The 4 Most Common MDX Problems

We've pulled together a list of the most widespread problems that MDX owners have to deal with.

Takata Airbag Inflator Recall

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A large number of Acura vehicles have been recalled because they contain dangerous airbag inflators made by Takata. The shrapnel-hurling inflators have been recalled in over 37 million vehicles (and counting).

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Acura's Very Uncomfortable Seats

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The seat design in certain Acura vehicles has been described as crippling. Owners complain that their legs fall asleep after 30 minutes of driving, and any long trips result in stiff backs, sore thighs, or messed up necks. Acura has been si…

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Excessive Oil Consumption

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Changed your oil recently? I'm guessing you think you’re good to go for another 3,000 to 5,000 miles depending on the oil you’re using. Acura owners with V6 J-Series engines better think again.

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HandsFreeLink Drains Battery

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Acura's parent company Honda was one of the first to offer a hands-free system called HandsFreeLink. In their rush to beat the competition, however, they missed a defect that allows the system to stay on at all times. Yes, even after the ca…

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What MDX Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Worst Topics

Worst Years

MDX Generations

Generations are groups of model years where few, if any, changes were made to the vehicle which means their model years tend to break in similar ways. The MDX has 3 generations available in North American markets.

What Owners Say About Their MDX

Excessive Oil Consumption

One day when I checked it with about 40% oil life remaining, the oil level on the dip stick barely registered. I topped it off, and just made a mental note to keep an eye on it. From that day forward, I was having to add oil every 2 - 3 weeks, just to keep it in the proper range. This was ridiculous in my opinion because the vehicle only had 30,XXX miles on it at the time, and the car was not hammered on every take-off.

By the Numbers

  1. 314 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  2. 919 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 35 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

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