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Old 05-21-2019, 09:26 PM
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We are considering purchasing a 2017 RDX with Advanced package or a 2016 RDX with a Tech package. Are there any major reliability concerns that we should be aware of?

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no, it's just like the TL with the same exact engine.
i take that back, rather it's a more boring car than the TL. which means is super reliable.
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We are considering purchasing a 2017 RDX with Advanced package or a 2016 RDX with a Tech package. Are there any major reliability concerns that we should be aware of?

Thanks in advance!
Purchased a 2017 RDX Advance about one year ago - solid, reliable vehicle.

Coming from BMW, it is nice to drive a vehicle that goes when I need it to, can be repaired by basically anyone with basic Honda knowledge (great for road trips), and doesn't cost a fortune to maintain.

Very solid pick, IMO.
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Having owner numerous Honda 3.5L V6 based vehicles myself, I say merely to stay on top of the engine and transmission fluid changes, and you should get 200K miles easily. The only major expense will be for the recommended spark plugs and timing belt replacement at ~100K miles (expect about a $800-$1,000 bill).
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Reliable RDX

I have owned a '17 Advance for three years since new. It is the most reliable vehicle that I have ever owned. The Advance comes with safety features not available in other models. Not sure about the '16. Was that one recalled for the airbag ?
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It he doesn't modify this one, it will be reliable
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Our 16 does not have any airbag recalls. That said, they do keep coming up as time goes on. There are Honda models that have had airbags components replaced that need that again.
+ on the regular trans fluid changes. It is a Honda automatic. They have always required regular fluid changes. That's why there is a drain plug and fill hole.
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Just piggybacking on the Op. I'm also in the market for a 2017 RDX technology package. I've read stories of shifting issues called shudder or judder. This is a major concern of mine. Just wondering if you guy's can shed some light on the subject.
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We have a 17' advance and have noticed the transmission problem...and my friend has a '16 tech with the same symptoms.
At 25mph the transmission will seem to hunt for a gear as the variable cylinder management system is doing the same.
The symptoms are impossible the replicate and seems to come and go. The effect are big clunks from the transmission as if searching for the right gear. The service writers will acknowledge the 'problem' then turn and give a big yawn.

We drove a loaner 19' RDX and was not impressed.
We are still most pleased with the 17' value, size and V6...but the technology in our 17' RDX ' is pitiful compared to my 17' Honda civic.
I know not a popular thing to say here but I'll never buy Acura again.
We expected much more innovation from Acura but got so little when compared to a Honda.

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We have a 17' advance and have noticed the transmission problem...and my friend has a '16 tech with the same symptoms.
At 25mph the transmission will seem to hunt for a gear as the variable cylinder management system is doing the same.
The symptoms are impossible the replicate and seems to come and go. The effect are big clunks from the transmission as if searching for the right gear. The service writers will acknowledge the 'problem' then turn and give a big yawn.

We drove a loaner 19' RDX and was not impressed.
We are still most pleased with the 17' value, size and V6...but the technology in our 17' RDX ' is pitiful compared to my 17' Honda civic.
I know not a popular thing to say here but I'll never buy Acura again.
We expected much more innovation from Acura but got so little when compared to a Honda.
We have a '16 advance and the transmission clunks often. We changed tranny fluid at 30k, but that didn't make a difference. The 6 cyl in our '16 is the old accord 6 cyl (honda stopped putting it in the accord in 2013) instead of the earth dreams 6 cyl. The VCM kicking in/out used to bother us, but has just become a normal thing for us now and it no longer bothers us. We are now noticing random clunking on both sides of the rear of the car. Apparently acura has had problems with rear shock absorbers in the RDX since they started manufacturing the RDX. As it is random, if it doesn't happen at the dealership they won't fix it.

You are totally correct about the technology on the 2nd generation RDX. The civic and accord offered more technology than the RDX. In my eyes, the RDX is pretty much just another "also ran" vehicle. It's okay, but certainly nothing to write home about. We have a friend who just bought a '16 mazda 3. It, too, has technology on it that wasn't even available on the '16 RDX advance. IF you are looking for a vehicle that tells your friends you spent a lot of money to buy something, I'd suggest the RDX is the way to go, but I won't buy another acura. We bought this one because my wife wanted it for her 60th birthday. We won't be buying another.
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My 2016 with 41k miles now has been rock solid reliable. The only time it has been back to the dealer was to replace the battery under warranty at about 40 months which is actually pretty good when most of that time was in Phoenix. I get the itch to get a new vehicle from time to time but the RDX has been so trouble free and versatile, doing everything I ask of it, that I just can't get rid of it. Plus, it has plenty of power and gets fantastic fuel economy for what it is. I usually get between 27-28 mpg in my very favorable driving conditions. Sure, there is some tech I was it had and I really wish it had a softer ride when I'm on rough roads but overall it has been a great vehicle.
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