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Think about getting a new MDX SHAWD ultimate. I am coming from a an X5 that is about to come out of warranty and well I think you all know about owning bmw's out of warranty. I have a v8 with the m-sport package and I am done with replacing tires and waiting for the V8 to go wrong which they are prone too.

Thinking about this, a Durango or a Grand Cherokee. I tend to buy fully loaded vehicles. It will be my commuter car in Denver.

I am concerned about some of the stuff I have read on here. Rear suspension noise, rattles, fuel pump, steering column, fit and finish finish and some of the tech issues - nav screen, adaptive cruise. I am also concerned about the manners of the 9 speed. Dealer has some 15's left over with the 6 speed.

I do not want a maintenance hog. I don't have a lot of patience for repairs which is why the Beemer is going by bye. Thoughts from the collective appreciated.
 

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I would not recommend any car that was researched on car forums. Bearing that in mind, I highly recommend the mdx. Mine has been trouble free so far, with none of the issues commonly found in this forum.
 

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Think about getting a new MDX SHAWD ultimate. I am coming from a an X5 that is about to come out of warranty and well I think you all know about owning bmw's out of warranty. I have a v8 with the m-sport package and I am done with replacing tires and waiting for the V8 to go wrong which they are prone too.

Think about this, Durango and a Geand Cherokee. I tend to buy fully loaded vehicles. It will be my commuter car in Denver.

I am concerned about some of the stuff I have read on here. Rear suspension noise, rattles, fuel pump, steering column, fit and finish finish and some of the tech issues - nav screen, adaptive cruise. I am also concerned about the manners of the 9 speed. Dealer has some 15's left over with the 6 speed.

I do not want a maintenance hog. I don't have a lot of patience for repairs which is why the Beemer is going by bye. Thoughts from the collective appreciated.
I have just bought the 2016 MDZ SH-AWD with NAV
Have had 8 RX 350 over since 1999. Loved everyone of them. Was looking for a change so we went to Acura and took a Demo drive over the same pot hole road we used to get there in Ohio. The salesman reached over and pushed a button an we were riding on silk. I asked " What did you do " he said he switched the IDS from Normal to Comfort

When we got back to the Dealership I talked to my wife and we agreed that the Ride was Superior to the Lexus RX 350 2013 with 20,000

We made the decision to buy. Dealership was not as Professional as Lexus. Have had the Vehicle for 650 miles and glad we went with Acura. Dealership I will change for service as we live in rwo places half the year.
 

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You, coming from a X5 v8, will be a bit disappointed with the MDX. There's a huge difference between the price of those 2 and it's unfair to compare them side by side. The MDX is more of a people hauler crossover.

I think you're better off checking the Lexus LX, GX or the Land Cruiser. Those 3 are in the same price point with V8 engines and very reliable.


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You, coming from a X5 v8, will be a bit disappointed with the MDX. There's a huge difference between the price of those 2 and it's unfair to compare them side by side. The MDX is more of a people hauler crossover.

I think you're better off checking the Lexus LX, GX or the Land Cruiser. Those 3 are in the same price point with V8 engines and very reliable.


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I do not want to spend as much as I did on the X5. I also want a bit better fuel economy than those will offer. I also need to be able to park in a fairly tight parking garage at work. I find Lexi to be dry white toast and generally speaking excepting the RX to be a generation behind. Besides whomever is in charge of the new Lexus design style needs to be left stranded on a deserted island in the South Pacific.
 

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MDX is better than the other choices that you listed...even with all the "issues" (mostly minor), they are pale in comparison to Durango, Jeep, and BMW.

The exception (aka unknown) is the 9-speed auto on 2016 model. No one really knows about it. Currently, the major issue has to do with driveability rather than leaving you stranded on the side of the road.
I think this is right and I have been on enough forums cars, bikes and trucks to know that people come to them to vent, air problems or discover mods. I was just a bit surprised that the MDX had issues given Acura's reputation. I have had two V8 BMW's recently and one left me stranded and about $5k lighter in the wallet about 9 months out of warranty. I love BMW but have zero confidence in their long term reliability. Also, when they charge you $611 for a new battery install, time to look elsewhere.
 

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I do not want to spend as much as I did on the X5. I also want a bit better fuel economy than those will offer. I also need to be able to park in a fairly tight parking garage at work. I find Lexi to be dry white toast and generally speaking excepting the RX to be a generation behind. Besides whomever is in charge of the new Lexus design style needs to be left stranded on a deserted island in the South Pacific.

We have the same opinion about the new Lexus designs. They tried too hard.

I have the 2014 MDX for more than a year now, aside from minor quality issues (paint and trims which was taken care of by the dealer), I really don't have anything to complain mechanically. It's easy to maneuver around town and it's not that big to have an issue with parking space.

Of course, there are more fancy interiors with some of the luxury competition but they are more expensive.

If you're not a big fan of the 9 speed and the push button gear selector, don't waste time getting a 2015 AWD Advance or at least test driving it.




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I think this is right and I have been on enough forums cars, bikes and trucks to know that people come to them to vent, air problems or discover mods. I was just a bit surprised that the MDX had issues given Acura's reputation. I have had two V8 BMW's recently and one left me stranded and about $5k lighter in the wallet about 9 months out of warranty. I love BMW but have zero confidence in their long term reliability. Also, when they charge you $611 for a new battery install, time to look elsewhere.

$611 for a new battery??? Wow.



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I do not want to spend as much as I did on the X5. I also want a bit better fuel economy than those will offer. I also need to be able to park in a fairly tight parking garage at work. I find Lexi to be dry white toast and generally speaking excepting the RX to be a generation behind. Besides whomever is in charge of the new Lexus design style needs to be left stranded on a deserted island in the South Pacific.
As one of a couple folks with current-gen BMW's, the MDX will give you a better/smoother ride, potentially better mileage (jury is out on my 2014 FWD w/ 30k miles - average not much better than my 2011 MDX AWD), and better out-of-warranty repair costs. Days at dealer (repair) of my MDX has dwarfed that of my 2013 535i tenfold.

The concerns you posted above should be taken with a grain of salt. What should be VERY carefully considered is the navi/infotainment system, seat comfort and general user interface. Try an MDX for a couple of days, not just an hour.

If materials quality and vehicle customization are important, you will lose these in a Honda/Acura product. "Soft touch" doesn't mean much to 95% of car buyers, but it does to those who spend for it.

Finally, I'm in the camp of "get a 2015, not a 2016."
 

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Think about getting a new MDX SHAWD ultimate. I am coming from a an X5 that is about to come out of warranty and well I think you all know about owning bmw's out of warranty. I have a v8 with the m-sport package and I am done with replacing tires and waiting for the V8 to go wrong which they are prone too.

Thinking about this, a Durango or a Grand Cherokee. I tend to buy fully loaded vehicles. It will be my commuter car in Denver.

I am concerned about some of the stuff I have read on here. Rear suspension noise, rattles, fuel pump, steering column, fit and finish finish and some of the tech issues - nav screen, adaptive cruise. I am also concerned about the manners of the 9 speed. Dealer has some 15's left over with the 6 speed.

I do not want a maintenance hog. I don't have a lot of patience for repairs which is why the Beemer is going by bye. Thoughts from the collective appreciated.
I have a 2016 MDX. It is fantastic. The 9 speed transmission is smooth and works very well. It is much better than my 6 speed MDX transmission. Acuralink, adaptive cruise control and LKSA work great. Fit and finish is not the best. BMW navigation is much better as is the BMW Connected Drive.

The MDX is pedestrian. Not as stylish as the X5 and no where near the features. A bit too much of a soccer mom cross over vehicle but my wife likes driving it.

The Jeep Cherokee is worth a look. A very Boss vehicle, especially with the V8.

Personally, I would stay away from the 6 speed MDX if you decide on the MDX. It is already dated. Dealers are having trouble getting rid of these. Go for the latest technology.

But don't listen to anyone on a forum. Go test drive the cars you are interested in. What matters is what you think. But since you are coming from a V8 X5, you ain't going to like an MDX.
 

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And yet, you're the one that got stranded (temporarily?) because your (in)famous ZF 9-speed MDX transmission would not go into gear...just saying...keeping things in perspective.
It was software. Regarding getting it in gear. it might have been user error. Not sure if I pressed the brake before trying to put it in gear.

When that warning came up that my transmission was faulty, it made my head spin. I said "WTF!!!! 15MDX is going to have a field day". Believe it or not, I actually did think of you at this time.

The fault codes said my transmission was gone, I had a blown fan blower, my BSI was faulty and my rear view camera was faulty.

Turns out none of this was true and the car's OS was glitched.

OP said he is looking at the Jeep. I like this vehicle.
 

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There is only ONE Jeep that is worth a damn...Wrangler. The rest is unibody junk that lives on its past heritage (and Wrangler's rep) and clearly a pretender to fool the folks who don't know better. I would rather have many other vehicles if you just want street cred and/or performance.
I have owned a Wrangler Unlimited before, sold it to my mother. A great off roader but not a great commuter vehicle. I have a 2014 F-150 Platinum 4X4 Crew Cab with a 6.5 foot bed that has some off road additions on it (2 inch lift, ARE Camper top with roof rack, larger Toyo off road times, LED lights etc). That is my Cub Scout vehicle and weekend warrior - I have three sons.

WRT to Jeep I was considering the diesel for fuel economy. I realize the math on the $4500 uncharge does not work but an Overland well equipped with the diesel is about the same as an MDX AWD Ultimate. I have heard that people get tired of driving GC's. I could probably see that and they have never been pillars of reliability.
 

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I have a 2016 MDX. It is fantastic. The 9 speed transmission is smooth and works very well. It is much better than my 6 speed MDX transmission. Acuralink, adaptive cruise control and LKSA work great. Fit and finish is not the best. BMW navigation is much better as is the BMW Connected Drive.

The MDX is pedestrian. Not as stylish as the X5 and no where near the features. A bit too much of a soccer mom cross over vehicle but my wife likes driving it.

The Jeep Cherokee is worth a look. A very Boss vehicle, especially with the V8.

Personally, I would stay away from the 6 speed MDX if you decide on the MDX. It is already dated. Dealers are having trouble getting rid of these. Go for the latest technology.

But don't listen to anyone on a forum. Go test drive the cars you are interested in. What matters is what you think. But since you are coming from a V8 X5, you ain't going to like an MDX.
E92, thanks for the comments. Very helpful. I am not looking for flashy. The BMW has a lot of nice features. I like tech stuff, bluetooth music, nav with traffic, adaptive cruise especially the slow and go creep feature that I believe Acura has for heavy traffic. Heated and cooled seats. I am looking for reliable very nice transportation. In my younger days I was a fanatic about vehicles and keeping them perfect. I don't need flashy and fancy. Good and reliable. My sense is that most problems here are either a few users experiencing something or a problem that is being addressed by Acura except the rear suspension issue and that frankly is the one that has me the most concerned. I generally drive either on the phone over bluetooth or with the music on and at a decent volume.
 

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I know this is an old thread - but, I'm in the process of looking for a replacement of my leased '15 Explorer Sport. I think I have narrowed my choices down to the upcoming '17 Explorer Sport; '16 R/T Durango, and a '16 or '17 MDX.

Headlights are very important to me this time around; I want three rows and something with a little zip.

The Explorer has been a good vehicle with the exception of the awful headlights - Ford in their infinite wisdom decided the Sport ('15 and earlier) should have halogens. Given its likely the '17 won't have different headlights than the '16 which now has LED low beams - I'm going to test drive one next week in the dark as I have read less than flattering reviews of them.

Took a '16 Durango R/T out for an overnight test drive earlier this week. Bi-Xenon's were pretty nice. Hemi was OK - didn't feel as quick as my Sport (and it's not). Fit and feel was nice - electronics were 1st rate. Better than Sync 2 - not sure if better than Sync 3. Pretty nicely optioned out (heated rear seats, etc). Lots of room in all rows. Negatives - not a lay flat floor for the 3rd row like it is in the Explorer - not sure on the MDX if its lay flat. Not sure that if the Labrador Retriever in the back will like being slanted a bit!

I owned a '03 MDX and then a couple of RDX's '07 and '08 - loved the RDX's and SH-AWD.

Not sure if the MDX has the cargo capacity that I'm looking for - couple of kids, big dog, road trips, etc. Might be my imagination but seems like '03 was bigger than current MDX. Unfortunate that ones needs the Advance package to get cooled seats (which I have in my Sport and don't want to give up)

Pricing amongst all three is fairly close, especially since I'm leasing - likely two years.

I don't have any concern about the three dealers. Used to get my Jeep serviced at this Jeep/Dodge dealer; Ford dealer is great; no experience with the Acura dealer as they are new, but have to believe they will be good.

Wondering if anyone else has compared the same vehicles. Headlights #1 on my list; electronics are important (read a lot of negative on the forums but have also heard they are pretty good on the MDX);

I realize this is an Acura forum and the lean is most likely towards the MDX but input would be appreciated/
 

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I recently purchased a '16 MDX. I compared it to the Highlander, Pilot, and Explorer. Needed 3 rows, and wanted something "luxury." I enjoy the 9 speed and the MPGs have been better than my '13 Tiguan. It came down to the Highlander and the MDX in the end and I believe that with the '17 MDX coming, they were looking to move on the '16.

FWIW

Things I like:
Headlights
3 Rows
Auto Start (Added Option)
Overall exterior look
3rd row easy access via the button push on 2nd row.
MPGs for the size
Acceleration
9 Speed Trans

Things I don't like:
Long distance seat comfort. (Maybe better after seat breaks in?)
Do hear some thumps in the rear in the back when hitting pot holes/manhole covers, but not nearly as bad as my other vehicles.
 

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At least I can say OP mentioned 3 vehicles. Yes, BMW is better to get rid of when warranty runs out. Regarding among this 3 vehicles MDX beat them hands down as far as maintenance goes. Also it is not so expensive to service. I am driving 3rd Acura, 2nd MDX(2016). One BMW, one Audi in the fam,ily, this two are fun car to drive but not a good ones to keep long term. On any vehicle one ought to expect more problems when vehicle is loaded with too many bells and whistles.
 
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