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Acura MDX (pre-2007)



  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    I have an 06.
    The unit that receives the signal from the keyfob was not working properly, causing me to have a hard time locking the doors.... and was replaced.
    The keyfobs then need to be programmed to that unit.

    Another reason would be if you lose your keyfob and buy a new one. The fob then needs to be programmed.

    This conversation started when people were talking about using the 2007 Keyfob in an earlier model, since the fob is a switchblade design with the key inside.
  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    Aaaaahh, thanks for the clarification. Now if someone can figure how to program the '07 fob to close the windows as well as open them that would be impressive.
  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    Don't they automatically go down if you just press and hold unlock? Up, I'm not so sure of. Maybe holding lock?

    We had this feature in an RX300 back in 1998 so i surprise many people who buy a luxury car now and have no idea that happens. Some cars even open the sunroof.

    -Cj :)
  • dmz616dmz616 Posts: 17
    On my 2002 MDX, noticed a metallic rattling noise mostly when I start or shut off the engine. This happend when I was on a trip out of town. At that time I had about 79,750 miles on the car. When I got back I took it to the dealer (Priority Acura, Cheseapeake, VA). They said it was the catalytic converter, and it was out of the 80,000 federal emmisions warranty - I had 80,450 miles. After two days with the car, they said that Acura would pay half of the $2233.18 bill. I have called Acura customer service, and told them about my loyalty to Honda/Acura products. Do not know if they will budge. Has anyone else had converter problems? Has anyone had Acura do a goodwill replacement over 80,000 miles?
    BTW, I have had more problems with the MDX than any other vechicle I have owned. These include replacement of transmission, NAVI computer, rear propeller shaft, 4 headlight assys, temp sensor, EGR valve,belt/tensor pulley, front stablizer bars, front shocks, 2 mirror actuators, & front engine mount. And I don't drive it off road.
  • mdxguymdxguy Posts: 4
    To "Catalytic Coverter, 2002 MDX" i have a 2002 MDX and i have no serious problem with it. It has over 165,000 miles on it and is still running in pretty good same (since the day i bought it). The only thing i did major on is just the the routine mantainces that require.
  • dmz616dmz616 Posts: 17
    I'd be interested to know what major (expensive) problems owners have had over 100,000 miles. Since we have had so many problems, we might trade for a new MDX or Honda Pilot after 100,000 miles.
  • joey14joey14 Posts: 4
    I am trying to program a FOB for a 06 MDX. Followed your instructions without any luck.

    Clarification - I am aiming the FOB @ the passenger's Multiplex control unit? (MCU is the passenger door lock?)

    Thanks for your assistance.

  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    I used the instructions on my 06 MDX and the instructions worked perfectly.

    I sat in the driver's seat while going through the steps, and didn't point anywhere in specific, but yes, the control unit is behind the glove box.
  • brothjebrothje Posts: 3
    My backup camera on my 2003 MDX stopped working about a month ago. I took it into the dealer who said that the camera had gone bad, so I needed a whole new camera.

    The price was going to be $1,094, so I said I would think about it, as I wasn't sure I needed if fixed that bad. Anyone had an experiences with backup cameras gone bad?
  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    Just had my '04 in for the 50k mile service (if there is such a thing) Anyway, it was the first time it has been in the shop for any "service" They replaced all the fluids and lubed everything,replaced pollen filter, flushed brake lines all for only $585. I guess that's not too bad when you consider it's never had any work done, only a set of tires. The brakes have about 10k left on them according to tech and he said that will be approx. $1k to have new rotors and pads all the way around, does this sound about right?
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    $1k to have new rotors and pads all the way around, does this sound about right?

    You could do it yourself in your driveway fo about $250-
  • mecheng1mecheng1 Posts: 161
    The dealers are big on making everyone replace the rotors because Acura/Honda under-designed them for such a large truck. Rotors should last 150K miles or more. If you are told they need replacing, ask for a comparison of the measured thickness to the service limit thickness. If they claim they are warped, ("have hot spots") then ask for a comparison of the measured runout to the service limit runout.

    I changed my pads myself at 55K and not the rotors and the brakes continue to work fine. :D
  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    Maybe I'll get estimates @ various brake shops and see what the difference is? scottm123, just had the driveway sealed and fear I would ruin it. ;) ">
  • I was successful in programming my FOB for my 2006 MDX and it works great. However....I noticed on the weekend that my panic button does not work (on both FOBS). I then did a quick test. Left my window open, locked the doors with my FOB, and then opened the doors manually.

    Big alarm did not go off?

    Any ideas? Does this have anything to do with the re-programming of my two FOBS?

    Thanks in advance.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    If the alarm is not going off when tampering with the car itself, it has little to do with the fob.
    The alarm is set when the vehicle is locked... it's not set by any action of the fob, other than locking the car.

    Sounds like a problem with the alarm itself.
    I don't know off the top of my head, but is there a separate fuse for that?
  • I'll look to see if the alarm has its own fuse, maybe it needs replacing?

    I did verify the alarm is being set when I lock with the FOB. Red light does come on the driver side door.

    Thanks for the suggestion.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    You should also be able to verify the alarm is set by just locking the door with the key.
    I know, after an awkward experience at the dealership, that if you reach into an open window of a Lexus, unlock the door, and then open it, the alarm sounds through the whole dealership for 10 minutes.... while a bunch of sales people panic while trying to find the missing key. :blush:

    I honestly don't know if the MDX does this as well, but I can try on mine tonight, when I get home.
  • Your recommedation is how I figured out my alarm was not working.

    I left my window down, locked the doors and then reached in and unlocked my doors manually, No alarm sounded?
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    I forgot to test this. :(
    I'll try to remember for tonight.
  • :mad: 2005 MDX: 23000 miles only! Bought new. When I received car their was creases in the leather that the dealer blamed on the plastic that was on the seats and said would even out. After 8 months and no change they replaced. New covers not much better but I waited again as they told me leather would even out.; Today I met with regional service manager that said it was normal wear. I said I hardly use the car, (23000 miles in 3 years) and that this was not exceptable in a $40+ vehicle. I asked who I could now speak with and he said he was it and the next step would be for me to go to court. Could not believe they way I was treated. They said if they showed me other vehicles where the leather was the same would I be satisfied. They showed be MDX with 65k mileage and the seats looked better then mine. I am not heavy and can no one can believe how crappy the seats look. My concern is with only;y 23000 miles, what will it look at when the car has 60k. Anyone else have same issues and suggestions on who I should speak with next. Calling care in CA has not gone to far. Thanks
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