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Old 03-28-2019, 06:02 PM
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The good, the bad, the ugly on them. Looking at a couple 2012 and 2015 around 100k on each.
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I wouldn't. My sister in law has a 2012 that has had all sorts of electrical and mechanical problems. I would have expected better from a Honda product.

By comparison, my wife's 2012 Toyota Highlander has had zero issues in 112K miles.
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A very good friend of mine buys 2-year old MDX's and trades those in at 4-years old.
They are nice, but I would steer toward a fresher, less mileage unit.
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I just sold a second gen Acura MDX with 100k miles. We did not have any mechanical issues, but many electrical issues.

​​​​​It towed great, I regularly towed right at the limit and it did better than my tundra with a 4.7L v8. It was also pretty fun to drive for a soccer mom suv.

i do not think I would buy another one.
Old 03-28-2019, 06:38 PM
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My mother in law has had at least 6 of them in the last 14 years. Never had any issues and she puts the miles on them.
Usually sells them before 100k though.
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No way.
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I had two Advance package MDX's . The first was a 2011. At 98000 miles it started drinking oil. Three quarts in ~2500 miles. The dealer wanted me to come in weekly to monitor. When asked why the said they were going to try and get me a new engine. I ended up trading it in at the dealer for a 2014. They ended up giving me $24K for it. I drove the 2014 for four years and 140k miles. Never had an issue and got $17K for a trade on a Yukon Denali. The Acura (2014) drove the exact same from the day I picked it up until the day I traded it in. I will say the Yukon has a lot more rattles in it then the Acuras.
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My wife is on her 3rd, a 2011, 2016, and now 2019 A-Spec. None have ever been to the shop for anything other than routine maintenance (knock on wood).....
I really liked the 2011, not such a huge fan of the 2016 because they did away with the dual exhaust and turned it into a true grocery-getter, the A-Spec is freaking awesome to drive.
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My wife bought a very red A-Spec. I loved that car, but she hated all the looks she got while driving around. We’re retired, BTW. So she traded after a few weeks for a funeral grey TLX. Ripped out my heart and stomped on that sucker when she got rid of the A-Spec. The TLX is close, but not the same.
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My wife just leased a 2019 awd tech package. Fun to drive in sport mode (compared to my gmc 1500). good milage, nice comfortable interior. Gonna buy it out of the lease when done.
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The only major issue I have heard and read about are related to the transmission. One of my managers had theirs in the shop a few months back. Believe theirs is a 2018 but may be a late 2017. Fixed under warranty. Would be something I would want to understand a bit better.
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Originally Posted by BACKTOTHESEA View Post
The only major issue I have heard and read about are related to the transmission. One of my managers had theirs in the shop a few months back. Believe theirs is a 2018 but may be a late 2017. Fixed under warranty. Would be something I would want to understand a bit better.
I have a 2015 that's been awesome.. No issues at all. Some of the 2nd gen have oil consumption issues. The tranny issues you're referring to is mostly seen in the 16-17 year cars that went to the 9 speed zf tranny. They're not failing, just shifting a little "rough" between 1st and 2nd gear sometimes. Most of the issues are fixed with a software upgrade. I had a 2017 loaner once and experienced this issue.. Its not too bad. My 2015 with the 6 speed shifts like butter. Great all around SUV that is surprisingly roomy and VERY fuel efficient. On my last drive from CT to NJ with no traffic and cruise at 73, it got 29mpg. I would definitely get another one.
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Originally Posted by horsepen40 View Post
she hated all the looks she got while driving around
Wait, we still talking about an Acura MDX here? It gets that much attention?
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Originally Posted by paulyjsob View Post
I have a 2015 that's been awesome.. No issues at all. Some of the 2nd gen have oil consumption issues. The tranny issues you're referring to is mostly seen in the 16-17 year cars that went to the 9 speed zf tranny. They're not failing, just shifting a little "rough" between 1st and 2nd gear sometimes. Most of the issues are fixed with a software upgrade. I had a 2017 loaner once and experienced this issue.. Its not too bad. My 2015 with the 6 speed shifts like butter. Great all around SUV that is surprisingly roomy and VERY fuel efficient. On my last drive from CT to NJ with no traffic and cruise at 73, it got 29mpg. I would definitely get another one.
The 2nd gen with the 3.7L gets awful gas mileage and uses 91 octane. I averaged 14 mpg in daily driving.

I inherited it when my wife got a new Honda Pilot, however I just got rid of it for a Ram 1500 with a hemi. The fuel cost on my hemi is 20% cheaper, 16 mpg and it takes 87.
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Every time I tried to get the Admiral a new MDX, I ended up getting a Pilot. I don't know how the used value of the two compares but new, I couldn't justify the marginal improvements for the cost.
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2012-2013 will be the post face-lifted 2nd gen

2014-2015 will be the pre-9 speed transmission 3rd gen.

We currently have a 2007 MDX (1st year of the 2nd gen). We bought it used at 108K miles. It has performed very well. It currently has 280,000 miles and going strong without issues. I plan to drive it into the ground, but it might take a while. I would definitely buy an MDX again. I have previously had a Nissan Pathfinder that made it to 260,000 miles before the body rusted out. I had a Toyota that only made it to 200,000 miles.

I would personally get the 2015 model, the last year before they got the 9 speed transmission in 2016 (which had problems). That car will last you forever probably if you were inclined to keep it.

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I just went through this. Got the fiance a 2012 MDX with 45k on the clock. We have had it about 4 or 5 months now. Not a single complaint. She loves it and frankly so do I. Had a lot less wear on the materials than other brands with similar mileage. Very smooth ride at speed. Good in the minimal snow we get. Handles well. Perfect size for us.
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To add, the SH-AWD system in these is awesome. We ski often and drive a lot in slick conditions. I have snow tires on mine and its a beast in the snow. The torque vectoring system does an amazing job.
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Originally Posted by MTSkibum View Post
The 2nd gen with the 3.7L gets awful gas mileage and uses 91 octane. I averaged 14 mpg in daily driving.

I inherited it when my wife got a new Honda Pilot, however I just got rid of it for a Ram 1500 with a hemi. The fuel cost on my hemi is 20% cheaper, 16 mpg and it takes 87.
Yeah, I read the previous gen was pretty bad. My combined is right at 22mpg. The 3rd gen states premium fuel "recommended". I almost always use 93 (cheap top-tier at costco) but put in 87 a couple times to see how it affects performance. I could not tell the difference in either performance or fuel economy.
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We're on our second MDX, a 2008 with 72k miles. My wife drives the wheels off
Other than oil changes and brakes, had an A/C relay fail. That's it.
This vintage is actually a decent tow vehicle, although I use my truck for that, but it does have a tranny fluid cooler.
Would buy another in 15 years when it get 150k miles on it...

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