really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,000 miles

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2003 Honda Element engine problems

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2003 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 082012


  • 156,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Honda Element. The contact was driving 20 mph during inclement weather when the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact applied the brakes but the brakes did not stop the vehicle. The contact crashed into a tree and flipped the vehicle. No one was injured during the crash. The contact called the manufacturer to make them aware of the crash. The failure mileage was 156,000.

- Fall City, WA, USA

problem #3

Dec 092004

Element 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
Car was parked in driveway Thursday evening at 4pm. At 6 am the following morning crack had appeared during the night in the lower windshield drivers side. Crack went vertical for appox. 3 inches. Then went horizontal toward passanger side appox. 6 inches. By Friday evening crack had lenghtend and dropped down to center of windshield.dealer said too bad must have been a rock. Plan to keep windshield as evedence when it is replaced. Odometer has 14K miles.

- Sand Lake, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 012003

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
When engine is cold started(no matter what temp outside), the engine fast idles at about 1500 RPM. When shifted into reverse or drive the engine accelerates to 2500 RPM. Heavy braking and lurching results. Car will reach speed of 20mph. This has been going on for about 6 mos

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 132004

(reported on)


  • 8,000 miles
Vehicle lunged forward, and consumer had to apply the brakes very hard in order to stop vehicle. This occurred when vehicle was slowing down.

- Fresno, CA, USA

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