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Go to a Toyota dealer - look at a Highlander or Sequioa - NO orange peel in the paint! Look at a Honda built in Marysville Ohio - no orange peel in the paint. Canada built MDX's are not built with the same care and quality as elsewhere. For a 50k vehicle the paint is sorry.
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This is pretty annoying. Has a poll ever been done to see if this is on all MDX's? If so, wouldn't this be class action suit material? Any lawyers out there?
 

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Ironically, I looked for the orange peel paint when I took delivery and didn't notice it. It was an over cast day and I was excited. It was only later while washing it that I saw it. :eek: Fortunately, you have to know what you're looking for and be in the right light before you see it.
 

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I didn't notice it when test driving the MDX two months ago - however, I *did* notice it on a black RL sitting in the dealership I visited on Friday.

I think that the color of the vehicle plays a part - the darker vehicles make it more obvious.

There were some posts about this awhile back - namely mentioning stricter environmental laws that reduce certain compounds in paint, making the orange peel look stick out. I didn't notice it on other manufacturers vehicles, though - could this be a Canada thing?
 

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Hmmm there was a long thread a while back on orange peel paint. The question is the matter of degree. Apparently all vehicles, with the right color, with the right lighting, have some degree of orange peel. And it's a lot easier to see on a big vehicle like the MDX! So the $64,000 question is, does your vehicle have it excessively? And are MDX's more susceptible to it?

I remember posters seeing orange peel on $60,000 MB's with the right lighting. I noticed orange peel on a Subaru the other day when the sunlight hit it right.
 

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William; I'm sure there are other makes and models that have orange peel, but in the same price class as Acura? No!
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William; I'm sure there are other makes and models that have orange peel, but in the same price class as Acura? No!
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Well, yes, you're right. The Acura is in a different price class than the $60,000 Mercedes with the orange peel paint! ;)

http://www.acuramdx.org/forums/showthread.php?threadid=1819&highlight=orange+peel

For more recent buyers, if you search for "orange peel" you'll find a wealth of information. E.g. here's one thread:

http://www.acuramdx.org/forums/showthread.php?threadid=1474&highlight=orange+peel
 

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I was looking at a MB C class the other day and there was minimal orange peel. I think its on all cars nowadays, it probably has to do with the automation of the paint process. After seeing that, I didn't feel that bad.
 

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I have an MDX and a TL-S. The paint on the MDX is far superior. I guess I'm lucky though, neither car had a single blemish or paint defect.
 

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The paint on cars today has been automated for fifteen years or more. Not many production cars are painted by humans. So yesterday I walked around a Toyota lot and saw no orange peel on any of the new cars. The orange peel defect may be a product of the new water based paint, but Toyota is under the same restrictions and manages without the problems of the MDX paint. More likely it is the plant management not making the proper adjustments to the paint line. Put the blame where it belongs - on Acura production management.
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I was also concerned about the orange peel problem, and most vehicles I've seen have this problem to some degree. My wife's cousin has a $100,000 CDN Ferrari ('89 328 GTS) that I saw the other day. Beautiful car, but guess what, it also had a degree of Orange peel. Yes, it was the original paint (grey). I don't think that mine was much worse than the Ferrari, but it is more noticeable because of the color and the size. I'm not too concerned about it any more.
 

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For me, the PERTINENT question is: does it make any difference in how the paint will weather. does anyone know the answer?

while I agree it is lame that Acura can't get it consistently right (damn Canadians!), I'm not going to get worked up about it unless it will adversely affect the durability of the vehicle in some way.

If it is a significant defect, then it may be time to push the issue...:D

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So now we know where that "A" in Acura comes from... Canada Ah!

Now that's gotta be a first... calling Acura "those damn Canadians". Well as the song says "Blame it on Canada!".
 

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Atlanta:

your post had me LOL!:D Suddenly images of John Candy storming the border flew into my mind.

In light of the oh-so-lengthy discussion of xenophobia and the manufacturing of the modern automobile (see the "My wife wants to buy American" thread) I figured that I'd just cut to the chase and blame the Canadians. Aren't their expansionist policies and rampant consumerism the cause of all the world's ills?:D :D :D

BTW, how is the MDX A/C fairing in the Hotlanta summer? I was 5.5 yrs in NC and don't miss the summer days (although the warm nights were great if you could handle the skeeters).

Happy trails.
 

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Atlanta:

your post had me LOL!:D Suddenly images of John Candy storming the border flew into my mind.

In light of the oh-so-lengthy discussion of xenophobia and the manufacturing of the modern automobile (see the "My wife wants to buy American" thread) I figured that I'd just cut to the chase and blame the Canadians. Aren't their expansionist policies and rampant consumerism the cause of all the world's ills?:D :D :D

BTW, how is the MDX A/C fairing in the Hotlanta summer? I was 5.5 yrs in NC and don't miss the summer days (although the warm nights were great if you could handle the skeeters).

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I'm glad I was able to add a little levity to your day! Yeah, I've kept up with the "My Wife" thread.... Hey, Blame it on the Wife! :) Just kidding. Yeah, those Canadians are taking over everything! Where will it stop?!? :D

The X handles the heat pretty well. Although I'll admit there have been a few really hot afternoons. Your first summer in Atlanta is always the worst. Then you kinda get used to it.

On a different note, they (the infamous "they") have found some birds with the "West Nile" virus (which is carried by 'skeeters). So people have been a little stupid over that.

What's new in your neck of the woods?
 

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But, Dorkus, I have yet to hear a SINGLE apology for Celene Dion, Labatts beer, that weird football field or Les Expos. And what's with that PM of their's? They only wish they could have a leader as worthy of admiration as Shrub... er I meen Bushe... uh Busch... uh Bush, yeah that's it.:D

Happy Trails
 
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