I've got a 2003 Element with 90k miles on it. I've recently developed some serious suspension issues and gremlins. I figured the struts were dead after 60k-ish, so I replaced the whole set. I also replaced the rear diff fluid and some noise disappeared. I got a marginally better ride, but still bad bumps. It also has since then developed a shimmy in the front tires on acceleration from a stop. It seems to creak too from the front drivers side. Now I'm not too sure if the struts were indeed bad, and $700 later at that, so I'd like to ask for suggestions moving forward.
suspension woes on 2003 Honda Element
by ensnaredlight in Ocean Springs, MS on June 01, 2011
ANSWER by DaveJM , June 01, 2011
A really good physical inspection by a really good front end steering and suspension tech will really help you out. Things like you describe are not terribly difficult to figure out and resolve provided a qualified tech looks in the right places. Compliance bushings can be worn, loose components could be present.