Used 2003 Acura MDX

2003 Acura MDX
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Pros

  • Room for seven passengers or serious amounts of cargo, gutsy V6 engine, well-balanced suspension, top-rated crash test scores, low price.

Cons

  • Limited off-road capability, below-average tow rating, ho-hum interior design and materials, might have to pay over sticker to get one.

Used 2003 Acura MDX for Sale

Acura MDX 2003 AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
151,719 miles
Used 2003
Acura MDX
Base
KB Auto Emporium
47.7 mi away
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Edmunds' Expert Review

A somewhat bland but otherwise utterly capable and perfectly useful crossover SUV.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2003 Acura MDX.

I love my MDX
andy3631, 3/23/2013
I have had my Acura for about 7 years now and I absolutely love it. I bought it with 70,000 miles on it and I currently have 209,000 miles. I have never had any major problems with it. I actually drove about 2000 miles from Chicago to California and it drove great. I hope to have it for another 200,000 miles.
Thinking of an '03 Acura MDX? Run Away!!!!!!
mvegastar, 2/21/2012
My husband and I have owned a lot of different makes and models in our time, but we have had the WORST experience with our '03 Acura MDX. We are the 2nd owner of the car, clean carfax report, bought it with 48K miles. Owing it less than 4 yrs, not including regular maint such as oil changes, brakes and tires, we have spent over $15k on repairs! Two transmissions, a motor, a paint job and breaking down on vacations twice to name some if it! This car has been a nightmare and Acura could care less since we bought it used. When reading other reviews, the transmission is clearly a problem, but has there been a recall? Nope. I hope sharing our experience will help others avoid the same pain
TRANSMISSION
JB, 12/24/2015
I bought this car with 43,000 miles on it in Nov 2006. Car was fantastic. When I bought the car I went for the 12 month extended warranty for an extra $1200. About 11 months into owning the car I got a check engine light and flashing D5 light. Took it to the Acura dealer. Trans DEAD!!! They replaced it for free since it was under warranty and gave me a loaner while they did it. So then about 2 years ago I notice the trans slamming into gear. Changed fluid....same crap. So October 2014 D4 blinking light and check engine light AGAIN!!! Car would not switch out 4th gear. I took it to a trans place and had the trans totally rebuilt new Valve body, PC, gears and synchros. The builder took pics of the trans it was HORRIBLE all burned up and stuff. So what Honda does is place the trans cooler into the Rad so I have no idea how but the cooling fluid got into the trans fluid probably because trans cooler in the rad and ruined the trans. So the builder added an EXTERNAL trans cooler. So now just a few days ago.....D5 blinking light. But no check engine light and car drives fine. I took the car back to the builder and he said there were no trans codes in the history or anything. I'm so done with this car. I am VERY VERY disappointed in Honda. All the Honda 5sp Autos are pure garbage and they should be ashamed of themselves. Other than the 2 trans I had to replace the car is awesome. But that trans ruins it! I cant believe Honda acting like they have no idea why this is happening. STAY AWAY FROM THIS CAR!!!! STAY AWAY!!! But an MDX with the new 6spd auto.
2 yr 3 month ownership (happy)
logun, 5/17/2012
Bought this SUV for my wife in late 2009 early 2010, with 74,500 miles on it. We've put 23,000 miles on it (+ or -). We've had it dealer maintained as it was from the previous owner (we r 2nd owner). We've made sure to maintain the transmission (both frnt & rear diffs as well) as AWD or 4 x 4 vehicles require this otherwise it breaks. We have replaced shocks, struts, motor mounts, window regulator & a tensioner set. The pwr steering does quit when we hit a large puddle till the belt dries (within a few sec.) Otherwise it's been a great vehicle. She even runs low to mid grade octane gas without issue.
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Features & Specs

MPG
15 city / 21 hwy
Seats 7
5-speed automatic
Gas
260 hp @ 5750 rpm
MPG
15 city / 21 hwy
Seats 7
5-speed automatic
Gas
260 hp @ 5750 rpm
MPG
15 city / 21 hwy
Seats 7
5-speed automatic
Gas
260 hp @ 5750 rpm
MPG
15 city / 21 hwy
Seats 7
5-speed automatic
Gas
260 hp @ 5750 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Poor
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2003 Acura MDX
Used 2003 Acura MDX Overview

The Used 2003 Acura MDX is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Touring AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A), AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A), Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Nav (3.5L 6cyl 5A), Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A), and Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Nav and Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A).

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