Last post on Nov 26, 2011 at 12:27 AM
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Acura MDX, Towing, SUV
#69 of 75 2006 Acura MDX towing
Nov 15, 2011 (6:17 pm)
We want to install a trailer hitch on my Acura MDX 2006 to tow an aluminum trailer weighing 750 lbs. It is basically to go to the dump and maybe to take branches to the dump too. The Acura dealer insists we need a power steering coolant and a transmission coolant. Between the hitch (and we have the ball part), wiring harness, and the two coolants and FOUR hours of labor to install it is $1350.!! The trailer only cost $1350. Would anyone have any suggestions? Aftermarket installation? We are in NH if anyone has any suggestions in this area. thanks
#70 of 75 Re: 2006 Acura MDX towing [nh_pat]
Nov 16, 2011 (3:45 pm)
Given the rate at which posters are indicating MDX torque converter failures I wouldn't even trust fully loading, all seats filled, the MDX, let alone towing.
But that means the (st,d)ealer is correct, you need a transmission cooler as a minimum if you plan to tow.
#71 of 75 Re: 2006 Acura MDX towing [nh_pat]
Nov 19, 2011 (5:18 pm)
That seems pretty hefty -- I'd seriously look for an aftermarket solution using a mechanic that specializes in hitches/wiring. Even with such a light load, I'd also make sure the fluid changes are all done (transmission, transfer case, differential) -- of course oil as well. By the way, I was at my local Acura dealer a few weeks ago to get some of those fluids, and they have a new rear differential fluid (somehow different from the owner's manual recommended transmission fluid). I'm kind of ticked off -- I just changed my rear diff fluid with the trans fluid recommended in the owners manual (I bought it from a Honda dealer), and now feel like i should change it already. I guess its only another $20.
#72 of 75 Re: 2006 Acura MDX towing [goomba1]
Nov 19, 2011 (6:34 pm)
I would NOT use any fluids except those recommended by the factory.
#73 of 75 Re: 2006 Acura MDX towing [nh_pat]
Nov 23, 2011 (11:41 pm)
To me it seems what the dealer is recommending is overkill. Anything less than 2,000 lbs. total should be no problem, especially for very occasional use at moderate speeds on relatively flat roads. Obviously if you're regularly going up steep mountain roads at higher speeds and long distances it's a totally different story.
I like the suggestion of going aftermarket, and not spending any more than necessary. You just need to find somebody trustworthy that knows what they're doing.
But if you're uncomfortable, one alternative would be to sell your 2006 MDX and get a different vehicle where towing your expected loads won't be an issue. Even the newer MDX's are rated at 5,000 lbs. - I regularly tow a boat with my 2010 w/factory hitch. Fully loaded it's about 3,000 lbs. and the MDX does a great job.
#74 of 75 Re: 2006 Acura MDX towing [JBaumgart]
Nov 24, 2011 (8:53 am)
The real problem with the MDX towing is that the SH-AWD system is always engaged, even on highly TRACTIVE surfaces, during even the slightest level of acceleration.
Having a tow attached means taking a longer period in acceleration mode to get up to the speed you desire. The longer you spend in acceleration mode the longer the drive train remains over-stressed.
The answer might be to find a way to disengage the rear drive except for times of obvious need.
#75 of 75 Re: 2006 Acura MDX towing [JBaumgart]
Nov 26, 2011 (12:27 am)
It seems not too many vehicles were sold during the financial crisis, so 3 year old off-lease SUVs are not as good a deal as they were a year or so ago. That would be nice if you can buy new or certified and get that extended powertrain warrantee. Otherwise, would paying for the aftermarket hitch and adding that light towing load really make a difference between transmission failure vs no problems? I doubt it; maybe if it is one of the problem transmissions/torque converters it would fail a bit sooner than otherwise (in which case better to have bought another vehicle or a 2007+ MDX with factory hitch).