really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,608 miles

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problem #6

Mar 202014


  • 158,650 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Acura MDX. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, there was a loud abnormal noise. Additionally, the contact smelled a burning odor coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the passenger front coil spring had completely fractured and the frontal passenger coil spring was beginning to fracture as well. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 05V385000 (suspension). The failure mileage was 158,650. Updated 8/14/14

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #5

Dec 242011


  • miles
2001 Acura MDX. Consumer writes in regards to driver side front suspension coil spring the consumer stated when the driver side coil spring broke, it pierced the tire, resulting in him losing control of the vehicle.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #4

Mar 212010


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Acura MDX. While driving 25 mph 8 inches of the front coil spring separated from the vehicle. The contact didn't mention if the vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The current and failure mileages were 150000.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #3

Mar 102005

MDX 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
While driving or going over bumps there were noises. Also, while backing out of driveway the steering was very stiff to turn, and when driving forward there was a smell of burning rubber. Stopped vehicle, and had it towed to service repair shop. The front right coil spring broke and was digging into the tire, causing the rubber smell. The service manager said the tire had not been damaged enough that it would need to be replaced, but the front right coil spring would have to be replaced. Both front coil springs were replaced. Since the repair there were no problems. Did contact the dealer, who said they were not aware of anything.

- Nepean, 00, USA

problem #2

Feb 102005

MDX 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The vehicle started riding lower in the front and making knocking sounds whenever it went over a bump. We took it to the dealer and they advised us that both front springs had broken and the whole shock tower/spring assemblies had to be replaced as the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The parts were relaced at my costs as Acura said the vehicle was off warrenty at 120,000 kms. After repeated negotiations with the dealer and Honda Canada we gor a dealer credit of 100% of the cost of the repairs as part of the negotiations I had to return both assemblies to Honda Canada and I do not know how they were disposed off.

- Mississauga, 00, USA

problem #1

Apr 022005

MDX 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
The front spring on my 2001 Acura MDX broke, there was no excessive force or corrosion involved, the vehichle only had 51,000 miles on it. I was very lucky it did not puncture a tire or disrupt the steering and result in an accident.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA