1st Generation (2001—2006) MDX Problems

This generations ranks 29th out of 31 Acura generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the transmission (59%), engine (14%), and the interior (8%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 32 complaints at an average of 119,317 miles in the 2001 Acura MDX.
  2. Total Transmission Failure 4 complaints at an average of 101,418 miles in the 2005 Acura MDX.
  3. Check Engine Light Is on, Misfire Codes 5 complaints at an average of 86,400 miles in the 2001 Acura MDX.

What MDX Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Acura model years.

Watch out for the 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2006 5 7 53 1.35
2005 9 9 91 5.54
2004 33 6 133 8.25
2003 21 9 184 8.68
2002 11 3 162 3.06
2001 20 2 182 6.96

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