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Okay, they told me - of their dealership, he-he, but I think, - of you, guys - MDXers! It was much of surprise to get it almost as promised and just before the Holiday!

My new baby is GG + Navi.

Thanks to all of you who shared their thoughts and experience!

As a pay back - a little of mine in hope they'll help someone else. Even though I'm originally from "The Country of Suggestion", I don't want you to consider those as suggestions - just IMHO. It's always personal, up to you and the other guy and can not be 'standardized".

1. While waiting for the car you probably better do not pay much attention on the build-production-delivery stuff. Just try to pick up the right dealer so you can be more or less sure that he's not fooling you around. They know how to deliver and they will try to keep their word if they are good. Use your common sense when choosing and then - just wait ;-) If you suspect they're lying to - I've got a wrong guy...

I think I worried to much when found out here that some guys got their BD and I did not, even though I was the 1st in the line. I do not think all those calls I made to them changed anything.

2. When delivery date is set, try to define prior to coming what options and at what price you want(if they're not ordered already). It safes at least your time: I just showed prices I have from Tim and ask if they can match'em. Guess what was the answer... Something like, - "How can they do THIS????"(I think, they meant - to them ;-))

Also, even if you know that your dealer do not force you to buy any, it's better to make sure that nothing is gonna be installed "by default". I got wheel locks and windows itching, even though was promised at a time of placing an order I would not get them if I did not want... By their logic it might not be called "forced accessories" it's - default ones. It took some time to get it settled in a way I was more or less satisfied.

3. For those who are trying to decide whether to get Navi - after my first drive I really like it even more. It guided me back home nicely adjusting to all missed turns(I knew directions anyway)! Perhaps it will depreciate faster then the car itself, but it's a really good feature to have if you plan to drive not only to and from nearest ShopRite(if you plan just do so - do not buy this truck at all). It tells you where to turn so you do not need to keep your eyes on the screen. Maps are pretty detailed and easy to read.

Now the questions I have on my own:

1. I noticed that when transmission is switching "D5-N-R"(and not the other way) I can hear some clicking sound - is anyone aware if it's okay?
2. I think I've red already that on '02 back side window produces rattle sound on rough roads - is it something known and dealer should fix it?
3. I was told that 9 out of 10 of their MDX buyers take Lojack. I didn't take it yesterday, but can anyone tell me if it's really good thing to have and for how much?
 

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Welcome to the Club. I couldn't agree more with you about the Navigation System. It's just awesome. It's a must :)

Lo-Jack: I was told the same, but I know I didn't get it, neither the guy before and after me. So, it really couldn't be 9/10. In my opinion, Lo-Jack is nothing buy a waste of money.
 

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Thanks GCK!

The only thing I miss a little - Touring. I think I should've ordered one. Actually, I could "upgrade" my order, but the price was too much for me - go down the line and wait some more time ;-)

So, I decided stick with Base and buy accessories on saved money :)
 

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dfroim:

I think Navi system is the key. I wasn't too keen on the touring, but in the grand scheme of things, decided to go for it. I would have killed myself if I didn't get the Navi. Life without touring is not as bad as life without the Navi.

Good Luck and hope you will enjoy the car for a long long time :)
 

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dfroim said:

Now the questions I have on my own:

1. I noticed that when transmission is switching "D5-N-R"(and not the other way) I can hear some clicking sound - is anyone aware if it's okay?
2. I think I've red already that on '02 back side window produces rattle sound on rough roads - is it something known and dealer should fix it?
3. I was told that 9 out of 10 of their MDX buyers take Lojack. I didn't take it yesterday, but can anyone tell me if it's really good thing to have and for how much?
Welcome to the club.

Answers:
1. Clicking sound is normal, I was told and have them too :D
2. Don't have it in my 01.
3. That is not true, IMHO. None of my friends MDX have them. But lots of NYC MDXers have them. So it depends on location :D

It would be nice if you update your signature line :)

Cheers
 

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My dealer didn't even mention Lo Jack. I actually thougth about it later after reading others on this board getting it. I've considered it from time to time, but haven't taken the plunge.

Congrats and welcome to the family. :)
 

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Thanks tdnote!

I still don't like that clicking - I want it to be silent as a lamb ;-)
What actually surprised me that it only happens in one direction...

About that "rattled window", I couldn't find today, but I remember someone mentioned it here once(it was referred as a "back side window"). I assume it's not how it should be. Unfortunately I didn't take it for a test drive on a rough road yesterday before signing even though was going to and printed out "check list" from this site. I just got jammed in the traffic, arrived much later, etc...

I'll update my profile ;-)
 

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I have LoJack. Their prices are pretty standardized and avail through their mobile service. I paid $595 + tax.

I would agree that LoJack is a complete waste of money...unless of course, your MDX is stolen. ;) There are those that argue that you might receive a stripped down version of your wheels, but many newer LoJack equipped cars out HERE are found 'parked' in one piece...while thieves wait for that "cool down" period, after disconnecting the battery. LoJack has a backup battery which continues to transmit a signal for several days following a disconnect.

Of course "Gone in 60 seconds" comes to mind and your results may vary. :)
 

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dfroim congrats on your new MDX :) Please post pics so we can all see it!

I have the '01, but do not have the noise in the transmission you mention, nor do I have a noise in the rear window.

I don't have LoJack, was asked if I wanted, but no pressure. Also no mention of "9 out of 10". Oddly enough, the insurance agent asked me if I had it too :rolleyes:
 

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almost a week as a member.

Hey, all!

After almost a week of owning - very satisfied owner.

Even though I did not get a chance for real test(snow/rain/very long trip + off road) yet, but regular trips were impressive.

As far as my initial concerns - unfortunately they're still there. That click when going to 'R' bothers me, - seems too loud for such smooth transmission.

"Window sound" - not sure actually what's making this sound. It seems to me I didn't hear it when we were on a long trip, but heard it today. Perhaps, - not secured center seat belt latch(on the roof)? But it was coming from the right today(I checked doors). Not sure(I can't believe I was not able to find the other post up here about the same problem).

One set back for a Navi though. Was travelling to Queens(NY) and it couldn't find Queens Blvd. as a destination!!! Couldn't believe it! Even didn't give me an opportunity to enter that name... :-( Though when I was on my way home - positioned, named the street and guided me correctly. Perhaps DB problem.

Third row seats(tried to seat there first time on my own) looks Okay for me, but as it was mentioned before, not for a long trip. I'm about 5'10 and there still was some space, but knees were to high.

I'm sorry, no pictures yet. It's not a problem to make them and I was going, but ... my first wife ;-)) asked me to finish painting our room, so I was pretty preoccupied by this last weekend. I definitely will.
 

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Regarding Lojack,

I didn't get it, but i think the MDX doesn't need it(IMHO). The theives(i'm talking about the car theives and not the dealer) cannot hotwire a MDX. the only way they can drive away with your MDX is by having your keys. the original keys have a computer chip that lets the car start. In other words, if you made a copy of your key at walmart, it will not start the car. If you lose your key, you have to go to the dealer(theives), and pay $50 for another key that is programmed to start your MDX. got all that:)

btw, lojack comes in handy if you have a vette, or porsche, or other high demand-low supply vehicles that might be stolen and transferred to Mexico. therefore, it is probably only worth it if you are living on the border(TX, CA, AZ).

btw, CONGRATS on your new ride, and enjoy:D
 
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