Join Date: May 2019
Location: Northern New Jersey
I was thinking the same as I drove back from an Acura dealer this morning - i.e., the quality going downhill and not sure I would purchase Honda / Acura again.
Having been a Honda F1 fan (since 80's) and having driven Hondas / Acuras since late 80's, starting with a rock-solid Accord, my personal experience with my wife's 2014 MDX has been disappointing.
Basically, ZERO mechanical issues with my past Hondas / Acuras, yet this 2014 MDX has had numerous visits to the dealer (thank god, I bought an extended warranty) to:
1) replace front wheel bearings,
2) additional padding in drive side door due to shuddering noise - still exists,
3) battery replaced in less than 3 years,
4) "software update" to mitigate RPM "hunting" (RPM randomly moving between 1200-1500 even with a constant pressure to the pedal),
5) torque converter / tranny grinding noise when slowly accelerating (95% gone with 3x3 tranny fluid flush),
6) infamous high pressure fuel pump chirping / replacement,
7) AC compressor / pulley replaced at 15K miles,
8) engine module reprogrammed / engine valve adjusted at 11K miles, etc.
Hope this list stops here :-)
According to a friend who works for a subsidiary of ExxonMobil in R&D tranny fluids, oils etc., the "younger generation" of Honda engineers seems to be more interested in innovation rather than reliability (if you watch Formula 1 races, you know how "reliable" Honda engines have been over last few years). In any case, I feel terrible for nhhiep and I would do that same ;-)
2014 Acura MDX: 65000 miles
2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i: 55000 miles
Previous Family Acura / Honda vehicles:
2012 Honda Pilot
1995 "Honda" Legend Coupe (RHD in Japan)
1990 Acura Legend Coupe
1989 Acura Integra
1988 Honda Accord