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I get about 14 MPG in NYC. That includes some highway driving. Is this what I should expect? I've had the car for 10 days.
 

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Mileage

Is there any bumper to bumper traffic and are there many stops signs on your commute? Your mileage is basically zero at those times.
You will have to to get a lot of 20+mpg readings to contiue your present average. Your trip computer is a very valuable learning tool about your driving habits.
 

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I was very disappointed with my 'in town' mileage too. I was expecting 17 and was getting around 16. Of course, 'city' driving in Kentucky is much less city-like than NYC. Still, I thought the 17 mpg rating was a bit over-rated.

Given my experience, your 14 mpg doesn't surprise me.

As the car is broken in (now with 5K on the O), my mileage is getting a little better. So there's hope for improvement!
 

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LI, NYC Mileage

Warpspeed,

13 - 14 is what i am getting doing very local driving on LI :( . I was glad to see on a 2+ hour highway drive to the Catskill Mts the mileage was right up there at 22 mpg. At 2000 miles on the odometer.. i expect i'm getting thru the break in period and hope the local mpg will get better.

I have a feeling that my wife's driving pattern has changed with the luxury vehicle... I think she is harder on the gas and break with the 6 cyl MDX then she was with the her 4 cyl subaru..

It may also just be that now I have a display in front of me all the time reminding me what the avg mpg is. IMO.. show me the mpg when I'm driving a car that gets 25+ mpg.. not in an SUV...
 

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I love my x but have never been happy with the milage. 14/15 mpg on average. Since I am in an ethanol state, I have to live with it.

But, I noticed yesterday that if I run the heat in auto(not full auto) and turn off the air conditioning (Touring without nav) manually, my mileage goes up noticably. I guess that the compresser runs constantly under full auto to keep things defrosted and therefor lowers my mileage.

Comment anyone?:eek:
 

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I love my x but have never been happy with the milage. 14/15 mpg on average. Since I am in an ethanol state, I have to live with it.

But, I noticed yesterday that if I run the heat in auto(not full auto) and turn off the air conditioning (Touring without nav) manually, my mileage goes up noticably. I guess that the compresser runs constantly under full auto to keep things defrosted and therefor lowers my mileage.

Comment anyone?:eek:
I noticed the same thing, while it is still cold enough to run without the A/C it is set to off. In another 4 weeks it will need to be on till October. Still I am averaging 17 running around and 22/23 on th highway.


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I get about 14 MPG in NYC. That includes some highway driving. Is this what I should expect? I've had the car for 10 days.
WarpSpeed,

from one NY-er to another, welcome to the MDX family.

Pray for OPEC NOT to cut output :mad: 'cause based on my 13-months long experience, 14 is the best NYC mileage you'd ever get. :(


Occasional Belt Pkway stints raise my mileage to 13-14, but usual city-only driving produces no better than 11-12 mpg. (In the winter, it's actually lower due to slightly longer warm-up times).

One fill-up last winter with mostly snow-driving produced 9 mpg - lowest ever for me. :(
 

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MDX Urban Option

In case you missed my posting of this last year, I designed a .Urban Version of the X just for you city dwellers.;)

PS. I commute in a semi urban-environment (small city) and get a very consistent 19 mpg. Never have understood the differences.
 

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Re: Re: Driving in N.Y.C & Mileage

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Occasional Belt Pkway stints raise my mileage to 13-14, but usual city-only driving produces no better than 11-12 mpg. (In the winter, it's actually lower due to slightly longer warm-up times).

One fill-up last winter with mostly snow-driving produced 9 mpg - lowest ever for me. :(
vIP9,

I shouldn't do this since i myself was born and raised in brooklyn, walking distance from the Belt Pkwy...

but are u sure that the trips on the Belt raised your mileage? I would have thought the belt parking lot only hurt your mileage..

wexy....
 

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Wexy, do not worry, you did not hurt my feelings a bit. :(
You are 99% correct - Belt is a true "park"way :)

However, in the name of science, I purposely drove on it a few times at about 4 am just to make sure it would have positive effect on my mileage. And it did!!! :D

BTW, I found that NJ Tpke and Palisades Pkway are the best highways for 25-26 mpg, while Rte 80 is the worst - getting mere 21-22 mpg. :)
 

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Hello fellow New Yorker

I've been averaging about 13-16 mies per hour in the city and on Long Island. The highways have been much better at 19-22 miles per hour depending on the highway speed. When go over 70 mph it tends to drop, but around town 12-16 driving very hard acceleration is very good i fell for this size suv. The gas tank should be a little larger, because I notice it does go down rather fast. The mileage is terrific, a few of my friends with the Denali, Expedition, and Escalade are only 5-7 around town and if lucky touching 10 on the highway. Nothing even comes close to the MDX. I'm at 3350 miles on my 2002 black/ebony touring with nav and I love it. Wish I would see more of them on the roads here in New York or Long Island. I rarely see one, only a couple on the north shore of long island. I guess alot of NYers didn't want to deal with the cocky salespeople within this state!!! :D
 

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Thanks for the Replys.
I guess the mileage will get a little better once I break it in and replace the oil with mobile 1.
Since I have some new yorkers responding,I have a few more questions if you don't mind.
-Has anyone put in a entertainment system (DVD-Screen)
-Remote Starter.

If you have .Where and how much?

Thanks
 

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glad i did not offend

vip9,

glad i did not offend you... the belt really wasn't that bad when i grew up in sheepshead bay.. but now that I live on LI and make trips back and for on occassion to pick up and take home my mom, it can be bad.. I actually made the trip Sunday am and pm without hitting traffic...

Glad to see a new york cit/li posts

paul123..... i don't know about the north shore, but I am starting to see more on the south shore... I know of 4 others in Merrick/Bellmore... I would like to advertise this site but can't see putting a sticker on my new MDX.. It would be nice to see what other MDX drivers on the road frequent this site.. an acuramdx.com license plate would do..
 

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First Oil Change based on Urban miles

My baby X has also spent most of her miles in NYC. I average around 12 mpg with the worst tank around 9. On a trip upstate I got 20+. Since the engine has endured many hours of bumper to bumper traffic standing still without running up the miles, should the first oil change be adjusted down in mileage? I know the manual recommends 7000. My dealer recommended 3250. And to make the decision more complicated, there are threads discussing special additives in the factory installed oil, designed for the break-in period. When did all you uban Xers plan to/or have gotten your first oil change?
 

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I waited for the service reminder light, however, I tend to be cheap.
 

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How are you computing mpg?

Are you guys using your trip computer's calculation of your mileage, or are you computing it yourself at the pump?

My trip computer tells me I am getting 18.9 mpg. I haven't tried to compute it manually to verify it, but I do get over 300 miles out of each tank, which isn't completely empty when I refill. My driving is 50/50 city, highway (65mph). I have been elated with the gas mileage I get from this thing.

And, I am doing this on regular gas. I ran premium for a couple months, then switched to regular to see if there was any performance degradation. There was none. This is not as much due to the cost of gas as it is to problems I have had with premium fuel in the past...all those 'detergents' are corrosive to oxygen sensors. I have had dealerships (for previously owned cars) tell me to stop using premium fuel if I didn't want to keep replacing O2 sensors. I have used regular ever since in all cars that I have with computerized ignitions. I do use premium in my old cars with high compression and no computers.

Big caveat: I live at 5000 feet above sea level, which affects the need for higher octane significantly. I don't know if performance would be affected using regular at lower altitudes.
 

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Remote starter and dvd system

I've installed for my auto-start a clifford solaris system. This is an entire alarm system in addition to the factory alarm. You can add an auto start kit with the existing system. The little circle outlined on the transmitter can be punched out an an auto start can be put in. If you do that you can auto-start but can not open doors thru the remote, have to open manually. I decided to go with an additional system for the following reasons.
1. Glass protection
2. Shock impact
3. Tilt sensor
4. Autostart
5. Short stop- can leave vehicle running remove key from ignition,arm the system and leave the SUV running. Return to car, disarm the alarm/doors open, enter vehicle put back into ignition and continue to go without shutting off vehicle. This is good for a quick stop for fast food, gas station, or 7-11.
6. police output siren.
7. immobileization
8. starter kill
9. hood and hatch switches
There are many other features which tell you if the alarm has gone off while you were away. Can even have the car autostart if voltage drops in battery. It is one of the hardest system for a criminal to break into, due to the electrical set-up of system.
A viper is less expensive but doesn't have as many features and more important easier to break thru.
The system overall cost $500-$600 depending on how many features you get. I went for a battery backup siren that is self powered and can notice any change in voltage, then go off.

As far as the DVD system i haven't found anyone or any system that satisfies my needs. There are many systems but i'm trying to find the correct one. hopefully soon and I'll let you know

My alarm guy, showed me HID bulbs in the MDX and I couldn't believe the difference. It looked as if the battery was dead in the stock beam. The light from the factory was so yellow compared to the HID beam. It lite up the len like you would never believe, I never even had thought about this change and I can't get it out of my mind the sight of those beams!! BTW the cost was $600 for only two beams, and I would have to do the fog lights and the standard lights which would be 4 beams at a cost of $1200 a little costly almost as much as the dvd.

Best of luck to all you guys.
BTW for the alarm system I would reccommend John at Ultrasounds in Lynbrook N.Y. 11563 :D

Check out www.clifford.com for all the details
 

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Jeopardy?

Are those of you that live in those high crime areas concerned with voiding your factory warranties with upgraded alarms and remote starters?

Screwed up an ignition system with a remote start and GM would not honor on my 2000 Silverado.
 

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Aftermarket alarm doesn't void factory warranty

I believe it's a good idea in a high crime or not high crime area. First of all, they are so rare to see criminals will be looking for them in my opinion. Once your spent 40k on an SUV what's another $600 to be secure!

As long as the aftermarket was installed by an authorized installer for that specific Alarm, It specifically doesn't void warranty by present laws. If that were the case you would be forced to pay whatever the dealer charged for an alarm. Not possible in any state. Already checked with the acura warranty division, or I wouldn't of installed the system to begin with. Just don't have a friend due the installation. The Clifford aftermarket system can't even compare to the acura system in any way, shape or form.
 

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Thanks alot paul123.
I Have alot to think about.
 
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