2014 MDX Tech SH-AWD
The 6-speed is a little firmer than others you may have driven...in particular offerings from Toyota and of course any CVT. Just takes some getting used to.
You are making the biggest rookie mistake when thinking about owning a vehicle. It is always a good idea to factor in regular maintenance done by someone else as a fixed portion of the cost of ownership, not just up front costs and/or monthly payments incurred at purchase. This way, you can budget ahead and get a vehicle that truly ‘fits’ your particular needs. Otherwise, I suggest dumping/trading in your vehicles before hitting stress points to your budget such as timing belt/water pump replacement, etc.Thanks for the reminder on the service items. I really wish Honda/Acura will switch to an engine with a timing chain in the near future that will not require a major service every 100k miles.
By the way, I wonder most people change a timing belt at 7 years even if the mileage is well below 105k. 7 years or 105k miles whichever is sooner is what Acura recommends but is it really risky waiting for it to hit about 105k miles?
Not sure what base you're making your claim of the biggest rookie mistake of buying this vehicle but I'm no rookie in purchasing used vehicles. Although I don't know a lot about 3rd gen MDX models compared to people here yet, but I've bought and sold over 15 used vehicles over last 20 year period with a lot of success (learned from a couple of mistakes in the beginning) mostly on Craigslist and I do quite a bit of research before making a purchase.You are making the biggest rookie mistake when thinking about owning a vehicle. It is always a good idea to factor in regular maintenance done by someone else as a fixed portion of the cost of ownership, not just up front costs and/or monthly payments incurred at purchase. This way, you can budget ahead and get a vehicle that truly ‘fits’ your particular needs. Otherwise, I suggest dumping/trading in your vehicles before hitting stress points to your budget such as timing belt/water pump replacement, etc.
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Thanks for the suggestion. I'm not planning to wait too long and risk the engine failure with the timing belt change.The timing belt issue of sticking with 7 years of time -vs- 105k of mileage at +7 yrs is a tricky gamble with the stakes being saving cash over total loss of vehicle engine. The gamble also includes going longer with spark plugs, water pump, coolant, serpentine belt kit, and valve adjustment.
It was only about $600 to do the 105k service on my 06 TSX and 08 RDX because they have a timing chain. I did notice both vehicles started faster, ran better, and had improved mpgs after the service. I figured I got back some lost performance/mpgs that slowly declined waiting until 105k. Decided to change out my spark plugs on my 11 MDX at 75k and my performance and mpgs has stayed consistent before/after the 105k service (now have +143k).
As a fellow Ody owner I have never used Honda ATF. I have used both Mobil 1 and Valvoline MaxLife with no issues. I like the shift characteristics a tad better with Mobil 1, but not enough to spend 2X the money for it vs the MaxLife.Thanks for the tips on TSB's. Would Acura dealerships perform TSB at no charge if the VIN of a vehicle is in the affected range and it has the symptoms (out of warranty)? My MDX just ran out of warranty by few months and 1000 miles.
The previous owner replaced the battery not long ago so that's good.
There were two transmission services done at 27k and 53k miles at a dealership. I'm thinking about doing 3 x ATF drain & fill using compatible Amsoil ATF at agout 75k miles, but most people in the forum recommend sticking with the OEM Honda DW1 ATF. I had a great experience with using Amsoil synthetic ATF in my old 05 Honda Odyssey (Transmission judder gone and smooth shifting after initial 3 x drain & fill completed 6 years ago and one more drain & fill about 4 years ago. Haven't done drain & fill since then but it's going very strong at 187k miles). Did anyone have bad experiences using non-OEM ATF?