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  1. front suspension feel and improvement suggestions

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    I'm a little late to the party, but I'll chime in with my experience. Moog is a great manufacturer - you won't go wrong. Quick struts are OK, but you can get more value with a bare strut and re-using the original spring. You also won't accidentally change the ride height (the quick struts I...
  2. 02 MDX issues

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    It's really hard to say - the rich condition can be caused by a lot of things, including those you mention (as well as a bad O2 sensor). I did a quick lookup and couldn't find P0170 or 1399 in the factory service manual (might just be a glitch because of the remote login I'm using right now).
  3. 2002 MDX Code P1750

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    Sounds like you have a good plan of action.. AFAIK, LubeGard Platinum is a "conditioner" that (IIRC) replenishes some of the additives that tranny fluid needs. I just know that I've "fixed" a couple trannies that had some pretty serious issues using it, and have heard from others who've had...
  4. Low MPG after alternator replaced

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    It's funny how MPGs tend to ebb and flow. Sometimes it's because of the mandated changes to gas/ethanol blends (more ethanol means less MPG - it's one of the biggest losers in the history of "green legislation"). Sometimes it's because it's colder, so it takes your car longer to come out of...
  5. acura mdx center console lid replacement

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    I agree that the foam that Honda chose for that lid is really (!) not up to the task. I remember when I was looking for MDXs, it seemed like all of them had lumpy foam under that lid. FWIW, that adhesive is VERY sticky, and does "build up" when you apply it liberally (properly). I suppose if...
  6. Check Engine & VTM-4 lights coming on

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    One of two things happening here. 1) There could be a problem with the module that controls the locking and alarm functions (going to be hard to troubleshoot unless you can get it to stay in "failure mode" long enough to trace the issue down), or... 2) You might have a problem with your...
  7. acura mdx center console lid replacement

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    I had a similar situation recently (replacing the leather shift gate cover on my Audi). I actually tried one staple (larger than the original) but it cracked the thinner plastic "ring". I ended up just spraying the leather and the plastic with the same spray adhesive I used for my headliner...
  8. Low MPG after alternator replaced

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    My guess is that your higher MPG average included a lot of highway miles (maybe on long road trips) and that the shop disconnected the battery to replace the alternator and reset your statistics, and that you've driven primarily around-town miles since the repair (which will of course return a...
  9. Clunking front wheels MDX 2003

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    CV axles can do that, as can a bad motor mount, or lower control arm bushings (not sure which bushings you changed). Also possible that a sway bar bushing or link could cause a noise like that, though it would also happen on a lot of bumps, too. And of course, there are things that can go...
  10. 2002 MDX Code P1750

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    My first suggestion is kind of generic (but could well apply in this case). If you change a part, and a new problem develops, change the part back to the old one. And of course, there are a lot of things that you could have potentially done that would have induced a new problem - most being...
  11. Inexpensive Xiphoer K2 LED Low Beam Headlight Bulbs Upgrade For 2006 MDX

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    You can tell a lot by just pulling up to a wall with your low beams on - if there isn't a pretty sharp cut-off on the pattern, chances are that there will be a lot of glare to oncoming traffic. Some of the HID conversions are ridiculously bad - and to add insult to injury, not only are they...
  12. 02 MDX issues

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    Looks like the common element is the PCM. That said, I hate just swapping out components without more troubleshooting to verify the problem. I'd suggest at least unplugging, cleaning and re-inserting the plug... with an intermittent problem like this, it's quite possible the problem is just a...
  13. Inexpensive Xiphoer K2 LED Low Beam Headlight Bulbs Upgrade For 2006 MDX

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    A few years ago, I tried the same thing, and put in some LED bulbs that were rated for about double the lumens as the stock bulbs. Sent 'em back when I realized that there were noticeably dimmer. Glad you found some that seem to work well. Any chance you could snap a photo or two of the...
  14. Check Engine & VTM-4 lights coming on

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    I have an '03.5 BMW 330i (ZHP) and recall (no pun intended) that there was a recall on those coils, which did tend to go bad. Not so with the boringly reliable MDX's' though. I always counsel to NOT replace the coils as you'll probably be making the vehicle less reliable in the end. Sure...
  15. 2006 MDX driver window

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    Should be the one - check out the other thread I referenced - it should have all the info you need to troubleshoot your window regulator. I believe the wires will go directly from the window regulator to that control unit, BTW...
  16. Check Engine & VTM-4 lights coming on

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    One way to look at this is that the monthly payment for that hybrid will be the equivalent of a fairly major repair on your MDX. Every month. And you will want to check on the lifespan / replacement cost of the batteries on a hybrid (often, the cost of the batteries is high enough that the car...
  17. Check Engine & VTM-4 lights coming on

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    There's no way that the coils are going to be damaged - in fact, the three they replaced were most likely fine as well. I think the best way to proceed would be to let the shop know that you've conferred with some "experts" (don't use the term "on an online forum" though...) and you know...
  18. Chk eng light/VTM-4 & P codes

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    Have you ever done a valve adjustment on the vehicle? It's due every 100,000 miles, and ignoring it will start to cause multiple misfires. Always the most likely suspect on a high-mileage MDX with a lot of misfire codes like yours. There are lots of posts / videos / how-to's on the subject...
  19. Check Engine & VTM-4 lights coming on

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    Normally I try to give a mech the benefit of the doubt, but in this case, your mechanic is either the genuinely worst mechanic ever born, or is just lying to you (or both, I suppose). There is NO WAY that the coils failed like that. They're essentially inert electronic devices with a lifespan...
  20. 2002 MDX - 238,968 miles engine stalls when starting up.

    First Generation MDX (2001-2006)
    With the crankshaft sensor error code showing up, I'd be really tempted to swap out the sensor, or at least take a long, hard look at the associated wiring (a bad connector or funky wire could be causing the problem). The biggest problem with an issue like this one is trying to troubleshoot it...
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