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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,325 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 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #2

May 012009


  • 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 #1

Nov 152006


  • 52,650 miles
I have a 2004 Honda Element. I noticed for the past two years every time that I fill the tank completely, I smell strong gasoline fumes until I use about 4 or 5 gallons. I failed a chattanooga, tn emissions check. They said that I have a leak in the fuel tank. I noticed the web that others have reported leaks at the top of the fuel tank near the filler cap for the same model year. Can you issue a safety recall? the vehicle is garage kept. The underside of the vehicle is relatively clean, and corrosion does not appear to be a factor that caused the leak near the filler cap.

- Harrison, TN, USA

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