Well one factor I would also chime in is the steering feel and heftiness of '07-'09 MDX's. They are a lot heavier from a low speed while the '10s and up are a lot easier to rotate. But people seem to feel that it doesn't give them enough driving feel. So I'm not sure what your preference is coming from those Mercedes'.
the one thing I didnt like about the ML350 is how heavy it was to keep straight. Even with wheel alignment, it made it a chore; I like driving with the tips of my 2 fingers, except when changing lanes and turning of course. The Routan I have is light and holding it steady with two fingers is quite easy. I am a lazy driver, dont like putting much effort when driving long distances. Dont take that to mean that I am an unsafe driver, Im always aware of my surroundings and always keep my right hand in ready position if need be. I've just grown accustom to using two fingers to drive
I also hated the way the transmission would shift, awful feeling for a one owner 80k luxury car
oh and the inside doesnt look as luxurious and the navi looks old school. Def. not luxury for a mercedes. The keys however do look luxurious, thats about it. Performance in the ML350 was decent, but not as good as a Honda accord at times and not as good as a nissan altima I once had.
Also, the drivers seat was uncomfortable and stiff. Also made my left ankle hurt when driving long distance as there was little room for my left side. Quite cramp indeed for an SUV.
Hows the second row for adults?
If I buy the car at auction, would acura care still be available? I want to avoid 3rd party warranties like the plague and would rather have a acura bumper to bumper extended warranty.
I'd buy at a dealership but would rather own the car outright.
Based on these specs, whats a decent price to pay:
2009 Acura MDX Tech w/ Ent or Sport w. Ent. @ less than 75K Miles and in clean condition
I can throw down 15K and finance the rest but again, would prefer to find this car at a dealer auction; I just dont know any dealers in the area who can take me to one.
Thanks for your replies everyone. Look forward to being a new MDX'er and for a long time