hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
123,250 miles

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2001 Acura MDX electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Acura MDX Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 032015


  • 138,000 miles


The 2001 Acura MDX touring is equipped with front driver and front passenger heated seats controlled by three-position rocker switches (one switch to control driver seat a second switch to control passenger seat) in the center console allowing passenger to choose between low-off-high temperature settings. The seats are designed to warm the seat cushion and the lumbar cushion of both front driver and front passenger seats. Currently, the front passenger seat works as designed. The front driver seat, however, only heats the lumbar cushion when the heater is engaged and the seat cushion does not heat. While cleaning the vehicle I noticed white rubber underneath the driver seat. The rubber looked like wire insulation and some of the pieces looked to be charred. I suspect that the heating element could have broken or shorted somehow causing the wire insulation to crack and over time to disintegrate. My concern is that a break in the heating element and/or circuitry could result in a short or spark or even a fire which could cause harm to the driver if sitting in that seat were such an event to occur and potentially cause a hazardous situation if such an event occurred en route where a driver's reaction to shock, smoke, burning smell, or fire could endanger the driver, passengers, and other vehicles/passengers on the road. Even if the vehicle is used without intentionally engaging the seat heating system, the design and location of the rocker switches allow them to easily be engaged inadvertently.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #3

Feb 012014


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Acura MDX. The contact stated that the ignition interlock system failed and the contact was able to remove the key while the gear was not in drive gear. The contact was able to get back into the vehicle and secure the gear in park. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for have a diagnostic test performed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 160,000.

- Frankfort , KY, USA

problem #2

Jun 302012


  • 115,000 miles
There is a malfunction of the ignition interlock feature. The key can be removed while the transmission is in neutral or drive. The vehicle is at risk of rolling away while unattended.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 262007


  • 80,000 miles
Acura MDX D5 light was flashing then sudddenly all elec went out. Car went another mile before stopping in the road. Luckily my family was able to get out of car and move to safety. This model as evidenced by blogs on the internet, has many significant design flaws. I am told that this new issue will take another $1000 to fix (module and sensor). This car has a significant issue with its motor mounts as well.

- Norfolk, MA, USA

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