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NHTSA — Engine Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,728 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2013 Acura MDX engine problems

engine problem

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2013 Acura MDX Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 052016


  • 25,913 miles


Purchased this a at a used car from Acura of los gatos an picked the car up late on Jan 27th 2016. At noon on Feb 5th (just about 7 days) the car suddenly stop when trying to pull up to the drive way of my friend house. The entire car is in the middle of a small street, blocking cars from moving. Car can't get started even with jumper from a towing company. The car was towed back to los gatos Acura and few hours later we were told the the entire engine is gone. We purchase this used car because it's such a new car just about 2 years old and driven just above 25,000 miles and supposed to run through almost 200 points check from los gatos Acura, but it failed in our face and we are fear for our lives due to the reason that we are lucky enough that the car broke down in a middle of the road in a light traffic area. If the engine did break down in the middle of fast and high traffic freeway, our lives could be in serious danger.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 302015


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Acura MDX. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, smoke started to emit from under the hood of the vehicle and into the vehicle. The contact merged to the side of the road where the vehicle caught fire. The fire department was able to extinguish the flames. A fire report was filed and stated that the failure was due to an electrical problem. No injuries were reported. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 36,000. The VIN was not available.

- Kirkwood, MO, USA

problem #1

Nov 052013

MDX 6-cyl

  • 3,272 miles
A 2013 Acura MDX vehicle (advance model) was bought in the Acura dealer on July 27, 2013. Starting on October 2013, strong smell of fumes has sporadically been sensed inside the vehicle, making it uncomfortable to breathe. Since November 5, 2013, the vehicle has been in and out of the shop (three times) to target the cause of the fumes. The smell of fumes inside the cabin are sensed not only while driving at 10mph, 40mph, or 60mph but also on short distance rides, during rainy days and while waiting for a light to change (the smell was also sensed outside the vehicle when the windows were down). On the second service appointment, the shop verified the A/C system and the recirculation case of the air conditioning (A/C) system was sealed; but it did not correct what was causing the sporadic smell of fumes. The vehicle has been in the shop since December 23 and not returned since they do not find why the vehicle emits such strong fumes that surpassed the A/C system. The vehicle has hardly been used due to the safety and health concern. As of today, the problem with the vehicle has not been detected nor corrected.

- Dorado, PR, USA

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