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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
146,887 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new cylinder lock and rekeyed (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
  3. replace ignition, and re-keyed (1 reports)
2003 Honda Element accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2003 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 132013

Element EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,660 miles


Ignition worn out! The key would not go into the ignition. When it did go in, I could not turn it to start the car. Vehicle had to be towed to Honda. I have driven vehicles that were 20+ years old and have never once did I have a worn out ignition or key. Honda refuses to adress the problem. Service tech said there was too much weight on key ring and that is why it broke. (only had 3 other keys on keychain). What a lame excuse! I am currently shopping for a new car and it won't be a Honda.

- , North Mankato, MN, USA

problem #2

Jan 202013

Element EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

For Honda not to address this problem is insane! How does a key wear out? I have had cars 20+ years and have never had an issue with a key wearing out. This was my first Honda. Sad to say it is going to be my last Honda as well.

- , North Mankato, MN, USA

problem #1

Jun 042009

Element LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 210,000 miles

It took 10 minutes to get my key into the ignition-since I drive 1 hour to get to work I don't have time to spare.

This is ongoing.

- , Sanford, NC, USA

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