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2003 Acura MDX - Consumer Reviews

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By Post Captain
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2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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.


Best Features

Comfortable to drive with good handling and plenty of pop to the engine.


Worst Features

Apparently overall quality of the car. Very expensive to fix.


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Love it for 160,000 miles!!!
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By Ron
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2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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.


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Exterior styling


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2003 mdz Tranny Problems
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By axelman001
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2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Nav and Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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We love the vehicle when we can keep it on the road. Bought CPO but we keep having tranny problems. Third Transmission in two years. Had same problem with our Odyssey, told problem was fixed by Honda by 2003. Wrong. Rest of car is great.


Best Features

dvd and nav system


Worst Features

Fix tranny problems.


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Cheap (really!) components
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By renman
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2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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.


Worst Features

Stop using cheap parts.


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Good SUV design; Possibly a bad year
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By Max
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2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Nav and Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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At around 75000, my transmission went out and I've pampered this car since purchase. Luckily still under warranty at the time. Acura says this is highly unusual, though judging from other comments here not exactly so. Have had to replace air vent controls as they keep popping off. I asked Acura as often as this was happening, was this a manufacturer/material's defect or just a poor design (2-piece clip-on). I suspect both. I would expect more from Acura particularly in parts design. All in all a great SUV in general. MPG is about average for SUVs.


Best Features

Navi is the best in the business.


Worst Features

Acura has changed air vent controls in current models. Better design and/or materials? Not crazy about the newer 2007-2009 MDX body. Love the older style better, but to each their own.


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