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I was contacted by Sunnyvale Acura because I used
AAA auto buying program. Over there, they are
putting about 490.00 option ( wheel lock, cargo
tray and rear mud guard) + MSRP with refundable
deposit. The delivery time is 4 wks to 8 wks.

I am still looking for a deal that is willing
to sell at MSRP near bay area.

Will check out the dealer rating link! Thanks!
 

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We got our X from them about a week ago. Yes, the
price is MSRP+$490 for the protection package (wheel
lock/cargo tray/mud guard). Even though earlier post
from whitemdx indicated that they're doing MSRP without
forced options, it's no longer the case. In addition, they
charged you ~$750 for side step (or running board) if you
want it.

From our experience, Stevens Creek may be a little bit
cheaper with their forced option. For about MSRP + ~$850 you
get running board (or side step), wheel lock, and mud guard.
Of course this is the case that you want either side step or
running board.

The reason why we settle on Sunnyvale is the wait time, which
is 4~8 weeks shorter.

So far we love our X :) The only problem is the rattling sound
from the 2nd row seat ....
 

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YHLin:

Congratulations on you 'X. $490 for the protection package is not to bad. It's bad, just not that bad.

It costs about $200 for you to buy them from Tim, and add another $75 for installation. So, they milk you for about $200 (0.5% of the vehicle cost). Now that you bought your car in 2001, you saved the 0.25% tax .... so effectively you paid about $100 more.

Not too bad, just enjoy your X. Do let me know how you got around the noise in your 2nd row seats. I remember listening to something like that, but not anymore.
 

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When I orderd mine the wait was 7months I think it came in 5,but that was when everyone was waiting that long. I just had it serviced a couple of weeks ago and they had a few in the lot that wasn't sold.
 

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I have to agree that Mike Andrews was a pleasure to deal with. I couldn't buy the 'X from him as they could not get the car when I needed it. I put my deposit down early July for a 02. At that time, the wait in theory was 7 months, but more likely it was 5 months. As the model year came to an end, most of the folks who were waiting for 01 opted out for 02. Their policy was to put them ahead of you. Although I wanted a 02 to start with, I was pushed back in the line. I was then given a date of Mid March.

I then got a call from Cerritos Acura that they had a Redrock in, I went and got it.

However, I have been treated excellently by Hopkins Acura. Mike even offered me a Mahogany during Thanksgiving time.

Good Luck with your car hunt. Do consider other players such as Sunnyvale Acura where you pay about $200 more, but you get the car much quicker.
 

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Rattling sound from 2nd row

After did some experiments, I think I nailed down where it's
coming from. If I put down the seats beyond driver side on 2nd
row (put it flat) the rattling sound went away. I guess it's time
for Sunnyvale Acura to check what's really going on ...

In addition, during the installation of cargo cover I got from
Tim yesterday (Thanks Tim :) ), I found out one screw seems to
be missing. Put in more details: to install cargo cover we need
to remove two covers on the wall. Inside the hole there's a screw
tighten the plastic wall to the outer frame (or metal?). The
problem with my 'X is that I only found the screw on the right
(passenger side) but not on the left. Because of that I can tell
there's gap between the wall and the frame which may create
noise when there's vibration. It probably explained the
disappearence of the rattling sound after I put in the cargo cover.
The retension mechanism of cargo cover probably tighten the wall
and the frame and hence no gap is left. But I still couldn't explain
why putting down the 2nd row has something to do with location?

Is the missing screw normal? If not then I'm a little bit
disappointed with Acura's quality control :mad:
 

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yhlin,

Late congrats to you on your new 'X. I have been without internet access at home for over three weeks now thanks to at&t cable modem customer support, so I couldn't check out this forum for a while.

I've only seen another white 'X once on the street so far. I still have that special feeling where white 'X is quite rare and get a look from other people.

Anyhow, enjoy your new 'X and hope that rattling sound gets resolved soon.
 

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Hi, mdxbotman,

So is there any place in northern Cal that would sell for MSRP ?
Niello Acura in Sacramento seems to be the best choice - they sell at MSRP, and have very good ratings. I was on the list for several months, but mine came in at Stevens Creek Acura so I bought that.

I think the deal at Sunnyvale Acura is better than Stevens Creek - I had to pay ~$1100 for the running boards (or side steps), wheel locks, and mud flaps, which is about $600 (not counting labor) over Tim's price. Sunnyvale is only $200 over, so I'd call that a better deal. It took me about two months to get my Mahogany 188 from Stevens Creek.
 

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2002 taxes

GCK wrote:

Now that you bought your car in 2001, you saved the 0.25% tax .... so effectively you paid about $100 more.
Actually, it didn't work out that way for me. I was told the car would be delivered in 2001, so I signed the purchase contract in advance of delivery because we were leaving town for a week and I wanted to ensure the car would be mine. It didn't actually arrive until 2002, so I had to sign a new purchase contract. The sales tax did go up 0.25% (in California), or about $100, but the luxury tax went down about $90, so it ended up costing almost the same.

Bill
 

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White MDX

I've only seen another white 'X once on the street so far. I still have that special feeling where white 'X is quite rare and get a look from other people.

Thanks for the tip few weeks ago, whitemdx.

Somehow I got the same feeling as well even though I've
never seen other white 'X on the street ;)

Only if I can get the rattling sound disappear .... :(
 

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Re: Rattling sound from 2nd row

yhlin said:
After did some experiments, I think I nailed down where it's
coming from. If I put down the seats beyond driver side on 2nd
row (put it flat) the rattling sound went away. I guess it's time
for Sunnyvale Acura to check what's really going on ...

In addition, during the installation of cargo cover I got from
Tim yesterday (Thanks Tim :) ), I found out one screw seems to
be missing. Put in more details: to install cargo cover we need
to remove two covers on the wall. Inside the hole there's a screw
tighten the plastic wall to the outer frame (or metal?). The
problem with my 'X is that I only found the screw on the right
(passenger side) but not on the left. Because of that I can tell
there's gap between the wall and the frame which may create
noise when there's vibration. It probably explained the
disappearence of the rattling sound after I put in the cargo cover.
The retension mechanism of cargo cover probably tighten the wall
and the frame and hence no gap is left. But I still couldn't explain
why putting down the 2nd row has something to do with location?

Is the missing screw normal? If not then I'm a little bit
disappointed with Acura's quality control :mad:

Just got back from service department of Los Gatos Acura. The
rattle noise came from the leather rubbing each other on the 2nd
row seats. After they put on conditioner the noise went away :)

However, two problems disturb me ...

1. The screw (see above) is really missing. The technician checked
the other 'X and sure enough the screw is there. It's just not
there in my 'X.

2. When I mentioned the rear emblem is kind of loose. Technician
played it for few seconds and it dropped to the ground!! I
cannot image what my face looked like. I was in shock to see
this happened.

Overall this is a great car but I just have doubt in Acura's quality :confused:
 

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YHLin:

I have the same problem, and it bothers me (Seat Rattle Sound). I folded down one half of the seat and the problem is gone. I had my mother-in-law sit on the seat, the problem is gone. I hooked up the 2nd row seat belt to the third row seat, and the problem seem to be minimized. I held the 2nd row seat belt behind the seat, the problem seem to be minimized, but not completely gone. I will try putting a towel between the two seats to see if it is gone. Thanks for your insight into this problem.
 

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I had the rear seat rattle, but noticed it usually was not there
when passengers were riding in the 2nd seat. I found the rattle
in my 'X' was caused by the seat belt latch. When no one was
riding in the back and when the seat belt latch was in its rest
position, it was rubbing and knocking against the plastic trim on
the side of the MDX. After repositioning the belt latch, so it could not
bang against the plastic, the rattle went away.
I have been trying to figure out a nice Velcro solution to
keep the latch from tapping against the plastic after someone uses the belt.
 
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