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Honda Element Problems

Miscellaneous -- Verified

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.

Drive Train -- Verified

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.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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.

Brakes -- Verified

The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. The rotors will need to be machined or in cases where they are worn to thin, replaced to correct this issue.

Engine -- Verified

There are complaints of the vehicle moving faster than expected when cold and in gear with our foot off the throttle. A software update from Honda which should correct this concern.

Honda Element Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., October 7, 2010

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Honda is recalling 2003 Accord and Civic, and 2003–2004 Element models due to a defective interlock lever in the ignition switch. The lever may deform, which will defeat the interlock function on vehicles with an automatic transmission. This may cause a vehicle that has not been shifted into the "Park" position to roll away, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will remove the interlock pin and lever and replace them with new components, free of charge.

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Body, Interior & Misc., May 17, 2005

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The optional trailer hitch kit may have an incorrectly wired connecter, which may cause the trailer lights to work incorrectly, or blow a fuse. If the trailer lights signal incorrectly or do not function, a crash could occur without warning. Dealers will correct the connector wiring free of charge. The recall began May 17, 2005.

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Body, Interior & Misc., August 2, 2006

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Honda has recalled 2006 Accord, Civic, CR-V, Element, Insight, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline, Acura MDX, RL, RSX, TL, TSX, and 2007 Honda Fit vehicles because the contact information for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is listed incorrectly in the owner's manual. Honda is contacting dealers and customers to provide them with a postcard containing the correct information.

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Brakes, May 3, 2010

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Air may enter the VSA modular pump and cause the brake pedal to feel soft and lower to the floor. Without service, air may build up until poor braking performance may cause an accident. Dealers will any remove existing air in the brake system and then apply sealant and caps to prevent air from re-entering the system.

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Suspension & Steering, July 8, 2008

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The front bushing bracket on the left rear suspension trailing arm may have been improperly welded and could separate from the trailing arm. If the bracket were to fail, the suspension could release the lower portion of the left rear wheel hub, causing a loss of vehicle control and damage to the brake system. Dealers will inspect and replace the left rear trailing arm as necessary. This recall is expected to begin during July, 2008. The Honda recall number is 08-053.

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Honda Element Questions and Answers

Bill71, 2003 Honda Element, Hot Springs National Park, AR

I had the dealer check my rear differential and they could not find a problem.

drumone, 2003 Honda Element, Irmo, SC

Please help. Trying to start my 2003 Element...nothing. Has a realitively new battery...had starter replaced 3 months ago. Horn and lights work. Power locks work.....radio will not come on...power ...

tylodog, 2003 Honda Element, Oregon City, OR

Where is the trailer t connector for a 2003 honda element?

Keith09, 2003 Honda Element, Fishers, IN

When I am doing around 40 mph and apply the gas it hesitates. Honda has said that these vehicle hardly ever need a fuel filter. What is the issue?

mikekach, 2003 Honda Element, Kingston, TN

P2647 code comes on reader.
error comes on about 1900 rpm when it happens

Engine light comes on any time,goes off anytime. Hot.cold.humid.dry. long or short drive.
Changed oil,5-20 filter

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Honda Element Reviews

120,000 miles on my beloved 2004 stick-shift element. LOVE IT. Had the reported issues but were fixed easily. Love that I can roll my bicycle into the back without taking a wheel off. GREAT storage, seats really comfortable. Just a little rough riding, but hey, it's not a luxury car and I don't want one of those. Hubby wants me to get a new car. I will when Honda starts making the element again or I find a car that does the same.

Now 36,000 miles on my 2004 Element. I've left its wheels covered while I travel by RV during the Summer. But after one month of unprotected storage with heavy summer rainfall, my rear passenger side calipers have frozen, requiring a complete brake overhaul costing $600. One other quirk, the spare tire was found to be surrounded with water--probably due to simple condensation over a two year period.

The Two front Haul making Noise went vehicle in motion

The "Real Time" four wheel drive should be called Real Crime 4WD. This system is a joke even with 4 snow tires. I have never replaced brake calipers on a car before, on this vehicle I replaced 3!, they seized after loosing brake fluid?. Engine has no torque and I have a 5 speed manual. Interior is cheap, does not stand up to what the adds say it will take. Drivers seat has tears on the seat cushion. This is a problem with the 06. Where are the storage pockets?, few and too small. Noisy and terrible mileage, 21mpg on the highway and 15mpg in the city. I can get this with a small v8 and power to spare. The one decent thing about it is the stereo. This will be my last. Every car has an issue or two, no one builds perfection but this one is too fragile in all categories.

50k on Element 4th set of rear Brakes twice they were completely destroyed due to Binding calipers etc. Whn is someone going to take care of this issue with the design. By the way Rear brakes should nver go before front brakes

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