Recent content by jmhumr

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    Ended up going with the Acura RDX...

    Just throwing this out there: Acura's sticker price is misleading because their dealers budge FAR more than your average Mazda dealer. Easy 10-15% off MSRP. So while the CX-5 Sig is still cheaper, an informed buyer only needs to pay a couple grand more for an RDX Advance, which in terms of...
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    Ended up going with the Acura RDX...

    Is it really any more or less sloppy than the CX-5's own engine stalling problem? It's worth noting that, unlike the CX-5, the RDX's stalling problem isn't even widespread enough to require a recall. (Note: I'm not sure how long the base motor has been around, but the RDX/Accord stalling...
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    Mazda CX-5 Vs. Acura RDX

    Until the CX-50, that is. ;)
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    Ended up going with the Acura RDX...

    Yep. In this case, Acura’s fix is to replace the whole inter cooler. Sucks for Acura, but I think it suggests very few RDX need the fix. I think you’re being a little hyperbolic. Very, very few RDX owners experience the issue and it was extremely hard for dealer techs to reproduce the...
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    Ended up going with the Acura RDX...

    Acura just released a fix for the limp mode, which they determined was caused by high humidity.
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    Ended up going with the Acura RDX...

    Amen to that. Browsing forums provides some insight, but the discussion is often dominated by the same small number of complainers and/or people who just had some bad luck. They also will complain for years about an issue that was addressed for free by a simple TSB or recall. It’s good to...
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    Ended up going with the Acura RDX...

    I think you took my phrasing too literally. I meant we wanted more interior volume.
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    Ended up going with the Acura RDX...

    You really gotta peel the curtain back on those reliability ratings. I posted some comments here to add some perspective for why they didn't dissuade me: https://www.mazdas247.com/forum/index.php?threads/mazda-cx-5-vs-acura-rdx.123874192/post-6711409
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    Mazda CX-5 Vs. Acura RDX

    To be fair, the RDX's reliability rating is dragged down by relatively common first-year model issues. And if you research closely, an overwhelming majority of the "reliability" complaints are about stupid things like infotainment software (which has since been patched) and squeaky brakes...
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    Ended up going with the Acura RDX...

    Agreed! My last Mazda was a CX-7 and I wish they still made a car that size. Premium fuel is "recommended" but not "required." I use premium. :)
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    Ended up going with the Acura RDX...

    Yes, the Acura dealer blew my Mazda dealer away in terms of premium feel. But to be frank, I've never been to one of the modernized Mazda dealers. The closest dealer to me is a combo Mazda-Nissan dealer that is very no-frills. Plain white walls with no branding, cheap furniture, and a cheesy...
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    Ended up going with the Acura RDX...

    Howdy, I'm a longtime Mazda fan and have posted here quite a bit off-and-on. After putting off a decision on my next car for as long as I could, I finally pulled the trigger on a 2021 RDX A-Spec SH-AWD. I test drove the CX-5 an CX-9 one last time the week before buying and it affirmed that...
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    2021 Carbon edition grille

    I don’t think that’s the case. Close-ups show that the slats on the Carbon are glossy and stylized. If you took the chrome slats off a non-Carbon trim, I doubt the black plastic underneath looks that nice. Underneath is probably just a unfinished black plastic with holes for clips. See...
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    2021 Carbon edition grille

    I’m considering a CX-9 but only if I could do some appearance mods like this at a reasonable price. Bases on the convo above, am I right that you just have to purchase the gloss black slats? Does anyone know if they’re easy to swap, or do you have to take the whole darn grille off?