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#827 of 996 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [spicydoc]
Apr 25, 2012 (3:02 am)
Acura has behaved very badly about a torque converter problem that has plagued owners of MDX vehciles from 2002 until now. Mine has had a software update which was essentially the result of a recall, but Acura shaded the word by using "advisory." But in a word, I'm disgusted.
You should look very seriously at Infiniti's new JX SUV which promises to be everything the MDX has been and more. That is what my next SUV will be. Good luck.
#828 of 996 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [spicydoc]
Apr 25, 2012 (6:00 am)
I own a 2003 MDX and had transmission problems. I won't buy a Honda/Acrura any more. Look at Lexus or a Ford product.
#829 of 996 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [spicydoc]
Apr 25, 2012 (8:17 am)
if you do make sure you cover your self with "lifetime warranty" whatever the cost. TC will go out on you just matter of when.
#830 of 996 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [spicydoc]
Apr 25, 2012 (9:23 am)
I would reconsider purchasing an MDX, or any Honda/Acrua, at this time. From what I've seen, pretty much everyone on this forum has experienced issues within only a few years of purchasing an MDX. For a "luxury" vehicle that costs upwards of $40k, one would expect that it will last for at least 10 years before any serious issues occur. If this was an isolated incident, that's one thing but after reading all these posts I'm realizing that we all got taken advantage of.
This experience really opened my eyes to always do serious due diligence before purchasing another vehicle.
#831 of 996 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [spicydoc]
Apr 25, 2012 (11:23 am)
I purchased a 08 RL, and last year we purchased a 11 MDX. I additionally purchased for $ 600 an extended warranty. I never got extended warranties on any of my 40 + cars over the years, however, I began to read these blogs and other blogs and I concluded that I had better COA which I do with an extra $ 6-800 and get the warranty. Paid off last year when the 08 had a new tranny part put in at their cost less my $100.
And I know one thing, I will not ever want to pay $ 2000 because I failed to get an extended warranty. And I know that for an extra amount of cash, I won't get stuck again. i.e. If I pay 50k for the car, what does it really matter for an extra $1300-1500? And maybe I am just throwing my $$ away but I can sleep better at night. JMO.
Good luck to all and stay safe.
#832 of 996 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [spicydoc]
Apr 26, 2012 (10:33 am)
You simply cannot make a silk purse from a sow's ear.....
When you begin the design process with a "base" FWD vehicle there are a few problems that simply cannot be overcome. The base problem arises due to the fact that there is as of yet no way to predict, detect, upcoming wheelspin/slip due to the use of more engine torque than would be allowed by the current level of roadbed traction.
So, the current design solution is to REMOVE engine torque from the front wheels at those times when wheelspin/slip is most likely to result, and therefore raise the probability of loss of directional control. The problem with that approach is the fact that 70-98% of the time that simply results in undue stress on driveline components.
There can be no doubt that the SH-AWD system is the best of the best of these designs. What is needed IMMHO is a driver operated switch that temporarily enables the operation of the system ONLY until the vehicle reaches ~20MPH and then automatically switches off of itsself.
#833 of 996 Re: Should I buy a new Acura MDX [wwest]
Apr 26, 2012 (11:30 am)
Your explanation sounds absolutely on the money. Now, let's find a way to convince Torrence.
#834 of 996 Consumer Reports
Apr 26, 2012 (9:16 pm)
According to the Consumer Reports' Reliability ratings, the MDX transmission scores "Much Better Than Average" (highest rating) consecutively from '07 through '11. The '06 model year is "Much Better Than Average" for "transmission major" but just average for "transmission minor". Since the MDX is a pretty strong seller I doubt if these very positive ratings are due to small sample sizes. Not saying that some owners are not experiencing problems because they obviously are, but I think it's safe to say that they are in the minority, at least starting in '07.
#835 of 996 Re: Consumer Reports [JBaumgart]
Apr 27, 2012 (8:40 am)
It was somewhere within that timeframe that the MDX was switched from the VTM-4 system to the apparently less driveline component stressful SH-AWD system.
#836 of 996 not so good reliability rating though, how about torque converter problem?
Apr 27, 2012 (8:49 am)
I read on US News ranking of cars (seems to be review of reviews) that Acura MDX's reliability rating for 2012 was only 3.5 stars out of 5, which I think is not very good. I am not sure how much transmission contributed to this problem.
Are you familiar with the torque converter issue - its current status, I mean, problem corrected or not? seems unacceptable number of complaints in very new cars.