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Old 01-18-2013, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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High Mileage MDX - potential problems?

Hello everyone. I am new here and new to the Acura world. I've been contemplating buying a used MDX as a practical every-day car and came across a high mileage example for a good price. 2007 with close to 150k miles. I know these cars are very reliable but I am wondering what have been the major problems for owners out there? Anything I should particularly look out for or worry about with a high mileage car? What would be the immediate maintenance items other than regular oils? Any feedback is appreciated.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello everyone. I am new here and new to the Acura world. I've been contemplating buying a used MDX as a practical every-day car and came across a high mileage example for a good price. 2007 with close to 150k miles. I know these cars are very reliable but I am wondering what have been the major problems for owners out there? Anything I should particularly look out for or worry about with a high mileage car? What would be the immediate maintenance items other than regular oils? Any feedback is appreciated.
Major problems: Transmission & torque converter. It has a high failure rate and make sure the fluid was changed regularly. Ask the owner about problems they had with it. While test driving, drive it for a while varying the speed from 30-50 and listen carefully for (what Acura describes as) "juddering." It will sound like you are driving over rumble strips. This is the torque converter and will likely cause you problems down the road.

What to look for in a high mileage car:

Maintenance: If it hasn't been done recently, change all fluids (VTM-4, transfer case, power steering, coolant) and especially! transmission fluid.

Ask if the timing belt has been done (should have been @ 105k). If not, ~$1000 job. If you postpone, ~$2-3000 job to replace bent valves after the belt wears out or breaks.
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^Great post, thank you. Do all years MDXs have transmission problems, or are some more prone than others?
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Major problems: Transmission & torque converter. It has a high failure rate and make sure the fluid was changed regularly. Ask the owner about problems they had with it. While test driving, drive it for a while varying the speed from 30-50 and listen carefully for (what Acura describes as) "juddering." It will sound like you are driving over rumble strips. This is the torque converter and will likely cause you problems down the road.

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Maintenance: If it hasn't been done recently, change all fluids (VTM-4, transfer case, power steering, coolant) and especially! transmission fluid.

Ask if the timing belt has been done (should have been @ 105k). If not, ~$1000 job. If you postpone, ~$2-3000 job to replace bent valves after the belt wears out or breaks.
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I guess towing is out of the question

Are parts for transmission rebuilds sold individually and easy to get?
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^Great post, thank you. Do all years MDXs have transmission problems, or are some more prone than others?
01-03 were the worst. But later years are becoming a problem too. I have a feeling the earlier years have more complaints just because they are getting higher in mileage.
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The 01-02 were a widespread problem with Honda in general (TLs, CLs, Odyssey, Accord, etc.) The transmission was redesigned in 03 and there have been much fewer problems since. The torque converter...now that is another issue.
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At 150K that mdx doesn't owe anything to anyone. You can expect anything to go out at this point, and it will largely depend on how it was serviced during those 150Ks.
I would factor replacement tranny into price (call around, call Acura), and effectively 150K MDX price + 3-4K(guess) for tranny = price. If you can live with that, should it happen, you'll get new tranny (rebuid?) plus warranty on the new tranny and if it doesn't happen, bonus.
Price 100K MDX, compare and see what you are working with...

In conclusion, MDX is very good for what it is, also it is easy to follow up on Mercedes and BMW for reference (I just never see much of anything from those with 150K especially in SUV).

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I have a feeling the earlier years have more complaints just because they are getting higher in mileage.
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Hello everyone. I am new here and new to the Acura world. I've been contemplating buying a used MDX as a practical every-day car and came across a high mileage example for a good price. 2007 with close to 150k miles. I know these cars are very reliable but I am wondering what have been the major problems for owners out there? Anything I should particularly look out for or worry about with a high mileage car? What would be the immediate maintenance items other than regular oils? Any feedback is appreciated.
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It is smart to be cautious of "anything" high mileage.

Major problems could be just around the next click of the odometer.

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The most important items really are prior maintenance. Fluids been changed regularly? Hopefully timing belt etc. If you have no history I would not consider.

With that mileage I would budget $4-$5k in a rainy day fund. I think <50% chance you hit it. However have a mechanical inspection done first. Buyer balks run.

What do you consider a "good deal"? I paid $19k for 82k mile private owner 07 MDX tech. I had to drop $600 for brakes and $100 for battery. The prior owner was scared of shuttering transmission(told me when I noticed it unfortunately latter). Luckily Acura came up with a software patch to take care of this issue.
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Unfortunately the car was sold on Saturday, the day I was planning to go see it. It was a 2007 with 145k miles for $9k. The way I figured the price was low enough for me to budget in another transmission.

Thank you for all your help. I will keep looking and hopefully will find something soon!
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Unfortunately the car was sold on Saturday, the day I was planning to go see it. It was a 2007 with 145k miles for $9k. The way I figured the price was low enough for me to budget in another transmission.

Thank you for all your help. I will keep looking and hopefully will find something soon!
That was a good deal for the mileage.
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