Although I tried to buy Honda/Acura products three time previously.
In 1980 I really wanted a Honda Prelude, but could not work out a trade deal. I was trading a high milage '74 Cutlass Supreme and had no other money to put down. The banks would only finance 75% of the new car price and the trade was not that much. Honda basically told me tough. The Datsun dealer raised the price of a 200SX $1000 and gave me an extra $1000 on my trade so the percentages would work. Datsun wanted and got my business.
In 1984, with two young children, we wanted a 4-Door Sedan and decided to trade the Datsun 200SX. We wanted an Accord but the Honda dealer demanded full MSRP for an '84 Accord. I told them they were out of their minds; that I would NEVER pay full MSRP for an automobile We went on to buy a well discounted '84 Nissan Stanza. It was much more nicely equipped than the Accord anyway with power everything.
In early '87 we fell in love with the Acura Legend, but could not afford it. We "settled" for an Integra and made a deal with the sales rep. When we went in to close the deal the "settled" price ahd risen considerably. I had never been treated this way before. For the first time ever someone told me they would sell a car for a certain price and then they refused. We filed a protest with the BBB that was never resolved and we never bought the car. We vowed to never buy an Acura product after that.
I suppose that says a lot about the MDX. We were so smitten with the MDX that we not only bought an Acura, but it was at full MSRP.
Definately does not sound like a purchase made on product loyalty and says a lot about your expectations.
See many parallels in our taste. Owned a '81 Prelude, '86 Accord Sedan, '90 Accord Coupe, '87 Integra Hatch, and a '93 Legend Sedan which when traded on the MDX had 14,000 miles on it.
Only difference is that the MDX is the only one all those vehicles which was purchased without a sizable discount.
I also have high expectations, because I held off a X5 purchase from January 2000, until October to to see and drive the MDX.
Incidentally, also traded a '96 RAV towards the MDX.
Have had great luck with all Acura/Honda products & most dealers.
'89 Legend L Coupe
'89 Legend L Sedan
'95 Accord Coupe (traded in the Legend Coupe)
'95 Odessy (traded the 95 honda coupe - got transferred & needed room - actually didn't lose any $$)
'97 Accord Coupe - traded '89 Acura sedan
'99 Accord Sedan (traded 97 coupe off lease)
just sold 99 accord - waiting to buy '02 MDX
Had very good luck with with all but one Honda dealer. Always bought for well under MSRP
Have '98 CR-V 52000 miles, plus another 16000 miles being towed behind a motor home... NO propblems... one set brake pads, and new tires at 42000.
2000 Odyssey, almost 12000, and no problems, except a "wrinkled" windshield gasket, replaced under warranty.
10600 on MDX... so far fine, except for minor "weeping mirrors!
I owned a 1982 Honda Accord and it was not even close to being one of the best cars I have owned. Didn't even consider a MDX until I saw an ad in a magazine last December. Investigated it more, saw it had more room than a X5 and much better mileage than our Yukon but less space. I never even considered an Acura in my litany of car purchases until now because they did not produce (themselves not Isuzu) a 4WD/AWD vehicle. As far as brand loyalty goes, the only marque that has earned it to date is Subaru but Acura is definitely growing on me.
This is my first Acura/Honda vehicle. My brother owned the first Accord long time ago for 10 years and like it. My in-law owns the early Legend and have absolutely no problems. All mine are pretty much Toyota for car and Chrysler for minivan. I did not consider SUV in the past due to bumpy ride, noisy and uncomfortable ride. The minivan is dying and we do not really want such room in the minivan. Two older kids have their own car and the yaoungest one is in Jr High. My spouse have the 95 Toyota Avalon and have no problems (even cosmetic or trivial) since taking delivery. So I look for a luxury sedan, even though we do go camping at least four times a year and skiing for three times a year, planning to use the Toyota. So I am set for a luxury sedan, Lexus or MB. I did not like the look of the Lexus so I settle on the MB E320. While negotiating the price, my trusted friend showed me his MDX. I like the look and features. Upon test friving his MDX and the dealer demo, I switched completely to the MDX due to versatility, roominess, comfort, ride, safety, reliability, power and luxury. A perfect combination for me with a price lower than the SUV competition (luxury and souped up or loaded up version).
Between my wife and I:
86 Civic HB
88 CRX Si
91 Accord EX 4Dr
92 Accord EX 2Dr
94 Civic EX Coupe
97 Accord EXL 4Dr
99 CRV EX
There was a Quest and a 4Runner within those years but nothing beats Honda/Acura. Even worked as a service advisor at a Honda dealer for 1 year.
A number of my close friends all got Integras in the mid to late 80's and all of them had great experiences with them. A couple of them (1987 and 1988) are still going strong for them. So (potential for) reliability was one of the reasons we decided on the MDX. Our last car, a Volvo V70, was getting minor work done every 2-3 months which became a real pain after a while.