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#119 of 188 5 year long term report on an 2001 MDX
Feb 14, 2006 (7:51 am)
I took ownership of my 2001 MDX on the first day of delivery back in October 2000. Based on the VIN, it was one of the first MDXs off the assembly line. Overall, I've been very pleased with my MDX. Here's how the car has faired over the past 5.5 years and 75,000 miles.
- New tires (Goodyear's) were required at 45,000. I probably could have gone an extra 5,000.
- Transmission recall at 62,000. Thankfully, I've not had any issues thus far with the transmission.
- 66,000 miles the check engine light appeared. Turned out to be a bad EGR valve. After I paid the $300 in repair expenses, Acura issued a recall and refunded me the money.
- 68,000 miles (car was 4 years old). Battery needed replacing.
- 72,000 miles the check engine light and VTM-4 light appeared. The car oscillated between high and low RPMs at idle and the car started driving very rough (I actually thought the transmission was about to go). Turns out to be a bad IAC valve. Repair cost was $300.
- 74,000 miles, I put on 4 new brake pads. I probably could have gone another 5,000 on the originals.
Overall, the interior leather has held up real well. It's now my #3 car so it sits outside in the winter and summer. If you keep conditioning the leather, the seats will hold up well! The exterior clear coat is starting to show some initial signs of wear.
Long term, I fear the expenses associated with the 105,000 mile maintenance work. Timing belt replacement is in the $800-$900 neighborhood (at current prices from a non-dealer repair shop). Hopefully, before I hit this mileage interval, a newly designed MDX will be available!!!
#120 of 188 Re: Protecting interior leather/fabric [boomerang]
Feb 23, 2006 (1:45 pm)
We have the Two Stage Car Seat Protector made by Prince Lionheart (they sell it at Babies R Us). We have found that it does a great job protecting the leather seat in our Ody. Since it curves up a little on the sides (hard to explain, but you'll know what I mean when you install it), it is also a good spot to put little things that you don't want rolling around the floor (pacifiers, extra toys, etc). We will definitely continue to use it in our new vehicle, which will be an 06 MDX or 06 Ody (still deciding!).
#121 of 188 30K Maintenance ugh
Feb 24, 2006 (9:44 am)
Got my VTM fluid and oil changed, tires rotated, state inspection...$375...then they said my front brake pads won't pass inspection...$225 for pads and disk turn...I opted for pad replacement only for $169 since my rotors were warped and replaced under warranty a year ago. This was the quoted price. They just called as I was posting, funny enough and they said it came in total at $396??? I didn't argue, so I will see when I get there to pick it up.
I probably could have done better if I had gone to honda I am sure, but I was trying a new dealer. Brake pads I could have gotten for probably $80 at an independent...but the time to take another day off work to get there didn't seem worth it.
#122 of 188 re: 30K maintenance
Feb 26, 2006 (3:31 pm)
Well, I got my bill. They charged me $1.30 for labor on the vtm fluid change? I assume that is the error. I told the service manager that it seemed much cheaper than quoted, he said he did the bill himself and he knew it was right.
So even better, I go out to my truck and the bumper is all scratched up. I brought it to their attention and they said they will take care of it. I cannot imagine they can do much for scratches in the plastic bumper? So this means at least another trip back.
#123 of 188 Re: 5 year long term report on an 2001 MDX [go_mdx1]
May 02, 2006 (8:20 am)
At 89K my check engne light came on. Dealer wants about $300 to fix EGR. I could not find info on Acura about recall, so any help you can provide is welcome. Also, any opinons about whether it is really necessary to fix EGR? Thanks.
#124 of 188 Re: Brake pads [steve290]
Jun 06, 2006 (9:51 am)
My 2001 MDX is about ready for brake pad replacement, dealer wants $570 to do it. Did you get the dealer to replace your brake pads or did you do it yourself? I've changed brake pads before on cars but never on a MDX, is it something to try or have a dealer/shop do it?
#125 of 188 Replacing 2001 MDX brake pads front and rear
Jun 06, 2006 (5:11 pm)
My 2001 MDX is about ready for brake pad replacement, dealer wants $570 to do it. Is this a job that someone can do themself? I've changed brake pads before on cars but never on a MDX, is it something to try or have a dealer/shop do it?
#126 of 188 Re: Replacing 2001 MDX brake pads front and rear [boom3]
Jun 16, 2006 (6:14 am)
Honestly, I have not pulled the tires on my new '06 yet, but if you've done brakes on cars in the past, you know what to look for.
My '99 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited was just as easy as any car brake job I had done, and the MDX is much more car/minivan like than the very off-road capable Jeep.
I assume it should be a cake walk.
Pulling a tire will tell you right away.
If you can get to the calipers and the rotors are easlily removed, you're in business.
Just a glance will tell you what you're in for.
And for half of that $570 price, you should be able to replace all 4 Rotors and install Lifetime replacement pads.
I know a lot of people go Ceramic, but I still swear by Bendix Semi-Metalic brake pads.
Quiet, awesome stopping power, last a long time, have a lifetime replacement warranty, and not too bad in the brake dust department. (I also wax my wheels)
And with all new parts, the install is quick and painless.
Just remember to clean up and lube your Caliper slides.
Best of luck!
#127 of 188 Re: 5 year long term report on an 2001 MDX [ohiojoe]
Jul 07, 2006 (8:55 am)
I see there is an NHTSA Service Bulletin dated Sept 2003 on MDX EGR valves. All systems on this complex truck should be kept up-to-date, but $300 sounds rather steep.
EPA Report says: "2001/2 MDX EGR valve warranty was extended to 8 yrs/80,000 miles.....Mfr Recall # is WER-02-038-00, Acura service bulletin # 05-019"
A good source is MyCarStats.com......you have to sign-up and provide an email address. Much of the info is free. Copies of bulletins can be purchased from a third party.
I too purchased my 2001NAVI when there was a four month wait for them. After 53000miles my report:
- Replaced the Goodyears with CrossTerrains at 44,000
- Had the 2nd gear lube jet added under the Trans. recall
- Had the front springs replaced under the corrosion recall
- No EGR issues, yet
- Plastic Leather ("Pleather") arm rests in the doors and center console begain to disintegrate leaving sticky/tacky surface, Acura replaced out-of-warranty
- Poorly designed clips holding the back panel of drivers seat would no longer hold the panel up, Acura replaced entire panel in-warranty
- 52,000 miles replaced the brake pads myself, in my opinion, front rotors were marginally designed and do tend to warp, new pads removed any pulsing I saw during high speed braking, I will look to replace with vented and slotted aftermarket rotors some time [Acura service depts using this as a money maker, charging folks to replace rotors that have been warped ("hot spots") - the rotors should have been designed to handle the heat of stopping a truck of this size]
-53,000 updated the Navigation system DVD, new DVD contains more information which slows down the old processor as it sorts for an acceptable route, still the best navi system I've seen and its been in Hondas for over six years.
This vehicle was first to offer the third row seat in a modest sized SUV. Still getting 22+ mph on highway trips.
Biggest complaint has been the fact that it is a door ding magnet. Honda is just starting to understand how build really big (wide) vehicles to survive the "urban jungle".
Crossing my fingers as I approach 60k, 70k ,and 80k with the original transmission design. Would probably have bought a Pilot fully-loaded if they have been available.
#128 of 188 Re: 5 year long term report on an 2001 MDX [mecheng1]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 07, 2006 (9:49 am)
Summary TSB info is available in the Edmunds Maintenance Guide. The NHTSA has them too (and occasionally full text is available there free).
Sometimes you can get your service writer to burn you a copy of a TSB. Alldata sells full text but Honda TSBs aren't available.