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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,336 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 lights problems

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2003 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #3

May 012012

Element 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


The dashboard light of the Honda Element goes dark intermittently. At the beginning I thought this was an isolated event - but found hundreds of complaints about the same issue on internet forums. I have taken my car to the dealership and the problem is so inconsistent that they are unable to diagnose it. From reading the complaint of the other Element owners it seems that the problem is with the electrical wiring system of the Elements. I request the NHTSA to perform a detailed investigation into this -as this poses a serious risk with the instruments cluster failing randomly.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #2

Jan 252013

Element 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Head lights went out while driving. This also happened on 9/23/2011. Bulbs are ok. Dealer said it was an electrical problem. Honda said it's not a recall. Many people report same problem on web. Also CRV has this problem.

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 022012

Element 4-cyl

  • 53,008 miles
I have the same problem with the headlamp low beam that is described in the newest recall announced by Honda. I believe that the same component in my vehicle is in the CRV and other models. How does this issue get addressed.

- Potomac Falls, VA, USA

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