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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,243 miles

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2004 Honda Element accessories - interior problems

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2004 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #15

Jun 152013

Element 4-cyl

  • 175,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The front edge of the driver's seat rocks up and down when accelerating and braking. This past week a gold-colored nut rolled out from under the seat, I looked under the seat and it matches the other's that fasten the seat to the slide rails and height adjusting mechanism. The seat now has a bit more rocking motion and the front right corner drops down more, along with a metallic clunking noise, when making right turns and especially if I'm braking at the same time. The seats "looseness" does affect both braking and accelerating so hopefully the dealer will replace the nut and tighten any other loose nuts, at no charge, when I take it in.

- Rancho Murieta, CA, USA

problem #14

Dec 292011

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Element. The contact stated that a vehicle crashed into the rear of the vehicle, causing the contact to crash into a preceding vehicle. The front driver side seat belt did not restrain the contact and caused the contact to be injured. A passenger was also reported injured. In addition, the air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was destroyed and was not inspected to for the seat belt and air bag failures. The failure and the current mileage was 108,000. Updated 03/05/12 the consumer also stated the seat went from an upright position to a reclining position. Updated 03/07/12

- Lillian , AL, USA

problem #13

Jun 192009

Element

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Element. The contact stated that the front drivers seat would rock back and forth. The manufacturer was unable to assist the contact and the dealer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 133,000.

- Stanleandro, CA, USA

problem #12

Jan 152008

Element 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I am the original/only owner of a 2004 Honda Element. Under normal driving conditions, driver's side seat has become very loose on seat track and now "rocks" on its track. Seat is so loose that control of vehicle is compromised when driving. Honda service inspection indicates seat bushings have failed and need to be replaced. Check online shows problem is widespread for this model and year. Indications are that even following repairs, seat will become loose again, pointing to safety design flaw. The current mileage is approximately 50,000. The failure mileage was approximately 35,000.

- Tx, TX, USA

problem #11

Mar 152008

Element 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
My 2004 Honda Element has a front driver's seat that rocks front to back.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #10

Jun 012009

Element 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Under normal driving conditions, driver's side seat has become very loose on seat track and now "rocks" on its track. Seat is so loose that control of vehicle is compromised when driving. Honda service inspection indicates seat bushings have failed and need to be replaced. Check online shows problem is widespread for this model and year. Indications are that even following repairs, seat will become loose again, pointing to safety design flaw.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #9

Jul 012009

Element

  • 45,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Honda Element. The contact noticed that the drivers seat spacer bushing was broken and caused the seat to become mobile while driving. Both the dealer as well as the manufacturer was notified who advised the contact that the vehicle was not under warranty and that it was his responsibility to repair it. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was approximately 68,000. The failure mileage was approximately 45,000.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #8

May 012009

Element

  • 80,000 miles
2004 Honda Element: (I have 2 and both have the following exact problems)1. Airbags warning lights indicating problems 2. drivers seat is loose and rocks 3. passenger seat causes extreme discomfort to hip and back on long tips (this is occurs with all passengers, young and older) 3. under carriage brushes failure 4. A/C air compressor failure 5. straps in back seats pulled out and seat cannot be reclined 6. engine decelerates without warning. Power cutback during passing makes this very dangerous. 7. drivers seatbelt buckle is difficult to secure (only 1 car with this problem) 8. loud clanking noise when cars are being turned.

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 132009

Element

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Element. The drivers seat bolts have become loose. Consequently while driving, the seat moves out of position. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and a fractured rail was replaced. The failure mileage was 120,000. The current mileage was 124,289.

- Tucker, GA, USA

problem #6

Nov 022006

Element

  • 45,351 miles
Driver's seat is rocking on Honda Element 04. I am the first owner of this car. The seat began rocking while still in warranty but it wasn't "bad" enough to require repair - finally the dealer "replaced a bolt" 11/02/06. All further info based on repair date because I didn't record original rocking date. It began rocking again and the dealer "will do his best" to do a non permanent "bolt fix" again, but it really requires a complete replacement of the back or the seat and the parts that hold it to the floor "because we can't get the component we need separately" - it's out of our hands - the full repair - over $900! for something Honda knows is poorly designed. Completely unsatisfactory and reason enough never to buy a Honda again. I thought it was just a bolt - but it's the entire design - and can't possibly be safe. They are going to 'rig it" again. Every Element accident with injury to the driver should require a review of this defect - maybe when someone gets hurt there will be some action taken.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #5

Apr 152008

Element

  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driver seat began rocking back and forth. Many owners on the Honda Element owner's club website report this problem for this and other model years. H and a sells hardware kits to replace seat components, but they are expensive and this type of recurring problem should not fall on consumers' shoulders.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #4

Apr 202008

Element

  • 50,500 miles
The problem is with the 04 Honda Element. I have searched online and many other people are having the same problem with the drivers seat rocking back and fourth. This is dangerous and Honda needs to do something about it.

- Grimes, IA, USA

problem #3

Apr 132007

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,800 miles
The driver's seat in my '04 Honda Element ex rocks back, especially on the right side. It feels like it is going to come right off the track or that the bolt will come completely loose causing the seat of move in some unsafe anner. This seems to me to be a very dangerous situation, especially if involved in a crash where it might just shear right off. The seat was loose when I purchased the used car. The dealer tightened it and never mentioned that this was a recurring, unsolved problem. I told the salesman that I would not buy if the seat was not fixed. Within two months it was loose and rocking. The dealerships technician said it was "a problem with this model." That is an unsatisfactory answer. Honda should fix this problem without charge.

- Clifton, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 012004

Element 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
The driver's seat in our '04 Honda Element ex is actually rocking back and forth and sideways! it feels like it is going to come right off the track. This seems like a very dangerous situation, especially if involved in a crash where it might just shear right off. This began within the first 6 months of owning the car and has progressed. We have heard many others complain about this problem, so we know it's not isolated. All the dealerships have told us it would cost us to have it fixed, since there is no recall. This is crazy!

- North Bay Village, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 202005

Element

  • miles
Honda Element - driver seat started rocking 7 months old. Unsafe. Clearly some is loose and there are the complaint is out there and real. This is truly unsafe and should be embraced asap.

- East Northport, NY, USA

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