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Dream Car...that became a Painful Nightmare
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By Garrett
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2010 Acura RDX SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Just to start off the bat, I am only 21 years old. So, a few of my gripes are because of my specific likes and dislikes. For the first year and a half, the car ran like a dream. The turbo engine passed cars no problem. The interior stayed nice and clean and intact. The transmission shifted nicely. Very rarely was it in the shop for any reason other than A/C recharge or oil change. From May of 2014 until April of 2017, this car was the best decision I made. That was until April 2017. The first strange thing I noticed was that the car would randomly die. Drive it for a few days, leave it sit for 1, car would be dead. Had to get it towed to auto repair. Simple fix, just changed the battery and recharged. Few weeks later, same situation happened again: car would run fine for 2-3 days, then leave it sit for more than 24 hours, and it wouldn't start. Towed it again, auto service just recharged the battery. Funny story...IT DID IT A THIRD TIME! Took it back to auto service. From that point on, it was a trial and error scenario, seeing which functions and features on the car were constantly draining the battery. Tried that once or twice. Only to have the wrong options selected and towed back to auto service. (All-in-all, this process lead to 4 instances of towing a "dead" car and 5 instances of the battery dying.) After a month and a half of this problem continuing, finally found the solution: THE BLUETOOTH MODULE! Always connecting to a nearby device even when the car wasn't running, even when the device was not in range. Had the bluetooth module removed and never put back in again. Summer of 2017, the car is running fine...and actually running again. At 127000 miles, I figured something would start to go. The transmission began to slip, jerk, chug, pop, lock, and drop. Revving the engine up to 3-4 RPMs and it wouldn't move, it would actually decrease speed. On the highway was a worse problem: going 40 mph in a 60 CONSTRUCTION ZONE and it felt like the car was in neutral slipping down the hills as I floored the gas pedal. Braking began to pop when getting close to full stop (right before 10 mph and less) it would chug forward and then stop). At 136,000 miles, it has continued with the problems in the transmission, shifting, and braking and doesn't look to be improving. Dealers and auto mechanics swear there is nothing wrong with transmission or shifting. It feels like a chore to drive anymore. Will be getting a new car soon enough. But....loved the Turbo while it lasted.


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Avoid at all cost
4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By David Collantes
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2010 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Very unreliable car, poorly manufactured. "Leather interior" is not quite leather, instrumentation will not give you details on battery not charging, or similar issues until it is fully dead. Ride is not comfortable, "eats" gas like a monster. Overall craft of the car is poor. Will never buy an Acura again, unless it comes straight from Japan.


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I too wish I could return
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By sad_owner1
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2010 Acura RDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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The 2010 RDX drives like a dream.
Handles very well especially in the snow.
I loved this car until I've had to make the following warranty replaced repairs...
4 new batteries, Replaced auto start, Replaced Air compressor relay switch, Alternator, Windshield wiper switch and still have issues with windshield wipers.

This sadly, will be my last Acura


Best Features

It does drive like a dream when it starts. Handles very well especially in the snow. Is fun to drive. Great acceleration especially on our short parkway ramps.


Worst Features

Terrible gas mileage.


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Overpriced so-so SUV
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By ezma
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2010 Acura RDX SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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I hoped the turbo is fun to drive. In order to get a car like this, performance is a must, but it doesn't. Use premium gas plus high priced in maintenance, this car is failed to qualify as a luxury SUV. The NAV is the worse one on market. I don't even want to use it because the lack of touch screen. To operate the NAV feel so dump. Turbo kick in is similar to the down shift gear. Bit just too slow. I would say even RAV4 V6 is way better than this junk. So this is a way overpriced with really bad performed SUV. 2010 to 2012 are the same. 2013 and later changed to V6 but no more SH-AWD. I don't see what's the position of this SUV.


Best Features

SH-AWD. I think it should be good.


Worst Features

improve gas mileage. remove turbo and use regular unleaded instead. add touch screen nav.....


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The Best small upscale SUV, hands down
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By klrsmile
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2010 Acura RDX SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Having test driven a variety of its competitors, including some SUVs up-market as well as down (GLK, X3, Q5, Highlander) as well as being a former MDX owner, my wife and I were equally impressed with the RDX, albeit for very different reasons.

He:
Love the performance, 0-60 in about 6 seconds - very impressive, and surprisingly nimble, a very fun car to drive.
The stereo is equally impressive, sounds great and free 12 months subscription to satellite insures something for everyone to listen to.


She:
The cargo space handles weekend shopping and family upkeep with ease.
Crash test ratings help keep the kids safe


Best Features

Tech package, mid-level sports car performance, AWD is very capable, cargo space, Acura/Honda reputation.


Worst Features

MPG not as impressive as one might think. Average about 18 (he) and 20 (she) across the board. Road noise, while improved over earlier models, still pronounced, particularly with all-season tires.


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