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Acura MDX vs. BMW X5 Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2016 Acura MDX 16
16.6666666667% 16.6666666667% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 MDXs, 7.3 months of data per MDX, average 6700 miles

 

2015 Acura MDX 17
20.8074534161% 20.8074534161% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 MDXs, 10.4 months of data per MDX, average 10700 miles

 

2014 Acura MDX 24
33.4285714286% 33.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 MDXs, 10.2 months of data per MDX, average 21000 miles

Redesigned. Much better than a year ago.

 

2013 Acura MDX   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 MDXs, 9.7 months of data per MDX, average 30600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2013 BMW X5 39
52.8571428571% 52.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 X5s, 10.6 months of data per X5, average 32200 miles

 

2012 Acura MDX 27
26.7857142857% 26.7857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 MDXs, 9.9 months of data per MDX, average 45100 miles
2012 BMW X5 62
89.2857142857% 89.2857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 X5s, 8.3 months of data per X5, average 38900 miles

Nearly all of the reported engine repairs involve the diesel.

 

2011 Acura MDX 46
53.6734693878% 53.6734693878% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 MDXs, 9.4 months of data per MDX, average 61000 miles
2011 BMW X5 87
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 X5s, 7.9 months of data per X5, average 59900 miles

Refreshed for this model year. Most of the reported engine repairs involve the diesel, which has a higher repair frequency.

 

2010 Acura MDX 28
19.5970695971% 19.5970695971% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 MDXs, 8.7 months of data per MDX, average 72900 miles
2010 BMW X5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 X5s, 7.5 months of data per X5, average 92200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2009 Acura MDX 35
17.032967033% 17.032967033% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 MDXs, 9.2 months of data per MDX, average 74100 miles

 

2008 Acura MDX 68
53.2967032967% 53.2967032967% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 MDXs, 9.7 months of data per MDX, average 98700 miles
2008 BMW X5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 X5s, 6.3 months of data per X5, average 91700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2007 Acura MDX 47
27.4025974026% 27.4025974026% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 MDXs, 8.6 months of data per MDX, average 99100 miles

First model year of second-generation MDX.
2007 BMW X5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 X5s, 7.4 months of data per X5, average 80200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2006 Acura MDX 55
32.7586206897% 32.7586206897% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 MDXs, 8.5 months of data per MDX, average 119400 miles
2006 BMW X5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 X5s, 8.6 months of data per X5, average 87100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2005 Acura MDX   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 MDXs, 9.6 months of data per MDX, average 143200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2005 BMW X5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 X5s, 5.7 months of data per X5, average 126400 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Acura MDX 88
52.5210084034% 52.5210084034% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 MDXs, 9.3 months of data per MDX, average 162200 miles

Refreshed for this model year.

 

2003 Acura MDX   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 MDXs, 8.4 months of data per MDX, average 163700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2002 Acura MDX   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 MDXs, 8.4 months of data per MDX, average 158400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Acura MDX   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 MDXs, 10.1 months of data per MDX, average 163000 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Acura MDX vs. BMW X5 Reliability Comparisons

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Acura MDX

Acura MDX Reliability and Durability: 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. see full Acura MDX review
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. see full Acura MDX review
2008 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Initial fit is not there see full Acura MDX review
2008 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
expecting it to be above average. see full Acura MDX review
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Hve friends who have owned MDX for over 10 years and had no issues see full Acura MDX review
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! see full Acura MDX review
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
brand reputation, online reviews and ranking see full Acura MDX review
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. see full Acura MDX review
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
rated highly by Consumer reports see full Acura MDX review
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
trouble free operation over time see full Acura MDX review
Acura MDX Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Multiple trips to shop see full Acura MDX review
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. see full Acura MDX review
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 see full Acura MDX review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the BMW X5

BMW X5 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
german engineer see full BMW X5 review
2002 4dr SUV 282-horsepower 4.4L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
It appears from others to be a safe and reliable car. If the engine holds up as well as my other I should have it a long time. It has 60,000 mile but looks and drives like new. see full BMW X5 review
BMW X5 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2003 4dr SUV 282-horsepower 4.4L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Got in mechanical trouble all the time~~~ see full BMW X5 review
2001 4dr SUV 282-horsepower 4.4L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
The worst car I have ever owned. The transmission failed 4 days after the warranty was over - and the vehicle had less than 45,000 miles on it then. see full BMW X5 review