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Old 07-09-2009, 05:17 PM   #16 (permalink)
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There is a button on the left side by the fogs/cruise.. VSA OFF! You can use the VTM4 lock up to 18mph.
read that other thread. it does not turn off the traction control. that is the issue with the sand !
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:33 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Maybe lowering your tire pressure could help in sand traction?? Just a thought...
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As someone that's been to the Outer Banks many times, I would caution you on driving in the deep sand. The first time, we got stuck and had to have a monster truck pull us out.

If you have to do it, make sure you drive near the water's edge and not the deep stuff.
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Old 07-09-2009, 09:57 PM   #19 (permalink)
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As someone that's been to the Outer Banks many times, I would caution you on driving in the deep sand. The first time, we got stuck and had to have a monster truck pull us out.

If you have to do it, make sure you drive near the water's edge and not the deep stuff.
i am not trying to be rude but i too have been to OBX many times. driving on the hard pack is often not an option with the tides and the tourists on the beach. i have never had trouble in a 4wd truck. when i bought my MDX i was assured by everyone at acura i would have no trouble in the sand with my expensive new MDX. i trusted them for no good reason other than i had been happy with acura in the past...why would they lie ?(my wife drives an 09TL) i now find out the MDX is not so good in sand !
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I can only relate my past experience. We got stuck with an 02 MDX in the deep stuff.
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Old 07-10-2009, 05:22 AM   #21 (permalink)
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i am not trying to be rude but i too have been to OBX many times. driving on the hard pack is often not an option with the tides and the tourists on the beach. i have never had trouble in a 4wd truck. when i bought my MDX i was assured by everyone at acura i would have no trouble in the sand with my expensive new MDX. i trusted them for no good reason other than i had been happy with acura in the past...why would they lie ?(my wife drives an 09TL) i now find out the MDX is not so good in sand !
The Acura people may not deliverately lie to you, they just may not know any better. How many of the ones that you talked to had ever driven an MDX along the Outer Banks (OBX)?

There are tow truck operators along the eastern shore of North Carolina that make their living off of tourists.

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The Acura people may not deliverately lie to you, they just may not know any better. How many of the ones that you talked to had ever driven an MDX along the Outer Banks (OBX)?

There are tow truck operators along the eastern shore of North Carolina that make their living off of tourists.

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The guys in the service area unanimously agreed I would have no trouble (they get lots of inquiry on this) and one stated that he had been there before but got stuck in his big tire truck because he didnt air down. I dont think I can trust their opinion.
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If you do want to drive on the deep stuff don't slow down. That was my problem. I probably would not have gotten stuck if I didn't slow down.
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Old 07-10-2009, 01:23 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Link below has an interesting discussion on the MDX off road design performance objectives. Can’t vouch for its truth but much sounds like it came from Honda.

It would be tough to get a guarantee that it won’t get stuck. Too many variables and as stated above, technique is a big one. Sand in all its varieties would be tough to simulate.

I’ve done regular 4X4 off roading and believe a universal killer is wheel spin. In any low traction condition once you start digging in, it’s almost impossible to dig out.

From what I understand of this traction control system, it may have a slight advantage over hard geared 4WD in the sand situation. As the drive is modulated amongst the wheels, it may delay onset of all 4 wheels spinning at the same time where a regular truck will just dig 4 holes.

On the other hand, a truck has really big tires where an MDX not so.

Any off roading is a calculated risk.

The list of test courses includes:

•30-degree dirt hill
•Sand hill
•Water pit
•Rock roads
•Embedded log course
•Step-up, step-down
•Sand drag strip
•Gully course
•Ground contact course
•Washboard road
•Frame twister
•Power hop hill (23-degree slope with rippled surface)
•Gravel road
•Startable grade

http://www.netcarshow.com/acura/2005-mdx/
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Tips directly from the Outer Banks.

http://www.outer-banks.nc.us/newsinfo/randr.htm
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Old 07-10-2009, 02:27 PM   #26 (permalink)
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We're actually there right now. Brought the X5 rather than the MDX this time.
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Old 07-14-2009, 11:25 AM   #27 (permalink)
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The guys in the service area unanimously agreed I would have no trouble (they get lots of inquiry on this) and one stated that he had been there before but got stuck in his big tire truck because he didnt air down. I dont think I can trust their opinion.
I don't know if you can trust anyone's opinion totally. They don't know how you drive. People get stuck in the snow all the time too. Doesn't always mean the car isn't capable of driving in the snow.
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:16 AM   #28 (permalink)
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I am getting conflicting info on how my MDX will perform in deep sand. I was hoping someone here can give me first hand advice/experience taking an 06 out to the beach. I have experience driving in sand with a true 4WD truck. many have told me AWD will not do well in the sand. the dealer and techs have told me it should do fine. i am unsure if i should use the traction lock or take any other precautions ahead of time. if you are familiar with the outer banks you know that the first few hundred yards can be real hairy when driving in to the house with a loaded truck and small kids/pets inside ! all is fine till you get to the house and then you have to cross the dunes again. this is usually 12inch deep very soft sand ruts.

please advise....

Its all about tire pressure. Check out the twiddy.com site, and they will have a few videos on beach driving tips, and how to get out of sand if you get stuck.

We had a house on the beach, and followed their recommendations on lowering tire pressure to under 20 psi and had no issues. It was a pain to go back and forth with the tire pressure, but better than getting stuck. Good Luck.
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Nice pic labor. I wish I can do that type of driving in the San Francisco area.
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