by Post Captain on Feb 15, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Bought this car brand new and have always maintained it properly, including the replacement of the timing belt at 105K. Since that time it has been a money guzzling machine. Left rear mirror fell out with motor assembly to the tune of $329. Driver's side seat moulding broken along with loose driver's seat. Now I've been told that the power steering is shot, a motor mount is broke, the seal around the left headlight needs to be replaced, among other things. Total anticipated cost $3-5,000. For all Acura says about quality, I don't know that I will buy another one.
by Ron on Jan 15, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
My MDX has been great! I have 160,000 miles and have only had to keep on maintenance schedule (although these can get a bit pricey). I would get this car again and am actually thinking of purchasing a new MDX or RDX. Only negative is that after 150K miles started to get a number of interior rattles - much to be expected after so much use. Speakers are excellent.
by renman on Dec 11, 2009 Vehicle: 2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
This is a great looking car IMHO. And I love driving it, It's got a ton of room and handles nicely. But... the quality of the internal parts... is just ridiculous. Cheap, cheap, cheap. Vents, seat heaters, switches, etc, etc. Parts that should last 5-6 years or longer (cuz they are just not used much) go out after 2-3 years. A slightly better component would cost pennies, add maybe 1/2% to the total price of the car to upgrade all the little things to be reliable. Going to think long and hard before I buy another Acura. It's sad, because other than ALL the little things breaking, it's a great vehicle.
by John Langstaff on Nov 1, 2003 Vehicle: 2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Anybody researching SUVs in this price
range would be wise to consider the
MDX. Great build quality, quiet and
smooth with good acceleration.
Entetainment system is a huge hit- a
must for anyone with kids or who likes
to travel. The BMW, VW, Lexus and
Volvo are great SUVs, but with the
expected Honda reliability, the MDX is
the choice which provides the most
by George 20 on Oct 29, 2003 Vehicle: 2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I drive alot in rural areas. I feel
safe with this vehichle. I did buy a
grille guard to give more protection
from unexpected deer strikes. I like
the shorter turning radius compared to
our Lexus RX 300. The wind noise is too
high. It tows well. Very roomy with the
seats down. Overall very pleased and
plan to keep over 2 years.
by castle on Oct 22, 2003 Vehicle: 2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
The ratings that the website gave this
vehicle is a travesty. This vehicle is
a 10. It is quick, handles like a
sports car, and is extremely reliable.
The comfort not only matches the
performance but exceeds it. It has a
265hp motor that is very quick and will
not let you down when driving through
the mountains. The MDX gets 21.5 miles
to the gallon in city driving. Though
this vehicle is not the most visually
stimulating (looks real good with
running boards and galvonized panels),
I live in Colorado and know how well it
does on ice and in the mountains. Word
of warning to those that race against
MDX's, its quick so watch out.
Further honing its already quite capable MDX, Acura has made a number of key improvements for 2003. First up is a 20-horsepower boost, giving the MDX a total of 260. To support the increased power, there's a revised five-speed automatic transmission, a new stability control system, a strengthened chassis, a retuned suspension and stronger brakes. Inside, the optional navigation system has gained voice recognition capability, enhanced graphics and expanded database coverage. There's also a tailgate-mounted rearview camera this year that transmits its view to the display screen when the vehicle is put in reverse. Lastly, Acura will be offering an optional DVD-based entertainment system as a factory option.