Used 2003 Acura MDX Consumer Reviews

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I love my MDX

andy3631, 03/23/2013
AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
36 of 37 people found this review helpful

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.

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Documented transmission problems

tom, 09/18/2009
Touring AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
10 of 10 people found this review helpful

With problem after problem for my 03 MDX I thought I heard it all when local acura dealer informed me that one out of four 01-03 mdx's will need the transmission replaced! This from a so called luxury car? Check the web and you'll see it's true. Don't buy this year range, cause you'll have a 25% chance of failure.

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Thinking of an '03 Acura MDX? Run Away!!!!!!

mvegastar, 02/21/2012
Touring AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
61 of 70 people found this review helpful

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

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Keeps on going

rquigley1, 01/14/2012
Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Nav and Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
14 of 15 people found this review helpful

I was the 2nd owner. Bought in 4 years ago with 100k on the odometer. Super reliable. Changed timing belt at 140k and follow the service recommendations. I do all my own work from fluids to plugs etc. Read some posts about a tranny shift problem and noticed a little hesitation around 170k. I did a triple flush of the AT fluid and care is running just fine. I expect to get it to 200k and then buy the current body style acura. Only real problem is a hum in the stereo and loud whine in the rear dvd system after about an hour of operation. For the money- a super car.

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110,000 miles and still going strong

extremus669, 10/21/2009
Touring AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
7 of 7 people found this review helpful

I bought my MDX in 2005 with ~62K miles on it. It was a certified pre-owned vehicle. I've put almost 50K additional miles on it since and the past four years have been trouble-free. Maintenance includes the occasional fluid changes (oil, VTM, transmission fluids, etc.). The timing belt was also replaced at ~107K per the maintenance schedule. Rides and handles great for a vehicle its size (and age).

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