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9.5

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,050 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.

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2003 Honda Element body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 112005

Element

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a Honda Element with windshield that consistently cracks. I have the 5th cracked windshield on my car and ive had this car just 2 years now. This is not normal. I have had many other cars that could sustain road conditions and have never raplaced a windshield this often. This windshield cracks upon an immediate impact of a rock, and always comes out of one of the lower corners. I believe that there is defect in the framing of the windshield and Honda as well as the dealerships wont do anything for me unless I pay. I have replaced the windshields 4 times through insurance because Honda will not accept insurance claims. Due to that fact I have to use the company that my insurance co. Sends to me. I assume geico ins. Co. does not use glass companys that use faulty glass, as I was told by the Honda dealership. I believe that Honda should assess the framing of the windshield free of charge to determine the problem. There have been windshield recals fro 2003 Elements and Honda states that my 2003 vehicle is not one of them. I find it too coincidental that I am having such similar problems. The incident date listed below just indicattes the date of the most recent crack after just being replaced to pass nys inspection on 2-23-05.

- Huntington, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 072003

Element 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,100 miles
Leased this vehicle May 27, 2003. Rattles, popping noises at windshield area. Popping noise at driver's side pillar. Had windshield replaced, framework welded, dashboard removed twice, foam installed, and windshield molding replaced. Pillar adjusted. Noises continue. Very fearful when driving this vehicle knowing that frame has been repaired and there are problems with the windshield. The noises are distracting. Honda service tech, service manager, and factory representative heard all sounds. Honda willing to attempt pillar repair only.

- East Longmeadow, MA, USA

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