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2003 Acura Mdx

2003 Acura MDX

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8 Years Old and Still Lovin' It

by from Dublin Ohio on September 4, 2010

Our 03 MDX is the best car we've ever owned! With 90K on the vehicle, it is as tight, responsive and as good looking as the day we bought it. Like most vehicles, we have had a few very minor maintena...
Our 03 MDX is the best car we've ever owned! With 90K on the vehicle, it is as tight, responsive and as good looking as the day we bought it. Like most vehicles, we have had a few very minor maintenance items. Seat trim broke, rear A/C stopped working (due to a relay that I was able to replace myself) and all of the tabs on the interior A/C vents are broken (common MDX issue) however the vehicle has been reliable, comfortable and does simply everything we have asked it to do. I believe I will easily be able to drive this care for another 100K. I pull a small trailer (PWC) and have loaded the vehicle with people and this car simply does everything we need. I don’t know much about the newer versions of the car however if you are in the market for an early 2000 SUV, I would highly consider looking at an 03 MDX.
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Uses car for Just getting around

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It saved our life...

by from San Diego California on August 23, 2008

This is the fourth Acura we have owned and the second that has saved our life. When the car had a couple of thousand miles on it.. now has 115,000+ ... we were on cruise control on a road trip... free...
This is the fourth Acura we have owned and the second that has saved our life. When the car had a couple of thousand miles on it.. now has 115,000+ ... we were on cruise control on a road trip... freeway... So California... five lanes of traffic moving at about 75 miles per hour. I pointed out some new homes off to the side of the road to my wife and we both took our eyes off of the road. When I turned back... all five lanes of cars were stopped... about 250 feet in front of us. Luckily the other drivers to our right... we were in the fast lane... had been paying attention and were slowing down way behind us. I jammed my foot on the brake... could feel the pedal pulsing as the ABS did it's job. No slide... no tire noise... but we were not stopping in time. I made a panic 90 degree turn to right... under full breaking and deceleration... we turned... and at the side of the road... still under full breaking and deceleration... made a second 90 degree turn to the left and came to a stop on the right shoulder... just to the right of about the third car in. We could not believe how the vehicle stability worked. I can't imaging any other car I've ever owned stopping us safely. It was amazing... scary... in fact terrifying. It has never had any work done other than scheduled maintenance... looks... feels... drives... like new. This is a wonderful car.
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Watch out for Transmission Problems

by from Canada on July 29, 2008

Purchased 2003 MDX new. Everything about vehicle is great except for transmission which failed at about 80K miles. After much pressure Honda agreed to pay half the $4,550 cost of a reconditioned trans...
Purchased 2003 MDX new. Everything about vehicle is great except for transmission which failed at about 80K miles. After much pressure Honda agreed to pay half the $4,550 cost of a reconditioned transmission. Honda settled a class action suit for defective transmissions for model years up to 2002, but my model year was not covered. Clearly they are still having problems, so be sure to maintain vehicle according to warranty specs. As well the dealer advised to change transmission fluid at twice the frequency recommended in owners manual. Transmission has no filter so impurities will limit life in his view.
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One of the best cars I have ever owned!

by from Bear, DE on January 17, 2010

We have put 150K on this car and have only had one problem. We put a new starter in at about 65K. Other than that, this car has been great. Many complain about transmission problems with this car but ...
We have put 150K on this car and have only had one problem. We put a new starter in at about 65K. Other than that, this car has been great. Many complain about transmission problems with this car but I have not experienced this yet. It is a little cramped on long drives though. This is not unusual for Honda products though.
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Uses car for Transporting family

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Great SUV except for Transmission problems

by from Dayton, OH on March 22, 2010

Bought my 2003 Acura MDX in 2008 with 88000 miles on it. Loved this vehicle. Took it everywhere. It now has 142000 (March 2010). The transmission went out at the 142000 miles and I was told that there...
Bought my 2003 Acura MDX in 2008 with 88000 miles on it. Loved this vehicle. Took it everywhere. It now has 142000 (March 2010). The transmission went out at the 142000 miles and I was told that there was a chance that the transmission would not be able to be rebuilt. Waiting for word on how much it will cost me to fix. However everything else about this SUV was awesome! Great handling, loved the interior design, the room and comfort.
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SUV

by from NC on July 8, 2010

All good except for transmission...on the third. All under warranty fortunately. Gas mileage is fair...17 in town and 23 hwy.
All good except for transmission...on the third. All under warranty fortunately. Gas mileage is fair...17 in town and 23 hwy.
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Great Car

by from CT on October 10, 2011

I'm an original Owner of the 2003 Acura MDX. The car has been Great! No ProblemS. I highly recommend this car for a family of 2 or 7, seats 7.
I'm an original Owner of the 2003 Acura MDX. The car has been Great! No ProblemS. I highly recommend this car for a family of 2 or 7, seats 7.
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Well built SUV

by from Loveland, Colorado on May 22, 2007

Very solid ride. A little stiff but tolerable really. The stereo is pretty low quality but the seats make up for the sound. Bun warmers are great on snowy days and it has tons of power from the VTEC e...
Very solid ride. A little stiff but tolerable really. The stereo is pretty low quality but the seats make up for the sound. Bun warmers are great on snowy days and it has tons of power from the VTEC engine. Has good features for the money. Picked my 2003 up off a lease return. Wish it had navigation, worth the extra $. I would probably purchase another, if this one ever wears out. No tranny problems that the 01\02's had. 18.5 mpg at best on highway.
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Decent Vehicle

by from Orange County Ca on November 12, 2006

The Acura 2003 MDX is a nice car. This has been well established. It is a good preformer and has many features in the interior to make anyone happy. For instance, the system features a state-of-the-ar...
The Acura 2003 MDX is a nice car. This has been well established. It is a good preformer and has many features in the interior to make anyone happy. For instance, the system features a state-of-the-art navigation system that is still far better than many competitors' systems. But as a performance vehicle, the MDX does not approach too much greatness as the feel of the vehicle is still truck-like.
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Love it!

by from on February 4, 2016

I just got a 2003 mdx to drive my kids around town. Wow. It's super clean, only 100,000 miles! I did the timing belt immediately because it is the time to do it. Don't take any chances with that! I am...
I just got a 2003 mdx to drive my kids around town. Wow. It's super clean, only 100,000 miles! I did the timing belt immediately because it is the time to do it. Don't take any chances with that! I am sooo happy! I wanted a nice used car. The reviews on most of the classy cars showed high maintenance cost over 100k. Acura and Lexus are the answer to that problem. You can't go wrong with (Honda) Acura. My leather seats are like new, plenty of space, nice Bose sound system. Don't be fooled with high mileage European cars. Stick with Honda/Toyota when buying used. Good luck!
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