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  1. In-Depth Off Road review of the MDX

    Second Generation MDX (2007-2013)
    Since there is no difference in Sway bar setting I would say the difference between them will be minor at low speeds offroad. But, I would choose comfort mode as it should allow easiest compression of the suspension.
  2. I fixed my oil consumption with pure anger

    Second Generation MDX (2007-2013)
    Personally, if this starts happening to me (knock on wood, not a drop lost yet), and I'm out of the extended warranty, I plan on using the Valvoline Premium Blue Restore 10W30 for an oil change interval. I will probably swap the filter 2 or 3 times during that oil-change interval as well. I...
  3. I fixed my oil consumption with pure anger

    Second Generation MDX (2007-2013)
    No real problem with giving it full-throttle every once in a while. It's a little harder on the catalytic converter and fuel mileage as you run richer while you are doing it, but it should be negligible. The pinging going away makes sense, if you were getting oil blow-by before, the oil...
  4. In-Depth Off Road review of the MDX

    Second Generation MDX (2007-2013)
    I'm not sure if you're missing the sarcasm font or not. The MDX can do so much more than people realize. Why not do this? Why didn't you buy a station wagon or mini van instead if you never leave the road? Before I found the deal on my MDX, I was also looking for a deal on a Lexus GX470, then...
  5. In-Depth Off Road review of the MDX

    Second Generation MDX (2007-2013)
    I really only had one short steep descent, so I was using the brakes. My previous issue on it was on some very steep longer tracks in Colorado and it was constantly shifting to 2. If the angle sensor changes the behavior, it must be on a really steep hill, as I was on a pretty steep decline...
  6. Choosing between 08 vs 09 vs 12 MDX?

    Second Generation MDX (2007-2013)
    I would agree with this. You will only hear from people complaining about problems most of the time, you don't have people on forums talking about their lack of oil consumption really. I think there is confirmation bias playing a part in believing that 90% of them have an issue, I would guess...
  7. In-Depth Off Road review of the MDX

    Second Generation MDX (2007-2013)
    I thought I would add to this thread a little more. Last week I took my MDX and family out to the desert of Utah for some canyoneering. We hit a few rough roads along the way. The roughest was probably the access to the Eardley Canyon trailhead. The MDX performed really well in all...
  8. 16" Wheels on a Second Gen MDX?

    Wheel and Tire Tech
    A little more follow-up info, the BMW wheels did not have TPMS in them, so I'm not sure if they would've worked with the MDX, so I instead bought some used TPMS off eBay, installed them when the new snow tires were installed and that was it, they were automatically detected by the car after a...
  9. BMW X5 Wheels on 2nd Gen MDX?

    Second Generation MDX (2007-2013)
    I installed BMW wheels on my 2012 last year, here's the thread where I documented all that went into it, including links to the hubcentric rings and lug nuts I bought. https://www.mdxers.org/forums/85-wheel-tire-tech/142113-16-wheels-second-gen-mdx.html#post1334529
  10. 16" Wheels on a Second Gen MDX?

    Wheel and Tire Tech
    Sorry, 10 months later I'll reply. The acceleration isn't noticeably different to tell you the truth, though the physics says there should be some small gains. What is noticeable is how much quieter and more comfortable the ride is, the extra sidewall really makes for a nice ride. I'll...
  11. 16" Wheels on a Second Gen MDX?

    Wheel and Tire Tech
    Ok, I've done a quick fit check of the BMW X5 wheels. They are going to work. I also confirmed that the ones I have use an M12 bolt on BMWs so the holes are a little small, but the fit check showed that the studs come through. After that fit check, I realized, since I'm sizing down, I...
  12. Positive / Negative Battery Cable Replacement Parts?

    Second Generation MDX (2007-2013)
    Yeah, those shims are a good place to start. https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/autocraft-battery-post-shims-lead-2-pack-ac110-a14079/6280181-P
  13. 16" Wheels on a Second Gen MDX?

    Wheel and Tire Tech
    Bringing this back to life a bit. I have abandoned the 16" wheel idea, for now at least, and I'm going 17" for winters. Last night I picked up a set of 2000-2006 BMW X5 wheels. They are 17x7.5 5x120 with an offset of +40mm, so that's pretty close to stock MDX specs (just 7mm more outboard)...
  14. In-Depth Off Road review of the MDX

    Second Generation MDX (2007-2013)
    Ah, first chink in the MDX armor for me then. I'll have to do some digging, maybe there is another Honda/Acura that used the same or very similar 6-speed and I can possibly swap in it's TCM to get the functionality. It seems a long shot though, already checked the ridgeline and it was 5-speed...
  15. In-Depth Off Road review of the MDX

    Second Generation MDX (2007-2013)
    @skirmich, so I've done a bit of rough-road trailhead approaches in my MDX now, and I have one big complaint. I can't get it to stay in first gear while descending. I've tried different combos of using the paddles and the shifter and nothing works. The manual states that when in S mode that...
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