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Acura MDX Maintenance and Repair



  • rdecker10rdecker10 Posts: 2
    Like the guy at message 1059, I too am disappointed with the leg room. The telescoping wheel would be the thing. They have it in the TL & RL. The Volvo XC90 has it. And while they're at it, a little more tilt to the wheel would be nice. But this is what really gets me: As I drove away from the dealer at 7:45PM on my day of purchase, I had to keep turning on the interior lights to see what the buttons on the steering wheel did. Is there not an engineer at Acura that can figure out how to illuminate the buttons on the steering wheel? My '97 Ford pickup has illuminated steering wheel lights! I traded in an '03 Chevy Trailblazer LTZ. In it, I had much better illuminated steering wheel buttons that did way more things, I was able to control the backs and bottoms of the seat heaters in BOTH front seats independently, I was able to have power lumbar adjustment in BOTH front seats, my 2nd row passengers were able to plug in 2 separate sets of head phones to access the audio system up front, and they were able to plug in a 12v item right there at the back of the center console instead of having to fish it into the bottom of the console armrest compartment or climb over to the cargo area. If you want REAL comfort in a seat, sit in the leather seat of my '03 Chevy Tahoe. It also has independent seat heaters for both seats. The Acura dealer told me something to the effect that the passenger seat could not have a seat back heater because it would interfere with the air bag override. Again, I would think an Acura engineer could figure that out - Chevy did. If this is real luxury, I'm going back to Chevy. :mad: Thankfully, this is my wife's car, and I still have my Tahoe. :)
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    Glad to see that someone else also agrees.
    I completely agree with the illuminated steering wheel buttons.
    It's available on the TL for $10,000 less and not available on the MDX?
    And yes, the seats are absolutely horrible. I came from a Jeep Grand Cherokee, and although I was not happy with Jeep's seat warmers scorching some parts while only luke warming others, I loved the seats themselves. I just took the MDX on a 2,500 mile road trip and was my backside barking when that trip came to an end. And what is up with the little white fibers that are always comeing out of the seats?
    Why cant we have dual zone front climate control???
    The wife is always cold, and I'm always too warm.

    Anyway, I still like driving it around, and just like you... this is the wife's car. (as soon as I buy myself something new)
    Was looking at the TL, but I'm having second thoughts.
    I don't like rattles, surface dyed cement like leather seats and enormous torque steer.
    I guess most people do though, Acura is selling tons of them.
  • rsingarersingare Posts: 1
    My Acura MDX 2003 started giving jerks when I accelerate at speeds above 60mph, more so while going uphill. It has 45100 miles on it. Any thoughts what could be the problem.

  • wayneewaynee Posts: 16
    Sounds similar to problem I had (I call it stuttering, at low speeds) on my 2002. Dealer replaced the EGR valve under warranty and problem was solved.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    Most likely the EGR...
    Could also be something as simple as a speed sensor in the transmission, also an inexpensive fix.
  • My 01 MDX had 128k mi. and began a rough idle and mild jerking around 50 mph. Then, the check engine light and VTM-4 light came on repeatedly, always the check engine, then sometimes accompanied by the VTM-4 light, then both regularly. When the VTM-4 light was on, the 4-wheel drive did not work (tires spun on wet roads). Thought it was the trans, but saw similar problems posted by others mentioning the EGR valve. Not wanting to pay the dealer $100 to put it on the computer, I bought an EGR valve and gasket on-line for about $70. Replacement was very easy (used PB Blaster on the rusted nuts) and the problem was fixed. Lights reset after 3 quick trips. Not sure why the VTM-4 was affected, but MDX is running great now. Good luck.
  • I bought my 01 MDX with 118k miles and no service history. It generally runs great, but there is a minor, but noticeable miss when the engine is idling. New timing belt, plugs and wires didn't help. Any chance fuel delivery could be causing this? Thanks for any suggestions.
  • tacticaltactical Posts: 3
    We own a 2005 MDX Touring. We have been Honda loyal since 92. My wifes father much longer than that. I need to know if anyone else has experienced a constant shifting in their MDX. Ours seems like it just can never find the gear it wants. If you step on the gas heavy it has plenty of power to get up and go. As it shifts thru the gears and finally ends up in the very, very tall overdrive the power soon fades. Asking this little V6 engine to pull the vehicle at 1500 rpm is a bad choice on the engineers part, I think. If you press the slightest bit harder on the accelerator you will definitely induce a downshift. If you approach a .00000001% grade you will definitely induce a downshift. I am so upset with this I am ready to part ways with Honda. So do any of you experience this same problem? I will be taking it back to the dealer but considering they don't even know how to balance the tires, I'm not hopeful they can help with this more complex problem.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    Not necessarily a problem and more likely what you first said... an engineering choice.

    Mine is an '06, but they're pretty much the same vehicle.
    When doing 50mph, I can shift down to 4th and then 3rd without feeling much of any change in the engine... the top gears are like you said, very tall. This helps the car get better fuel economy on the highway, but doesn't help a whole lot on slower roads.

    The car does shift, but I find it mostly un-noticable... doesn't seem to bother me much and certainly wouldn't constitute a visit to the next to useless dealer.

    I test drove an '06 MDX for 45 minutes and made my decision to buy after that.
    The car I bought performs like the test model did, so I suppose I knew what I was getting into.

    Yes, the MDX has some flaws, but I'm still happy with the purchase.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    If you approach a .00000001% grade you will definitely induce a downshift.

    I understand your point but I thought you would find it interesting that the number you chose works out to a change of force in the direction of travel approximately equal to the weight of a mosquito for a 4,000 pound vehicle!

    tidester, host
  • rumi1rumi1 Posts: 1
    had same problem with my '03 mdx navi with dvd. first time the car had about 22000 on it. completely dead battery replaced under warranty. second time at about 35000 - jump started fine- battery tested by acura dealership and found to be ok. complained to corporate - no real response. common factor in both jump start situations was extremely low temperature in yosemite national park... have a friend with a TL with similar problems.
  • tacticaltactical Posts: 3
    That's funny when I read it to myself after having you shed your light on it. Thanks for the input. My exaggeration was in fact to promote my point. So far it sounds like an engineering decision on Honda's part and not a problem. I'll be looking for a replacement if the dealer confers with your responses. Thank You!
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    My 2002 stopped pushing any air (hot or cold) to the rear whether in rear a/c manual or full auto mode. I am not sure when this started, but I just had my 30k service a month or so back and I think it worked beforehand.

    I checked all the fuses, they are fine. I removed the airduct in the rear seat area, and there is nothing there, I mean not much other than the 2 controls and a hole for the air to come out.

    Any ideas on easy things I can check? Do I need to take the dash apart to get to anything else with this system?
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    If the front air is on low and the rear is on high, do you hear the fan?

    I suppose it could be something simple like the rear supply hose coming off, but I'd bet that it's more like the rear supply fan no longer working.

    I don't suggest taking the dash apart unless you know exactly what you are doing.
    If it's not disassembled and reassembled in the correct manner, you'll end up with more creaks and rattles than a TL!
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    There is no fan sound. I am assuming the fan is shot...or just disconnected. I went with the local place for the 30K service...I bought at a shop further out because I got a real slimy feeling from the salesguy...I have heard fun stories of A/C units being disconnected so they can charge big $$$ to just plug it back in.

    I think I need to find a manual so I can review all the plugs and connectors and fan-motor location before I bring it anywhere. My warranty just ended too, so before I spend a lot of money for someone to dig through the system, I would rather narrow down the problem.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    Well, the internet is a wonderful place, not sure how we went so long without it.
    Google it, and I'm sure you'll find docs on fan motor access.

    There's a good chance that you can do it yourself, if you're comfortable with that sort of stuff... like replacing the cabin filters.

    I havent done it on the new MDX yet, but the 00 Accord was a little project for sure.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Thanks. I will post what I find. I am comfortable with such projects too.

    If I end up taking the dashboard off...I may add an IPOD adapter into the stereo too. I assume that would be the best time to do it.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    In my '06 MDX Touring, the Sub is installed in the rear passenger corner.
    With the stereo at a normal listening volume, I can get out of the car and stand by the rear passenger corner and I hear the rear quarter panel vibrating.

    If I turn the stereo up a bit, the panel actually thumps out and vibrates badly.

    Do they all do this?
    Is this another one of Acura's wonderful engineering decisions?

    Can anyone tell me if theirs does this as well, or if I should be having it looked at during my next service visit?

  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    I guess it depends on which panel is doing the vibrating. There is a common problem with the plastic cover over the woofer causing some vibration. Is that what you mean?

    At first, I couldn't hear it. I've since determined that it depends on what sort of music I'm playing.

    My plan is to cut a gasket from either 1/8" cork or a soft foam and use that to eliminate the vibration. Haven't gotten around to that, just yet. For me, it's not that significant an issue.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    No, that's not what I'm talking about....

    Get out of the MDX and walk around to the rear passenger corner of the car.
    Depending on the volume and the amount of bass in the music, the outside quarter-panel will vibrate.... badly.

    I plan on complaining about it at my next service visit.
    If Acura won't fix this, I'll have to have it done somewhere else.

    I don't crank my music and become a gheto blaster on wheels, but I do enjoy my music to encompass me with volume and clarity. What I dont want is the panels of the exterior vibrating badly at the same time.

    I do hear little vibrations inside the car but I was already aware of Acura's problems in this department.
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Hmmm... that's a new one to me. I'll check for it with my 2004 tonight.
  • I had the same issue with my 2005 MDX. The dealer said that the problem was items placed in the covered storage holder on the sub woofer side. I didn't like the answer given, so I popped off the sub woofer cover, removed the speaker and placed 2 layers of 3.5" fiberglass insulation in the cavity behind the woofer filling the cavity. This solved the vibration issue and the speaker does not rattle either.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    They make sound and vibration dampening materials for just this application. My opinion is that Acura should have tested this, found the issue, and installed without us having to do it ourselves.

    And as for the storage holder... mine is completely empty.
    This is exactly as your's was... strictly vibration from the sub.

    Thanks for the info, and I'm still curious if others are finding this issue as well.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    So I have not been able to identify the issue and have made an appointment to bring it in. My dealer is now giving me the run-around on getting a loaner vehicle...this is the second time this year. What gives? Has Acura changed its policy?

    Previously it was no problem they tell me Acura has no loaner car service.
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Wasn't able to reproduce it with my 2004 last night. I'll keep an eye on it, though.
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    I've always been under the impression that loaner service is a dealer to dealer thing. Most all offer loaners, but it's up to their discretion. For example, the place down the road from my office will not provide a loaner for maintenance work, but they will for significant repairs or recalls. They get to decide which ones are "significant".
  • I have made the trip back to the dealer and inquired about the excessive shifting. My service writer's explanation was, "It is a 5 speed transmission". When you get an answer like that you have to pause. I had to ask myself if it was really worth wasting another syllable of air to further my discussion. I did. He then said the equivalent of it is the nature of the beast. I think any transmission that has the converter lock and unlock and or change gears as often as ours is destined to a premature failure. I'm sure it will last thru the 48,000 mile warranty period but then it's anyone's guess! If it wasn't for the $14,000 depreciation of a 9 month old vehicle I'd trade it tomorrow. Honda knows better. Why did they fail in this area. Drivetrain? Honda knows much better!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    He then said the equivalent of it is the nature of the beast.

    I think that is a self-referential statement! ;)

    tidester, host
  • m4d0x8m4d0x8 Posts: 1
    When we purchased our MDX last weekend, I read something given to us from finance that loaners are for customers that spend over $400 in services.
  • wmquanwmquan Posts: 1,817
    Varmint is right. Like many brands, Acura leaves the loaner policy up to individual dealerships. The dealership can specify when a loaner is to be given, and what kind of loaner it is.

    Some folks get TL and/or MDX loaners. My dealership (Acura of Bellevue) has TSX loaners (though I saw an MDX loaners the other day). They've given me a loaner even for small services, so long as I reserved in advance. But I've heard of other dealerships that use various criteria -- major repairs only, or services taking more than a couple of hours, and/or only if you bought the vehicle from them.

    Dealerships can change their loaner policy at any time. Barrier Saab (part of the Barrier chain around Seattle, which has a LOT of customer service issues and I'd advise staying away from) offered Saab loaners when I leased. But then they switched to Enterprise and I ended up in a stripped Chevy Cobalt after waiting to be driven to the Enterprise station.

    Though it's rare to hear about a dealership refusing a loaner on major service if you bought it from them and have scheduled in advance. I have heard about a dealership refusing to give a loaner on a major service when the customer didn't purchase from them.

    I remember someone buying from an MB dealer in New York. He claimed that he had them put into writing that he would, during ownership of the vehicle, get MB loaners from them for all dealer visits (that was their policy at the time; he just wanted to make sure it didn't change). I'm not sure how enforceable the document was, though.
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