Acura MDX - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Acura MDX owners have reported a total of 1,802 problems for their cars built in the 18 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Acura MDX. The 2003 Acura MDX cars have the most problems reported (225 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Acura MDX

Model Year Number of Problems
  2018 MDX
7
  2017 MDX
37
  2016 MDX
106
  2015 MDX
59
  2014 MDX
152
  2013 MDX
22
  2012 MDX
38
  2011 MDX
43
  2010 MDX
43
  2009 MDX
45
  2008 MDX
46
  2007 MDX
102
  2006 MDX
86
  2005 MDX
177
  2004 MDX
188
  2003 MDX
225
  2002 MDX
204
  2001 MDX
222

  Common problems of Acura MDX

The following chart shows the 25 most common problems for Acura MDX cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (582 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (185 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Acura MDX

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
582
  Electrical System
185
  Engine And Engine Cooling
182
  Air Bag
149
  Equipment
145
  Service Brakes
88
  Vehicle Speed Control
80
  Steering
70
  Structure
52
  Suspension
47
   
  Electronic Stability Control
37
  Seat Belt
30
  Other Fuel System
29
  Visibility
24
  Seats
23
  Exterior Lighting
17
  Wheel
15
  Gasoline Fuel System
13
  Tire
12
  Unknown Or Other
12
  Latches/locks/linkage
4
  Child Seat
2
  Traction Control System
2
  Air Brake
1
  Parking Brake
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Acura MDX of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across MDX model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Acura MDX model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across MDX Model Years

MDX
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2017 3769,4581    
0.53
  2016 10679,0072    
0.67
  2015 5945,8793    
0.43
  2014 15269,2694    
0.55
  2013 2225,4025    
0.17
  2012 3850,7836    
0.12
  2011 4351,2117    
0.12
  2010 4334,6788    
0.15
  2009 4534,5459    
0.14
  2008 4657,38210    
0.08
  2007 10253,70311    
0.17
  2006 8651,38012    
0.14
  2005 17760,33413    
0.23
  2004 18862,58514    
0.21
  2003 22555,94215    
0.27
  2002 20449,05716    
0.26
  2001 22244,33117    
0.29

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Acura MDX is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2018 MDX
6
  2017 MDX
20
  2016 MDX
42
  2015 MDX
21
  2014 MDX
65
  2013 MDX
7
  2012 MDX
7
  2011 MDX
8
  2010 MDX
3
  2009 MDX
7
  2008 MDX
5
  2007 MDX
4
  2006 MDX
6
  2005 MDX
6
  2004 MDX
9
  2003 MDX
16
  2002 MDX
8
  2001 MDX
8


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