2003 Acura MDX from North America
Like the car, little nervous about big breakdowns, and don't trust dealers to offer compensation
At 61,000 miles the valve seats warped, causing intake and exhaust leaks. New valve seats were installed, both cylinder heads replaced, as were new gasket sets. I was able to work down the price, but it was still $2100.
Last night, going up the hill, the transmission gave out completely. Luckily, someone helped me get to the side and I got it towed away from the two lane highway. My mechanic doesn't do transmissions, but told me the transmission fluid was okay but smelled burnt. The next day he could make it run when it was cold, but running it harder cut it out again.
I read online that the 2001 and 2002 MDX had transmission failures and recalls. I also heard of a couple of incidents of 2003 MDXs having transmission failures. Has anyone else with a 2003 model had similar experiences?
Overall, the car is nice. It handles well, and I feel it is comfortable for me, the family, and whatever cargo we pack in for trips.
However, it's the unexpected events with the cylinders and the transmission that make me nervous. Just glad we didn't get hit last night.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 1st December, 2009