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200K Miles too many buying a used Honda? #5189817 08/17/19 05:43 PM
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Looking at a 2008 Acura MDX private party for $5000 USD.

Pictures seem like it was well taken care of. Owner claims he has service records etc.

Wanted to get some opinions before driving 2 hours just to look at it.


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Re: 200K Miles too many buying a used Honda? [Re: jayjr1105] #5189820 08/17/19 05:46 PM
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200k is 200k no matter how you shake it. Even if the engine or trans are decent they could blow up anytime. Plus the suspension will have 200k on it as well. Plus that vehicle has a timing belt that is probably due.

For 5k I would look for something with lower miles.


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Seller claims majority is highway miles. Married but don't have kids (isn't beat to [censored])


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Re: 200K Miles too many buying a used Honda? [Re: jayjr1105] #5189825 08/17/19 06:01 PM
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200k in the Northeast? All highway miles? I'd bet the average vehicle speed is about 27mph. You can do the math on how many hours that was.

Agree with Jimzz... 200k may be fine on the engine and tranny, but northeast winters will have been a rough 11 years on the underbody and bushings.


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Re: 200K Miles too many buying a used Honda? [Re: jayjr1105] #5189827 08/17/19 06:07 PM
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Just ran the VIN on carfax. It has roughly 50 service records mostly at the Acura dealership. The pics look like the thing was babied.


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Re: 200K Miles too many buying a used Honda? [Re: jayjr1105] #5189833 08/17/19 06:13 PM
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You don't say which version but I looked up the Sport editions that sold at auction and one with 291K miles sold for $4,400 and one with 160K for $6,500. So $5K seem to be a good deal. The only thing that would worry me is the transmission. At 200K it might go another 100,000 miles or blow within 1,000 miles.

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200K miles $5,000, that's an I'll pass in my book.


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Re: 200K Miles too many buying a used Honda? [Re: atikovi] #5189868 08/17/19 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by atikovi
You don't say which version but I looked up the Sport editions that sold at auction and one with 291K miles sold for $4,400 and one with 160K for $6,500. So $5K seem to be a good deal. The only thing that would worry me is the transmission. At 200K it might go another 100,000 miles or blow within 1,000 miles.


I'll be checking the dipstick for color/smell. Also driving it and checking for shift quality. With all the acura service records, I would think that the dealership did drain and fills fairly often.


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Re: 200K Miles too many buying a used Honda? [Re: jayjr1105] #5189887 08/17/19 07:19 PM
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Personally I would not be afraid of 200,000 miles. I would check his service records for what has been done and go from there. Test drive it and
give it a good underbody inspection. It is surprising how little you get for 5 g these days for that type of vehicle.

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If in decent condition a 2008 MDX is reasonable buy. Great price at $4000.

I have a 2007 MDX with 193k and never had a more reliable vehicle including 95 Civic.

$5000 is small coin if vehicle is well taken care of.Also not a big chunk of money to risk either.

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You should probably find an Acura MDX forum where the talk about that model year to see what the long term pitfalls could potentially be. I've know people who keep their vehicle spiffy clean but were less than stellar on ongoing maintenance. If it's been well maintained mechanically and still looks darn good in person, you may have found a winner. And is it the original owner?

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Just tossing this around in my head for the past few hours. I think the gas mileage might be a deal breaker. Is that weird? Right now, my wife would be driving the 05 odyssey 20 miles to work and back (she just started full time after stay at home mom stint). She'd get high 20's on the highway. The MDX is 15 city 20 highway... ouch. I was all but convinced on buying this pending a positive test drive experience/check out.

Now I'm leaning towards hunting a CR-V again. Ugh, car buying truly sucks.


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Originally Posted by ediamiam
You should probably find an Acura MDX forum where the talk about that model year to see what the long term pitfalls could potentially be. I've know people who keep their vehicle spiffy clean but were less than stellar on ongoing maintenance. If it's been well maintained mechanically and still looks darn good in person, you may have found a winner. And is it the original owner?


Carcomplaints.com

2008 model year was very good according to that site. Very few complaints/issues for that year.


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A $5000 CRV is buzzy shoebox compared to a MDX however the MPG is not great. I manage 17-18MPg in mixed.

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Lots of Kool-Aid drinkers in this thread. It's a 2008 Acura not a 1998 Honda, it's not worth paying the premium for especially at high miles where other brands with similar miles will be a lot cheaper.


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