I have enjoyed my MDX but I have had a
transmission failure at 36,000 miles. Acura
did not cover the failure because they stated
that I had a third party transmission cooler
placed that voided their wonderful warranty.
The AAMCO dealer that replace the
transmission for $6000 told me that the
cooler was not the problem. I have also had
a friend that had a transmission failure at
$40,000 miles. The local Acura dealer was
not only unhelpful but downright indignant.
There are three small details I've had
with my MDX.
1.- Wind whistles into the cabin at
2.- Driver's seat is not very good for
3.- A/C fan switch is not easy to use.
The only other comment is about its
towing capacity. I purchased the towing
package (which by the way, all accs.
are very expensive) and can only tow
about 3,000#. If you plan to tow a
small boat, or anything else, look for
Off-road is so-so. It VTM-Lock allows
for front wheel slip while not really
locking the back tires.
If you dont toe and dont off-road, this
is the best SUV you can buy
-Improve the 4WD system
Vehicle was good until the tranny began
failing at 63,000 mi. Acura offered to
pay half of the $5,510.00 to replace
tranny. I paid $2,755.00. Appealed to
Acura and dealer for something more,
since I am a 15-year customer of this
dealer. They said, "No thanks."
I questioned trying a first year model,
Know that replacement tranny was not
immeidiately available when my
repair was done Dec.'02. Seems that
Acura is having more wide spread
trouble with the MDX than they will
Acura extended warrany from 50,000 mi.
to 100,000 mi. on the tranny of another
model. Not for '01 MDX. Buyer be ware.
I purchased this vehicle from Carmax
and it has been a workhorse. I also
purchased the extended warranty and
have had to use it once (engine mount &
AC system). I may never purchase
another brand again!
We've owned several different makes of
high-end SUV's and the MDX is the
best. When all aspects of ownership
are considered; price, size,
performance, comfort, resale, etc, the
only thing that comes close is the
Lexus LX470 and it's cost is
The NAV system is the best, we travel
extensively and wouldn't be without it.
We've had it off-road and while not a
true "rock-hopper" it does very well.
In the snow & ice it really shines.
We're very pleased with our purchase.
NAV system, performance, exterior
appearance, mileage, ride comfort and
low noise level.
HID headlights, improved interior (in
general), more front seat travel,
higher trailer towing capacity.