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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,500 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.

2004 Honda Element brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 012005

Element 4-cyl

  • 8,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Element. The contact stated when depressing the brakes from any speed, the brakes would abnormally squeak. The dealer replaced the front brakes. The failure recurred within nine months. The dealer then replaced the rear driver side brakes. The failure recurred within one year and a half. The contact then had the vehicle inspected by an independent mechanic who replaced the front brakes, rotors and calipers. The failure recurred within eight months. The vehicle was taken back to the failure mileage was 8,000 and the current mileage is 38,000. Updated 11/03/10. Updated 11/04/10

- Dixon, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 142010


  • 65,000 miles
2004 Honda Element. Rear brake pads and rotors wearing away repeatedly. Pads replaced/rotors resurfaced twice between 48,000 and 65,000. At 65,000, pads 95% worn away again and rotors damaged. Rear pads and rotors replaced for the third time in 15K miles. Dealer confirms that pads were properly installed, claims to not know why this is happening. Web searches on finds many instances of the same problem, with many owners complaining of the rotors rusting prematurely and often, the calipers sticking, and Honda refusing to address the problem. In some cases, problems begin under the 10K mark, and upwards from there.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

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