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Old 01-10-2019, 10:41 AM
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Also how much am I talking about and will clogged cats lead to a cel coming on therefore popping a code?
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This is just the reason I am going to make sure to get a extended warranty on it.
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Old 01-10-2019, 05:55 PM
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Since I don't own an MDX [yet] I can't comment specifically on the extended warranty Acura Canada is offering on that car, but, I do have a 2013 TL with the 3.7 litre engine. I have also been told verbally that the warranty applies to the MDX - here in Canada at least. This is my understanding of what current situation is on this matter, so do your own research.

The letter I rec'd on Dec 7, 2018, dated Nov 2018, from Acura indicates that the warranty extension for the TL is 6 months from Nov 15th 2018 - with NO mileage limit. After that initial warranty period, the warranty is extended and changes to the 8 year or 200k km limit - ~120k miles, (whichever comes 1st). The 8 year clock should start from the initial In Service Date (ISD) of the vehicle. So when the car was 1st registered for the new car warranty (i.e., Jan 1, 2012) the clock ticks from then - so in this example - until Jan 1, 2020 or 200,000 km, whichever comes 1st. The warranty is also transferred to subsequent owners.

I can't see why the MDX extended warranty would be any different but I can't say for certain.

IF you happened to buy a demo model new the warranty should have been registered from the date you received the car, and the actual mileage recorded then. The extended warranty coverage may be extended by the amount of mileage on the car when you received it - for example, if the car was a demo with 1,500 km on it when you took delivery, the 200k km limit may be extended to reflect the mileage when you took delivery (201,500 km). However, sometimes the dealer doesn't register the ISD properly and you'd have to prove the mileage as to when you got the car (it should be on the original documentation).

Acura USA could have different limitations & terms so I'd check with them and not assume anything. In a case of a used TL (or possibly MDX) the owner/purchaser should have until May 15, 2019 (6 months from Nov 15th 2018, regardless of the mileage). If you haven't received a letter, check with Acura Canada (or USA) to make sure the extension applies to your car.

In any case, I'd suggest talking to your favourite Acura dealer ASAP - if you feel you have the oil consumption issue now. Again, I can't stress this enough, check with Acura. Also, not every dealer has the same knowledge or understanding of the warranty so be patient - and respectful. Finally, the service dept. is where you need to inquire - not a salesperson since they are unlikely to know the details. Even the service reception may not have all the details, so I'd suggest talking to the service manager or asst mgr.
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Old 01-19-2019, 06:43 PM
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2014 MDX reliability

I'm wondering if the 2014 MDX owners here can comment on the overall reliability of that year? Has it proven to be reliable or should I consider a 2015 instead? I've been trying to find a 'gently' used 2012-2013 for some time - with not much luck. I'm thinking I should try something a bit newer, but I'm not certain if the 2014 model year has issues that make it one to avoid.
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Old 01-19-2019, 07:02 PM
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2015 was much better because it was the second year of production, 2014 had electrical problems, I think.
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:09 AM
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In general, try to stay away from the 1st year of anything....
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:25 AM
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Hey Guys. 2013 MDX Tech with 60K miles. Bought used at 28K miles in 2016. 32K miles use NEVER had to add a drop of oil between 3K mile changes. NOTE: 3K Miles between changes. It has a 4 1/2 quart oil capacity. That is ridiculous for a modern V6. I also use LiquiMoly Oil Change Engine Cleaner before draining the oil, and always use full synthetic (LiquiMoly 5w-20) oil. If you rely on the service reminder to prompt oil changes you are probably asking for problems with oil consumption later in the service life. My service reminder usually doesn't call for an oil service for 12 - 14K miles. WAYYYY too long for 4 1/2 quarts.
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Old 02-13-2019, 05:14 PM
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Hey Guys. 2013 MDX Tech with 60K miles. Bought used at 28K miles in 2016. 32K miles use NEVER had to add a drop of oil between 3K mile changes. NOTE: 3K Miles between changes. It has a 4 1/2 quart oil capacity. That is ridiculous for a modern V6. I also use LiquiMoly Oil Change Engine Cleaner before draining the oil, and always use full synthetic (LiquiMoly 5w-20) oil. If you rely on the service reminder to prompt oil changes you are probably asking for problems with oil consumption later in the service life. My service reminder usually doesn't call for an oil service for 12 - 14K miles. WAYYYY too long for 4 1/2 quarts.
-60K is not enough miles to show the issue of burning oil.. This issue starts to develop later in the engine life (+80K).

-Oil capacity has little to do with oil or engine longevity, Usually oil capacity is decided due to the engine oil pressure and flow dynamics requirements which means that even if you used more oil it would not matter.. Honda has been using the same oil capacity since the 90s and it has been working alright for them, Our engines are far more reliable than anything the domestic with their high oil capacity has to offer, IIRC Honda V6s has been awarded at least 4 years as Ward´s Best Engine of the Year, That prize is given by merits like best Engineering and Longevity.

-12-14k is NOTHING on modern Synthetic oils.. I´ve been changing my oil every 15K for almost a decade now in my TL-S and my engine is running strong at 225K with near perfect compression.
My MDX is now using Mobil 1 Annual Protection which I am planning on using on the J37 for 15K oil changes as well.

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Very interesting post, thanks everyone for the info, now Im not sure if i want a MDX, after reading that most MDXs have commons issues and are expense to repair.
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All cars have common issues.. Honestly its next to impossible to mention 1 car without a flaw.. So trying to find a perfect car on the budget is like finding the holy grail.
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My $ .02... the counter point is - what are you going to buy instead?

I just went through the process of looking for an MDX or similar. I looked at them all - BMW, Audi, MB, etc. I looked for nearly a year to find one I felt was the best one. So, I can appreciate your dilemma.

The various MDX issues are pretty well documented at this stage. I'd argue that the costs are fairly reasonable compared to the comparable options. BMW, Audi, MB are all typically more expensive to repair. The issues with them range from transmissions to engine, electrical, etc. Korean models don't rate as highly on quality. Lexus/Toyota - known to be very reliable - but is a 4Runner or Highlander in the same league as the MDX? Also the 4Runner is usually more expensive or you need to buy an older model usually with more mileage.

I bought a 2012 MDX tech with ~115k km just over a month ago. Do I know if it's going to have the issues (or other ones) - no, and it's too soon to know. Would I know with a BMW or similar? No. But I do know that typically the cost to repair a Honda product is less than the other options. Also, the warranty extension on the 3.7L is a plus IMO (although I'd rather the oil issue didn't exist). The MDX I bought has a good history of maintenance and care (good paper trail). The B1-6 services (including T belt) were all done within the last year. My mechanic checked over the car and found little to be concerned about (brakes within a year). Does any of that guarantee I won't have issues? Again - no. It's not perfect but it is a 6-7 year old car.

I wish you luck in your search - it can be a frustrating process but finding a good one is high;y probable if you're careful - and patient.
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This is the 1G and 2G forum Crabman… Those MDXs only got 5 and 6 speed to choose from.

As per OP Question..
Depends on the generation 1Gs (2001-2006) or 2G (2007-2013)
On the 1G the most reliable are the newer ones 05-06 although some 03-04s can be hit and miss, The ones to avoid are 01-02s for SURE.

On the 2G both the Shield (07-09) and the Beak refresh (10-13) are reliable but they have 2 separate issues, The Shield ones tend to have shitty radiators that need to be replaced and the Beak ones love to consume oil so pick your poison.
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-60K is not enough miles to show the issue of burning oil.. This issue starts to develop later in the engine life (+80K).
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I believe mine started showing before that, I am at 57k miles in my 2011 MDX

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I believe mine started showing before that, I am at 57k miles in my 2011 MDX
Is it confirmed the control rings? or just normal oil consumption? its impossible for an engine to not burn a tiny amount of oil on normal basis.. Is the "More than 1q per 1000 miles" quantity that really matters.
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Is it confirmed the control rings? or just normal oil consumption? its impossible for an engine to not burn a tiny amount of oil on normal basis.. Is the "More than 1q per 1000 miles" quantity that really matters.
No, i haven't got any tests done but saw the oil level dip in now frequent checks. However last few dipstick tests have not shown any significant oil burning/consumption. I am guessing it really depends on how it gets driven?
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The J37 has a very aggressive EGR and PCV System that recycles the oil that gets evaporated very easily so its not crazy to say the harder you drive the more oil it "CAN" get consumed… I drive my X Pretty hard on a daily basis now since driving it "Economy Mode" really kills me as its SLOW and Underperforming so I said screw it and drive it like I stole it every day… I havent seen any troublesome oil consumption yet but take in mind my J37 engine is the "Non-issue" one from the early 2G so your mileage may vary…

I would say there is a problem when you are actually filling 1 quart every 1000 miles as that is a ridiculous amount of oil being used…. 1 q per say 5000-6000 miles sounds good to me.
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