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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 11-04-2016, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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3rd Gen 'Hidden' Features Thread!

I tried reading through my TWO 400+ page manuals last night and fell asleep midway through the first one. I read up on some neat tricks and remembered a few features that the dealer showed me. So I thought to see if there was a thread that everyone can combine any 'lesser' known or 'hidden' features. The last one was from 2007, so thought I'd make one for the 3rd Gen.

One hidden feature I did learn before I zonked out was that the remote can open all the windows and sunroof, very useful for those hot days to let all the hot air out and let the car cool down faster. Press unlock twice and then hold it down the third time. All windows and sunroof will open.

Another one, maybe not so much a hidden feature but more of a tip - I believe if you listen to pandora, it sounds much better via USB or AUX rather than bluetooth.

I'm going to review the manuals this weekend and see if I find any others.

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I tried reading through my TWO 400+ page manuals last night and fell asleep midway through the first one. I read up on some neat tricks and remembered a few features that the dealer showed me. So I thought to see if there was a thread that everyone can combine any 'lesser' known or 'hidden' features. The last one was from 2007, so thought I'd make one for the 3rd Gen.

One hidden feature I did learn before I zonked out was that the remote can open all the windows and sunroof, very useful for those hot days to let all the hot air out and let the car cool down faster. Press unlock twice and then hold it down the third time. All windows and sunroof will open.

Another one, maybe not so much a hidden feature but more of a tip - I believe if you listen to pandora, it sounds much better via USB or AUX rather than bluetooth.

I'm going to review the manuals this weekend and see if I find any others.

Cheers


If you have own acura's before this is a pretty common feature.


Another one that could be on the MDX is .. if you leave the mirror adjustor set to either left or right mirrors, when put in reverse, the mirrors tilt down to help you see the curve.
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I tried reading through my TWO 400+ page manuals last night and fell asleep midway through the first one. I read up on some neat tricks and remembered a few features that the dealer showed me. So I thought to see if there was a thread that everyone can combine any 'lesser' known or 'hidden' features. The last one was from 2007, so thought I'd make one for the 3rd Gen.

One hidden feature I did learn before I zonked out was that the remote can open all the windows and sunroof, very useful for those hot days to let all the hot air out and let the car cool down faster. Press unlock twice and then hold it down the third time. All windows and sunroof will open.

Another one, maybe not so much a hidden feature but more of a tip - I believe if you listen to pandora, it sounds much better via USB or AUX rather than bluetooth.

I'm going to review the manuals this weekend and see if I find any others.

Cheers
Just a FYI, BT is actually always compresses the data it sends (including music), but it is a lot more convenient for most people, which is why it's used more. However, BT always has a lag and it is especially long in the MDX (or almost all Honda family vehicles for that matter... about 3 seconds), so when you switch music tracks using BT, expect to wait for that delay. When watching videos, good luck, as it will never sync.

Also the sad thing about the all window down feature is that there is no all window up control using the fob buttons. You have to pull out the key and hold it ... left i think... to close all the windows. Also, the sunroof closes slower than the rest of the windows, so keep that in mind when doing it, as you can potentially accidentally leave one window or the sunroof open.

Good on you for reading the manual! I find that a lot of the questions asked on here can just be found in those books
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Also the sad thing about the all window down feature is that there is no all window up control using the fob buttons. You have to pull out the key and hold it ... left i think... to close all the windows. Also, the sunroof closes slower than the rest of the windows, so keep that in mind when doing it, as you can potentially accidentally leave one window or the sunroof open.


I know with the 4th Gen TL, there was a module that could be installed to make the fob keys close the window too. Wonder if it will work with the MDX's too.
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Do you know there is a tray inside of glove box that's turned upside down? Look on the top of glove box and If you pull it out turn it over and reinstall you can put your manuals on it.
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Great thread. This is all new to me.

Another trick. The USB only supports FAT32 file format so you are limited to 32GB for playing music, but you can download a utility to do this. You can have a USB drive up to 2TB this way. And dispite the manual telling you not to use a card reader, you can do this, and just reuse your old SD cards as mini CDs. This might be a better option as navigating the large USB drive could be quite slow, so a bunch of smaller SD cards can help you organize. Then you could put in your "classics" SD or your "metal rock" SD depending on your mood.

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Huh? FAT32 can address up to 2 TB. The 32 refers to the number of bits in the address, not the number of GB possible.
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Huh? FAT32 can address up to 2 TB. The 32 refers to the number of bits in the address, not the number of GB possible.
Yes, the physical limit for FAT32 is 2TB but in Windows (at least Windows 7 and Windows 10), you will not be able to format a FAT32 volume larger than 32GB. It will make you choose exFAT or NTFS instead which aren't compatible with our cars. Windows will in fact mount and read/write to a FAT32 volume larger than 32GB, it just won't format a new drive to it.

Actually, my dash cam has the same FAT32 limitation so I used the same utility to format a 64GB micro SD card for it.
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I tried reading through my TWO 400+ page manuals last night and fell asleep midway through the first one. I read up on some neat tricks and remembered a few features that the dealer showed me. So I thought to see if there was a thread that everyone can combine any 'lesser' known or 'hidden' features. The last one was from 2007, so thought I'd make one for the 3rd Gen.

One hidden feature I did learn before I zonked out was that the remote can open all the windows and sunroof, very useful for those hot days to let all the hot air out and let the car cool down faster. Press unlock twice and then hold it down the third time. All windows and sunroof will open.

Another one, maybe not so much a hidden feature but more of a tip - I believe if you listen to pandora, it sounds much better via USB or AUX rather than bluetooth.

I'm going to review the manuals this weekend and see if I find any others.

Cheers
It's not just Acura. My 07 rx350,04 Saab,12 Volvo all opened all the windows,etc with the remote. My 04,Saab conv even lowered the top with the remote. And it was stock. No addin.

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Do you know there is a tray inside of glove box that's turned upside down? Look on the top of glove box and If you pull it out turn it over and reinstall you can put your manuals on it.
Thanks. Never realized/checked until I read your post.
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Thanks. Never realized/checked until I read your post.
Me too. First thing I did was go in and flipped mine around. So much better now getting to the insurance and registration.

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Use voice input while driving

One of my frustrations with my 2015 MDX is that many of the navigation features are disabled when the car is moving. I know this is a safety issue but if the passenger could do the input and manipulation then it would prevent distraction for the driver. However, I found that the audio input helps a lot in this situation. You can easily switch to the second driver address book, or simply input an address by voice and it is actually pretty good at inputting the correct information. Put in the entire address including the city and state. I also found that if you speak too loudly the system has a hard time understanding, speak in a normal level and don't pause between words.
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However, I found that the audio input helps a lot in this situation. You can easily switch to the second driver address book,

Can you explain more on how to do this? Switch to the 2nd driver address book?


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I never would use the voice commands for anything. I could almost guarantee I would get frustrated and pissed off and flip into road rage mode before it could make the right phone call.

On a side note....my old MDX, I used to be able to flip the top console lid over to reveal cupholders for the 2nd row. It was helpful if I had 2 or 3 guests back there.
Did we LOSE that in the 3rd generation? the console lid does not open all the way. I see that the 2nd row has cupholders, but does not work if you have a third passenger. What can they do?
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