September 24, 2014
The "Maintenance Due Soon" warning appeared in the instrument panel in our 2014 Acura MDX for the third time just as the odometer was about to hit 22,000 miles. We could have waited until service was required, but the SUV was about to go on a 2,000-mile road trip and we didn't want to travel on used oil.
June 11, 2014
Cameron and I recently dropped off our long-term 2014 Acura MDX at Santa Monica Acura for its second regular service appointment. Our MDX had already been to this dealership for its first service and a recall. We arrived at the dealership in the afternoon, and picked up the MDX the following morning. Other than having to wait about 10 minutes or so to have the MDX brought around to us, the service appointment went fine.
The MDX was asking for a "B16" service. Here is what that included:
June 3, 2014
Our long-term 2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD is hungry for a checkup. On my way home from the office, a message popped up warning me that the Oil Life had reached 15%. Since then, every time the vehicle was restarted the message would appear with a healthy "bing" and the letter code "B16". As Dan Edmunds pointed out before, Acura's Maintenance Minder system "monitors our driving behavior and adjusts the service intervals accordingly"
Broken down, B16 includes -
March 6, 2014
A number of editors have commented on the form and function of the "Jewel Eye" headlights on our long-term 2014 Acura MDX. But here is something that isn't often considered: repair costs. After making a phone call to a friend who works at an Acura dealer, I can see why they call them jewel lights.
March 3, 2014
We recently reported that our 2014 Acura MDX was due for maintenance soon. We dropped it off to address its first A1 service. "A" was a request for fresh oil and "1" for a tire rotation.
February 12, 2014
A warning lit up on our 2014 Acura MDX's instrument panel yesterday to inform us that we'd better start thinking about its first regular maintenance visit. But the car had already crossed the 5,000-mile mark, so I wondered what the service interval could be.
I soon discovered the bulky binder that lives in the glovebox of our MDX has nothing like a maintenance schedule on the pages of the owner's manual or its many supplements.
It turns out that's because the schedule lives within the mind of the on-board computer that powers our Acura's Maintenance Minder system. The system monitors our driving behavior and adjusts the service intervals accordingly. Illuminated memos like the one above are how it prods us into action.
But the reminder above is no cause for immediate alarm. The first warning (Maintenance Due Soon) comes into being when oil life reaches 15 percent. In other words, we've got time to take care of this.
And the A1 code tells us what we'll need to have done: (A) an oil change and; (1) a tire rotation.
January 30, 2014
Edmunds reported back in December that American Honda was recalling 19,197 of the all-wheel-drive version of the 2014 Acura MDX.
The recall was to tighten the propeller shaft bolts. The NHTSA campaign describes the problem, "The bolts that attach the drive shaft to the automatic transmission transfer assembly may not have been properly tightened. As a result, the bolts could loosen possibly allowing the shaft to detach."