2003 Acura MDX Consumer Review: Good SUV design; Possibly a ba

2003 Acura MDX - Consumer Review

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Touring 4dr SUV (3.5L V6 AWD 5-speed Automatic w/Nav and Entertainment System)

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


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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