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Bought a 2013 GMC Acadia Denali in June; did not purchase extended warranty as I didn't expect to have MAJOR issues on a car with less than 50K miles (lesson learned). The a/c has now gone out for a second time (different issue than the first time a/c went out). So, I'm looking at another several thousand dollar repair in a matter of 4 months. According to the Acadia forums, this is a known to GMC and common problem among Acadias/Traverses.

Due to life circumstances at this current time, we're considering just getting rid of the Acadia instead of pouring more money into it. I've found a 2014 MDX SH-AWD that I'm interested in, depending on what the Acura dealership will do re: my Acadia for a trade.

Since I like to think I've learned a little from this experience, I thought I'd post here to see what problems seem to be rampant/common among the 2014 MDX's. I really feel like it's a 50/50 shot on keeping the Acadia and being lucky enough to not have any MORE issues or trading it on the '14 MDX and hoping the particular MDX doesn't have major issues...
 

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Why it has to be a 14? do you really need the 3rd gen look? the 12-13 models have gone down in price and are actually pretty good.
 

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Why it has to be a 14? do you really need the 3rd gen look? the 12-13 models have gone down in price and are actually pretty good.
It doesn't HAVE to be a 14... But, it's what I found that is within my budget at my local Acura dealership. Didn't see any 13's in their used inventory. And I'm wary of going older than the car I've just bought...
 

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14 had a lot of issues to be anything worth your money.. Like you said its a 50/50 while the 2nd gen later years were all trouble free.. So in a way getting a 12 or 13 is safer than the 14.
 

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While there have been a few owners who had reported a major problem with their vehicle, the number of these appears quite low.

As far as common gripes, most of them have been more of the annoying types of issues. They have to do more with sub-par quality control and poor design execution by Acura. These issues don't seem to really affect the function of the vehicle, but they do have a negative effect on the ownership experience and brand perception.

Keep in mind that almost all the owners here are still under warranty, where the repairs have been covered by Acura, and that they may not have put on that many miles on the '14 and newer models. So it is possible that as these vehicles get older, there's a chance that some type of common and expensive repair may show up down the road. Then it becomes a matter of how much you trust each specific make and model.

Here are links to threads about the common issues I've seen here:
http://www.mdxers.org/forums/94-third-generation-mdx-2014-present/63666-2014-mdx-issues.html
http://www.mdxers.org/forums/94-third-generation-mdx-2014-present/54465-2014-software-bugs.html
http://www.mdxers.org/forums/94-third-generation-mdx-2014-present/56114-any-rattle-noise-vibration-2014-models.html
http://www.mdxers.org/forums/94-third-generation-mdx-2014-present/97065-2015-mdx-noise-rear.html
http://www.mdxers.org/forums/94-third-generation-mdx-2014-present/76041-door-gap-inconsistency.html
http://www.mdxers.org/forums/94-third-generation-mdx-2014-present/91865-tsb-s-2014-mdx.html
http://www.mdxers.org/forums/94-third-generation-mdx-2014-present/108410-new-intermittant-chirp-sound.html
http://www.mdxers.org/forums/94-third-generation-mdx-2014-present/96210-fuel-pump-chirp-fixed-well-i-hope-so.html

I am not familiar with the 2nd generation MDX, but I'd agree with skirmich that the '12-'13 models should have much less issues than the '14s. That's generally the case with most car models: many bugs tend to crop up in first year models of a redesign, while those in the later years of a generation pretty much have the kinks worked out. If you don't mind the older design and features, and can wait for a '13 model to show up, it should definitely be better from a value perspective. But if you can't wait, prefer the newer looks and features, don't mind the extra cost, and are willing to live with the first model year quirks, then I wouldn't be too afraid to jump on the '14.
 

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I have a 2014 MDX and it's been great. I've also followed this forum regularly since the 3rd gen came out and there have been very few expensive/operational issues reported- I've not seen issues with the engine, tranny, A/C, differential, AWD, etc. components reported. The biggest complaint on the MDX (not just 2014) has been with door and panel alignment - i.e. the panel gaps not being perfect. This doesn't affect driveability and is easy for anyone to check before they accept the vehicle - be sure to check that on any you look into. The other area some have found annoying is the way the Nav works - a common care for complaint on almost any vehicle with a Nav. Just be sure you know how it behaves before buying it. It's not a big deal for me. Some of the vehicles had issues with noisy rear shocks but that appears to be resolved with a TSB that was released. Mine hasn't exhibited that issue.

I'd readily buy my 2014 again. I just completed a 6000 mile trip in mine and it was a great vehicle to drive. It handles great, accelerates nicely, gets relatively great gas mileage (27-29 mpg on the trip of mostly freeway at 75-80 mph), and is the right size.

You should still be able to buy a 2014 with factory warranty left on it just in case something goes awry in the first year of owning it.
 

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Love my 2014 AWD Advance MDX

My 2014 Advance MDX has been a great car since July 2013. It is my 5th MDX since Oct 2000 when I bought the SN 379 off the assembly line. I have had several recall fixes and some software updates, but the car runs great. I only have about 27,000 Miles on it. I just completed a 2,300 trip to NY and everything went so good that I decided not to buy a new 2017 MDX. I do want to see more info on the Hybrid and hope next year will bring a new NAVI system with Apple Carplay. I also hope they have several new paint colors available next year.
 

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We were in the same boat in July and were looking for a 2013 due to price. Used stock was low at that time and pricing wasn't exceptionally lower than than 2014. A decent 2014 came available at our local dealer and with the marked increase in fuel mileage, we decided on the 2014. I do notice more rattles and annoyances on the 2014 compared to my 2006 that had 132k miles on it. (less than 37k miles on the 2014 right now). Time will tell but so far, even with the annoyances (and yeah, the nav is difficult, at best and hate not being able to choose routes when driving unless using the voice activation), we are content with the 2014.
 
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