Costly to maintain
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.
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