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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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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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 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 132004


  • miles


While driving 30 mph and making a left turn in the snow 4-wheel drive mechanism kicked in automatically, vehicle spun out and hit a vender yard post.

- Dundee, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 182003

Element 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Four wheel drive does not engage when front wheels slip or spin. The left rear wheel turned one rotation on one incident. That is the only movement I've seen from the rear wheels.

- Grethel, KY, USA

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