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Acura MDX, SUV
#6116 of 6477 Re: Can an MDX be serviced at a Honda dealership? [stgreen]
Aug 19, 2005 (4:47 pm)
I doubt your Honda dealer can do warranty work, but they should be able to do the regular services. And, hopefully, with an Acura MDX, warranty work would be a rare event. In the case of my 2002 S2000, 2004 TL 6-speed and 2005 MDX, the only warranty work on any of them was a broken roof latch on the S2000 that occurred at 1,000 miles.
I am considering buying a Porsche from a dealer located 130 miles from our second home. They have volunteered to drive halfway and meet me with a loaner car for any major service or warranty issue. Perhaps you could cut a similar deal with the Acura dealership, since it would only be 20 miles for each of you. Threaten to buy a Pilot in the event sweet talk doesn't work.
#6117 of 6477 MDX Front Seat
Aug 31, 2005 (6:48 pm)
In my 2005 MDX, it seems that the front driver's seat is way too cushy in the rear area and also the seam in the middle of the seat hits me right in the rear....it feels like I'm "bouncing" as I go down the street if I hit bumps......is this normal? Should I have it checked for the springs under the seat??? Or go to an upholstery expert and try to stiffen it up? Any ideas???
#6118 of 6477 Re: MDX Front Seat [dean7]
Sep 01, 2005 (3:54 am)
Unfortunately, I think your experience is likely "normal". If you really think your's may have a particular problem, go to the dealer and sit in / drive some other MDX's for comparison.
We have a 2005 MDX and 2004 TL and both are marginal with respect to seat comfort for long trips, with the TL slightly ahead of the MDX. Acura could learn a boatload from BMW, Mercedes, Volvo and Porsche about seat design. The Volvo XC90 in particular is so far superior to the MDX in seat comfort and design as to be embarassing. Seems like Acura accidentally hired a few too many unemployed Buick engineers by mistake.
I have no experience or knowledge with respect to trying to stiffen the seats up. With the heating elements and other mechanical considerations involoved, I would be skeptical. You might get it stiffened up and have it catch on fire. If it bothered me that much, I might just shop a trade at a Volvo dealership instead.
#6119 of 6477 Re: MDX Front Seat [habitat1]
Sep 01, 2005 (10:53 am)
what is meant by "shop a trade"- the seat or the car? Thanks
#6120 of 6477 Re: MDX Front Seat [dean7]
Sep 02, 2005 (4:36 am)
A rather drastic move, to be sure. But I know of two parents of our daughters' friends that had such severe difficulty with Japanese seats that they traded the cars and went Euro. One had bought a 2004 GX470 SUV and he is now in a 2005 Volvo XC90 V8. He had back surgery for a slipped disk and the Lexus seats offered poor support in spite of adjustable lumbar settings. The other couple traded a 2002 BMW 530i for a 2005 Acura RL. Less than two weeks later, they went back and undid the trade.
According to my orthopedic surgeon, anyone with back, knee or joint problems should not drive in any car for more than 1-2 hours without stopping and stretching. But he also has a low opinion of Japanese car seats and recommends Volvo and BMW to his patients who have difficulty driving in comfort. Unfortunately, we like the other Acura attributes - including reliability - too much to make seat comfort the top priority.
That said, perhaps having the MDX seats modified in some way is feasible. If you have success in investigating this option, please let us know.
Sep 12, 2005 (10:52 am)
I have taken several long trips with my 2004 MDX and have had no problems with the seats. They are very comfortable.
I guess European cars need extremely comfortable seats for all the rides you'll need to take back to the dealer for service....
#6122 of 6477 Re: MDX Seats [otis123]
Sep 12, 2005 (6:06 pm)
Regarding the 2005 mdx front seats. I had the front cushion replaced under warranty - the previous was defectively thin. It still has a "boundy" feel to it when going over bumps, etc. and I believe that, although much better than before, the three coiled springs under the seat are not supportive enough....they are not nearly as supportive as the passenger seat (my only comparison) and this doesn't seem right....and I only weigh 150 pounds. Although okay for now, I may take it back in the future and ask to have those supportive coils replaced.
#6123 of 6477 Re: MDX Seats [dean7]
Sep 12, 2005 (6:07 pm)
should read "bouncy"...not "boundy"...sorry
#6124 of 6477 Re: MDX Seats [dean7]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 12, 2005 (6:39 pm)
After posting, you may edit your post for 30 minutes.
Just a little fyi for future reference.
#6125 of 6477 Vibration at 1500RPM
Sep 13, 2005 (7:31 am)
I have 2002 MDX with 47,000 mile. I am noticing coarse vibration coming from engine at about 1500 RPM . It happens mostly during shifting the gear from 2nd to 3rd. Does any one else had the same problems. looking to find the answers and solution. Took it to the dealer but they could not re produce it. Thanks.