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The MDX is a well-rounded, seven-seat SUV that consistently outscored vehicles costing thousands more. We liked its refined powertrain, quick acceleration, responsive handling, and controlled ride. We found the interior fit and finish impressive and the front- and second-row seats comfortable. But the third-row seat is tight for anyone but kids.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. ESC standard from 2003. Head protection air bags standard from 2004. Forward collision warning and blind spot monitoring optional from 2011. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking standard from 2017.
Road Test

The MDX is a well-rounded, seven-seat SUV that consistently outscored vehicles costing thousands more. We liked its refined powertrain, quick acceleration, responsive handling, and controlled ride. We found the interior fit and finish impressive and the front- and second-row seats comfortable. But the third-row seat is tight for anyone but kids. The controls can be daunting at first, but are easy enough to operate once you become familiar with them.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.7-liter V6 (305 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Acura MDX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“It was the memory seat button malfunction due to a sensor. Was repaired no charge under my extended warranty”

Anonymous, SK (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
CD player

“CD player is stuck in a gear grinding mode. It turns on each time the car turns on. We opted not to replace due to expense”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The CD player refuses to play certain CDs. These CDs can be brand new, it doesn't seem to matter. The system spits it back out at me saying "bad disc." These CD's will play on any number of other devices I own”

Kelly M., CO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“CD could not be removed”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“CD stuck”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Wouldn't eject CDs. 3rd unit to do this in my last 2 Acura MDXs”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“In dash CD player loses ability to load, unload, and play CD's. It's a known issue when researching the topic”

Anonymous, MS (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“I have replaced orinal unit because of the problem with CD player not working. The current unit which was replaced by the dealership did not last long before it showed the same ploblem”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

“Despite numerous efforts by dealers, screen continues to be too dark to see unless the switch for automatic headlights is turned off”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“In bright light, can't see the picture on screen”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“LCD screen has gone black (dark gray), which means there is no back-up camera or GPS function. Repair by Acura is a ridiculous $1,600 plus tax, i.e. $1,800. I will not repair these electronics”

Peter B., ON (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“the bluetooth interface to our smart phones broke”

David P., NY (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Nav. system sporadically stops working and displays a message saying the "DVD cannot be read" The error message hasn't come on when I've taken car to dealer so they can't diagnose the problem yet”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“DVD player for maps under driver seat stopped working. $2800 to replace or $750 used just for part. Hard to spend that much on a car that old. Still does not work and it makes a huge point to tell me so ever time I start car. Other screen functions w”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Intermitent system failure”

Anonymous, CT (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“system has malfunctioned and cost to much (over $800) to repair”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Bluetooth keeps resetting”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Hands free link module failed and resulted in dead battery”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“bluetooth stopped working - module needed replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Bluetooth module failed”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“iPhone 5 will not stay paired with system. Dealer cannot fix problem”

Kenneth J., IL (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“my bluetooth kept draining my car battery so i had it disconnected”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Pairing is not stable with iPhone 5 or 6. It works sometimes, and not others”

Robert J., OH (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“No longer able to pair phones”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The Phone voice response system stopped working. Phones would not pair and the issue also caused the battery to drain”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“It stopped working ! And I didn't want to pay the $1200 for replacement since my car has such high mileage”

Jollyne T., CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Bluetooth module needed repalcement”

John O., IL (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“hands free needed new module $800”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“bluetooth module failed and drained the battery 5 times”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Bluetooth stopped working and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Hands free link had a short which caused battery drain. Had to replace $$$”

John B., AR (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The bluetooth modulator failed. In addition to the bluetooth not functioning it caused the car battery to run down if I didn't use the car for 3 or 4 days. Dealer quoted $1,000 to repair. I purchased a new one on ebay for $350CDN and had my mechanic”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Phone pairing never worked well with iPhones , always clitches with phone numbers. Had to hand enter numbers reggularly”

Kathleen D., MO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The phone pairing was just a piece of an intermittent electrical problem that effected the bluetooth pairing, multiple batteries, and numerous starting issues stranding us on many occasions”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The bluetooth stopped working, however, due to the electronics wiring, it would continue to attempt to pair, and drain the battery”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“it was draining the battery when the car was not on, therefor the dealership said that it would have to be replaced or disconnected. we disconnected”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“We have an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 4S. Neither will pair to the Acura. worked with dealer and called Acura. now we need to buy a new transmitter possibly”

Thomas T., TX (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The Bluetooth system had an electrical problem and had to be replaced, costing $800.00”

Todd F., NC (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“My battery was draining overnight. i had to jump start the car almost every 2nd day. i took it to the mechanic who said the battery drain was coming from the bluetooth module. Rather than pay for an expensive module, he disconnected it. There has been no subsequent battery drain”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Bluetooth module goes bad and drains battery randomly. Know issue. You can pull the bluetooth module and live without it, or, put a new one in”

Anonymous, MS (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Bluetooth system drained the battery constantly overnight when the car is off. Had to disconnect”

Brandon A., TX (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Stayed active with ca r turned off resulting in battery running down”

Craig B., CO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Bluetooth kept bleeding the battery the battery dead. Had to disconnect (we did) or replace Bluetooth”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Stop work another common issue with this model and cause draining on the battery”

Phillip B., NJ (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“the dealer install new part and phone pairing working good”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Bluetooth module is bad and was discharging the battery over a few days”

Anonymous, TN (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Fault in hands-free link drained battery; disconnected, rather than repaired link”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Radio

“Radio resets stations if you have two sets of keys in car. We got this vehicle used and there has always been some sort of a short in the system. Mirrors were resetting. The seat positions reset constantly- it has been a frustrating problem that the”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“One longstanding tendency to go into a bout where it squawks like a chicken. More recently one of the speakers has developed a distorted sound”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Radio failed / went dead for no apparent reason, (no battery power interruption); needed to be reset with appropriate code”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

“The wireless head phones will not play the DVD signal, but will play the radio. Very frustrating on road trips with Children. Worked with Dealer, called Acura, still not working”

Thomas T., TX (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Voice control commands

“The voice control command does not supply the correct outcome for the requested command. For example, "set temperature to 72 degrees" may produce changing the radio station”

Kenneth J., IL (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Voice control system stopped working, shorted out battery, expensive fix”

Kathleen D., MO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“A/C completely failed and the compressor needed replacing”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Compressor failed and had to be replaced”

Robert C., VA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“AC goes on and off by itself”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Something to do with the relay. Electronic”

Steven F., MO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Turned A/C unit on during a brief rest period loud noises were heard along with chatter and leaking fluids. Very expensive to repair”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Failed twice. Was repaired a year ago but now needs to be replaced at a cost of around $2000”

Anonymous, CT (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“had to replace; 11 months later hose connecting compressor hd be be replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Common problem with this model also cause and drain on the battery”

Phillip B., NJ (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“Climate control randomly will no longer hold appropriate temperature. In winter temperature needs to be set 10 degrees higher to maintain any warmth in the car”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The issue is on going. The auto climate control will not hold temperature and the system cycles between being cold and hot. There is also a strange thumping noise under the dash which may be related”

Richard S., CO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The AC stopped working during a hot rainy day and the windows fogged up on a highway making it impossible to see”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Irregular operation of air conditioning”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“All the connected electronics caused problems with seat and mirror memory, sporadic failures in heating and AC causing dangerous fogging of windows while driving”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The auto climate control has not worked fully automatic for some time. We have fixed it but the issue comes back. The adjustment for fan speed does not really work. So I adjust it manually”

Robert N., CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“the air mix controller constantly operates and makes an annoying sound. like there's a mouse in the steering column. and the driver side will blow hot air while the passenger side blows cold air”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“makes a hissing noise sound that started happening under warranty. We had extended warranty with Acura and before it expired they couldn't find the problem. Out of warranty they did!”

David T., FL (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Electrical pressure switch for a/c system failed. System stopped cooling”

Kim W., GA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“There was a problem in the AC relay that caused the AC to sometimes not turn on and also drained the battery”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“Part failure -- air conditioner relay switch. Seemed premature given the low mileage on the vehicle”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“had to replace”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Active damper system has failed on all four wheels”

Dale M., CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The suspension system completely failed just weeks after we purchased this SUV in March, 2013. Though we had purchased an extended warranty through the dealer which we were told would cover "everything" the insurance company refused to cover the repairs. The repairs cost $4400. Acura has recently issued an extended warranty for this defect in the MDX and even though we were told by Acura we qualified for compensation, we were denied it because as Acura said the coverage does not apply to thos”

Dale M., CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Pump started to make growling noise, needed replacement”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Power steering was making noise periodically. Had it checked, and needed to replace the power steering rack”

Glen K., TN (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“power steering pump had to be replaced”

John D., NJ (2008 Acura MDX)
Shocks or struts

“I have a button to press to make the suspension more rigid or less rigid. The light does not come on to indicate if it is working”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Had to replace all 4 struts”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Wore out 1,500$ to repair”

Anonymous, NM (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Struts failed both front and rear (fronts were replaced at about 50,000 mile in 2010).. Cost for all four was $4,700. That is 10% of what the car cost new. A normal strut is about $200 each. I will not purchase another car with electronic structs”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“front electronic shocks were leaking and had to be replaced - all 4 - Acura CA paid for just over 50% of the job”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“sport suspension rear shock failure $1000”

Will D., ON (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Fluid struts leaked. Had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Even though our MDX Elite is a 2008, Acura replaced the front struts and replaced the rear bushings under warranty”

Peter B., ON (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“All of the struts and shocks for all four wheels had to be replaced at 50,000 miles and it cost over $4000. Acura refused to cover any of it. I think this is abominable. The problem with The struts has been a known issue for years”

Anonymous, LA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Known problem with MDX that the rubber seal on the power steering hardens and then leaks. Acura will charge $1200 to replace entire steering column when a new washer will do”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Steering wheel column changed under extended warranty. Steering wheel was vibrating a lot. Also the engine mount had to be replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The joints had worn but my mechanic noticed and replaced the parts”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“Front wheel bearings needed to be replaced. This is the second time we have replaced the bearings”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

“Acura tech says battery cable was defective and needed to be replaced. That was 4 years ago and it still works fine”

Anonymous, SC (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“I believe be the body control module is speaking to pre-sets; the pre-sets presented problems early on. I provided multiple videos in which you had to press the pre-set buttons up to 10 times to get the seat, sterling will and side minors into the preset position. The dealer could never recreate the problem, attempted more then 10 times to get it fixed while under warranty with no success. Will not purchase another Acura due to the treatment provided by the dealerships lack of response”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Left low beam will light only after cycling the on off switch several ltime”

James-Judy D., OK (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The daytime running lights keep burning out. The DRL indicator light comes on constantly”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“daytime running light is out and dealer quoted $85 to replace because they have to remove the bumper, which is ridiculous”

John D., NJ (2008 Acura MDX)

“there were electrical short in the wiring for the seats. Seats would heat up and then the wiring wiring would start to smoke / burn smell”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Auto-positioning seat would not reposition properly between drivers. Controller was replaced. Works fine now”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The vehicle no longer retains programmed seating positions. The steering wheel and seat position will reset to less than desirable positions. Bluetooth also failed”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“nonfunctioning front passenger seat heater”

Anonymous, IA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Keyless entry

“Intermittent enabling/disabling of remote door locks. Replaced door electrical harness”

Ulysses S., CO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Worked intermittently”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Part of the same electrical issue as the bluetooth and phone pairing”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Had to replace all door latch assemblies during the year. All original parts failed”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“I have had nothing but False Readings from day One. I have replaced the TPMS Four Times. I am sick of this Acura”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“stopped working on several wheels”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“electrical shorted out the motor on the wiper assembly”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“The alarm could not be turned off”

Brigid V., NY (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“Shifting clunks”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“There has been a serious problem & recall on the Drive Shaft, which I believe has been the pronlem with the Transmission Slipping Often & The Terrible Road Noise. Windows cant be rolled down for the horrible Noise from the Drive Shaft”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Rear differential was slipping. When initially shifting to drive, it would act as if it were in neutral momentarily and then catch. The seals were leaking and it all seemed related. We were without the car for 10 days but they gave us a brand new 201”

Timothy L., CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Transmission computer

“Was a sensor malfunction and not a actual transmission failure”

Anonymous, UT (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“False indication of transmission problems”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Transmission leaks

“Leaking - 1,500$ repair”

Anonymous, NM (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Just the rear differential seals. They needed to be replaced because of leaks”

Timothy L., CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Due to corrosion near the front of the car in the radiator area there was a leak that developed that was leaking transmission fluid”

Brian P., OH (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Transmission light came on and I was directed to drive slowly straight to the dealer. They thought at first it might need rebuilding but on inspection it was leaking and they replaces a seal”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The transmission cooling lines go through the radiator, so leaking fluids mixed in the radiator affecting both systems and causing transmission failure”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Transmission sensor fault with recommendation to take the car in to the dealer. Sensor replaced and all satisfactory. Seemed to be a common fault when talking to dealer”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Sensor died last year. $300 to replace. Needless to say, it was a defective sensor but not covered under guarantee”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“sensor trouble with transmission, cost $200.00”

Michael Q., CO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Warning message came on while driving indicating there was a transmission problem and we should seek immediate assistance. Dealer analyzed and said sensor had failed. We replaced at cost of about $350”

Abe M., TX (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“in heavy rains, leaks around the top of the driver side front rook support area, about 1/4 way down”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“leak around sunroof. Mechanic cleaned out drainage tube and all ok”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“engine / drive train vibration causes ride to be rough and rattle certain interior parts”

David T., FL (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“the vehicle makes a hissing sound when it is started. It could be the breaks. I will get it checked out soon”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The whel base rattles when I hit a hole or bump”

Burnell G., FL (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“When the cooling system is on it make a very loud hissing noise”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“heat shield in behind radiator bad rattle $500”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Very disappointed overall in our '08 MDX. We bought it specifically because it was a CR Best Buy and we've been disappointed by both the car and the dealer”

Dorcas M., CO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“This car has several squeaks and rattles throughout the car. The drivers door trim rattles, there is a rattle from the 2nd row seat and hatch area. And the genuine ACURA cargo cover flaps about. It's too bad for a car initially costing $48,000”

Kirk S., CO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Clunking noise in front suspension at low speed”

Pedro G., TX (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Can't stop the noise from passenger side window”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Over time the front doors have increased their wind noise. No visible problem with seals, but freeway speed noise is predominat”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

“They failed”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

“normal rear brake wear”

Michael U., MA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Normal brake wear caused vibration”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Replaced brake pads, potentially need new rotors”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“When getting 4 new tires in Jan '15, I was told brakes were worn below 20%. Rear brakes (pads) were replaced in Mar '15 as well as machined rear brake rotors & cleaned; pasted rear caliper slides”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Parking brake

“The parking brake sticks, causing vibration at speed. It is difficult to get it out of this state despite taking it in for service for this problem”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Front right flexible brake hose burst. Loss of all brakes. No apparent damage to hose, likely manufacturing defect”

G F., AB (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“They need to be replace every time the pads are replaced”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Front suspension was making noise on speeds above 40 mph”

George M., IL (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“Broken passenger side latch”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Mirrors and seat position memory settings are not maintained after the vehicle is shut off. Mirrors and seat position must be readjusted upon each time the vehicle is started”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“passenger side mirror makes noise when moving - when car in reverse”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Driver side rear view mirror came apart and needed to be super-glued”

Anonymous, IA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

“Problems with seat memory and mirrors not setting”

Justin B., MD (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Seat controls - temperature

“Light on the passenger side heating does not come on”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Windows

“Windows noisy up and down”

Justin B., MD (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Front Passenger side window is inoperable”

Anonymous, MS (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

“Studs holding the rear license plate broke loose from the rear hatch. They were welded to the sheet metal. Had to install bolts through the holes from the inside. They use a poor mounting system”

Noel C., NV (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Center consel cover is coming loose and it will cost several hundered dollars to repair”

James-Judy D., OK (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Clear coat on the front plastic portion has peeled terribly. They would not repair because I raised the problem after the warranty expired”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The paint, headlamp lenses and window casings/finishings are all showing excess and disproportionate wear”

Giovanna P., CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Paint chips more easily than on any vehicle we have ever owned”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“the front end of the car is doing all the above; fading, chalking, cracking, & peeling”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Rust

“edge of passenger door showing signs of rust”

Aaron F., MA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Recently discovered that the frame has rusted though. approx 3 inch hole in frame”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“I had to replace the original battery in the car from 2008 which was pretty amazing that it lasted that long”

David C., GA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Battery cables

“Acura technician misdiagnosed a bad battery as being discharged by Bluetooth and disconnected it. He did not pickup that the battery had a bad cell”

Anonymous, SC (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“One spark plug failed at 132,000 miles. I failed to do the recommended 100,000 tune-up, so I do not blame Acura for this problem”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Spark plugs were unable to be extracted at the recommended 105000 mile tuneup. Mechanic says they were stripped at installation (factory) and just spun in the casings. Had to be removed by special tool at a charge of over $2500. Devastating!”

Giovanna P., CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Alternator

“The car was perfectly fine, while driving the car just stalled and the restarted. After traveling another mile , all of the lights started flashing on the dash and inside the vehicle it then died completely. It had to be towed , the alternator & battery had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OR (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

“The power steering pump went out and I had to have it replaced”

David C., GA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“One of the parts in oil pan got broken. It was custom - made by a shop, proper repair would've been even more expensive”

George M., IL (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“My biggest problem with this is that is states that the oil is low. Turned out that the oil pump was leaking and had to be replaced. I've used fully synthetic oil since purchasing the vehicle, and I would not have thought that the oil pump would go bad. Cost a pretty penny to repair, but cheaper than a new engine I suppose”

Leo G., MO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Rear engine seal is starting to leak for third time. This is a very costly repair because transmission needs to be removed. First two leaks were fixed by dealer under vehicle warranty”

Pedro G., TX (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“We have had two costly repairs on the egr one in April 2015 & one in July 2013. Both spontaneously filling the car with fumes & needed immediate attention no warning ahead of time. We were traveling one time & it caused a delay of our trip”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“the EGR light comes on periodically”

Gary H., AB (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Car was running a little rough. Message on navigation screen identified the problem. I took car to dealer shy and they fixed it”

Ava K., CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Sensor went bad. Needed to be replace”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Auto almost stopped functioning, cylinders came quite out of adjustment which also forced complete adjustment and spark plug tuneup. This service is scheduled for 120,000 miles not 80,000. This 6 months after oil pump started leaking and they replac”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Timing belt was making a severe rattling noise when started cold, after that it was fine, diagnosed and repaired timing belt and tensioner”

Stephen F., CA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“Torque converter reprogrammed when purchased due to growling noises. Noises returned in less than a year. Dealer flushed transmission. Service Bulletin said to replace but they refused until they try this”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“I had to have the transmission replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Loose/rattling heat shield

“Heat shield bracket had rusted and became loose requiring it to be replaced”

Scott D., MD (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

“During service in Dec '14, timing belt, water pump & spark plugs were replaced for the 100K service. Coolant & transmission fluid were found leaking at lower radiator on driverside. Radiator & all hoses replaced. Tires & brakes need attention soon”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

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