I purchased a 2007 MDX and, until, last week felt good about my vehicle. It has never "wowed" me as some of my previous Acuras had, but it was ok. I never felt it was quite worth the sticker price, bu...
I purchased a 2007 MDX and, until, last week felt good about my vehicle. It has never "wowed" me as some of my previous Acuras had, but it was ok. I never felt it was quite worth the sticker price, but Acura had never let me down - until now.
I am currently in a state of shock and dismay after learning last week that the clunking sound coming form my right front end is a defective strut. The vehicle does have 101k miles on it so strut replacement did not seem unreasonable. I also was told that my rear struts are "leaking" and need to be replaced.
The shock and dismay occurred when I was told by my nice service advisor that the 2007-2013 MDXs with the active dampening suspension require "specialized" electronic struts. Replacing all four will run about $4200. That's right - over four grand for strut replacement!!! No OEM options either. I was and still am in shock, that is almost 10% of purchase price.
I then asked what would the cost be to replace all four struts if my car were a 2006 MDX w/o that particular suspension system. He looked it up and quoted me $1650. Now, that is a reasonable and customary cost. What an unbelievable difference in cost of ownership. Also, I could not get a any answer to my questions about disconnecting the active suspension and putting regular, traditional, non electronic struts on the vehicle.
I am between a rock and a hard spot. I have owned 6 Acuras, have regularly recommended them to family and friends. I never will again. I really feel duped and taken by this atricious pricing, and, what is clearly a drastically over engineered suspension system and poor design decision by Acura that has rendered the MDX is a ticking time bomb for owners.
If you have one of these MDXs, GET RID OF IT before you are stuck with this cost. DON"T BUY USED unless you have a mechanic certify the struts have been replaced recently.
I have been a loyal Acura owner, I think they need to reprice these replacements quickly as there are a lot of 2007-2013 MDXs on the road, and, along with incensing their owner community who are going to be stuck with outrageous repair bills, they are truly setting themselves up for severe damage to their brand. They have with me. I feel deceived.
STAY AWAY from 2007-2013 MDX or risk a second mortgage to keep it running.