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Ford Explorer vs. Acura MDX Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending September 30, 2017. 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 and Model % of Average Repair Frequency  
2016 - 2017 Ford Explorer Reliability by Generation2016 - 2017 Ford Explorer
64.2857142857% Best 150% Worst
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2014 - 2016 Acura MDX Reliability by Generation2014 - 2016 Acura MDX
35.1428571429% Best 99% Worst
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2011 - 2015 Ford Explorer Reliability by Generation2011 - 2015 Ford Explorer
86.5714285714% Best 189% Worst
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2010 - 2013 Acura MDX Reliability by Generation2010 - 2013 Acura MDX
19.1428571429% Best 71% Worst
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2007 - 2009 Acura MDX Reliability by Generation2007 - 2009 Acura MDX
35.7142857143% Best 100% Worst
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2004 - 2006 Acura MDX Reliability by Generation2004 - 2006 Acura MDX
58% Best 139% Worst
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
No issues with the vehicle to date. Not even minor ones... full 2007 Ford Explorer review
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
I have had good experience with this car. No major problems. full 2006 Ford Explorer review
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
The expected life span of the vehicle is longer than most cars. It is built on a solid frame that will take a lot of abuse. full 2006 Ford Explorer review
2002 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
We bought this vehicle in 2005 with 37000 miles on it. It was purchased primarily as a tow vehicle for our 24 foot travel trailer. It has performed well over the years with only a few problems, but this last year we had to replace the transmission in it which cost about $3000. The SUV has only 97000 miles on it and is otherwise in very good shape. No problems with motor or rear end so far. We reasoned it was worth it to put a new re-man tranny in because the cost of a new tow vehicle was going to run in the 20k plus range for anything that we felt compared to our vehicle, and that would be a used vehicle with approximately the same mileage our current vehicle has. With our new tranny we got a 3 year- 100k warranty. We had some tranny adjustment issues that were resolved right away, and in the last 6 months it has run very well for us. I expect that this vehicle will be kept at least 2 or 3 more years. full 2002 Ford Explorer review
Ford Explorer Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I've had issues with the MyFord Touch system (fixed by latest update). Got annoying wind noise coming from somewhere around the a-pillars, and the mirrors have had water in the signals since new. I haven't bothered getting this stuff fixed yet. full 2011 Ford Explorer review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
The SUV became a money pit in my 6th year of ownership. I've driven Fords all my life, and this was by far the worst I've ever owned. Internet research confirmed lots of owners were having similar problems: total brake jobs every 25k miles, front (50k) and real wheel bearings (67k), rear door trim bezel cracked 3x (fixed 1st time under warranty, I paid 2nd time, left as-is 3rd time), and the real killer - a complete tranny overhaul at only 67k miles. Ford knew there were problems w/ the tranny, but decided to stick it to the owners anyways. It was a great SUV to drive, but it cost me over $9k in maint/repairs in the last 3 years I owned this SUV. full 2004 Ford Explorer review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Absolutely TERRIBLE transmission problems that Ford refuses to address. I won;t buy another Ford despite the fact I have 3 in my driveway now. full 2004 Ford Explorer review
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
This truck has been the worst reliable vehicle I have ever owned, EVER! full 2002 Ford Explorer review
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Bearings Bearings Bearings, Rear end has been serviced seven times all due to the CHEAP bearings that FORD uses and then refuses to stand behind their parts. full 2002 Ford Explorer review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
No issues with the vehicle to date. Not even minor ones... full 2007 Ford Explorer review
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
I have had good experience with this car. No major problems. full 2006 Ford Explorer review
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
The expected life span of the vehicle is longer than most cars. It is built on a solid frame that will take a lot of abuse. full 2006 Ford Explorer review
2002 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
We bought this vehicle in 2005 with 37000 miles on it. It was purchased primarily as a tow vehicle for our 24 foot travel trailer. It has performed well over the years with only a few problems, but this last year we had to replace the transmission in it which cost about $3000. The SUV has only 97000 miles on it and is otherwise in very good shape. No problems with motor or rear end so far. We reasoned it was worth it to put a new re-man tranny in because the cost of a new tow vehicle was going to run in the 20k plus range for anything that we felt compared to our vehicle, and that would be a used vehicle with approximately the same mileage our current vehicle has. With our new tranny we got a 3 year- 100k warranty. We had some tranny adjustment issues that were resolved right away, and in the last 6 months it has run very well for us. I expect that this vehicle will be kept at least 2 or 3 more years. full 2002 Ford Explorer review
Ford Explorer Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I've had issues with the MyFord Touch system (fixed by latest update). Got annoying wind noise coming from somewhere around the a-pillars, and the mirrors have had water in the signals since new. I haven't bothered getting this stuff fixed yet. full 2011 Ford Explorer review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
The SUV became a money pit in my 6th year of ownership. I've driven Fords all my life, and this was by far the worst I've ever owned. Internet research confirmed lots of owners were having similar problems: total brake jobs every 25k miles, front (50k) and real wheel bearings (67k), rear door trim bezel cracked 3x (fixed 1st time under warranty, I paid 2nd time, left as-is 3rd time), and the real killer - a complete tranny overhaul at only 67k miles. Ford knew there were problems w/ the tranny, but decided to stick it to the owners anyways. It was a great SUV to drive, but it cost me over $9k in maint/repairs in the last 3 years I owned this SUV. full 2004 Ford Explorer review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Absolutely TERRIBLE transmission problems that Ford refuses to address. I won;t buy another Ford despite the fact I have 3 in my driveway now. full 2004 Ford Explorer review
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
This truck has been the worst reliable vehicle I have ever owned, EVER! full 2002 Ford Explorer review
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Bearings Bearings Bearings, Rear end has been serviced seven times all due to the CHEAP bearings that FORD uses and then refuses to stand behind their parts. full 2002 Ford Explorer review