Last post on Jul 19, 2008 at 8:41 AM
You are in the Acura MDX
What is this discussion about?
Acura MDX, SUV
#30 of 39 Re: File a complaint! [upstatedoc]
Dec 19, 2007 (9:55 am)
Do you remember if they advertised it as having a five star rating pre-June?
#31 of 39 Re: File a complaint! [dms9]
Dec 19, 2007 (11:30 am)
If they did, I wasn't paying attention. I bought my '07 in Nov. of '06 (one of the first ones). I don't think they even had safety data then for the models just coming out.
#32 of 39 Re: File a complaint! [upstatedoc]
Jan 05, 2008 (12:13 pm)
I knew they adverstised it as having an active head restraint in the front seats. I am not sure if that was the change or not effective May or so. But, it may be worthwhile finding out. I don't know how, but if you want to bug them a bit and see what they say, let me know.
Check out the link, under safety features and the date of the press release. This is before people were even buying them. If they didn't put the active heat restraints in the front seats until May, the Acura lawyers will be pretty busy this year.
BTW, I printed this page in the event the link were to suddenly disappear. I do love this vehicle, but I am annoyed at not being told about this. It was an issue for me and was a factor in my deciding to buy this over the other top contender.
#33 of 39 Re: File a complaint! [upstatedoc]
Mar 22, 2008 (7:49 am)
Unfortunately, my poor MDX is in the shop again. My electrical system went out. My dealer said I had a computer virus, which I find astonishing, since the only way it can have that is if it came from the factory that way. In addition, they indicated that there is likely a defect in one of the stereo amps that is causing a lot of electrical problems. The amp was changed for 2008 and it may be a problem in all 2007s, although I am not sure. The amp is not available anywhere in the USA. They are making them in Japan now and will install it hopefully within the next weeks or so. However, my car will likely go beyond the statutory 30 day period to qualify it as a lemon next week. 8 months of ownership, over a month in the shop! I am going to address the head restraint issue with Acura when I speak with them. I will let you know what I find out.
#34 of 39 Re: File a complaint! [dms9]
Mar 23, 2008 (8:08 am)
I wonder if vehicles with handsfreelink can be infected with viruses if your cell phone is internet enabled. Any computer guys with a thought?
#35 of 39 Re: File a complaint! [upstatedoc]
Mar 24, 2008 (8:51 am)
I thought of that. I have a blackberry. It can get the internet, but I never really use it. So, I doubt it. I still don't have my car back yet. But, I am driving a pretty nice little TL. My wife said I shouldn't give it back, as it works!
#36 of 39 Re: File a complaint! [upstatedoc]
Mar 25, 2008 (6:58 am)
it depends on a few things:
1) The nature of the OS used by the car (God i hope this is not windows)
2) The memory protection schemes and CPU used by car "may" block such infection
3) The ability for someone to create a virus that uses your phone as a vector (it first has to infect your phone and thus must be compatible with your phone and the car's OS)
I would not say it is impossible, however i would be inclined to say it would be very improbable (due to the different core operating systems and CPUs used between car and phone.
Always be careful of letting unknown devices pair with your car. With the prevalence for these crap windows mobile phones i can see your nightmare scenario (and i it is) happening, you can only hope that the most it will do is switch on your AC when you wanted to switch on your Nav (or change the car's voice to HAL9000).
My disdain for anything Microsoft is why i have a blackberry, that may make the situation you describe less likely for me, here is some info i found that should help anyone concerned (again, with modern, interconnected devices this was a very good/relevant question to ask!).
#37 of 39 Re: File a complaint! [kurtkbee]
Mar 25, 2008 (11:41 am)
Thanks. I too have a blackberry. My car has never been paired with a Microsoft based product. I still have problems.
#38 of 39 Waiting for a reply
Apr 26, 2008 (7:45 am)
I am waiting for reply on my question regarding this issue. I have a person who assures me she is working on it and will get back to me shortly. If I learn anything, I will let you know. Hopefully, we are all wrong on this issue.
#39 of 39 Re: Waiting for a reply [dms9]
Jul 19, 2008 (8:41 am)
For those that are interested, Acura said that the safety is the same, they only made very minor changes to better perform on the Insurance Institute test. I have no idea what that means, but it is all I know.