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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,700 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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2005 Honda Element cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2005 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 032008

Element 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles


2005 Honda Element began running warmer than normal. Car has approximately 53K miles. Internet research found numerous complaints and indication that faulty coolant was used by Honda at the factory. Problems include overheating, poor heat in winter. Indicated solutions range from cooling system flush up to replacing the radiator, heater core, and engine. Honda admits no fault. Problems/repairs still be evaluated.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 262007

Element 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,400 miles
In March of 2007 we had a cold spell. I turned on the heat but it didn't work. I forgot about it as the seasons changed and it warmed up. Since the weather has started to turn cold I've tried to turn the heat on. It still doesn't work. I took it to the dealership to get looked at and the heater core has been messed up. My car is a 2005 and has only 52K miles. I've received regular scheduled maintenance on my vehicle. I believe the coolant put in the car at the factory was a bad batch and has therefore messed up the heater core.

- Baxter, TN, USA

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