I have posted on other forums without a response, even though I just posted last night. I am urgently looking for opinions asap.
I don’t mean to make it a book but I am going to act on this situation tomorrow, before I make the best or biggest mistake of my life!
here it goes:
he other day I test drove a 2008 MDX from a private party. It was just a color that I wanted for the interior and exterior. Very clean, seemed to check out, there was alot of rust inside the front wheel but the guys that were with me checked it out for flooding, I guess it was ok. When I test drove it, I was ready to go to the bank!
The mechanic showed up there to look at it for me, she was telling him and my ex husband, how she unhooks the battery every night. Mechanic said it was no big deal all you have to do is unhook the Bluetooth. That is also what was making the airbag light go off. He said if this is the one you like, buy it!
They wanted full private party price. The exterior/interior shape was well worth it but I didnt fully understand this battery issue. Once we got to the bank, I told her I was going to have to think about it overnight.
In the meantime my friend was sending me a Carfax on my phone. He says it was 2 owner vehicle, bought in Texas, that there was no maintenance records on it as far as oil changes that’s no big deal because the first owner could have took it to a Jiffy Lube, the alternator was already replaced once and it’s already gone through two batteries. Honda took it in as a trade but didn’t resell it even though they should have been able to make good money on it, instead they sold it to auction because they recognized this issue and didnt want to sell it to their customers making them unhappy, complaining and risking their dealership reputation. The current owners bought it from a dealership 10 months ago in a nearby city. He does all his own maintenance for oil changes, ect and never had to take this one in.
I felt like I had to give her an answer right away so told this sweet couple that I could not buy this vehicle as is, I don’t think anyone would buy it having to unhook the battery every night. I said I would consider it but I will not commit to buying it even if it gets fixed. Not realizing all they had to do is unhook the Bluetooth because of miscommunication between me and my mechanic. So I’m panicking thinking that there’s something beyond the alternator it’s making it burn out trying to keep the battery charged. Electrical issues can become big future headaches and a financial drain. If not the whole computer.
I started searching online and I found out that Honda has his lawsuit against them over this issue in the older models. Apparently I went too far with it, otherwise Honda would have done a recall on those vehicles.
So now I need to decide if I want to buy this car without the Bluetooth feature. It seemed to be a great car and its making me especially sad to let this one go, but then they ALL make me sad to let go, lol. This one was special because it was so clean and perfect colors in and out. I don’t know how long it will take me to find the right color with the right interior again.
Any advice would be apreciated. I want to know if anyone else has had this bluetooth issue, and if unhooking it was the success of their remedy.
If I do turn it down, I wonder how long it will take me to find a good one again. Its not just one year or one model this happened to. Or just wait til I have more money and avoid them all to get newer then 2008!
I texted them this morning and told them I found a Youtube video on how to unhook the bluetooth module, so we can see how the battery reacts. They seemed happy to get the advise and did it right away. Said it was a piece of cake. We are both anxious to see if this took care of the problem. Has anyone had this problem themselves with a bluetooth, or airconditioner component slow drain the battery? If so was this the entire remedy to fix the problem. As I know it happens in BMW’s and Volvo’s too. If it hasn’t happen, how would you rate your built in bluetooth device? Is it worth waiting for another car that has it, working and functionable, maybe settling on a different color car or maybe even paying more by waiting and finding the final sale at a dealership instead of a private party price. Lots of questions!
If i dont buy their car, I may be able to offer to buy their tires if they still have them when I get my new MDX! LoL thats just silly!