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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,335 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 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012005

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Element. The contact stated that he heard a clunking noise coming from the transmission while driving at all speeds. The contact also stated that the vehicle occasionally experienced difficulty shifting out of park. The vehicle was not taken to have the failures diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 5. updated 08/28/12 updated 09/05/2012

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 172011


  • 154,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Element. The contact stated that the vehicle was unable to be shifted from drive to park. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where dealer confirmed that the gear shift cable and bushings needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted, but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 154,000 and the current mileage was 156,000.

- Rockland, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 172010


  • 120,000 miles
Sudden depression of accelerator, with a rapid RPM to 7000. Second occurrence, multiple episodic occurrence, defeating the possibility of driver error. Rapid shift to neutral setting helped to reduce the sudden acceleration. It may be a systemic problem akin to Toyota. The accelerator problem may an electronic engineering problem. The car in question is a Honda Element 2004. The car should be inspected and examined in order to isolate and determine whether or not this is indeed a systemic product defect. The problem has been reported to Honda. Their brusque and cursory answer did not solve the problem reported earlier. I have lost confidence in this automobile's safety. As a customer of several Honda cars since 1980, these problems should be analyzed and solved so next generations of Honda owner does not experience such a distressing and hazardous condition.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

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