2014 Acura RDX Consumer Review: Continue to be Disappointed

2014 Acura RDX - Consumer Review

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Base 4dr SUV (3.5L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)

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Continue to be Disappointed
By tramm on


2014 Acura RDX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


The RDX replaced my 2011 Q5. I bought it because it had more standard features than a Q5, was $5000 less than a Q5 and positive reviews. It is a good car in many respects but the suspension, interior quality and road noise reduction are less that what you expect from a "luxury class" SUV. The vehicle now has about 36K miles and the dealer has had to replace the rear struts twice and fix an annoying drive train vibration. I also replaced the brakes and rotors at 24K miles at my cost - Acura said brakes were not covered by warranty even with relatively low mileage. The repair shop said the rotors were warped and this should not happen in any vehicle with only 24K miles.

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By roadwarrior6
on 01/19/14 14:04 PM (PST)

I have a 2013 Tech and no drivetrain vibration. Acura's are far superior quality over Audi. Perhaps, yours is 1 in a million issue. I looked at Audi Q 5 but they nickle and dime you for every option like BMW and the price skyrockets. Acura has a good formula. Base is loaded with options and the Tech has the premium features. You being a Audi owner should have sprung for the Tech Package. I think you would appreciate the SUV alot more.

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By thumper16
on 02/20/14 13:14 PM (PST)

I found that if you run less than premium you get the vibration. The transmission thing went away at about 3,000. They claim it gets familiar with your driving..........go figure.

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By rdx2013owner
on 01/20/15 10:15 AM (PST)

1 in a million? Yeah right!!! I lost a few grands when I decided to dump my RDX (for X3) due to [mainly] the VCM BS vibration. well, honestly it had quite a few issues: clunky & stiff rear suspension, jerky and hesitating trans in stop/go traffic, uncomfortable seats, no passenger seat adjust, lack of rear vents, very unstable at high speeds (>90mph) -> Had a hard time with this issue [I can get my bimmer to 100mph and it feels very planted], crappy part-time AWD, ancient atari-like NAV with useless voice commands, numb steering, very annoying vibration at highway speeds felt at steering, gas pedal and gear shift, not so good visibility, and a few others that i cannot recall now. Basically my worst vehicle purchase ever; the only good thing about this car are the supposedly long term reliability (I personally doubt that with the crappy VCM system and all the problems above stated) and how fast is this vehicle (the big plus in my opinion). Very disappointed. Dont buy this crap

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By joldek63
on 12/22/14 16:53 PM (PST)

Update....the dealer was able to duplicate engine vibration, that is what they wrote: Duplicate cust concern on test drive. Found S.B.14-001 vibration happens at highway speed during vcm operation. The rubber in the companion flanges absorbs the vibration poorly in cold temps. REPLACED THE PROPELLER SHAFT. Test drove car vibration is now gone. 2191w4 1.0 04501. I put 6k miles after they fixed this problem and it helped. No more vibration. BTW trans still jigs from time to time and shocks clanks. Trans hard to duplicate in the dealership. It does not happens often but it does.

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By joldek63
on 01/26/14 14:30 PM (PST)

I have 2014 Acura RDX AWD with 1500 miles and I have same problem with drive train vibration with speeds ranging from 20 - 45mph 1200-1500 rpm, trans jigs from time to time also. Does is more often when she is cold. Rear shocks clank, Very disappointed with acura. Have Honda CRV for 5yr 65k and no single issue...NONE, have appointment with dealer tomorrow- will see.

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By familyguy1
on 04/01/14 07:20 AM (PDT)

I have a similar vibration problem with 2014 RDX AWD. I run premium, have had the tires balanced, the propeller shaft replaced, but still it vibrates from about 60MPH on up. Not severe, but noticeable. Takes all the fun out of long distance driving.

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By tnuzzi1
on 02/25/14 12:35 PM (PST)

I am having the same vibration problem with my 2013 RDX AWD. The dealer is stating it is the deactivation of cylinders and is normal. Acura will not search for a fix unless there are enough complaints made to the NHTSA. I have submitted a complaint and am calling Acura directly to file a complaint. I recommend anyone having this problem do the same so that they aggressively search for a fix.

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By shift2014
on 09/13/14 23:20 PM (PDT)

My 2014 RDX has a significant engine vibration at 1400 RPM, at 40, 60 and 80 KM/hr speed, more noticeable at slow speed. At the dealership 3 times, no fix. I think it may be a type of knocking, but it is at times very severe. It goes away with any acceleration and only occurs at constant speed. I also have a transmission that does not fully engage if I start driving quickly after starting. Both problems are very concerning, but no answers.

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