really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,051 miles

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2002 Acura MDX Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 052017


  • miles


Priority Acura gave 2002 MDX back Monday 4/3/17 had problems again with it slippin into neutral and wont move in D5...this time check engine light came on and D5 started blinking and gear shift was not move pass N until james the mechanic shut off vehicle and started it back up.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #8

Mar 042017

MDX 6-cyl

  • 52 miles
My name is [xxx] I purchased a used 2002 Acura MDX from dealer [xxx] at priority Honda hampton va 2/13/2017 ( 757 8381252 ). within the first week of driving this Acura MDX it stalled as I made a turn on lynnhaven pkwy into my job parking lot. There where cars behind me beeping. My first reaction was try reverse it did reverse so I try to put it back in D5 no movement rpms with just run up no check engine light on so then I tried D5, D4, D3,2 no movement the vehicle move when I put it in gear at 1 and it drove me to a parking space and that is when I called Acura priority and had car towed to them and explained that I had purchased the car from priority Honda this was my 6/7 day driving it this happen. So the tow company came and towed it to priority Acura chesapeake ( 757 5231700) unfortunately they could not duplicate the problem and the check engine light wasn't on and car driving back normal and no codes held in the computer for them to check what is going on. Therefore I requested they do a thoroughly check on vehicle which cost me $150 dollars to make sure it wasn't nothing wrong with vehicle. They did a extra check and came back with bushings needed to be replace other than that vehicle was good priority Acura stated. In meantime I called priority Honda where I just purchased the vehicle from not even a week and explained to them what was going on to timothy use car supervisor at priority Honda hampton ( 7578381252) he got the car towed over there no cost to me and gave me a rental for 4 days ?when I was called I was told again I can pick up my vehicle priority Honda hampton mechanic was not able to duplicate my complaint on Acura or diagnosis it due to no check engine light on. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #7

Mar 012017

MDX 6-cyl

  • 125,110 miles
Hello my name is [xxx] I purchased a used 2002 Acura MDX from priority Honda hampton va ( 757 838 1252) the first week I drove the car the transmission shifted downward while I was turning a corner at a busy intersection the car did not cut off however it stop and when I pressed on the gas the RPM will go up but the car would not move I then try to shift to D4 would not move D3 would not move 2 it drove again. I took the car back to priority and explain what happen they sold me a lemon they states my check engine light not on or keeping records of what happen when car act up therefore the car is not doing it all the time and not doing it while in there possession. They sent me home again the next week I was back with same problem they could not diagnose. Sent me home again the next week happen again I they still cant figure out problem this is a very dangerous situation when cars are behind me and can result in a crash can you please reach out to me at 7573723536 or priority Honda hampton va ( 7578381252 [xxx]) to correct this dangerous problem with my vehicle I see others have had this problem. I have any recorded this on my phone and show them car not moving rpms going up the advisor [xxx] states looks like transmission slipping but it wont do for them. My vehicle is currently at priority Honda hampton again. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #6

Aug 112013


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Acura MDX. While driving 40 mph, the driver attempted to decelerate but lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle maintained speed despite the brake pedal being depressed and caused the driver to crash into a cement wall. The air bags failed to deploy upon impact but instead, deployed several minutes later. The driver sustained lacerations, a fractured tooth, injuries to the head, wrist, ribs and bruises. The passenger sustained an elevated blood level, bruising, discomfort, and irritated eyes. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was destroyed and the manufacturer was not made aware of the incident. The vehicle was not inspected to determine the cause of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Katy , TX, USA

problem #5

Jan 292013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Acura MDX. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle erroneously accelerated and the RPM increased excessively. The brakes were depressed very hard and the stopped in an open field. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic who was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #4

Mar 042011

MDX 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
I have Acura MDX 2002. On March 4th, 2011 while trying to park in a parking lot the car suddenly took off (unintended sudden acceleration) hitting the parked car in front and that in turn hit another parked car. Luckily noe was in both the cars. I had no control on the vehicle it kept speeding.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 302010


  • 93,300 miles


My Acura MDX 2002 had a frozen/stuck accelerator pedal that caused the vehicle to throttle high speed upto 50 mph within 30 secs. The car went out of control and could not stop instantly when hit the brakes. Crash caused the property, vehicle damage and accident reported to police and dmv.

- Guilderland, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 302004


  • 51,000 miles
While driving and upon hitting the brakes vehicle continuously accelerated. Consumer's vehicle then hit the back of another vehicle. However, the vehicle could not stop. Hitting the back of a third vehicle. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy.

- Waldo, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 172004


  • miles
Consumer was driving and all of a sudden the speedometer ran wild. She pulled the vehicle to the side, and turned it off, but the speedometer kept moving as if the vehicle was still running. Consumer then called a tow truck and had the vehicle towed to a Acura dealer, who told her that the problem sounded like the recall that was on this kind of vehicle. Consumer later received a recall. On her vehicle. Consumer did not feel that the problem was been solved, because the RPM gauge did not go back to zero like it did before the above incident. Will take the vehicle back to the dealer for further evaluation.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

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