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#12 of 18 2002 MDX -Just purchased
Nov 02, 2006 (5:52 am)
I just got my first Acura today (previous Saab owner)and It feels great, it has lots of extras! Is there anything I need to look out for as far as things beginning to go at this age. I was glad to see the message on the 2002 trade in owner with no problems.
Also, just in case, is there any specific extended warranty that may be better than other? Thanks alot for any info!Sandy
#13 of 18 Avoid the 2001-2002
Nov 03, 2006 (1:19 pm)
Sorry to have to post this after a 2002 acquisition (congratulations, anyway).
But I would avoid a used 2001 or 2002. Those years had an older transmission design that, based on posts in various forums, has been problematic. Many owners have had their transmissions replaced by a remanufactured transmission (that can go south as well).
Honda has not extended the transmission warranties on those models like they have on other HOnda products. Acura had been replacing out-of-warranty transmissions without any cost and much effort on the part of the customer, but this seems to have been changing as the 2001's and 2002's age.
Even Consumer Reports, while rating the 2001's and 2002's above average for reliability, give the transmission the dreaded "black dot" (which, in the category ratings, means a higher percentage of problems reported).
The 2003's added stability control (which doesn't seem as effective on the MDX, though it still helps. The 2004's had larger changes including side curtain airbags and more power and NVH improvements.
#14 of 18 Re: Buying a used MDX [stevecar]
Nov 05, 2006 (12:15 pm)
I've got a 2003 MDX I'm in the process of selling--bought a new Odyssey. Its been a great vehicle--63000 miles, no major problems at all. I've asked the service dept at my Acura dealer how the MDX's have aged--and they claim very little problems--some with over 200k.
#15 of 18 Re: Buying a used MDX [stevecar]
Dec 01, 2006 (11:40 am)
Bought a certified 2003 Touring last month with 45K mileage,nav & dvd, backup camera, 6 cd,bose etc. Looks new inside & outside. Paid $22K. Like someone said earlier I would stay away from 2001/2002 because of transmission issues. I would suggest buying acura certified. Mine came with 1 year bumper to bumper and engine/powertrain till 2010.
#16 of 18 Re: Buying a used MDX [mformdx]
Dec 04, 2006 (9:36 am)
Thanks for the info. It just seems that since I put on less tha 10k miles a year, why not spend the same dollars on a few year old MDX than a new crv. Your posting bears me out.
#17 of 18 ACURA mdx transmission issues
Jun 26, 2009 (8:00 pm)
do have 2002 mdx bought when 55k,
75k transmission failure $3600
engine mounts replaced $600
p1457 EVA system problem $300
rear struts replaced $450
timimg bel $900
i spent more than $5000 on this. mdx has lots of problems. i don't know why acura doesn't cover these. i wonder why honda/acura gets high marks for quality?
had toyota 190000 miles for past 13 years. no major problems other than normal wear and tear. never had to replace any thing big.
i wonder where the consumer reports gets their rating from? no wonder .