really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,900 miles

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2003 Honda Element steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 142004

Element 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,800 miles


I was driving West on va. State route 33 when I noticed a small deer in the road. As I manuvered to avoid the deer, the car went completetly out of control. Car struck embankment and rolled over. Car landed right side up. All rear windows broken out.vehicle is total lost. I have had to avoid deer in two other vehicles and never had this problem. If this is a characteristic of car, drivers need to be notifed.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 142003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Traveling West on residential road at aprox. 15 mph. Was struck in rear passenger panel by a 4 door sedan who was stopped on road to the North waiting to turn East. My Honda Element skid until facing North and proceded to roll and slide on drivers side, became airborn landed on passenger front roof corner, then onto passenger side and comming to a rest in the upright position. I was driving. Two year old son in car seat behind me. Seven year old daughter in rear passanger seat. All buckled safely. Injuries consist of soft tissue/connective tissue damage thus far. Children experienced naussea and vommiting for several days after. The Element was a total loss. I am very concerned for the safety of other Element drivers.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

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