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Acura MDX vs. BMW X5 Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Acura MDX or BMW X5 reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Acura MDX and the BMW X5 truly differ in reliability.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Acura MDX 27 MDXs, 4.7 months of data per MDX, average 5100 miles

Redesigned. Mostly minor electrical issues. Voice control system problem addressed with revised head unit.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Acura MDX   12 MDXs, 10.0 months of data per MDX, average 8000 miles

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2013 BMW X5   20 X5s, 5.5 months of data per X5, average 9700 miles

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2012 Acura MDX 37 MDXs, 10.0 months of data per MDX, average 20700 miles16
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 BMW X5 26 X5s, 9.2 months of data per X5, average 22300 miles45
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Acura MDX 31 MDXs, 8.2 months of data per MDX, average 31900 miles

Common problem with the power mirror actuators. Earlier model years had the same problem, but for them it's now outside the one-year window of these stats.
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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 BMW X5 42 X5s, 8.4 months of data per X5, average 33900 miles

Refreshed for this model year.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Acura MDX 31 MDXs, 9.4 months of data per MDX, average 43500 miles21
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 BMW X5   11 X5s, 5.6 months of data per X5, average 42800 miles

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2009 Acura MDX 25 MDXs, 9.5 months of data per MDX, average 55300 miles51
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 BMW X5   11 X5s, 9.4 months of data per X5, average 59700 miles

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2008 Acura MDX 51 MDXs, 8.6 months of data per MDX, average 77600 miles35
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 BMW X5   19 X5s, 7.7 months of data per X5, average 58800 miles

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2007 Acura MDX 58 MDXs, 8.8 months of data per MDX, average 77400 miles

First model year of second-generation MDX.
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2007 BMW X5   10 X5s, 8.2 months of data per X5, average 69300 miles

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2006 Acura MDX 26 MDXs, 9.2 months of data per MDX, average 93400 miles35
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2006 BMW X5   14 X5s, 9.1 months of data per X5, average 77600 miles

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2005 Acura MDX 28 MDXs, 9.4 months of data per MDX, average 119300 miles32
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2005 BMW X5   11 X5s, 8.0 months of data per X5, average 95500 miles

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2004 Acura MDX 29 MDXs, 8.8 months of data per MDX, average 128500 miles

Refreshed for this model year. Common problem with engine mounts.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Acura MDX   20 MDXs, 8.3 months of data per MDX, average 141500 miles

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2002 Acura MDX   16 MDXs, 9.9 months of data per MDX, average 145100 miles

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2002 BMW X5   11 X5s, 7.6 months of data per X5, average 126400 miles

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2001 Acura MDX   17 MDXs, 8.8 months of data per MDX, average 126300 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Acura MDX

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What Our Members Are Saying about Acura MDX Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Acura MDX: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
We've owned several Acura's over the past 13 years, this is the first SUV. The past has proven their reliability as long as you maintain them. I mean the basic prescribed routine care every 5,000 miles. I've driven many different American made vehicles supplied by my Company over the span of the last 35 years and none can compare with how Acura's hold up or perform, even with the same routine care and still offer the resale value that they do.
2009 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I am not worried about breaking down or about expensive repairs. This is a vehicle I can keep with no worries.
2008 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Initial fit is not there
2008 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
expecting it to be above average.
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
brand reputation, online reviews and ranking
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
My last Acura Legend went 262 thousand miles with nothing but oil changes and tires. That is reliability!
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
rated highly by Consumer reports
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
i have owned several acura passenger vehicles and the reliability is unbeatable in my opinion. as it turned out i did have some front end thunks in my MDX. at no time did the dealer ever admit defeat (they all do that) and always made me feel welcome.
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
trouble free operation over time
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
No real reliability or durability issues in 15K miles.
Reliability and Durability of the Acura MDX: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Multiple trips to shop
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Had to make 4 trips to the dealer for warranty issues in 18 months of ownership.
2003 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
This SUV is a dog! Engine mounts, transmission, AC, alternator, cooling fan have all failed catastrophically. I will not buy an Acura again

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