Acura MDX - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Acura MDX owners have reported a total of 1,875 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 (229 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2018 MDX
20
  2017 MDX
45
  2016 MDX
112
  2015 MDX
67
  2014 MDX
157
  2013 MDX
24
  2012 MDX
43
  2011 MDX
44
  2010 MDX
43
  2009 MDX
45
  2008 MDX
47
  2007 MDX
104
  2006 MDX
87
  2005 MDX
184
  2004 MDX
194
  2003 MDX
229
  2002 MDX
205
  2001 MDX
225

  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 (597 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (197 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Acura MDX

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
597
  Electrical System
197
  Engine And Engine Cooling
188
  Air Bag
157
  Equipment
151
  Service Brakes
92
  Vehicle Speed Control
85
  Steering
72
  Structure
55
  Suspension
47
   
  Electronic Stability Control
41
  Other Fuel System
32
  Seat Belt
31
  Visibility
26
  Seats
24
  Exterior Lighting
18
  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
  2018 2011,6901    
1.71
  2017 4569,4582    
0.32
  2016 11279,0073    
0.47
  2015 6745,8794    
0.37
  2014 15769,2695    
0.45
  2013 2425,4026    
0.16
  2012 4350,7837    
0.12
  2011 4451,2118    
0.11
  2010 4334,6789    
0.14
  2009 4534,54510    
0.13
  2008 4757,38211    
0.07
  2007 10453,70312    
0.16
  2006 8751,38013    
0.13
  2005 18460,33414    
0.22
  2004 19462,58515    
0.21
  2003 22955,94216    
0.26
  2002 20549,05717    
0.25
  2001 22544,33118    
0.28

  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
15
  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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