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Acura MDX Accessories and Modifications

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  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Does anyone know if the Pilot camera and or sensor for the pilot will work with the MDX? Do you have to have the Navigation package in order to get the camera/viewscreen?
  • wmquanwmquan Posts: 1,817
    Currently no word on backward compatibility to the 2001/2002 Nav. However, the rearview camera does require the Navi system, since the non-Navi's screen is a simple etched, monochrome LCD. The Navi screen has what it takes to show images.

    For those with the non-Navi LCD screens, there are some aftermarket solutions, though they all come with their own screens. I've seen one that clips to the rear view mirror.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Reading the instructions from hondaacuraworld, and seeing how much cheaper it is...when the time comes, I am going to do the transmission/power steering cooler add-ons myself. They seem pretty simple. The hardest part looks like removing the front bumper...this is also as reported by a Pilot owner who just did the add-on himself.

    I wonder if we can get the package without the trailer hitch? I definitely want to get a "hiddenhitch". At least there are some decent modifications available for DIY'ers.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Has anyone installed an entertainment system in their 2001/2002 MDX? Either Honda or other after-market products? I am interested in a good system and considering either a portable unit I put on the center arm rest, or an integrated system.
  • just ordered '03 MDX T. Very disappointed to see all the negative posts and difficulties people are having with getting their Thule bars on this vehicle without the door jam foot (which, IMHO, is a bad set-up). My question is.... it seems that some posters have indicated that they have laid down Yakima tracks.... does the MDX rack come off easily and is it fairly easy to lay down the Yakima track. Once the track is down, will the Thule Tracker kit (TK1 and and 430 Foot Pack) work in conjunction with the Yakima track? My ultimate objective is to do away with the factory rack, lay down the Yakima track and be able to use my Thule's without having to attach to the dor jam. Any success stories???
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    One problem I have found is that rain doesn't stay off the rear window while driving. Has anyone installed the rear spoiler and does it keep rain off the window while driving?
  • Has anyone intsall HID headlights on the mdx yet. How did it came out, is it a big improvment over the standard headlights. Where and how much was the HID lights and was it easy to install? Am i right in assuming that all HID has to have a ballest in order for it to work? Second question is: Has anyone found any real good internet site for Acura MDX assessory? Third question: Anyone out there own a 2003 MDX, if so, whats your opinion of the improvment over the 02?
  • will4271will4271 Posts: 187
    I got my MDX Touring yesterday night. The manager wanted to close the books so he threw in the wheel locks and cargo liner.

    The light seems okay and don't have a desire to upgrade to HID as of yet.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    2002? or 2003? Welcome to the owners club. If 2003, which it sounds like from your other posts, how long were you on the waiting list?
  • will4271will4271 Posts: 187
    It's a new 2003 MDX Touring. I was still on the waiting list with Hopkins and they said it maybe a while.

    We couldn't wait so we looked around. We had a bad experience at Niello Acura (they wanted to charge finance charges even before the car arrived at the dealer...defaulted first payment due in 45 days not 30 days .. TG that I didn't sign the original agreement to buy from them.. canceled all thoughts after finding a better deal with the next dealer).

    I called five other dealers that Sun and visited Acura of Serramonte and found there's a '03 Touring coming in the following week so we booked it.

    Got that SUV on Halloween. The big guy (boss) Mark threw in the wheels locks and cargo tray w/o added cost as a gift so we help him closeout the books for month end. (not sure if the charges other people for it but if you buy on the spot, he will ding it)

    I learned to always look for the big guy...we had visited the same dealer and talked to other manager and he insisted in Touch of Class on all SUV or no sale plus many DIO. Of course, pure bs.

    Btw, I ran into a hassle with Peoplefirst.com, the dealer did not take it. Some dealers do take them. Check them out first before you buy, it will save lots of grief (found out at the last min... salesman is not always right).

    Still you can talk to the dealer and see if Peoplefirst will give you a certified Check. Most dealers would take that but you have send your orig. check back first. (2-3 day process + fees).

    I like the Peoplefirst.com customer service and wanted badly that they take it. Besides the great rate, it was very easy to pay for the car.
    But some dealers do take them because they have bad experience with a few of them. Check with their Finance person first.

    Cancelled the Hopkins deal, the salesman was not happy and before I finished my two sentences he clunk down my phone. I'm still waiting for that $1000 refund (don't really like far out deposits).
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I had the same issue with a loan from VirtualBank.com. The dealer gave me a hard time. I told them to cash the check and I would be back in 3 days when it clears...they then offered me a lower rate to get the business. I don't think it is because of bad experience, but rather they make a decent amount of money doing the financing.
  • Just paid for my 2003 black mdx and almost bought the fender flare package for 770 but decided against it because it makes the car look like the new 4runner with the ugly plastic.

    Found the steel version at hondaacuraworld and wondered if anyone put them on.
    1. How does it look (solid or cheap)
    2. How easy/hard was it to put on?

    I would like something on the wheel area to avoid dings (black paint and all).

    I did get them to put on the side moldings to avoid nasty door dings. They also through in matts, pet divider and rear cargo mat.
  • will4271will4271 Posts: 187
    I have brought the Body Side Molding. In addition, I order the running boards but when it arrived it was the side steps. Initially, I was going to return it but after looking it over, I stayed with it. This is also from Hondaacuraworld.

    The side steps actually looked more "cool". It's quite easy to install if you have 2 hrs and a racket and wrench.
  • There is a site called hondaacuraworld.com....honestly it is the BEST site in the world for accessories!! The guy who runs it, Tim, is pretty close to a God, honestly. His prices are amazing, and shipping is always free. You get your accessories very quickly, along with detailed instructions on how to install. I've heard from hundreds of people about how fast, easy, and just all-around GREAT Tim and this site are. For example, side steps are $626 MSRP, but he charges $430 or something for them. Everyone I know who has an X has bought their accessories from this website....don't buy anything from your dealer, just go straight to Tim :) I'm ordering a few for my '03 MDX this week.
  • mkligmklig Posts: 2
    I'm just on the verge of ordering an '03 MDX touring with nav (probably a lease). I'm an avid windsurfer and need to carry alot on top. I've always fitted out my previous vehicles (mostly Saabs and lastly an RX300) with the appropriate thule rack system. Even on the RX300 I was able to take off the factory rack and place the appropriate thule foot in the factory track. I was depressed to read SIDESHORE'S concerns re: the limited options with the thule system. I spoke to my dealer who said they cannot take the factory rack off. Is this true?? and if so does this mean I will have ugly door jam footers for the rack with thule crossbars and still have the factory rack?? Seems rediculous. Does anyone have a clean solution to the problem? I've never used Yakima but would be willing if there was some way to get a straight cross bar utilizing the existing track. Help !!! SIDESHORE - did you come up with anything yet???
  • Why don't you just get the base model MDX, it does not come with a roof rack so can install your own.
  • will4271will4271 Posts: 187
    I have ordered from them quite a few times also. But they do not have the secure order in place. I ask them to put that secure order (key lock indicates if your order is secure on your web browser). It safer to call then and to do the purchase transactions than on their website. Without the secure ordering, you credit card info can stolen when some stiffs out the packets.

    Also, look for Tim. I had ordered running boards and got side steps from another salesperson at the shop. But I am happy with the side steps too.

    They have lots of products for all Acura/Honda besides the MDX. Overall, I'm satisfied with their service and the condition where the products arrive.
  • Have anyone brought and install a MDX running board from Honda acura world? I am wondering how differcult the installation is? Did it involve any drilling or are the brackets bolted into exixting tapped holes? I read the instructions online, but didnt really say. Lastly, how much was shipping and handling?
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    The rack issue is tough. I think the best solution would be to find a way to mount the Thule Bars to Acura rack, but there doesn't seem to be many options. However you can use accessories specifically made for the Acura stock rack...hondaacuraworld.com

    Running boards were very easy to install. Time consuming though about 3-4 hours total. I went out and bought a torque wrench for the project, which is now an added bonus any time I need one. The savings were so huge through Hondaacuraworld, it was awesome! No drilling, everything just bolted in. There was no shipping charge and they got to me in about 3 days.
  • will4271will4271 Posts: 187
    The running boards and side step have initially the same frame but different pieces on the top. There are many bolts. But the installing is very simple.

    Check out hondaacuraworld.com website on the instructions.

    Read the info very carefully, it should do it.

    I didn't install the rack but reading the instructions you have to be careful not to scrap the paint.
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