2001 Acura MDX Reviews

2001 Acura MDX from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired56000 miles
Most recent distance177000 miles
Previous carToyota Avalon

Summary:

Good SUV, but beware of the transmission!!!

Faults:

Transmission failed at 106000 miles.

The back of the passenger and driver's seat fell off.

A/C needs re-charging once every couple of months.

Significant rusting on the front portion of the hood.

The wheel ACURA decals become discolored after a couple of years.

Servicing is expensive, requiring approximately $800-$1200 parts and service every few years (timing belt service).

Headlights become dull, due to cheap plastic lens covers, but this is the case with most vehicles.

General Comments:

This SUV is very versatile.

Going camping, hauling kids, or driving across the country; it lacks nothing.

It drives smooth, albeit a bit louder than most luxury SUVs.

The fuel mileage is not great at 17 MPG average.

I have taken this 4 wheeling through the countryside, and never got stuck, due to its awesome 4 wheel drive system.

It's great in the snow.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th August, 2012

2001 Acura MDX from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Previous carAcura MDX

Summary:

2001 Acura MDX - do not purchase due to transimission issues!!!

Faults:

My 2001 Acura MDX with 113,000 miles has recently experienced the same transmission issue that I have read about on this site.

At first, the Acura Dealer told me that the only option was to completely replace the transmission at a cost to me of $6,000. After researching the transmission issues on this website, I told them that I was aware of the numerous transmission issues on the 2001 MDX. To my surprise, the dealer quickly changed their tune and offered to replace the transmission for me with a brand new transmission for $1,000. I agreed to have this done, but am very disappointed with these transmission issues. I will seriously doubt purchasing another Acura product after this issue.

Also, I think it's completely wrong of the dealer to only agree to reduce the cost after I had to prove that I was an "informed" consumer. Thank goodness for the information I found on the web.

General Comments:

2001 Acura MDX - significant transmission issues.

Dealer will only replace transmission, which is very expensive, ranging from $4,500 - $6,000.

Do not purchase a 2001 or 2001 Acura MDX - buyer beware!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st December, 2008

22nd Jan 2009, 00:37

Which dealership did you take your car? I have same problem.

2001 Acura MDX from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired56000 miles
Most recent distance111000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

This is a freaking awesome SUV!

Faults:

The transmission failed at 104000 miles.

The mirror leaks water all over the car after you wash it for miles leaving water streaks - arrgh worse than the tranny failing...

There is a constant chatter noise coming from the glove compartment box that will drive you absolutely insane.

30k, 60k, 100k service is abnormally high - get ready to take out a 2nd mortgage. 100K service around $1200 - really - call local Acura dealer for giggles.

After they changed the front springs (recall), there is a clunking noise every time the car goes over a bump at low speeds.

And finally the rear A/C controls stopped working last week - probably the kids messing with the controls for years.

General Comments:

Even after all the gripes - this SUV is very good. I pulled a 3500 lb boat, camped, went to work generally satisfied.

Too bad gas is over 4 bucks per gallon or I would probably buy another one.

I guess my next car will be some crappy 35 mpg shoe box Corolla or Civic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2008

4th Dec 2008, 12:08

How did you fix the water leak?

2001 Acura MDX from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Great ride, but failed tranny under 100K?

Faults:

I purchased my MDX with 62000 miles on it. In 'cream puff' condition and running like a top, I had never been happier with a vehicle! I had been a loyal HONDA owner - having two ACCORDS and incredibly happy with both previous cars. I thought I'd 'trade-up' to treat myself to an 'upscale' SUV, as I wanted more room to tote things around.

This MDX was just the ticket. I got reasonably good gas mileage, comfort and a great ride.

- I had the vehicle serviced at the dealer for the necessary service intervals, EGR VALVE, TRANSMISSION SERVICE, ETC. Thought I was being the diligent auto owner taking care of the vehicle I loved.

Well, when the tranny started to slip and make really hard clunking noises a couple of nights ago, I checked GOOGLE and the search turned up lots of company on the subject of a failed transmissions for the 2001 MDX.

I called the service department inquiring about a new tranny- or at least a re-built one from the dealer. I have read of more than one ACURA dealer willing to take the replacement tranny on the chin for loyal customers. Not knowing just how loyal the dealer will treat me, I do know that they had been more than reasonable in the past. They advertise a free replacement car to use during repair work done on vehicles purchased from their dealership. Not being a rich man I can only hope that they can be sympathetic to a guy with a failed tranny with under 100K MILES. I'll keep this venue posted on my results.

I do know one thing: I WOULD NOT think a transmission should fail on a luxury SUV with under 100K miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd January, 2008

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 14 reviews