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#6171 of 6477 Re: MDX vs Pilot [blindbat]
Nov 14, 2005 (5:21 am)
In order to decide for yourself, you really need to test drive both the MDX and Pilot (extensively, if possible, not just a 2 mile quickie).
We ended up with an 2005 MDX Touring Nav & RES ourselves. The MDX offered a few features the 2005 Pilot didn't have: Bluetooth, Stability Control, Curtain Airbags, XM, better Nav system, ability to get both Nav and RES, etc. I think some of those features made their way into the 2006 Pilot, so the difference may even be less now.
But the Pilot is a damn nice vehicle for the price and is probably a better "value" than the MDX, if you can get by without the extra features. I don't think you can go wrong with either vehicle, but the $8k difference is at least 50% subjective.
One thing I would not overestimate is the "prestige" factor of the Acura vs. Honda. Yes, the Acura offers a better warranty with Roadside Assistance. that's definitely worth something. But of our current 2004 TL, 2005 MDX and former 2002 Honda S2000, the S2000 was the best built and best engineered of all of them. That's not a shot against Acura, it's just that Honda is pretty damn good too. And there are definitely good and bad dealerships with both brands.
#6172 of 6477 MDX: who drves it
Nov 14, 2005 (5:55 am)
I have been wondering all these times on is MDX solely preferred by Females or it is driven by Males also. Is it 50-50. Out of 5 MDXs on the road that I see, only one is driven by a Male.
I just dont want to end up driving a vehicle that females prefer to drive. I hope MDX is not like Lexus RX300. Your opinion please.
#6173 of 6477 Interior Bicycle Carrier?
Nov 14, 2005 (10:15 am)
Does anyone know of a practical interior bicycle carrier for the MDX? I never wanted to spend $1100 for the MDX tow hitch just to carry bicycles. What I do now is 1) remove the rear tonneau cover, 2) fold the rear seats down, 3) place a folded old mattress cover down, then 4) lay the bicycle on its left side on the mattress cover. I'd rather keep the bicycle somewhat upright, although I realize the tire angle will be rather great for any interior carrier. I know that the Nissan Xterra and the Chrysler minivans offer one, but I don't think they'll work in the MDX. There are interior carriers for truck beds, but again I don't think they'll work in the MDX. An exterior carrier attached to the cargo door seems too flimsy to me. So, any other ideas out there?
#6174 of 6477 Re: MDX: who drves it [bkun]
Nov 14, 2005 (11:45 am)
So you are worried that your do-dads might fall off if you get an MDX? Don't worry, hasn't happened to me yet. Although, come to think of it, my wife does drive it 90% of the time.
If it's any consolation, there are 4-5 GX470's in our neighborhood driven almost exclusively by soccer Mom's, with hubby driving the sedan to work. And that wouldn't have deterred me from considering one of those. Fact is, a lot of MDX's serve as the family car and, fact is, more Moms than Dads play chauffer to the kids. But it's not a New Beetle (or even an RX330) if that's what you are worried about. Those vehicles were designed specifically to target women buyers. I wish the MDX had a little more style to it - as does say the XC90 - but I don't think of it as being overly femminine. That said, the wide body side molding and running boards we have on ours have the fringe benefit of making it look a little more like an SUV and a little less like a minivan.
#6175 of 6477 MDX: Installing Navi after the fact
Nov 14, 2005 (3:14 pm)
I just bought (1 week ago)a 2003 MDX and settled for one without navigation because of how clean it was. So far I love the car but keep thinking of the nav system. Does anyone know if you can add the Nav. module after the fact? I have seen used nav modules w/ 6 disc changers for $400-$500 on e-bay and other web sites. Is anything else required for the install? Are they plug and play? I am aware I will not have the rear camera function but can live without that. Thanks.
#6176 of 6477 2006 MDX 253 HP vs 2004 265 HP
Nov 15, 2005 (11:43 am)
Well I was at the dealer and was looking at the 2006 MDX brochure and came accross the power train and noticed that the horsepower for the 06 was less than what I have on my 04 MDX. So I was like, why is Acura going backwards? So I did some research and found out that it was not the case. See the note below:
The MDX's 3.5 liter, 24-valve, all-aluminum, VTEC(TM) V-6 engine utilizes a high flow dual exhaust system that helps to generate 253 horsepower SAT net (8/04)* and 250 lbs-ft of torque SAT net (8/04).
For the 2006 model year, all Acura horsepower and torque specifications have been updated to reflect revised Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J1349 (Rev 8/04) net calculations that went into affect in January of 2005. These new calculations reflect a number of significant changes in the way horsepower and torque are measured and may cause SAE net horsepower and torque totals published in 2006 media materials to differ from the figures published in previous years. To avoid confusion, all 2006 Acura press materials will specify "SAE net (Rev 8/04)" after all horsepower and torque figures to denote adherence to the new standards.
#6177 of 6477 Re: MDX vs Pilot [blindbat]
Nov 15, 2005 (12:27 pm)
I had a hard time justifying the price of an MDX over the Pilot, especially since one of the important buying criteria for me was extra cargo space. The fact that premium fuel is recommended for the MDX was another negative in its column.
That said, I picked the MDX-t based on the sportier suspension, style (interior and exterior), and the added luxuries. These things are not needs, they are wants. So, I agree with Habitat that the Pilot represents the better value.
I also agree with him about the dealership experience not being what a luxury car company should offer. But there is some prestige associated with the MDX. It's not like MB, Lexus, or BMW, but the MDX is probably the most prestigious of the Acura line. It is known as a very competent vehicle. Actually, respect might be a better word than prestige, but I can honestly report that co-workers have taken note of the vehicle... and these people aren't driving Corrollas themselves.
#6178 of 6477 Re: 2006 MDX 253 HP vs 2004 265 HP [jspikey]
Nov 15, 2005 (12:42 pm)
Yeah, the new SAE ratings were announced a little while back. Essentially, the old standards allowed manufacturers to "cheat" using tricks of the trade to inflate the HP beyond what most people would actually get when driving the car under normal conditions. For example, using less oil in the block reduced pumping losses and gained a few hp. That kind of stuff.
No one was breaking the rules, they were just taking advantage of loopholes.
Anyway, Honda and Toyota came clean with all their 2006 models. They retested every engine under the new (tighter) standards. A number of vehicles lost power as a result.
Many other manufacturers have pledged only to retest brand new engines or engines which get significant upgrades. This is true for Nissan, Mazda, Ford, GM, and others. We may never know exactly what the power ratings for current cars and trucks should be. In the future, once they've had a chance to tweak things, they will have to report according to the new standards.
That being said, some of the vehicles which they elected to retest actually showed gains with the new standards. Others did not. That suggests some inconsistencies in their testing, but could also mean their procedures did not include the creative use of loopholes as extensively as Toyota and Honda.
Nov 15, 2005 (2:28 pm)
Oh, hey, I forgot to report in on something.
First full tank of gas turned in a (disappointing by my standards) 20.3 mpg average. While my commute is mostly highway driving, traffic that week was stop & go or slow-moving bumper to bumper. Of course, the vehicle is still new to me and the "go" pedal has been calling my name.
I was not expecting the trip computer to give an accurate accounting of my mileage. However, when I logged the miles and compared with the gallons used to refill the tank, the math came to exactly 20.3 mpg... same as the trip computer. Wacky.
About 200 miles into the second tank and I'm getting 22.1 mpg on the dash. I've had better driving conditions this week.
#6180 of 6477 Re: Honda reputation [fndlyfmrflyr]
Nov 15, 2005 (8:05 pm)
I own an Acura 2002 MDX with 50k on it. There is a reason why we purchased a Honda Acura, due to them being the most reliable cars on the road. Well, this is what I used to think.
My wife has driven this care like my grandmother and now it is having transmission problems.
Through my local shop, we got an IC code P1740 problem
"Problem in 4th Clutch Pressure Switch Circuit"
I have an appointment with the Acura dealer, to do their diagnostic test, to see if they can fix this problem.
If they are recalling for “overheating” problems and “oil cooler return line” problems, they better do the right thing here and fix the car.
“DUE TO OVERHEATING. IF DISCOLORATION EXISTS, THE TRANSMISSION WILL BE REPLACED IF DISCOLORATION IS NOT PRESENT, THE DEALER WILL PERFORM THE REVISION TO THE OIL COOLER RETURN LINE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 21, 2004”
Recall ID Number: 04V176000
This comment here is reassuring: “Consequence: GEAR FAILURE COULD RESULT IN TRANSMISSION LOCKUP, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.”
Has anyone gone through this recall process?