Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,522 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Honda Element body / paint problems

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2003 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 112008


  • 62,000 miles


Crack formed on the lower driver side of my 2003 Honda Element with no sign of impact. The vehicle was parked.

- Sayreville, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jan 142004


  • 35,588 miles
Consumer had windshield replaced on four occasions, because it made a howling noise. The company that replaced the windshield blamed the manufacturer for not fixing a bad weld. The manufacturer claimed the consumers model was prone to breakage because of the vertical position when struck by even the slightest impact within the black area on the outside edge of the glass, however the consumer disagreed with that theory, stating there had been other vehicle down through the years that had this type of windshield positioning without excessive windshield breakage.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 182005


  • 16,500 miles
1. Honda Element windshield spontaneously cracked and repaired at my cost 2. passenger side window spontaneously imploded on 7/18/05. Glass hit my son the driver and covered passenger seat. 3. Honda tells me over $300 repair bill is my problem

- Lake Bluff, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 142004

(reported on)


  • miles
Vehicle's radiator is exposed in the front end of the car. The vehicle's radiator has been replaced twice due to road debris flying into it and penetrating it. The consumer believes the design of the vehicle is flawed in some way and that the radiator and A/C condenser need some protection.

- Fountain Valley, CA, USA

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