2005 Honda Element Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2005 Honda Element

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2005 Honda Element
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767
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559
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978
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2005 Honda Element Problems

SRS Light Due to Faulty Wire Harness For Seat Belts

On some models a faulty wire harness for the seat belts can cause the SRS light to illuminate. Replacing the faulty wire harness should correct this issue.

Groaning Noise on Turns Due to Differential Fluid Breakdown

On 4 wheel drive models, a groaning noise from the rear differential heard while going through turns can be caused by differential fluid break down. Servicing the rear differential will generally correct this concern.

Door Lock May be Not Turn Due to Worn Tumblers

Worn door lock tumblers can cause the lock not to work. Removing the lock assembly and replacing the tumblers is needed to fix this problem.

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2005 Honda Element Questions

My element makes a buzzing sound during acceleration. Right rear. Maybe diff? (1 answer)

Maybe the rear differential? It goes away once I'm holding a consistent speed. No problems turning.

My car has 117000 miles on it.currently a clicking noise at small bumps. not cv. (1 answer)

When I hit small bumps i hear a clicking noise. It doesnt matter if I`m turning,the Steering seems fine..not loose..Ball joints, struts, swaybar? Perhaps other or all of the above..lack of front differential oil change...any feedback is wonderful...Thanks in advance.

How do you change the dome lights? Lights do not turn on when door opens. (1 answer)

Switch is set for light to turn on when doors are ajar. Have to tap the dome light when switched to the "on" button. Sometimes light will come on but sometimes it won't. The light in the back works fine.

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2005 Honda Element Recalls

Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures On Deployment

The passenger frontal air bag inflator may rupture on deployment, causing metal fragments to come through the air bag and injure occupants. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator free of charge to resolve the concern.

Driver's Front Air Bag Defective

In a crash that deploys the driver's front air bag, the inflator of the air bag can rupture, causing metal debris to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the front driver's air bag inflator free of charge to correct the concern.

Front Airbag Inflator Module

This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators. Upon deployment the passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the affected airbag inflator modules to correct this concern.

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2005 Honda Element Reviews

I have had nothing but problems with mine. I had to put in a new transmission at 110k miles, new transfer case, new clutch, water pump, alternator, wiper motor, rear differential issues and had to have it drained and refilled a few times to clear out the sludge in it. I could go on and on. I have spent $8,000 in 4 years on repairs. Not including tune ups, valve adjustments, tires, oils changes ...
I HAVE OWNED NEW FORDS, CHEVYS, GMC'S. AND THEN A 2005 HONDA ELEMENT EX [51,000] AND 2008 CRV [17,000] BOTH ALL WHEEL DRIVE. BOTH ARE THE BEST UNITS I HAVE EVER OWNED. ONE THING, FOUR BANGERS SHOULD GET A LITTLE BETTER MILEAGE. BUT, ALL-WHEEL DRIVE THEY ARE HARD TO BEAT.
I bought this right off the delivery truck during October, 2005. We love it. I only have 48k on it so far. Highway mileage 26, in town 21. We are in our late sixties and are getting tired of folding up to get in our Impala and bumping heads, so we take the Honda. I like the tie downs, convenience and room. I did have the differential changed and transmission fluid at 35,000 miles. I change engi...

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