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2003 Acura MDX - Consumer Reviews

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Great SUV at first
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By acura 2003 mdx
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2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Bought in March of 2003 new. Since I bought the vehicle, I had nagging problems and at 82,000 miles I am starting to get a little worried. I've had to replace the starter, ac compressor, vent knobs, cd player, drivers seat heater, hood struts, rear blower. I expected more out of an Acura.


Best Features

Nice ride and plenty of room for people and gear. Decent gas mileage for an SUV.


Worst Features

Steering wheel controls.


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Transmission problems
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By Ron
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2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I gave a poor reliability rating due to the fact that my transmission went out with only 73,000 mile on it. I can't believe that a SUV of this caliber would have this issue. Warranty ran out at 60,000 miles. Repair cost is $3,167.00. This is a regular problem with 2001 ,2002 and 2003 transmissions.


Best Features

Comfort


Worst Features

Redesign transmission or recall.


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Love this car!
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By muymajo99
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2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Purchased this car used in 2006 and have had an excellent experience. I had had an Acura Legend earlier and had absolutely no problems. I need to say that this car has been a dream. I am looking forward to keeping it at least two more years. Currently I have 84,000 miles and still love it.


Best Features

Reliability, handling and nav. system. A very enjoyable to drive vehicle.


Worst Features

Day running lights. I know that newer models have automatically closing rear doors. The news models look like something out of "Star Wars" but I still will get one.


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Great car, poor fuel efficiency but ...
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By Ivan
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2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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All in all, a great car. I am happy with my purchase. There's a 3rd row of seats which neatly folds down invisibly which is why I bought it. There are a lot of automatic extras like auto headlights and wipers and rear-view mirrors that dip when reversing that make owning this car a real joy. The MDX is also deceptively spacious and sits tall however handles well. Performance is not an issue either but fuel economy kind of is. At an average 13 MPG in the city, you'd think you were driving a GM. Aside from fuel efficiency (or lack thereof), this is a great family vehicle that looks great even sans-family. The 3rd row is invisible when not in use and it's a Honda so you know it's reliable.


Best Features

3rd row seating. Passenger-side mirror dip "in reverse". Automatic headlights. Automatic wipers. Fog lights.


Worst Features

For me, the big issue is the fuel efficiency. Another potential issue is the 3rd row seating. It's designed for kids only as you'd have to literally climb in to get to it. Better access is much needed.


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Consistent failures
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By techvet
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2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I purchased this MDX certified pre owned last year with 30K miles on it and have had nothing but problems with it. I have been to the dealer 6 times in the last 12 months with various engine lights/codes and what I call the Christmas tree - all error lights go off on the dashboard. Sometimes is fixed with loosening the gas cap but most the time has to go to the shop. The dealer will not honor the pre owned warranty so now I am paying for repairs every few months. I bought for brand and this was not a good idea.


Best Features

None really - it is an ok SUV but not spectacular.


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