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Hi all, I'm looking at buying a used MDX and see a few low mileage options in the market right now.

08 with tech and entertainment packages. single owner. 60k miles. $13K
09 with tech package. single owner. 60k miles. $12K
12 with tech package. single owner. 62k miles. $19K
12 with advanced and entertainment packages. 2 owners, current one has had it for 5 years. 90k miles. $20K (this one looks to be in the best condition from photos)

I'm buying the car for AWD in the snow. Entertainment package is attractive for me as I have the same option in my Honda Odyssey and the kids use the DVD player all the time on road trips which is what the MDX will be for.

Would love feedback from you all on:
- Any watch outs for particular years?
- What types of questions/issues to ask about?
- Is it worth paying $6K more for the 2012 model over the 08/09? I think major differences are slightly updated exterior styling (not worth it to me) and the 6 speed transmission and slightly better gas mileage (is this worth $6K?)
- Which would you pick? (assuming they all pass mechanic's inspection)

Thank you for your feedback!
 

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I purchased my one owner 2008 Base model last June with 56k for $13K. It has been a great car so far. I've had to replace the power steering pump (it never had the recall and the time has run out), and had to have the alternator rebuilt, but other than those two things it has been trouble free. I did all of the fluid changes at 60,000 (transmission, rear diff, & transfer case) myself using genuine Acura fluids. I now have 72,000 miles on the MDX and am very pleased with it.
 

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They all need by now the Timing Belt Service which is at least 1K in the dealership… So first question is: "DO YOU HAVE SERVICE RECORDS" and look for the Timing Belt Service.
Now, After that why the heck are all those so damn expensive? they are really overpriced….

Year problems:
07-08-09 = Defective radiators that mix ATF and destroy the trans: Fix is replace the radiator as preventive maintenance, HFL (Hands Free Link aka Bluetooth) module likes to crap out and drain the battery: Fix is to unplug the HFL Unit.
10-11-12-13 = Serious oil consumption issues on +90% of them: Fix is to replace the short block components.

Pick your poison.
 

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Hi all, I'm looking at buying a used MDX and see a few low mileage options in the market right now.

08 with tech and entertainment packages. single owner. 60k miles. $13K
09 with tech package. single owner. 60k miles. $12K
12 with tech package. single owner. 62k miles. $19K
12 with advanced and entertainment packages. 2 owners, current one has had it for 5 years. 90k miles. $20K (this one looks to be in the best condition from photos)

I'm buying the car for AWD in the snow. Entertainment package is attractive for me as I have the same option in my Honda Odyssey and the kids use the DVD player all the time on road trips which is what the MDX will be for.

Would love feedback from you all on:
- Any watch outs for particular years?
- What types of questions/issues to ask about?
- Is it worth paying $6K more for the 2012 model over the 08/09? I think major differences are slightly updated exterior styling (not worth it to me) and the 6 speed transmission and slightly better gas mileage (is this worth $6K?)
- Which would you pick? (assuming they all pass mechanic's inspection)

Thank you for your feedback!
i'd go with the 2009 MDX while ensuring to replace the Timing Belt (if not done already), replace the radiator (a.s.a.p.!), and pull out the dayemmmm HFL bluetooth module (IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!)....addressing this particular grouping of poisons is much more tolerable overall when compared to potentially having to address the HORRIFIC burning oil problem present on most 2010-2013 models!
 

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Thanks for the feedback! Wanted to share links to the cars themselves but the forum is not allowing me to because my post count is too low??

Don't think timing belt replacement has been done on any of the cars. Looks like 08 and 09 and the ones to focus on. Is the bluetooth for phone calls only or does it do audio streaming as well? Are there stats on what % have the radiator or bluetooth issues?
 

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They all need by now the Timing Belt Service which is at least 1K in the dealership… So first question is: "DO YOU HAVE SERVICE RECORDS" and look for the Timing Belt Service.
Now, After that why the heck are all those so damn expensive? they are really overpriced….

Year problems:
07-08-09 = Defective radiators that mix ATF and destroy the trans: Fix is replace the radiator as preventive maintenance, HFL (Hands Free Link aka Bluetooth) module likes to crap out and drain the battery: Fix is to unplug the HFL Unit.
10-11-12-13 = Serious oil consumption issues on +90% of them: Fix is to replace the short block components.

Pick your poison.
Any link on the 90% oil issues? Or did you pull that right of your ...? That said, there is a factory fix (free) for those that have the issue...
 

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I really wouldn't be too surprised if 90% (or even higher) was accurate for the actual % of 2010-2013 Acura MDX models that are regularly burning oil- practically all owners of these particular year cars who I know of (about 5) are presently dealing with this handicap adversely affecting their 2nd gen (version 2) MDX's...:frown2:

I can only attempt to empathize with owners of these particular cars, as driving around with low to NO oil is a recipe for CERTAIN, irreversible engine damage to occur!!...and last time I checked, replacement engine blocks aren't cheap- used one (pictured below) found online selling for about 3 GRAND!!
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Thanks for the feedback! Wanted to share links to the cars themselves but the forum is not allowing me to because my post count is too low??

Don't think timing belt replacement has been done on any of the cars. Looks like 08 and 09 and the ones to focus on. Is the bluetooth for phone calls only or does it do audio streaming as well? Are there stats on what % have the radiator or bluetooth issues?
I know many actual owners of 2007-2009 MDX's and the %'s (related to your inquiry) have to fall anywhere between 90% to 100% IMHO :nerd:
 

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Any link on the 90% oil issues? Or did you pull that right of your ...? That said, there is a factory fix (free) for those that have the issue...
Oh yeah? what is that factory free fix for the oil consumption issues?
Oh and I did took that number out of the thousands of threads, TSB and online research about it.. The issue is widespread among the 3.7L engines of that era so it also affects the TL, RL and ZDX too.
 

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please let me know where the potential fix (excessive oil consumption on '10-'13 Acura MDX's) can be found so that I can pass this INFO along to the owners of these vehicles that I know personally?!...

I'm just thankful that I own a 2009 MDX because I never check my oil level, and if I had purchased an MDX just a year later, I would have certainly become the owner of 2010 MDX with an irreparable engine (killed from lack of engine oil lubrication)!

I do recall many of them stating that complaints directed towards their local Acura stealerships over the years concerning this defect, have resulted in a pile of
<img src="https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/poop-picture-id186825263" width="10%" height="10%"> thus far in return, with some service advisors even advising them that "some engine oil loss/burning is normal and to be expected for all cars." :crying2:
 

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I looked up the "C"redit "U"nion "D"ealer "L"isting. www dot CUDLautosmart dot com... then research... then BlackBook


Looks like MDX #2 is the closet to what the CU will want to lend you, with zero down and also finance the sales tax.

#1 2008 MDX Base w/T&E 60,000 miles
Loan value = $10,375
Retail Good condition = $14,100 Retail Average condition = $12,000
Max. Trade-In Good condition = $10,750 Max. Trade-In Average condition = $9,045


#2 2009 MDX Base w/T 60,000 miles
Loan value = $11,550
Retail Good = $15,325 Retail Average = $13,375
Max. Trade-In Good = $11,890 Max. Trade-In Average = $10,340


#3 2012 MDX Vase w/T 60,000 miles
Loan value = $17,225
Retail Good = $20,575 Retail Average = $18,850
Max. Trade-In Good = $16,930 Max. Trade-In Average = $15,605


#4 2012 MDX Advance w/E 90,000 miles
Laon value = $15,700
Retail Good = $19,125 Retail Average = $17,550
Max. Trade-In Good = $15,460 Max. Trade-In Average = $14,250


Consider what happens in 3 months, if you discover that your 2012 MDX does burn oil.
What will you do? You'll trade it in and let the next guy worry about it...Right?
So, skip the hassle and don't let yourself become that "next guy".
Skip the 2010 thru 2013 MDXes all together.
 

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Oh yeah? what is that factory free fix for the oil consumption issues?
Oh and I did took that number out of the thousands of threads, TSB and online research about it.. The issue is widespread among the 3.7L engines of that era so it also affects the TL, RL and ZDX too.
I get there are issues....that's the reason for the offered fix...

So no link to the 90%? Just as I figured...as many MDX's are out there, it's amazing they aren't all on the side of the road with blown engines due to no oil.
 

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I get there are issues....that's the reason for the offered fix...

So no link to the 90%? Just as I figured...as many MDX's are out there, it's amazing they aren't all on the side of the road with blown engines due to no oil.
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 (yes, just a guess) that 90% are actually fine. If it was truly widespread, there would be a class-action lawsuit in place already.

That said, 2012 MDX, I haven't burned any perceivable amount of oil over the 35k+ miles I've owned the car. Currently at 89k miles.

The MDX forum community is quite small compared to other cars I've owned, so I think the amount of users experiencing problems, and logging in just because of their problem, is higher than for other makes/models too. There seems to be less "enthusiasts" than say a sports car forum; most MDX owners don't seek out something like this forum unless they are having issues. (Admittedly I have a low post count, I've been doing really good at resisting my urges to do more to the MDX, thus I'm less active here)
 

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Thanks for the feedback! Wanted to share links to the cars themselves but the forum is not allowing me to because my post count is too low??

Don't think timing belt replacement has been done on any of the cars. Looks like 08 and 09 and the ones to focus on. Is the bluetooth for phone calls only or does it do audio streaming as well? Are there stats on what % have the radiator or bluetooth issues?

I believe '10 was the first year for Bluetooth Audio Streaming. My '12 has it at least. Neither it or the Bluetooth Phone (handsfree link) are particularly impressive in operation so you might go for an aftermarket bluetooth either way.
 

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I’ll buck the trend: I have never added oil in my 2010 in 60k miles. Car has been perfect except for BT issue fixed under warranty. Most people that I have spoken to regarding MDX’s state that the second gen MMC is the best car that Acura have ever built and I agree.
I have not changed the shocks or brakes yet on my Advance Ent.
 

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I’ll buck the trend: I have never added oil in my 2010 in 60k miles. Car has been perfect except for BT issue fixed under warranty. Most people that I have spoken to regarding MDX’s state that the second gen MMC is the best car that Acura have ever built and I agree.
I have not changed the shocks or brakes yet on my Advance Ent.

Our '12 doesn't have oil use problems with over 125k miles. Also made it to 120k miles before replacing front brake pads.
 

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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 (yes, just a guess) that 90% are actually fine. If it was truly widespread, there would be a class-action lawsuit in place already.

That said, 2012 MDX, I haven't burned any perceivable amount of oil over the 35k+ miles I've owned the car. Currently at 89k miles.
I would agree with this as well. The only issue I had in the six years of owning my 11 Advance was an air conditioner system leak noticed in my first month of ownership.

I have never needed to add oil between maintenance services in any of the four MDXs I have owned
 

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There is higher percentage oil consumption for Acura to offer to repair. If it is less than 20-25%, they would do nothing.





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I purchased an 08 new and have put 175,000 miles on it anywhere from -28 to 114 degrees. I am religious about oil changes and it does not burn oil.

I would buy this vehicle again in a heartbeat.
 
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