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Just ordered an '03 MDX touring for the wife yesterday after
our long wait and test drive of a Volvo XC90.

Last January we attended the Cleveland Auto show and were
casually looking for a replacement of my wifes '00 Durango.
We did spend a few minutes at the MDX, but focused on the
XC90 the longest. After 10 months of reading and internet
looking we finally drove both the T6 and the 5 cyl. models.
We arrived at the Volvo/ Acura dealership and took a number
for a test drive of the XC90. While waiting we ventured over
to the Acura dealership side and decided to test drive an MDX
while we waited. This would establish a bench mark for our
comparison to the XC90.

To make a long story short we cut our deal for a '03 MDX.

This is my first post after signing up minutes ago. I'll keep it
short to learn proper protocol.

thanks,

David
 

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Welcome and congrats..........you won't be disappointed....had mine for a month and am still looking at it over my shoulder when I park it and walk away......:2:
 

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Congratulations on your MDX purchase Akron and welcome to the board.

What factors made you decide on the MDX instead of the XC90?
 

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Baldeagle"

I just spent 20 minutes typing my reply and when I sent
it the system told me I had not login'd yet. But I did ??

this it is a test...

David
 

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Baldeagle

Baldeagle:

The XC90 had a few things that made us pass and move onto
the MDX. Here is a brief list:


1. First year in production and dealers were selling from a pre-
optioned list that had all the top heavy XC's at the top for
several months.

2. During our test drives in both the 2.5 and 2.9 versions the
4-wheel drive system engages after one of the wheels rotates
1/7 of a spin, then the system 'jolts' the vehicle. A very
disconcerning system when we all know that on roads in very
bad weather all it takes is a sudden movement of your vehicle
and your in a spin. We both believed that the engagement
of the 4-wheel system could set the vehilce in a spin.

3. The 3rd row seats were for small children only. The TALL
headrests were not removable and blocked 90% of the view
out the rear wind shield. VERY BAD .....

4. Pick your poison, one turbo or two ? Volvo had to use the
turbos to get their engines to the point needed to move and
pull stuff with the XC. why not rely on good engieering and
let the engine produre the HP not a trubo.

5. It would have been nice to drive an XC for a few months
with no others on the road.

6. The XC's brakes are best in its class. According to Motor Trend
the XC stopped 3' shorter from 60 MPH than my BMW 528.
And my car is a class leader in stopping. The XC stopped very
well !!!!

7. Volvo will need to make a few adjustments and establish
a 3-year track record to beat the MDX, if it can ?

As I write this we are having a BLIZZARD and it has dropped
6" of snow in 90 minutes. The '00 Durango got us to dinner and
back and will serve us until Thursday when we pick up the MDX.

thanks for your reply,

David
 

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3 Row Headrests on XC

If the headrests are not removable and there is not much room, how would the seats fold flat?

Also, losing all of that view out the rear would be hard to live with for years.
 

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Awesome brakes are a very reassuring thing and they feel great, believe me, I'm extremely performance-oriented drive. However let's face reality. In virtually all urban North American areas in today's world, there is no point for having tremendous performance. You nail the gas and your car is going way faster than it should be once it finishes 2nd gear. Ok so why did I just get this 400 horsepower monster again? :mad:

Brakes though are like "the stronger, the better!" but don't worry, the 2003 MDX now has dual-piston calipers up front and are designed to support your MDX, a full load, AND a heavy thingy being towed. Besides, it weighs 4500 lbs, far less than some of the other behemoths on the road. I think the fully decked-out XC90 is a lot heavier as well. Also you have VSA now which is great.

Nowadays in congestion it's more important to have proper dynamics. Does the suspension handle sudden moves well? Do the brakes proportion properly between 4 corners when braking during cornering? Do the brakes *feel* linear instead of mushy? (that is more important to me than stopping distances. Example is the Audi S4. Phenomenal braking distances but I friggin HATE HATE HATE the spongy feel of the brakes! UGH!) That is more important than requiring the 6 less feet to stop your car cuz the guy in front of you stopped too suddenly. Even so, even econo-cars these days have adequate enough stopping power in a straight line to make your passengers go "whoa man, what the hell is your problem? Take it easy!" :D
 

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Brakes

One thing I need to keep in mind is the fact that one of the MDX's
I drove had 35 miles on it and the other that we borrowed for
the weekend had 500 miles on it.

There may be a break-in period for the disc and pads ???

With my BMW for every micron of added force there is an
exponential increase in braking ability....with the MDX you reach
a point of braking force and the more you push the brake pedal
the less added increase of braking is experienced.

Again, my opinion is based on brand new brakes that have
not been given the chance to 'seat'. If by 1000 miles an improvement is needed, BREMBO pads will be my next move for
the front discs.

What have others experienced with braking ability as the miles
increase with your MDX ?

David
 
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