2002 Acura MDX Reviews

2002 Acura MDX Touring 6 cylinder from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Toyota

Summary:

Costly to maintain

Faults:

Problems began when car was purchased in 2002. At 600 miles, while on a trip in the Mojave Desert, the engine blew. Towed the car 600 miles to the dealer (Acura Roadside Assistance could not assist until 3 days later) and they discovered that the timing belt was rubbing against the water pump (flange had not been detached at time of construction) and a stop sale had been placed on the car. Received a new MDX.

Second problem, transmission failed at 40,000 miles. Fortunately, it was a few months from the end of the extended warranty, and the transmission was replaced for free at the dealer. Warning, do not lose your extended warranty paperwork. Honda did not have copies of mine, and would have deferred if I had not had hard copies!).

Third problem, the transmission has again failed at 80,000 miles. Also, the main seals are leaking badly. Currently in dispute with No. American Honda. The car is not driven harshly, and in my opinion, the last transmission was not built and installed properly. They want $4,600 for the job, and have told me they cannot work with me on the price.

General Comments:

I actually love the car. Unfortunately, the transmissions have serious defects. I have never received a recall notice for a problem with the tranny, but three transmissions over the life of a car with 80,000 miles is ridiculous. And the car is in pristine condition otherwise. When the engine blew at 600 miles and I received a new car, it was painful enough that I had hired an attorney, and he related to me that Honda was one of the least effective customer service wise. And I now believe him.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st September, 2011

2002 Acura MDX Touring 3.5 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired39000 miles
Most recent distance93000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Silhouette

Summary:

Great sporty SUV with timeless style

Faults:

TRANSMISSION is CRAP! They just replaced it for the first time at 80,000 miles and it was never the same.

Rear air vent made a loud noise.

The car rides very rough, although it is AWD.

Every time I go to the dealership, there is something wrong with the car.

It is very fragile.

General Comments:

I love the SUV to death, considering I had a piece of crap Oldsmobile minivan that NEVER ran properly.

I purchased an extended warranty that has never made me pay anything for any of the problems. I don't know what I would have done without it (especially when you have had over $10,000 on repairs) and it hasn't even reached the 100,000 mile mark.

I love how it is perfectly sized, while still being able to seat 7.

It has terrific get up and go also.

Altogether, me and my wife both love this SUV and would recommend it to anyone (as long as you get an extended warranty!!!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2010

2002 Acura MDX Touring V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Distance when acquired24909 miles
Most recent distance89800 miles
Previous carIsuzu Rodeo

Summary:

OK (not happy about transmission problems)

Faults:

* Transmission slipping going up hills at 59,244 miles. Transmission replaced by Acura at no charge.

* Transmission slipping again at 89,800 miles!

* CD player won't eject CDs at 70,000.

* VTM-4 light goes off & on. Can't pinpoint the problem because it's not always on when I get to the dealer, to hook up to the computer. 62,006 miles. It's still on today 1/7/10.

* Fuel door doesn't always open when the interior latch is pulled - since I bought it at 24,909 miles.

* When the rear door hatch mechanism is squeezed to open, it remains 'squeezed in' so that rear hatch won't close. I have to manually 'un-squeeze it' so the hatch will close - since I bought it at 24,909 miles.

General Comments:

Comfortable roomy interior. 3rd row seat is great.

I really like this car, but won't buy another one due to the transmission issues.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th January, 2010

2002 Acura MDX Touring 3.5 V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Previa

Summary:

Overall, a dependable comfortable hauler

Faults:

Transmission required repairs around 100000km. Fine since.

General Comments:

This is a solid highway cruiser with room for passengers and their stuff.

City fuel economy is disappointing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2009

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 15 reviews