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2003 Acura MDX

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Unhappy so far
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By carbuyer
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2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Purchased this car in Oct '06, pre-owned certified. Since then the vehicle has been in the shop for faulty electrical, steering wheel controls replaced, replaced heated seat sensor, hatch has a short in the light (quits working after about 2 wks), latch door sticks, wipers come on at whim, rattle/shaking at high speed (repair says it is the tires, I purchased new tires, problem still not fixed). Very loud squealing noise happened, something about torque valve - luckily I have the wrap-around coverage. The dealership has been working with me and I really like the car but have been plagued with problems since owning it. My old '93 Mitsubishi ran with 304k without incident. I will stick with Mits.


Best Features

Smooth, comfortable ride.


Worst Features

Have more dash indicators: tire pressure, etc, radio RDMS feature. All windows go up/down with just one push of button.


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Not that great for the money
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By Allen
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2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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An expensive SUV with mediocre habits. Drives a lot like a minivan. Reliability problems with radio, steering wheel controls (repeated), power windows (repeated), and occasionally it's difficult to start. For a luxury vehicle, there is a lot of road noise at highway speeds, but almost no wind noise. Window rattles and they can't seem to fix. Black interior is pretty boring, and the buckets are hard. Rumble in fifth gear around town, dealer says "just leave it in fourth". Nice fix. On the plus side, lots of pep, great fuel economy (19-22 all the time) and tons of room inside. The rear visibility is good also, unlike many SUV's. Tire wear is excellent - they don't wear!


Best Features

Engine performance combined with decent fuel economy.


Worst Features

Quality and reliability. Too many little electrical problems all the time. This car is good, but not worth the money, and it is kind of dull to sit in and boring to drive.


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Proud Owner
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By Timbo
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2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I purchased this vehicle new after owning a dodge durango for 5 years. I knew that my dodge had poor gas mileage and poor reliability, but I did not know what else I was missing. The MDX might only have a V6, but I have never been disappointed with the power or acceleration. I also bought the optional towing package and I occasionally tow a 10' utility trailer with no problems. I also enjoy woodworking and being able to get a sheet of plywood in the back is handy (though it is a bit tight). This is the first time I have owned a vehicle and not wanted to sell it to buy something new or better.


Best Features

Ample horsepower coupled with good fuel efficiency. Comfortable ride, good climate control and sound system. Excellent handling for an SUV. The automatic downward tilting sideview mirrors when in reverse are extremely handy.


Worst Features

I have found that I never use the third row of seats and I leave them stowed 99% of the time. There just isnt enough cargo space behind the third row to leave them up. If you need a third row of seats, go for something bigger than the MDX.


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Happy MDX Owner
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By Happy MDX Owner
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2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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This has been an extremely reliable and dependable vehicle to own and to drive. I would recommend highly as either a new and/or used purchase.


Best Features

Power front seats, reclining rear seats, overall view, storage, automatic climate control, all features in general are all excellent.


Worst Features

Improve highway fuel economy to mid to upper twenties.


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Disguised minivan
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By bmwguy
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2003 Acura MDX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Bought a 1 year old used MDX with 14000k, drove about another 45k over 2.5 years. Roomy, mostly reliable, but NOT sporty. Closest to a minivan in ride and handling. Neither tough enough for offroad nor secure enough for sporty driving. Replaced starter under warranty, but scheduled dealer service pricey with frequent transfer case oil changes. Did I mention my dealer maintained creampuff did not hold value for a trade at an Acura dealer? Don't let Acura tell you this a a luxury car, just because it has leather seats. Mediocre stereo.


Best Features

Super comfy for 4 adults and golf clubs. Other seating positions for short trips and small kids only. Plenty of get up and go. Just don't follow closely.


Worst Features

Better brakes! Quick stops in traffic can be scary! You will never get the posted highway mileage unless you drive under 60 downhill with a tailwind. Standard Goodyear tires squeal in mild corners. Seat heaters anemic, with passenger seat only heated at the bottom! Roofrack need special adapters.


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