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2012 Acura MDX repairs by problem area

Engine (5%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (26%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (31%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 81 repairs.
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2012 Acura MDX repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (16%)

< $100 (76%)

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Chart based on 55 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Acura MDX

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Acura MDX in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2012 - Jun 2013
Dec 2012

8000 mi
Headliner (celing) detached and was rattling near sunroof. Dealer injected epoxy glue to attach headliner to the supporting structure. 

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2012 Acura MDX 4dr SUV

300-horsepower 3.7L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Acura MDX in New York, United States
Sep 2014 - Dec 2017
Nov 2014

25000 mi
Driver's heated seat switch was cycling off after a couple of minutes. Dealer initially replaced switch - same problem. They then replaced heating elements in the driver's seat. Fixed. Transmission was hunting and surging erratically. Dealer applied 2012 Transmission software reflash. Problem Fixed. 
Dec 2014

27000 mi
Passenger side dash tweeter had seperated form dash and was hanging loose on one side. Dealer reseated it and added new clips. Sunroof misaligned, with excessive wind noise. Dealer reseated sunroof gasket/rubber trim. Problem not fixed. Sunroof is still misaligned, and wind noise is much worse. Another trip to dealer is needed to rectify the issue. Misting and condensation visible behind the information screen on the center console. Piece replaced, problem fixed. 
Jan 2015 Sunroof glass and gasket were replaced by dealer after attempt to reseat gasket showed it was distorted from the factory. Problem Fixed 
Jun 2016

45000 mi
Auto tilt-down function on driver's side mirror wasn't working. Dealer replaced motors on both mirrors 
Acura MDX in Connecticut, United States
Dec 2012 - Mar 2018
Oct 2012

3500 mi
Dealer applied an epoxy, rattle solved and has never occurred agai. 
Nov 2016

59300 mi
Whining noise when making a turn. Dealer inspected power steering pump and fluid. Flushed power steering pump and replaced fluid. Problem resolved. 
Feb 2017

65000 mi

US $1000
63K on original brakes, front and rear brakes replaced. 
Jun 2017

68000 mi

US $254
Oil lube and filter, tire rotation and four wheel alignment. Transmission reflash to update programming. 95% resolved problem. 
Nov 2017

75000 mi

US $300
Drivers side power door lock actuator 
Acura MDX in New York, United States
Oct 2014 - Mar 2016
Feb 2015

49600 mi

US $2200
Replaced both front struts 
Acura MDX in Alabama, United States
Nov 2013 - Dec 2016
Jun 2015

33000 mi
Passenger side window sometimes could not come up. Dealer reset the memory setting. 
Aug 2015

35000 mi
Battery died. 
Mar 2016

43000 mi
Passenger side window would not come up. Dealer tried to reset the system but that did not fix the issue.  Sometimes after refuel, it would show warning fuel cap not on. Probably replaced a sensor. Replaced window actuator. 
Acura MDX in Oregon, United States
Aug 2012 - Mar 2018
Aug 2013

17000 mi
Transmission began slipping in reverse and failing to engage without throttle application. Dealer diagnosed transmission as faulty and replaced it under warranty. 
Aug 2015

38000 mi
Info display showed faults with ABS, brake assist and trailer sway control all at once. Dealer found no fault codes and reset computer. 
Jul 2017

60000 mi
Grinding noise from front brakes continued. Dealer wound up replacing front brake pads and shims...so far noise is gone. 
Acura MDX in Illinois, United States
Dec 2014 - Jan 2015
Jan 2015

35000 mi
Engine not starting easily. Dealership replaced the battery under warranty. 
Acura MDX in Kansas, United States
Apr 2014 - Mar 2018
Oct 2014

28700 mi
Sway bar link front right failed. Replaced under extended certified used car warranty. 
Apr 2015

35300 mi
Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) warning indicator light. Dealer installed software update at no charge. 
Acura MDX in Louisiana, United States
Jul 2015 - Apr 2016
Nov 2015

48900 mi
Seat heaters were not heating up enough 
Acura MDX in British Columbia, Canada
Oct 2015 - Mar 2018
Jul 2017

40920 mi
Sunroof leak. Fixed under Acura b2b extended warranty - dealer stripped headliner to repair. 
Mar 2018

43400 mi
Sunroof leak. Dealer refused to fix, despite them working on the car for same issue previously. Politely asked dealer to reconsider, told me to pay or get out. Took MDX to another Acura dealer, sold it. F Acura. 
Acura MDX in California, United States
Nov 2017 - Mar 2018
Dec 2017

84000 mi

US $430
Noise when turning the steering wheel while stopped. Replaced steering pump & fluid. Update: still groans. 
Jan 2018

84000 mi
Experiencing noise when turning the wheel under load, like on a hill. Left axle shaft was the source. Replaced both L & R axle shafts for $520 cost. Did not use Acura parts for replacement, which were more than twice the price. 
Acura MDX in Texas, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2017
Jun 2017

97000 mi

US $1000
replace pads 
Acura MDX in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2016 - May 2017
May 2017

89638 mi

US $45
Front wheel bearing replaced at 89,638mi. Repair done by myself; had to remove knuckle and bring to a dealer and have them remove the wheel bearing as they were rusted together. 
Acura MDX in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2013 - Jan 2018
Jun 2015

40920 mi
Leather seat had a tear from wear and the cover was replaced under warranty. 
Jan 2018

65720 mi
Brakes were at about 40%, dealer offered to replace for free following a previous incident. all four pads and rotors were replaced 
Acura MDX in Illinois, United States
Jun 2015 - Mar 2018
Nov 2016

54100 mi

US $250
Needed to replace hazard lights button. Dealer ordered replacement part. 
Acura MDX in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2015 - Mar 2018
Nov 2015

40920 mi
car wouldn't start after it was sitting for a bit passenger side view mirror motor defective water spots on sunroof shade 
Oct 2016

55180 mi
Blinker relay faulty 
Nov 2016

55980 mi
Wheel bearing failed. 
Aug 2017

67580 mi
All 4 struts changed under extended warranty with alignment 
Jan 2018

68820 mi
Brakes not functioning under extreme cold weather. Could not replicate. Issue not fixed. 
Acura MDX in New York, United States
Feb 2013 - Mar 2014
Mar 2013

7000 mi
Broken tie rod on a 2012 MDX with 6000 miles. I did not hit any pot holes. I was driving on a local side street at about 15 miles per hour when I heard a snap and my car suddenly swerved into a parked car. 
Acura MDX in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2012 - Mar 2018
May 2012

1520 mi
Middle row cupholder was stuck - unfortunately was this way when MDX was delivered 
Sep 2012

6200 mi
Weather striping around back rear/cargo door ripped 
Jul 2013

16720 mi
Rear-view mirror was loose. 
Oct 2014

34100 mi
Left latch clip behind middle row kept falling off. Was re-attached (very minor repair). 
Feb 2016

52720 mi

C $60
Sound coming from car when turned sharply right. Seems to only be occurring during the morning in cold weather and is intermittent. 
May 2016

56980 mi
Compressor belt making noise. Needed to be replaced, as well as p/s pump. 
Nov 2016

63120 mi
Vehicle making noise when turning. More predominate on right hand turns. Diagnosed as drive shaft issue - CV joint needed to be replaced. 
Acura MDX in Alabama, United States
Apr 2012 - Mar 2018
Jun 2013

18000 mi
Two interior items - 1. A middle seat "LATCH" cover was broken and replaced. 2. The handle on one of the third-row seats was broken and replaced. 
Acura MDX in Washington, United States
Dec 2011 - Mar 2018
Sep 2016

74000 mi

US $30
A/C working weakly/intermittently. Resolved with replacement of A/C compressor relay. 
Acura MDX in New York, United States
Jan 2012 - Mar 2018
Oct 2015

41700 mi
I have no idea what the actual problem was and can't find the paperwork. Basically the car started screaming at me. A belt was replaced and the battery was replaced, too --covered under warranty/ 
Feb 2018

62000 mi
My car was making a noise like the wheel bearing was going but the repair ended up being replacing the axle. 
Acura MDX in Texas, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2018
Nov 2014

31000 mi
Handle used to lift third row seat is lose. rear seat cupholder tray will not open Handle that lifts third row seats broke. Driver side window would go down a fraction of an inch while driving. 
Jul 2015

38300 mi
Third seat handles are broken again. 
Sep 2015

40000 mi
Something wrong with driver seat, a crack was audible when exciting the vehicle. Dealer ended up installing a new seat. Driver side mirror rattles when reversing 
Acura MDX in California, United States
Jan 2012 - Mar 2018
Sep 2015

22000 mi
3rd row seat lowering handle broke. Replaced under warranty. Had to wait several weeks for new part. 
Acura MDX in Connecticut, United States
Aug 2012 - Mar 2015
Jun 2014

23000 mi
Window seal noisy 
Acura MDX in California, United States
Jun 2012 - Mar 2017
Aug 2014

16100 mi
Oil consumption problem maybe from oil filter and crush washer at drain.will watch 
Mar 2017

29000 mi
Battery failed and could not hold charge. Replaced with new battery 
Acura MDX in California, United States
Oct 2012 - Sep 2015
Jan 2013

6000 mi
Slipping gear 
Jan 2014

27700 mi
Replaced power steering rack box seals and other components. 
Acura MDX in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Oct 2012
Apr 2012

5300 mi
Letter from dealer explaining of a traction/steering shudder at slow speeds <60mph. Recommended fix was a computer update. Temp sensors was reading outside temp wrong. Nothing done. They believe it was moisture. 
Acura MDX in New York, United States
Dec 2011 - Mar 2018
Apr 2016

22200 mi

US $100
Replaced 2 rear magnetic shocks 
Jan 2018

25000 mi

US $300
Replaced hands free link unit that was draining battery 
Acura MDX in Florida, United States
Sep 2012 - Sep 2016
Jan 2016

44200 mi
Front Axle Worn, needed replacement Sunroof would not open. Passenger seat belt would not click (into a secured position 
Acura MDX in Washington, United States
Sep 2012 - Dec 2017
Dec 2012

4000 mi
Two separate trips. The panels on the back of both passenger seats were faulty and needed to be replaced. 
Jul 2013

11300 mi
The system that monitors for stopped vehicles ahead and applies the brakes failed. 
Acura MDX in Indiana, United States
Aug 2012 - Sep 2014
Jan 2013

4300 mi
Horrendous wind noise emanating from drivers side window 
Feb 2013

5100 mi
Wind noise drivers side window 
Acura MDX in Texas, United States
Apr 2013 - Mar 2018
Dec 2016

100000 mi

US $380
Rotors warped and pads wearing unevenly. Discovered that the Acura OEM rubber stopped on caliper pin swelled due to synthetic brake grease and heat, thus caliper was sticking. Removed rubber stoppers completely. 
May 2017

111000 mi

US $300
Alternator failed. Dealer replaced alternator. 
Jun 2017

111000 mi

US $105
Belt tensioner broke, causing loud noise. Dealer had recently done the belt change service, so dealer charged us only for tensioner part at cost. No labor charge. 

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