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Acura MDX, SUV
#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?
#6181 of 6477 Re: transmission issues
Nov 16, 2005 (5:04 am)
Hi, new to this site. Help! 55,800 miles transmission gave out on 2002 MDX, and dealership agreed to replace it even though I am no long under warranty. However, according to them I need new engine mounts...at 56,000 mile?! Is this directly related to the transmission issue and should Acura be covering this as well if that is indeed the case? Opinions and any info is welcomed, c.
#6182 of 6477 Re: MDX vs Pilot [habitat1]
Nov 16, 2005 (1:46 pm)
We were actually comparing the 2005 MDX w/ Nav to the 2006 Pilot w/ Nav. We test drove them back-to-back.
The MDX was definitely sportier. It had a lot less lean on the turns and braking was more confident. The Pilot was squealing through some fast turns that the MDX had no problems with. This probably has more to do with the cheap Goodyears on the Pilot more than anything else (the MDX had Michelin Crossterrains). On the highway, the MDX was a little bumpier over the expansion joints, whereas the Pilot had a softer ride. Overall, the Pilot felt bulkier than the MDX.
As far as equipment is concerned, the 2005 MDX Touring Nav has the following equipment that the 2006 Pilot EX-L Nav doesn't have:
- Memory Seats/Mirror/lighting
- Bose System
- Rain sensing wipers
- Free Service Loaners
- 4/50 Warranty Bumper to Bumper (vs. 3/36 Basic,5/60 Pwrtrn)
- Roadside Assistance
- 17-inch wheels
- Footwell lights
The 2006 Pilot had these features the MDX didn't have:
- Seating for 8 (MDX only has 7)
- Sunglass Holder
- Center Console with tons of storage
- Lighted Side Markers
- Conversational Mirrors
- Standard Side Body Molding
The price difference between the two (with MDX rebate) was about $4,700. Are the features worth the difference? If you compare the feature list, probably not. However, my wife liked the way the MDX looked a lot more than the Pilot. We ended up with a 2005 MDX. It was a tough decision though, the Pilot was such a strong value proposition.
#6183 of 6477 Re: MDX vs Pilot [jcrawford999]
Nov 16, 2005 (3:37 pm)
whenever i see post about cross terrains, i point out that there are 2 types. one has a 420 treadwear rating, the other has 700. you can check the side of the tire for that number.
#6184 of 6477 Re: MDX vs Pilot [jcrawford999]
Nov 17, 2005 (7:48 am)
I've gone through the same experience, and picked the MDX. Yes, if you negotiate well, the price difference should be somewhere 4k+. And price is not everything. I like the way MDX drives MUCH better than the pilot. Depending on your priorities, one will serve you better than the other. One thing to know is the transmission on MDX is different than that on the Pilot. Another cool feature on MDX with Nav is the passenger side's mirror tilts when you back up, not sure it's on Pilot. I did not test the Pilot with Nav. And my wife does like the look of the MDX a lot better than the Pilot, and she made the call!
Nov 17, 2005 (9:01 am)
Call your dealer. I added a hiddenhitch myself for $125. I asked them if I didn't tow if it made a difference. They told me if I didn't tow and it was only a bike rack it wouldn't matter.
#6186 of 6477 Re: MDX vs Pilot [hungp]
Nov 17, 2005 (10:14 am)
I did a quick scan of the Pilot's features and didn't see the tilting side mirror on the list. So, I think you're right about that.
But you don't need to get the NAV on the MDX to get this feature. It's part of the touring package. (Just remember to have the left/right mirror selector set in the middle.) I don't do much parallel parking, so I hardly ever use it. But it would be a nice feature for city dwellers.
#6187 of 6477 re: hitch [sbcooke]
Nov 17, 2005 (10:16 am)
Thanks. I do plan on talking with them about it. Just haven't gotten around to it, yet.
I've got a buyer for the hitch basket I was planning to use. I might just sell it and use the cash to buy a roof-top carrier instead.
#6188 of 6477 Re: MDX vs Pilot [blindbat]
Nov 18, 2005 (12:33 pm)
Jumping in the conversation late here...
Just thought you might find it amusing that my husband drives an 05 Pilot and we are considering an 06 MDX for me, which would also be our main family vehicle. Are we crazy or what?
Nov 18, 2005 (12:45 pm)
Anyone have experience with changing your family vehicle from a minivan to an suv? I know I am probably overthinking this decision, but we are still in a quandry about whether we will regret making that move and giving up the extra space and utility of the minivan.
We have an 04 Odyssey right now and love it. The lease is up in the spring & I'd like to replace it with an 06 MDX. My husband just got an 05 Pilot in June with a 3-yr lease. It would probably seem a little silly to have both a Pilot and an MDX in our driveway, so sometimes I get tempted to look at the XC90 (my favorite for looks) or the X5 (I come from a BMW family, both parents drive 5 series). But I can't get around the incredible safety ratings and reliability that the MDX has. RX330 is not an option (no 3rd row) and GX470 is not as safe, a little pricey, and nearest dealer is 45 minutes away.
And to top it off, with MDX's redesign looming, there "should" be great lease deals on the 06's in the spring. We got an incredible deal on our 04 Odyssey for that reason.
So back to my question -- anyone made the transition and regretted it?
My reason for wanting to switch is purely selfish -- I love to drive. I spend a lot of time driving the kids around, etc, and I would like to drive something that I enjoy driving. Since I can't have a sports car until the kids are grown (youngest is 10 months -- yikes!), this is my alternative.
Thanks for your input. Sorry this rambled.