Acura MDX - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Acura MDX owners have reported a total of 2,082 problems for their cars built in the 19 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 (230 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2019 MDX
15
  2018 MDX
28
  2017 MDX
66
  2016 MDX
172
  2015 MDX
70
  2014 MDX
175
  2013 MDX
24
  2012 MDX
54
  2011 MDX
49
  2010 MDX
50
  2009 MDX
51
  2008 MDX
49
  2007 MDX
112
  2006 MDX
99
  2005 MDX
193
  2004 MDX
207
  2003 MDX
230
  2002 MDX
208
  2001 MDX
230

  Common problems of Acura MDX

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Acura MDX cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (630 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (225 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Acura MDX

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
630
  Electrical System
225
  Engine And Engine Cooling
214
  Equipment
171
  Air Bag
168
  Service Brakes
104
  Vehicle Speed Control
93
  Steering
84
  Structure
66
  Electronic Stability Control
51
   
  Suspension
50
  Other Fuel System
40
  Visibility
35
  Seat Belt
33
  Seats
26
  Exterior Lighting
23
  Wheel
20
  Gasoline Fuel System
13
  Tire
13
  Unknown Or Other
12
  Latches/locks/linkage
4
  Traction Control System
2
  Child Seat
2
  Parking Brake
1
  Air Brake
1
  Back Over Prevention
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 2840,2721    
0.70
  2017 6669,4582    
0.48
  2016 17279,0073    
0.73
  2015 7045,8794    
0.38
  2014 17569,2695    
0.51
  2013 2425,4026    
0.16
  2012 5450,7837    
0.15
  2011 4951,2118    
0.12
  2010 5034,6789    
0.16
  2009 5134,54510    
0.15
  2008 4957,38211    
0.08
  2007 11253,70312    
0.17
  2006 9951,38013    
0.15
  2005 19360,33414    
0.23
  2004 20762,58515    
0.22
  2003 23055,94216    
0.26
  2002 20849,05717    
0.25
  2001 23044,33118    
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
  2019 MDX
15
  2018 MDX
18
  2017 MDX
22
  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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