I spent a lot of time researching about backup sensor options for my new 2013 MDX and found the following options:
- Acura OEM backup sensor - expensive ($700-900 for rear only) and ugly (big sensors)
- Audiovox/Echomaster - another audio shop wanted about $525 for front and $525 for rear - still ugly looking
- Steelmate USA - many model choices, success story by MDXpression - almost went with front/rear with display, but it was out of stock so I cancelled the order
- Cobra A0358 - htd4555 recommened Cobra A0168 and has a detailed write-up about how to install it, but I wanted a flush-fitting one like those used in late model Mercedes/BMW/Audi, so I found A0358 to be exactly what I was looking for.
I found the item from a seller on ebay and it was shipped over to the US from UK for GBP 106/USD 175.
My installer took some time to research on his part to obtain the correct 17mm drill for installation. He could not obtain the correct drill bits, so he modified his own drill to the right size for the job and tested it on plastic several times.
The flush-fitting sensors have to be installed from behind the bumper, so the bumper needed to be removed. The sensors themselves are mounted with 3M stickers.
We installed the sensors within the recommended height and the factory sensor markers inside the bumper worked well for the height requirement.
The installer charged me 3 hours of labor for the installation. Initial installation was done in 2.5 hours, but the buzzer didn't work. He had to perform diagnostic work and identified that the wire to the buzzer was detached/broken and had to be soldiered on.
Since he had to take apart the buzzer, he found a spare gray tweeter housing removed from GMC truck and used it to install my buzzer. It blends in really well.
Overall I have been very satisfied with this product. I have attached some pictures.
What's next? I have been researching about Alpine topview camera system: Alpine Electronics, Inc.alpine.com | Product Info > TOPVIEW® Multi Camera HCE-C500 (Japan model)
But it's not cheap, so, for now, $4 blind spot mirror will do to help me see the lines of parking spaces and judge the distance to the curb