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Average Mileage:
118,000 miles
Total Complaints:
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2003 Honda Element drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 062011

Element 4WD EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles


Very BAD vibration problem throughout vehicle starting at 20 MPH. Four new Yokohama GEOLANDAR H/T-S balanced (2 times) tires purchased and proper air pressure, Truck originally was purchased new with Good Year Wrangler tires, but was told these are inferior to Yokohama's and not to use them again, FE and RE aligned twice, NOT front CV joints (replaced), NOT rear drive shaft, new rear stabilizer bar bushings replaced, new differential fluid added. Could this vibration be due to engine/transmission worn mounts? Possible differential bushings worn, but was told this would not be the problem.

Vehicle has been to Town Fair Tire, Honda dealership, highly recommended transmission garage and highly recommended repair garage. Town Fair insists it is not the tires, Honda says it is. Honda could not find any mechanical problems.

No one has said it is the transmission.

This problem is very elusive and nobody seems to have an answer.

Has any one an idea as to how this vibration problem can be detected and fixed??

Update from Oct 7, 2011: As of 5 PM EDT 10/7/11 I was notified by my mechanic that the problem has something to do with the four wheel drive system. They got the rear wheels to rotate by putting the vehicle on the lift and applying the brakes so the rear wheels would turn (four wheel drive kicks in). Whatever transmission system this consists of would be very expensive new so they will call around for a less expensive used unit. If anyone could explain clearly to me what has happened and what it could cost I would be very appreciative!

- , Branford, CT, USA

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