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#2028 of 2052 Re: Dealer Reset my Odometer [bluenoser1]
Jan 26, 2013 (6:29 am)
My problem is the same: 2003 Acura MDX with faulty fuel gauge reading. I told the dealer (Honda, not Acura), that since the trip computer was working I didn't think it was the fuel sender. But they replaced it, replaced the gauge, and it still didn't work. They sent it to an Acura dealer some distance away and they replaced a PCB and sent it back with 30 miles on the odometer, instead of the correct (?) 123,000 +. I told them I thought federal law prohibits changing odometer readings. They shrugged and gave me the invoice from the Acura dealer saying the odometer was accidentally reset. The Honda dealer did some other work on the car and I drove out yesterday after paying nearly $3,000. (They didn't charge me for the sender or fuel gauge they said they replaced, but the Acura dealer charged about $615 for the replacement of the PCB. Also, I had told them that I wanted the broken parts they had replaced, but they forgot to keep them. (A starter, master brake cylinder, and a few other things.) Do I have any recourse? Mainly, is there any way to get the odometer reset to what it was before I brought the car in to these master mechanics?
#2029 of 2052 Re: Dealer Reset my Odometer [hayburner]
Jan 26, 2013 (6:54 am)
In Califormia, the mechanic shop has to produce the replaced parts and owner has the right to take them or request for them to be recycled or thrown out. It's the law. Also, most states will require a written explanation as to why the odometer reading is not accurate. You need to get documentation to prove that you have not tampered w the odometer which again is illegal.
Whatever your dealer does has to be clearly documented so when you resell the car there would be easy to trust the miles shown on the odometer and those miles make sense on a CarFax report.
#2030 of 2052 Re: Decarbonizing top engine [carolfil]
Feb 01, 2013 (9:31 am)
I was told the same thing today for my 2008 MDX. I thought that if we used premium gas we should be good.
Feb 17, 2013 (6:12 pm)
I have an 01 MDX with 135k miles that still looks and drives fine. I will need the following:
-Front Engine Seal
- Broken Control Arm on the front
and the warranty on my rebuilt Acura Transmission runs out this month.
My mechanic says I am looking at around $2,800 to do the repairs ( non-dealer). I fear I will make the repairs and the transmission will break again ($5,000). Retail Blue Book is around $6,000.
Should I sell it/ send it to the junkyard or fix it and hope for the best? I can afford a new car, if necessary.
#2032 of 2052 We will NEVER buy an Acura!
Feb 17, 2013 (9:49 pm)
Sell and get out!! We did and I can now start breathing again since I don't live in fear of a transmission failure which would have forced us to spend $4K on car which is worth $9k max!!
Especially since my loved one were traveling in it from home to school and back!
Aside from the transmission what annoyed me about our MDX were lousy gas millage, audio reception, unreliable electronics of the engine computer and other "quality & finish" issues compared to Lexus. Even Korean brands are much better than Acura!
Just 3 months ago (December 2012) there was a warranty recall notice for a part on the Transmission which I noticed when I ordered a CarFax during our marketing on the car for sale! Dealer had no help when we tried to have the work done, claiming that they don't have the part for servicing the warranty repair. So, I had to create an addendum to the sale contract that we had notified the buyer.....etc.
Even our experience with our Jeep Grand Cherokee was much less harrowing that an Acura MDX. We sold 2004 MDX with only 117,000 miles on it! I had the timing belt replaced last year.... but was just living on constant fear of something else breaking on that car!
I am thrilled to be rid of our MDX and will NEVER buy or recommend a 6 cylinder Honda or Acura to anyone including my enemies.
#2033 of 2052 Re: Check Starter System Problem [maestro65]
Feb 17, 2013 (9:58 pm)
Sorry to hear about your MDX problem. Ours was a 2004, but we were extremely disappointed with the starter computer even after we replaced the EGR valve after 100,00 miles. And if you have an mDX you live in constant fear of a transmission failure.
Lexus folks gave us 4 brand new Michellens on a LEASED car when I complained about the noise from the worn out OEM tires. Compared that to Acura Customer Service folks who refused to wave the $1500 fee for a rebuilt transmission!!
Bottom line, compared to other luxury brands, Acura has a still a long long way to go. So, we are thrilled to have sold our 2004 MDX and will never buy or recommend an Acura to ANYONE including our enemies.
#2034 of 2052 Re: Need Advice [cb22222222]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 18, 2013 (6:46 am)
I would question the diagnosis you got--if you had a "broken control arm" the car would not be drivable.
As for the front engine seal, unless it was anything more than a little seepage, I wouldn't bother with it.
If the struts aren't making noise, or visibly leaking, and the tires aren't "cupping", and the ride is acceptable to you, I'd pass on those, too.
As for the transmission, keep your fingers crossed.
#2035 of 2052 Re: Need Advice [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 18, 2013 (12:08 pm)
Thanks, I forgot the last thing, at least one motor mount is broken and the engine moves around quite a bit. My mechanic says he will not know how many are broken till he lifts the engine up. Am I right in assuming that this has to be fixed?
#2036 of 2052 Re: Need Advice [cb22222222]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 19, 2013 (6:04 am)
There are 3 mounts for the engine and two for the transmission, so he'd have to determine what was bad.
Replacing the 3 engine mounts is 3.5 hrs of labor plus parts of about $325.
Engine mounts are quite important, so if any are actually broken, there's no avoiding replacing them.
If they aren't broken but merely a bit flexible, that may not be doing any harm.
#2037 of 2052 Re: Need Advice [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 19, 2013 (2:39 pm)
My 04 Acura MDX engine mounts had just been replaced last month, good thing I have an extended warranty.