Last post on Feb 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM
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#20 of 29 Re: MDX air vent clips [staugbob]
Aug 20, 2009 (6:26 pm)
I just bought an '05 MDX which had 3 vent clips missing. I happened to find this forum and was amazed at how many this has happened to. The "pencil method" didn't work on mine because the vents were so loose they just flopped back shut!
I have found a cheap solution that works, at least for now--it's in the air freshener section of the auto parts department. They make air fresheners that are actually clips that you stick into the vents, and all that shows is the very end--it isn't noticeable at all. I paid $2.50 for four of them, and so far they work fine. They move the inside part of the vent as well as the outer (up and down) slats. I didn't like the scent of them that well, so had put them outside to lose the smell before I actually started using them.
It's worth a try!
#21 of 29 Re: MDX air vent clips [dasmit]
Aug 21, 2009 (8:29 am)
I have an 05 MDX but have not had this problem to date. Congratulations on the fix idea. Maybe you can patent this idea and save other MDX owners from paying their "rip-off" prices. Thanks you for sharing this information.
#22 of 29 Re: Air Vent Clips [dec680933]
Jul 02, 2010 (5:45 am)
Can I just pull that vent cover out, glue the broken one back together and shove the whole thing back in the hole??
#23 of 29 Vent Clips
Jan 05, 2011 (11:43 am)
Just adding my anger to the mix. I have a 2006 MDX.
About 5 or so months ago my daughter was adjusting the passenger side vent when the tab fell off in her hand. I didnít worry too much about since I donít sit on that side of the car!
But, about a month ago I was adjusting the driverís side vent and the tab fell off in my hand.
Iíve looked at it time and again and fiddled with it trying to get it on and keep it on all to no avail.
I talked with the service advisor while I had the car in for the xmission recall fix (topic for a different thread) and he said the only solution was to replace the vents (easy enough to do myself once bought, I gather). Uh huh. $100 repair for a 50 cent piece of crap.
I swore off Chrysler products for just this kind of poor quality/reliability (vents and transmission).
#25 of 29 MDX 04 AIR VENT TABS
Jan 18, 2012 (12:06 am)
I had one tab replaced under warranty but now the far right and the drivers center tabs have broken. The estimate that I got from the dealer was a total of over $400 to repair both. Not only did I not have them perform the work, I also informed them that it is a shame that Acura would allow sush a small and poorly designed item and their failure to reasonably address the issue, to jeapordize the sale of even one new $40,000 vehicle. I personally know of two other families that have encountered the same problem and feel the same way. The only thing that the current Acura management seems to care about is money, so the only way that we can get our point accross is to spend our money elsewhere. Fortunately, there are several other quality SUV's on the market.
#26 of 29 Re: MDX 04 AIR VENT TABS
Jan 24, 2012 (9:09 pm)
I just replaced my vent tab on my '04 MDX by purchasing an entire air conditioner/heater air vent assembly on eBay. I purchased the passenger side vent then cut the vent to remove the tab. The tabs are all the same - so this tab worked for my center vent. It's a bit tricky to install the new tab; I used tweezers and patience to snap the top and bottom halves together without having to remove the center vent assembly.
The total cost was only $50. That's a bargain compared to the $250+ estimate I received from the Acura service department!
Search for these keywords on eBay:
ACURA MDX 2003-2006 DASH VENT PASSENGER SIDE OEM
#27 of 29 Re: Vent Clips [kuw]
Feb 08, 2012 (2:24 pm)
Call Acura and complain. They said they want feedback.
#28 of 29 Company has engineers....
Feb 08, 2012 (2:26 pm)
There is no reason to remain quiet when actually, it hurts Acura.
Call and voice your complaint and ask that engineers come up with an inexpensive solution.
#29 of 29 Re: MDX 04 AIR VENT TABS [metalmaster]
Feb 20, 2012 (11:51 am)
I have an 05 MDX with 63,000 miles I purchased new. No vent clip issues until 15 months ago when the first vent clip broke at approximately 48,000. miles. Within the last 6 months two others broke. Only two senior adults ever use them. I now agree they are pure garbage on a $44,000 MSRP vehicle. Acura quality??