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#2637 of 2732 Consumer Reports on 2008 RDX
Nov 10, 2007 (4:02 pm)
Consumer Reports has the 2008RDX again on the recommended list, along with most of other Acura models.
Reliability still above average, solid red (=good) for the important areas, engine/transmision/electrical, and only one black for the stereo. Very acurate and unbiased.
I've realized that insurance is relatively high for the RDX. Best quotes for my area: BMW540 $1,000/yr, MDX $1,200/yr, RDX $1,400/yr.
I know that SUVs cost more to insure than cars. But why would the RDX insurance be higher than the (huge) MDX?
#2638 of 2732 Re: Consumer Reports on 2008 RDX [stathis]
Nov 12, 2007 (9:49 am)
I wonder if the younger owners skew the claims numbers a bit? RD-X owners are probably younger and drive more enthusiastically, I'd bet.
#2639 of 2732 Re: Consumer Reports on 2008 RDX [ateixeira]
Nov 12, 2007 (1:14 pm)
Plus insurance companies love hearing the word 'turbo'.
#2640 of 2732 Re: Consumer Reports on 2008 RDX [ateixeira]
Nov 12, 2007 (1:21 pm)
Insurance premiums (in part) reflects the cost of repairing the vehicle, do they not? So, perhaps an RDX suffers more damage, or more expensive damage, in their standardized collision tests.
#2641 of 2732 Re: RDX Opinions [salinas]
Nov 12, 2007 (7:24 pm)
My husband showed me your post so I figured I would reply...
When I look at any type of wagon, it doesn't exactly say "hip new mom to me", regardless of the badge on the hood. I have no complaints about the A4...it has been very good to us. I ruled out keeping it for two reasons (1) It doesn't have a few amenities that the new one has, that I really want (Bluetooth, Nav, and a MP3 plug) and (2) I don't trust owning a German vehicle outside of a warranty..although it is so much fun to drive.
I am looking for something that will fit the needs of a growing family, without me having to feel like I sold-out on a car that I don't enjoy driving everyday.
I didn't really care for the RDX interior. I felt like it had an identity crisis. It didn't feel very luxurious, but didn't feel so bottom of the barrel as the CRV. But if I got it at a cheap enough price, I would consider it.
I am seriously rethinking the MDX. After reading alot of reviews from new moms and just raving about how fun it is to drive, and the peace of mind having their children in it. I think I will drive it again, but with the Sport Package. *My husband keeps telling me it will drive like a Cayenne We'll see what $45k compared to 90K will give us.
Being the value-conscience person that I am, I want the most car for the least amount of money, but above all, I want a vehicle that will be fun, safe, and not cost me our first born.
#2642 of 2732 Driveability Questions
Nov 23, 2007 (5:34 pm)
I just test drove an '08 RDX at Tustin Acura and observed the following traits; wondering if these are typical, or if something was wrong with this vehicle: 1) engine sounded coarse when cold; 2) highly non-linear power delivery (surges) even with easy throttle/no boost; 3) steering didn't have an even effort at low speeds - felt weird; 4) braking required lots of pedal effort. This vehicle had standard 18" wheels/tires.
I've driven AWDs before as well as owned 4-cyl turbos, and wanted to like this a whole lot more than I did. The one factor I was concerned about based on reviews, namely ride harshness, seemed fine to me - firm but not harsh. However the engine smoothness, steering feel, or braking feel didn't even approach that of an '07 Civic I'm currently driving! Comments? Thanks.
#2643 of 2732 Re: RDX Opinions [mvs1]
Nov 30, 2007 (4:52 pm)
What are comparing the RDX too? In general, Acuras are significantly cheaper than similar vehicles from Lexus or Audi or Porshe. You do give up a little luxury for the lower price. How much you want to pay is your personal decision.
Regarding safety, Acuras are consistently top rated by the IIHS (www.iihs.org). You should believe those folks a lot more than you believe car salesmen or anonymous message forums.
#2644 of 2732 Re: Driveability Questions [spaceman210]
Nov 30, 2007 (7:57 pm)
Well, these are true statements, in general. 1)the small 4-cyl engine is not as refined as a large V6, like the RX350 or the Murano. But, the RDX beats all of these in the 0-60mph test. 2)that's the turbo lag effect, not serious but still visible. 3) I'm not 100% sure if the RDX has the variable steering assist, but I believe so. 4) it is hard to stop 4 thousand pounds of mass.
Despite these minor points, I trully love my RDX: great perfomance, functionality, and reliability.
Jan 02, 2008 (9:05 pm)
Hello everyone, I own a 2007 Acura RDX with over 23,000 miles. Has anybody experience any problems with the front door locks? For me, everytime I unlock all the doors, the driver side makes a squeaking noise and the front passenger door does not even unlock. I do plan to take it to the dealer for check up but I feel it's embarrassing when I get a passenger and I end up unlocking the door manually.
#2646 of 2732 Rear differential oil change?
Jan 12, 2008 (7:29 pm)
My 2007RDX with 14K shows "A 16" service due. I think it means oil and rear differential oil change due(?) But according to the manual, I think you only have to replace the rear differ. oil at 15K if you drive in mountains or towing trailers.
I drive all city, flat lands, no towing.
What has been your experience with rear differ. oil change?