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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
104,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace the a/c compressor, filter drier, & expansion valve (1 reports)
2004 Honda Element AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2004 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 072012

Element 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


Had this car for a little over a month (bought it used) and then while we're on vacation, the a/c compressor went out and the way to replace it is to take all the accessories off the motor to get to it. Take the grill/bumper off to get to the evaporator coil to replace the filter drier. And take the whole dash apart to get to the expansion valve.

- , Greenfield, IN, USA

problem #1

May 262010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

2 years in a row the air compressor goes out in my car. Thankfully the first time I had an extended warranty, second time they only covered a 1/4 of the cost. I am so done with Honda

- , Stillwater, OK, USA

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