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#6088 of 6477 The "New" MDX.... 2006
Jul 23, 2005 (8:19 pm)
Hello folks, I just dropped in to read a few pages to see what the "word" on the street is about the MDX.
I have a 2002 Mercedes ML500 that I probably will trade late this year so I've started shopping around.
I wanted to consider a wagon (must be 6 or 7 passenger) which would include the Volvo or Mercedes E wagon. Wow, the Volvo site has it's share of horror stories as do most. I wanted to try something other than Mercedes next time since the last three I have had have been Mercedes products.
I receive Car and Driver and Automobile each month but haven't seen anything yet about the MDX updates. Do any of you know if the MDX will be updated soon?
I lean towards the look of the Pilot's front end better than the MDX but I want a unit completely loaded with Nav, bumper sensor (if they have them), air conditioned seats (if available), bi-xenons... etc. I would rather have bumper sensors than a rear camera... I don't have to look back with the sensors (have them on my ML). The sensor let you know with an audible sound and visual LED's on how close you are getting.
Looking forward to reading more about the MDX....
Land Rover LR
Mercedes E-class wagon
Jul 24, 2005 (5:51 am)
The consensus on other forums seems to be that an all new MDX won't appear until model year 2007. There will be a refresh of the Pilot for model year 2006.
Jul 24, 2005 (11:48 pm)
I have run tests on my 02 MDX and it gets about 8% less mpg on regular than on premium. At today's prices it costs me more to use regular than premium.
Acceleration tests showed the car took, on average, 3/10 of a second longer to go from 0 to 60 when using regular vs. premium.
I found the car less responsive to the gas pedal, but it wasn't much. I quickly became used to the less performance. The engine ran fine.
I had been using premium since day one, then at about 15,000 miles, I ran regular for 1500 miles. I had to make the same trip twice, so one was on premium and the other on regular. Same roads, similar traffic conditions, similar speeds, same load in the car, similar weather.
The acceleration tests were done the day I switched back to premium. I ran the tank nearly dry on regular (it took almost 18 gallons) and did the acceleration tests. Then I filled with premium and did the tests again so that conditions were virtually the same except the car weighed more because of the full tank of premium.
My results may be unique to my MDX, but I observed similar results on my Avalon and years ago on my Mazda.
#6091 of 6477 Rooftop accessories for extra luggage (skis/golf clubs)?
Jul 26, 2005 (10:53 am)
Can anybody suggest me what type of accessories I can fix to those racks on the rooftop. THis is to carry extra luggage on the rooftop. Where do you buy those and how to install?
Jul 28, 2005 (11:53 am)
I put a thule box carrier on top quite easily. I had to drill new holes for the brackets since the spacing wasn't right for the MDX bar spread, but it was quite easy.
Aug 01, 2005 (3:12 pm)
Here are the MDX updates for '06. It will not get the 3.8L apparently. HP figures are down due to the new SAE standard:
The MDX continues to set the standard in the increasingly competitive luxury SUV segment. To maintain its leadership position, the 2006 MDX receives further refinements including stylish additions to the interior. Touring Package-equipped models now feature high quality ebony-colored Zebra wood pattern on the center console and door switches and refined satin chrome accents.
2006 enhancements include:
Ebony-colored Zebra wood-patterned trim on center console and door switch replaces Burl Wood-patterned trim on models equipped with Touring Package
Satin chrome replaces bright chrome interior accents on models equipped with Touring Package
New color: Amazon Green Metallic
New horsepower/torque ratings: 253 horsepower SAE net (Rev 8/04) 5800 rpm, 250 lbs-ft. of torque SAE net (Rev 8/04) at 3500 rpm
#6095 of 6477 2006 Changes
Aug 01, 2005 (5:25 pm)
So in other words, the 2006 changes are extremely small. Just some interior cosmetic changes and a new available color.
Horsepower/torque are unchanged, just using a new standard to measure them.
#6096 of 6477 Re: No major changes [arizonajoe]
Aug 01, 2005 (6:38 pm)
Ready to buy the MDX and noticed some intereting things on the street here in Buffalo, NY. You will see a lot of Lexus RX330 and Toyato highlander but a few MDX. I think MDX sold about 70% of Lexus RX330 last year (as arizonajoe mentioned leadership of MDX - implying quite of them sold).
It seems to me that one's choice/opinion will affect the other's. Did you notice this? Maybe it is a project for M.S graduate student in the area such as statistics etc.
#6097 of 6477 I should have used quotes
Aug 02, 2005 (10:32 am)
Everything after my opening three sentences was a copy/paste from the Acura release - I would never speak in such marketing-talk.