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Thanks for this helpful forum. I am new to Acura. My current car(Honda) was just totaled and I was looking at used Highlanders but also now considering some MDX's I saw.

I saw that Consumer Reports downgraded used MDX in recent year buyer guide vs. prior years they are recommended for used cars so not sure if they have more problems new.

My question is I am looking at a used 2011 or 2012 base Model MDX(No tech) and wondering about reliability of that year. (Both are sold by reputable dealers). Both have about 80k miles. The 2011 MDx is about $23k and the 2012 MDX is $20k. The 2011 price seems a high from what I see.

Thanks for any feedback about that year.
 

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Just speculation here, but I'm guessing they downgraded because of the rampant oil burning issue plaguing these cars. It's a shame, I really like our MDX and this issue has changed my thoughts on keeping it for the long haul and you can be sure it's replacement DEFINITELY will not be another Acura.

Honda, are you listening? FIX THIS ISSUE.
 

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Thanks for this helpful forum. I am new to Acura. My current car(Honda) was just totaled and I was looking at used Highlanders but also now considering some MDX's I saw.

I saw that Consumer Reports downgraded used MDX in recent year buyer guide vs. prior years they are recommended for used cars so not sure if they have more problems new.

My question is I am looking at a used 2011 or 2012 base Model MDX(No tech) and wondering about reliability of that year. (Both are sold by reputable dealers). Both have about 80k miles. The 2011 MDx is about $23k and the 2012 MDX is $20k. The 2011 price seems a high from what I see.

Thanks for any feedback about that year.
By a 07-09 MDX. You will save some money and the cars tend not to burn oil, which is specific (or more likely to happen) to 10-13 model years.
 

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Pick your POISON-

go for 2010-2013 if you prefer excessive OIL burning!
go for 2007-2009 MDX if you wanna experience the woes of the poorly designed HFL/Bluetooth module that will regularly drain your battery/leave you stranded on the road waiting for a tow truck for weeks.

Given the choice, I'd still say go for 2007 to 2009 MDX- once you get past/resolve the Bluetooth module electrical drain drama segment of 2nd Gen. MDX ownership (disconnect it, pull it out of car and THROW it away, do no BAKE it like a Turkey or like Chocolate Chip cookies like some users do in an attempt to get it to work okay!!!), it can be smooth sailing AFTERWARDS, if you manage to keep up with the maintenance!!! :29:

oh and lastly (and highly subjectional in nature), I do prefer the visual asethetics of the front grills of the 07'-09' MDX's
<img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/5171759449_7d4b719cc4_b.jpg" width="50%" height="50%">

(in comparison to) over that of the front grills of the 10'-13' MDX's:
<img src="http://static.cdemo.com/65325979/1024/automobiles-used-2012-acura-mdx-1592888-front-vehicle-photo-Image.jpg" width="50%" height="50%">
 

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I HIGHLY recommend 07-09! I'm not going to speak for the 10-13, as I've not driven or owned one, but other than the HFL unit, my car is flawless! (Except my transmission, which has a potential wiring issue that I need to address, but won't include as a con)
 

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I have a 2011 MDX Adv+Ent with +103,000 miles and I burn around 1/2 to 2/3 of quart of oil between the 7,500-8,500 oil changes. The oil burning issue is more miss than hit. The 07-09 or +10 MDXs are very similar on paper and appearance with little differences only an owner would notice. I lean towards the +10 MDXs when I was looking with either tech or Adv features because I liked the tech updates compared to the 07-09. There were very little changes between the 10-13 model years except graystone interior option for the 12-13 model years.

2010-2013 tech Updates:
- 6AT, faster 0-60, a touch better mpgs
- paddle shifters
- updated faster harddrive based Navi with XM weather and traffic (can't always use my small screen smartphone with 0-1 bars in the southwest)
- hard-drive to copy CDs
- USB for smartphone or flash-drive music
- streaming Bluetooth audio
- Bluetooth upload of phone-book
- need to know zero voice commands for pairing phone
- (I think) standard power lift gate for all models
- updated front and rear bumper, I liked the buck tooth +10 a touch better than the 07-09 shield
- Advance model MDXs added CMBS, ACC, ADS, BSI, 3 level heated/cooled front seats, auto level headlights, and pre-tension seat belts along with tech package
- Entertainment models for tech or Adv models added DVD drop down screen, Audio controls for music, IR wireless headphones, 115v plug in front armrest, AUX jacks for wired headphones and video/audio input for rear passengers, and heated outside 2nd row seats.

The magnetic suspension you find on the 07-09 sport or +10 Adv models are a PITA. It runs around $700-$1100 per corner to replace and there is no pattern or conditions for predicting when they fail. Acura does provide a extended warranty to 100K to fix failed magnetic suspensions; but, I'm not sure when older models like the 2007-2008 are aged out. Just make sure a super good deal of "For Sale By Owner" doesn't include a Sport model MDX with an ADS (Active Damper System) in need of repair. Look for a button between gear shift and armrest with a small light and the words "Comfort" on it for ADS 07-13 MDXs.
 
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