Last post on Mar 01, 2008 at 10:47 AM
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Acura MDX, Volvo XC90, Honda Pilot, SUV
#10 of 19 MDX with multiple defects
Feb 15, 2008 (4:22 pm)
I bought a MDX with sports and entertain package. With two months of possesion, I am having multiple repairs already for multiple defects. Defected mirrow, defected gas door, defected steering wheel and defected roof molding. Last, the roof rack cap flew away a few days ago when I was driving on highway. Very poor detail work on the car. For a suppose luxury car with so many defects is not acceptable. Better to buy other model.
#11 of 19 Re: Narrowing down my choices for an SUV [chandra0102]
Feb 15, 2008 (5:43 pm)
If you do a side by side comparison the HL has more front headroom (2") and front legroom, 2nd row legroom also but the MDX has more hip and shoulder room for 1st and 2nd rows. The 3rd row is a wash IMHO. I have owned 3 HL and am ready to replace my 2004 HL and the more I look and read on the forums the more I like the MDX. Highest crash rating and if you are looking to get a HL limited with comparable options it is within striking distance of the MDX. prob about less than 2K.
Now some people are turned off by the premium gas req of the MDX, but if you use a Shell credit card you get 5% off and that makes it comparable to regular. Even so the extra fuel cost comes out to $500/year which is not that hugh a difference in my book.
#12 of 19 recently purchased two XC90's after testing the competition
Feb 16, 2008 (10:58 am)
We looked at MDX, a new HL, BMW X5. Audi Q7 (I lease an A6) and XC90, ended up buying two XC90's. I agree there is a reliability risk with Volvo, but it is in 6-7th year of production, the plastics are top quality, nonturbo, simple in line six engine (adequate acceleration) and a Japanese (read high reliability) transmission. I have owned them for two months. All cars are safe, but Volvo still exceeds Insurance Institute and government ratings, while many mfrs. only meet them, thereby getting five stars. Two examples of Volvo's superior safety: full whiplash seats (others may have whiplash head restraints only) and 3x times weight steel structure in a rollover. I believe the other makes have only 1x rollover, which to me is a HUGE deal. If I were running marketing at Volvo, I would be spending advertising $$ telling the buying public that there still remain significant differences in safety, although the gap is less than before. I cannot find any manufacturing/assembly defects on either of my XC90's and I looked hard. The Volvo will also run on regular.
I am not a Volvo saleman, just a satisfied customer...
#13 of 19 Re: MDX with multiple defects [wjz]
Feb 18, 2008 (12:46 pm)
Well said - I have had and still have MULTIPLE issues with this new model MDX. Would NEVER buy again!!!
#14 of 19 Re: MDX with multiple defects [vaughn4]
Feb 18, 2008 (8:06 pm)
Can't those of you with the multiple issues on a new car invoke the lemon law to at least have the car replaced. I see your posts on every thread. Maybe you are indeed pissed about the issues or maybe it's something else altogether. Either way I think we get the point.
#15 of 19 MDX vs larger SUV
Feb 28, 2008 (8:11 pm)
I am curious on what people think of the MDX with kids. I have a big SUV right now, a 04 Yukon. I getting rid of this and can't decide if I want another big SUV like Tahoe or whatever or a MDX. We have 3 kids, 13 and under. We also have a 80 lb dog that goes with us to the beach or snow probably about a dozen times a year. I really like the MDX but just not sure if I am going to be complaining about it with not being enough room. Any advice would be appreciated.
#16 of 19 Tight space for your need.
Feb 29, 2008 (5:01 am)
Hmmmm... 3 kids and 1 big dog, pretty tight I would say. The 3rd row seats are no really for long rides. Besides, with the 3rd row up, there isn't enough cargo room in the back for all the stuff for road trips. I would take a look at the Buick Enclave and the Mazda CX-9.
#17 of 19 Different experience here...
Feb 29, 2008 (7:08 pm)
Yup! We had a 360 mile trip (i.e. one way) to and from San Diego and there were six of us with a combined weight of about 850 lbs, seating two persons each row. My 2 sons (15 y.o. & 11 y.o.about 300 lbs combined) stayed at the third row and claimed that ride comfort was even better than the Toyota Previa we used to have . We were even able to contain all of our baggages for the 3-day trip plus a stuffed cooler behind the 3rd row. And as i've mentioned in another thread, the added bonus was the 23 mpg it gave us
Mar 01, 2008 (5:41 am)
My wife picked up her XC90 yesterday. We looked very closely at the MDX, but were put off by an arrogant dealer and the fact that the MDX seems to drive bigger than it is. By contrast, the XC90 feels more manageable and the interior is better looking (IMHO). I also like the safety features.
We also looked at the Enclave (concerned about 1st model year issues), SRX (bit too loud), Highlander (pretty pricey for a mainline brand). We were able to knock nearly 10k off the MSRP, which put the Volvo on par with a Highlander and well below the Enclave and SRX.
I am concerned about Volvo's reputation for reliability, but I think the above post is right: care has been in production for years, so hopefully the gremlins are worked out. Time will tell.
#19 of 19 Re: XC90 [steveinvt]
Mar 01, 2008 (10:47 am)
The biggest problem with the Volvo XC90 is not reliability (although that might become a concern if you keep the car long term... pretty much any upscale European marquee is going to cost more to maintain over the long haul).
The real problem with the XC90 is that the V6 is seriously underpowered. I feel like I can avoid trouble more easily in a vehicle with more acceleration than in one with a stronger crash cage, etc.
Additionally the price of the V6 AWD XC90 is somewhat ridiculous (priced $1,000 higher than the MDX for a comparable equipment list and SHORTER warranty).
It's a nice car, but I'm not sure that it competes well with the Acura. The only thing that makes the Volvo really attractive at this time is that they are doing a nice 24 month lease promotion that includes a discount from MSRP and an artificially inflated residual of 60% on a 10.5K mile per year lease.