I am writing with the hope that someone can help us.
We live in Minneapolis, MN. We have a 2003 Acura MDX with over 100,000 miles. It has been a great SUV, until recently. This fall we had all the required 100,000 mile maintenance work done, including replacing the timing belt, etc. About a week later, the battery drained and the car wouldn’t start, and at the same time the starter went bad (noise, smoking). We had the starter replaced and a new battery installed. Car still would be dead each morning. We took it back to the shop that had done the maintenance (4 different times) and they couldn’t find the problem, so they finally just replaced the new battery with another one. Same problem.
Then we then took it to the Acura dealer where we bought it. They ran diagnostics, kept it for three weeks, and couldn’t find the problem. It started almost all the time for them. One day we went to pick it up and it didn’t start, so they kept it another week. They had it outside most of the time, so it’s not the cold as we thought it may be. Today they threw up their hands and replaced the battery (third one). We have tried not locking it, thinking it could be the security system, turning the radio off, the fan off, etc., but nothing works.
This is a good vehicle and we planned on having it many more years, but it’s worthless if we have to jump it every other day.
Does anyone have any ideas?