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:
30,000 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.

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2004 Honda Element accessories - exterior problems

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2004 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 092004

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


Heater core is defective. Needs to be replaced @ $1100. Did not notice trouble until weather turned cold so it probably started well before my 36000/36 months warranty ran out, plus we had a mild winter in md in 2006/07. Vehicle had 39,377 when taken into dealer. Mostly, I cannot believe the heater core would wear out so soon. It was most likely defective from the factory. I always noticed very little heat from the floor vents when vehicle was purchased but thought it was just a design issue, not a mechanical issue. The service manager @ another dealer was shocked it need replacement so soon.

- White Hall, MD, USA

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