Hey VIP - I'll try to clarify.
1. Warranty - I think that "crossing the border" kills Canadian warranty, but does not put US one into effect.
I believe you are technically correct on this point in that the factory acura warranty is not valid in the US (unless you are a Canadian, see the manual). YOU CAN TAKE YOUR VEHICLE TO ANY DEALER IN CANADA FOR WARRANTY WORK. Obviously not convenient if you don't live near Canada. My auto-broker will take the car to Canada for any major warranty repairs not covered by the 3rd party warranty. I must admit, this is not ideal, but my prior experience owning Acura products is that they are solid and require little warranty work. Hopefully this one will be no different. I was willing to assume the risk, others may not be. Then again, they won't be driving their car anytime soon either w/o paying a premium.
2. Extended warranty you got is not as inclusive as the original bumper-to-bumper coverage. If you got a 3rd party warranty rather than AcuraCare, you are also missing out on Acura TLC, roadside assistance, etc.
Agreed. 3rd party Warranty is not as inclusive. However, I have the factory warranty too for any major uncovered items, but would have to have the car taken to Canada. It will probably be an inconvenience if it happens though. Hope this won't come back to bite me. You are incorrect on your point about roadside assistance (Acura Plus). It is covered in Canada and US. This is spelled out clearly in the Acura Plus plan that came with the vehicle.
3. The $500 off MSRP you keep mentioning - is it US$, and is it US MSRP? Once again, w/o exact figures, I believe that Canadian MSRP is about US$ 3,000 - 5,000 less than MDX Touring US MSRP.
I purchased at $500.00 US below the $US MSRP.
The only benefits of your purchase - you got it immediately and you have DRL. Did you really get a "great deal?" The truth is in the eyes of the beholder...
I would say benefits are as follows:
Purchased at a competitive price - $500 under MSRP (US) is better than anything I could come up with in Wa.
Got it immediately - This is a big deal. How much is depreication (time value) of an MDX per month? Each month you wait for a MDX is another month old the car will be, another month you won't be able to drive it. Each month someone waits for their '02 car is another month older the car gets. By the time some people get their MDX's that are on order, the O3's will come out shortly after.
Is it a great deal? I'd say no. Is it the best I could get in the near-term? I think so.
I love the car. Time will tell how the warranty issue plays out.