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#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.
#129 of 188 Re: Replacing 2001 MDX brake pads front and rear [boom3]
Jul 18, 2006 (11:46 am)
You've probably serviced the brakes by now but,
I did my 01 MDX pads myself. Not much different from a standard car disc brake job. I used the OEM replacements and paid around $140 for all four wheels (which included the anti-squeal grease and shims).
If you have to turn the rotors due to warping, thats another story.
If you have to replace the rotors due to loss of thickness or severe warping, note that the hub nut is deformed after it is installed (as a locking feature) and you will need to replace these.
In my experience the dealers have been very aggressive in selling new rotors to uninformed customers. Have them measure the thickness of each rotor and give you a comparison of the actual thickness to the minimum service thickness. [And tell them you want the old rotors once they change them out - this may prevent them from "pulling a fast one".] The cheapest (not recommended) each new rotor goes for on-line (you need four) is about $60.
#130 of 188 Brake pads and rotors
Sep 21, 2006 (6:31 am)
2002 mdx needs front pads & rotors. I have had good luck with Acura OEM parts. Does anone know what company makes the MDX discs and pads for Acura? Should I be looking at upgrading, I like to get discs and pads that have long life.
#131 of 188 Re: Brake pads and rotors [steve290]
Sep 21, 2006 (9:05 am)
autopartswarehouse.com has a large selection of brake components and descriptions that include OEM information. I would try and upgrade to slotted or drilled rotors if it works for you.
#132 of 188 How to tell if alignment is needed
Oct 09, 2006 (4:36 am)
Having owned mycar for 1 month/550 miles, I noticed that if I let loose the steering wheel the car tends to run off to the left border of the lane it is on. However, I am not 100% sure if the lane is purely straight. Is there a better way to check this? Or just go talk to the dealer about my suspicion?
#133 of 188 Re: How to tell if alignment is needed [sisu1996]
Oct 09, 2006 (5:18 am)
Talk to the dealer.
If the road has excessive crown, there's a slight chance of the car slightly heading in that direction... but my 06 MDX flies perfectly straight!
#134 of 188 Re: How to tell if alignment is needed [scottm123]
Oct 11, 2006 (8:43 am)
Had one service technician sit in my car and he acknowledged it needs alignment. According to him such a problem could occur when the new cars were shipped from factory to the dealership.
Paid nothing as it is one month old and problem is not normal wear and tear.
#135 of 188 Outside Paint Protection
Oct 14, 2006 (6:13 pm)
Have new '06MDX which will be kept outside (New England) all year around. What wax is best for decent protection and still reasonable in terms of labor to use as reaching the top is "fun" since I am more use to sedans.
#136 of 188 Re: Outside Paint Protection [heart2]
Oct 18, 2006 (5:13 am)
If you want a very easy on/off application with great results, try Meguiars NXT Generation Tech Wax
It's very easy to apply, wipes off without any power or residue, and the results are phenomenal.
I've got an 06 MDX Touring, Sage Brush Pearl.
After waxing, in the sun, it looks like you could go swimming in the finish.
I use this on my wheels as well. It makes for very easy removal of brake dust.
I suggest applying approx every 3 months.
The NXT-Generation Car Wash is fantastic as well.
It PH Balanced and wont remove your newly applied wax.