plenty that are running just fine. Mine was purchased 2/28, and has zero problem so far.

  • stegrinstegrin Posts: 10

    Bought my 2014 MDX about 3 months ago..experiencing the EXACT vibrations that is in the video above. Have a an appointment with the dealership in a few days. Curious as to what they will tell me

  • jimbulljimbull Posts: 1
    edited April 15

    I test drove a 2014 MDX today and am considering purchasing the car. Having read some reviews by owners I am having second thoughts. Any suggestions and input would be appreciated. You can reply directly to my email at [Email removed] or reply to this post. All information sincerely appreciated. This is alot of money to waste if the car is a "dog".

  • jake0101jake0101 Posts: 1

    I have the same problem from the video. I bought mine 10/2013. I just finished driving the car with the mechanic. He didn't seem to think it was a serious issue. This is very concerning as the vibrations are quite scary to drive with. This is my second Acura MDX. The first one was a beauty. I wouldn't buy anything Acura again.

    Can any of you who has had this problem before please comment on how it was resolved?

  • upnorth85upnorth85 Posts: 11

    I would have thought that an Acura service manager would be monitoring this page and respond to such serious reported issues. I was planning to buy an Acura but have decided to hold back due to such serious problems and comments posted here. If this is a widespread problem, Honda will be slugged like GM is now being slugged. Car companies keep quiet when there is a problem, not realizing a stitch in times saves time. Head in the sand is a sure way for a future disaster.

  • johnkim575johnkim575 Posts: 1

    Took my MDX 2014 in and they fixed the noise within 15 minutes. The noise comes when the air intake volume changes. They just added additional foam on the intake cover area and we have no noise.

  • jrac2jrac2 Posts: 3

    Had similar vibration issues with two 2014 MDX's. Took it to another dealer who told me the clamps were bad or not holding on the horizontal flat plastic next to the front grill. Wind caused it to vibrate at certain speeds. They either fixed or replaced the clamps which stopped the problem.

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