really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,000 miles

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2003 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 012016


  • miles


I have replaced everything possible that would control the headlights. As I drive or after the car heats up while parked, whether on dim or bright the lights dim and brighten themselves causing it hard to see sometimes. I myself and other people that have talked about this online are having problems with the key fob. It stopped working and then it starts working again but the driver door lock wont work after that.

- Sharps Chapel, TN, USA

problem #4

Jan 162014

Element 4-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
I was traveling North on nc hwy 12 on my way to work, alone, and I rear ended another vehicle traveling between 35-40 mph, when I glanced down to scratch my leg and when I glanced back down, the car in front of me was at a dead stop and I rear ended it. My passenger airbag deployed, however I had no passenger with me, my drivers side airbag failed. Luckily I was wearing my seatbelt and only received minor injuries.

- Frisco, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 042013


  • 119,000 miles
Drivers side door would not open with key. Had to use passenger's side. Since that time, all of the door keys (including back) have become difficult to open. Have to move key up and down to get it to slide in. Now the ignition is also becoming problematic.

- Durango, CO, USA

problem #2

Nov 282010


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Element. While parked, the contact inserted the key into the front driver's side door to unlock the door but the key would not turn. The contact unlocked the front passenger side door and entered the vehicle. After some time, the front passenger side door failed to unlock intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Allyn, WA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer has had consistent problems with the vehicle's factory installed horn and alarm. The dealer was unable to remedy the communication system. Other problems were; the bumper cover would pop out intermittently, the right side corner piece was loose, the horn sound was abnormal and anti-freeze was leaking.

- Cerritos, CA, USA

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