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Acura MDX, Auto Repair, Engine, Oil, Scheduled Maintenance, SUV
#2 of 18 MDX Oil Burner
Apr 25, 2009 (7:31 pm)
I have a 2006 TSX that doesn't burn a drop of oil between oil changes. I've never had a new car that burned any at all, and either has anyone I know. How can a dealer say with a straight face that a quart in 1000 miles is normal? Since the car is so new, it might improve in a few thousand miles, if not, they owe you a new car. You see those old cars driving down the road spewing plumes of smoke? They're not even burning that much oil. Acura has too good a reputation to let dealers spread such b.s.
#3 of 18 Re: MDX Oil Burner [mbros2k]
Apr 26, 2009 (10:17 am)
Thanks for the feedback, mbros2k. Non of my previous Acuras had any issues like this either (88 Integra, 99 TL and 2004 TL). Unfortunately, it is Acura Client Services and not the dealer that is telling me that, per the user manual, it is acceptable to burn up to 1 quart of oil every 1,000. I cannot find this statement anywhere in the user manual but I'm going to ask Acura Client Services to show me where.
#4 of 18 Re: Acura MDX: burning 1qt oil every 1,900 miles [mdxdriver2]
May 11, 2009 (8:25 pm)
This is interesting, I have about 15,000 miles on my odometer & about 30% left on the oil life monitor on the maintenance minder. I have seen a message regarding a low oil level presented on the nav system , it appeared twice, I checked the stick & it seems still ok. I am bringing the vehicle to the dealer for them to look at it & see why this is happening.
btw, I have a 2007 model.
I maybe encountering a similar issue as what you are seeing.
I would be interested to hear if anybody else is encountering this on this same vehicle.
#5 of 18 Re: Acura MDX: burning 1qt oil every 1,900 miles [jt8]
May 12, 2009 (4:33 pm)
Acura did replace the "low oil warning monitor" at no add'l charge..probably since it didn't warn us that the dipstick was reading 'dry'. Doesn't sound like you have a similar issue, though. If the maintenance minder says you have 30% left before an oil change it doesn't relate to how much oil you have in the car...only how much 'time' you have left before you need a change. Our oil minder works fine but the problem we had is it said we had around 80% left to an oil change and yet no oil was reading on the dipstick (after about 1,900 miles).
#6 of 18 Re: Acura MDX: burning 1qt oil every 1,900 miles [mdxdriver2]
May 20, 2009 (4:06 pm)
The issue I have was root caused to a faulty sensor, the sensor was replaced to correct the issue.
#7 of 18 Re: Acura MDX: burning 1qt oil every 1,900 miles [jt8]
Sep 24, 2009 (4:45 pm)
I have a 2008 Acura MDX with similar oil consumption issues. Starting at about 4K miles, I got the warning indicator for oil level and oil pressure. I took it to the dealer and found a service advisory that showed certain VIN's having a defective oil pressure sensor, mine was not in the vin range, but Acura replaced the sensor regardless. Now, at about 9500 miles, I got the same warning indicators and took the vehicle back to the dealer. I was told the oil level was at about 3 quarts, so down almost 2 quarts over 5K miles. Now, I understand the party line is you could loose up to a quart per 1K miles, but literally in the course of an oil change, that would mean you would loose the entire amount of oil originally inserted at the last oil change 4.5 quarts.
This seems a bit unusual to be that low on oil with basic city driving in such a short amount of miles. The dealer first tried to blame the use of Mobil 1 Synthetic oil, claiming that is not recommended for the car. Per the manual, as long as the synthetic oil is API certified, which it is, and 5/20 weight, it is perfectly acceptable.
So, I am curious if anyone has any ideas as to why the engine is using so much oil? The dealer is doing the same pressure tests, etc.... as the original person above, but I am hoping somebody could help point me in the right direction, as I think they will come back and claim it is normal.
#8 of 18 Re: Acura MDX: burning 1qt oil every 1,900 miles [mastergan]
Dec 16, 2009 (11:22 am)
On Nov 28, the low oil indicator warning went on again and my wife had to pull over on with our two babies in the back seat. I drove out to help her and the stick was absolutely dry and this was confirmed by the service mgr and technician at the Acura dealer. At the same time, the car indicated I had 40% oil life left before an oil change. So, from the last oil change, the car burned 2.508 quarts (confirmed by dealer) which is burning a quart of oil every 1,400 miles. I wrote another letter to Acura Client Services demanding a resolution/fix or they buy the car back. They are now installing a new short block into my new 2008 Acura MDX (19,500 miles).
#9 of 18 Re: Acura MDX: burning 1qt oil every 1,900 miles [mdxdriver2]
Jan 05, 2010 (1:49 pm)
I could sure use your help. I have the exact same issue and consumption rate as you and my dealer is playing games. Can you send me information on your contact at Acura Client Services? My email is rustygrafman at hotmail dot com
I am at a loss on how to proceed and can sure use your road map.
#10 of 18 Re: Acura MDX: burning 1qt oil every 1,900 miles [mastergan]
Jan 05, 2010 (2:39 pm)
After about a year of oil consumption tests, bore scoping, and compression checks , Acura did finally replace the short block about two weeks ago. They think a cylinder may not have been perfectly round and was slowly burning oil. My second letter to Acura asked for either a new engine or a trade in for a like make/model/mileage. Acura did confirm I was a long standing customer by looking up my previous Acura models I had purchased. Good luck!
#11 of 18 Re: Acura MDX: burning 1qt oil every 1,900 miles [mdxdriver2]
Jan 07, 2010 (1:29 pm)
One last question,
What state and dealership did you work with?