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Acura MDX Maintenance and Repair



  • Just bought 2006 MDX 3 weeks ago, there is thud noise when I brake. went to 2 dealers to check this problem, both said it is normal and noise comes from brake pad shifting. Can't be convinced. Any thought or experience?
  • I have brought my 04 MDX in to the shop 5 times in the last 2 months for the Check Engine Light. Tomorrow will be the 6th time. They can not figure it out even after replacing half of the evap system along with 2 gas caps and filler hose. I think it is a lemon! :lemon:
  • We have a 2002 MDX with 39,000 miles and agree about feeling every bump, especially going over bridge and expansion joints. Our car has Michelin Cross Terrain tires and I have also often wondered if there were better tires to help this. Has your question received answers? I couldn't find any. Thanks.
  • ok, honda uses a floating caliper system. the brake pads will shift or float, especially if you go from forward to reverse or vice versa. yes, it makes noise, but the brakes don't rust tight or freeze into a locked position. i have 60k miles, and just checked the brakes. they look like new. live with the noise, it is normal, and honda engineers know what they are doing. also, you can use pads for the odyssey (like an 2002) for the MDX. i guess they use the same brakes.
  • i noticed a lot of debris when changing the cabin air filter, which is a big air filter, located below the glove box. there was a lot of leaf parts, maple tree whirl-a-gigs, and stems and stalks in the filter, and in the A/C evap coil, which is next to the filter. it seems to me, that the air intake has very large openings, that let all this trash into the system. i took a piece of plastic window screen, cut it with a scissors to fit over the intake grill (under the hood near the windshield)and used some clear silicone caulk to "tack" the screen into place.
    WORKS GREAT. you still should eyeball the intake area to check for stuff clogging the area.
  • nmpnmp Posts: 19
    "question - when i take my foot off the accelerator, say to coast up to a light, I feel a noticable drag from the transmission (in D5)........quite a bit different from our other cars, an Expediton and an this normal? "

    I just bought a 2006 Black/Saddle/Ebony Touring and noticed the same behavior. It is obviously downshifting. First I thought it was just air drag as the MDX cuts a big slice through the wind at highway speeds. But I have also noticed it at slower speeds (30mph) where drag would not be such a strong factor. Anyone have any comments?

    Btw, it is a nice truck all around. First impressions are that the interior is not as meticulously built with quality trim as my 2001.5 VW Passat. It also does not feel as structurally tight or rattle free. But the seats are far nicer, the ride is quieter, and no doubt the MDX will statistically have better long-term reliability. The MDX/Honda Pilot are the best compromises as family SUV's.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I don't notice it on my '02, however if you tap the brake and then coast that seems consistent with the hill decent control.
  • I have noticed the same lurch or downshift when taking foot off accelerator. I believe there are other posts also describing this.
  • I was told in December that my torque converter on my MDX is also going out. My MDX is a 2001. Is this an a big problem with MDX?? Do you think I should contact Acura?
  • I was told my Torque Converter is also going out. This seems to be a very big problem with is cars.
  • Well, I am afraid it may be a big problem. Get them to repair it, do your trans service as scheduled. And hope for the best. I think it will affect '02 and '01's - not '03's+. Ask the dealer if there is a TSB on it. Let us know how it ends up.

  • Hi inemer; I have the same problem but was not sure what it is. I wonder if the dealer charge you for this work? I am thinking to order a goose neck and have it installed myself.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Has anyone upgraded their stereo? speakers? in the MDX? I would like to get MP3 capabiity in the truck and was wondering about putting better speakers in it.
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Not exactly the ultimate high-tech solution, but you can spend 20 bucks and get a cassette-style adapter which will allow you to plug in an MP3.
  • wmquanwmquan Posts: 1,817
    Quite a few folks have upgraded the speakers with good results. Trick is finding low-ohm speakers to replace the awful Bose ones.

    For adding MP3 capability, Acura just introduced their iPod link but the jury's still out on whether it works on MDX's earlier than 2006 or 2005. It does let you control the iPod somewhat via the steering wheel controls, though there is apparently no display capability (e.g. doesn't show on the trip computer of nav screen).

    Most folks have bought the Blitzsafe adapter ( and done a DIY install so they can plug in their iPod. On another forum, there are some pretty detailed photos of two self-installation methods. The preferred one seems to be the "Not an Ashtray" method, where you don't even need to remove any of the plood to get to the connection with the head unit (you do need to remove some plastic trim). Folks have routed the input into the center console where the iPod resides and gets charged up (requires drilling two small holes). There are photos that show how to run the cable without anything showing, a very elegant install that only takes a few hours depending on skill level.

    With the Blitzsafe, you can't control the selection of the iPod with the vehicle's controls, just the volume. But most folks seem quite happy with it, and it's relatively cheap. The sound is clearly better than using an FM modulator or the cassette adapter (which also results in cables hanging out).
  • I am considering buying a used 2003 MDX with 15,000 miles on it. The dealer has replaced the front tires (the backs are original and have 7/32 of tread left) and the dealer has also redone the front brakes. My question is what kind of tire and brake life are MDX owners seeing? The salesman told me that owners see 30k for both. If thats true I'm struggling to understand why they would have to replace the front tires and brakes at 15,000 miles. Any advice/comments?

  • gotribegotribe Posts: 101
    Well I have an 03 MDX with the Michelin Cross Terrains and replaced them at 50,000 miles, pretty typical according to the tire dealer. Could have easily gotten 5k more but not in winter. Also at 50k still on original brake pads front and rear with probably 70/30 city/highway mix. Dealer says brakes have another 5k left. So...its possible the 03 you're considering has OE tires other than Michelin that are not as long wearing, or the prior owner didnt rotate them--the fronts wear a lot faster than the rears. As far as the brakes, only explanation could be prior owner was real hard on them, or due to sitting a lot with little use, front rotors got rusty and caused vibration. I'm only guessing. Given the concerns you have, I'd have the MDX checked out by an independent garage familiar with Acuras, or another Acura dealer.
  • I was out food shopping the other night, and when I got into my MDX (w/ just 250 miles on it...), the first thing I did was lock the doors using the lock button on the driver's door. I'm 9 mos pregnant so I want to be sure I'm being safe since I can't run very fast...

    Once I locked the doors, I turned on the car, drove home and into the garage, turned off the car, and pushed the lock button up. The locks on the door went up and immediately went back down. This continued to happen each time I hit the lock button. I even re-started the car, drove around my circle, and then tried again when I came back home. No luck. I could not lift the lock myself- nothing. I finally used the lock button on the front passenger door and was able to climb out that door.

    Has anyone else experienced this? I am going to call the dealer- just thought I would check in here first. I have been able to replicate the problem if I go through the same sequence of events described above. Thanks!
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297

    I am emailing them with some questions...i.e. does the CD player still work with the MP3 adapter/player hooked up. The Cassette option isn't very good, I have used it before for plain CD Players back in the 80's and the sound is poor. FM Modulation? I am not sure? I will get the music selection, but not the sound quality...not sure if it matters while driving though.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    hmmm...I have never heard of that before. Sounds like an electrical short or cross wiring.
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