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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.

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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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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.
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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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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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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If u have 3 in the 2nd row, what are e they suppose to use?
The doors have cup holders molded into them so at least the 2 outboard people can use those to hold their all important cups. If people are using water bottles then they can also just put them in the pocket behind the front seats - room for lots of them.

Up front, in addition to the 2 cup holders in the center console, the doors also have molded in cup holders which adds 2 more.

And then IIRC there are more cup holders in the third row seat area.

The molded in the door holders also have room next to them to be able to hold additional bottles.

I think for the times when there are lots of people in the car they can manage to find a spot for their cups/bottles or just not have a massive drinking fest all the time.

I'm rolling my eyes somewhat at this one - a little too much of a first world issue. There are enough spots for cups/bottles that maybe people should complain about the lack of an on-board bathroom.
 

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I'm rolling my eyes somewhat at this one - a little too much of a first world issue. There are enough spots for cups/bottles that maybe people should complain about the lack of an on-board bathroom.
:laugh::laugh::laugh:

I guess, I just mentioned it because I damn near snapped the center console on my first day of ownership because I assumed it would flip over like my 2001 did. I had 3 people in the 2nd row so it was the first thing I did. I did not see the molded cupholders. But to your point, having the capacity to hold so many drinks , I am surprised there is no onboard bathroom.
 

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** Mirror dip in reverse!

It's not automatically, but when you put in reverse, you can slight the adjust button to right (or left), the mirror right (or left) will dip down to help us avoid the curbing wheels.
If you put back in neutral middle, the mirror returns back to original position setup.

Please test and give your opinions... :)
 

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It's not automatically, but when you put in reverse, you can slight the adjust button to right (or left), the mirror right (or left) will dip down to help us avoid the curbing wheels.
If you put back in neutral middle, the mirror returns back to original position setup.
This actually is automatic in the sense that if you leave the switch in the right or left position rather than returning it to the center position then either that right or left mirror will automatically dip every time you put it in reverse. This can be helpful for parallel parking.
 
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