pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,830 miles

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2003 Honda Element windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2003 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 232003

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,650 miles


Problems with windshield, cd player, horn and alarm. The windshield cracked after a small piece of debris hit it. The cd player stopped working after it had been playing for 5 hours. The right side bumper fell off.

- Cerritos, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 212004

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,500 miles
Driving 70 mph on interstate 65 degree clear condiditons driver side rear window shattered

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #3

Mar 132004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The rear driver's side window shattered while driving approximately 70 mph. Nothing had hit the window. Will be taking vehicle to mechanic for replacement.

- Boys Town, NE, USA

problem #2

Feb 072004

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Defective windshield. These were actually two events in February, 2004. About 2-3 weeks apart. Both involve what appear to be stress fractures of windshield. Each emanates from the very bottom of windshield below the wiper cowl on outer windshield. Both rise directly vertical upward about three inches then veer toward side pillars. Both near center of windshield. First one was towards passeger side and veered to passenger pillar. Second one was towards driver side and veered to driver pillar. Dealer claims tiny fleck in each line near bottom of windshield and behind wiper arm mechanism/blade is rock hit and is cause and will not warranty. Both of these happenned in the mountains during freezing temperatures. I suspected that windhield washer fluid was collecting between the outer wiper cowl and base of winshield and freezing/expanding and causing fracture lines. No "star" effect normally associated with rockhits. My second suspicion is that the curve in the lower windhield is in opposition to the staightness of the upper windhield and causing stress on bottom of windshield. If those are rock hits at the bottom (and not flakeage from the effect of the cracks) they should have never cause these significant fracture lines or any crack at all. In fact I never heard a rock hit and the second crack happenned while my vehicle was parked in a ski area parking lot and the crack was not there when I parked the car but was fully 8-12 inches long when I returned. Honda has either a defective design or perhaps that urethane rimming the window has something to do with it. Either way they need to warranty lifetime free glass replacement or fix this defect. This is likely to happen again after I replace this windshield. Compel Honda to rectify this matter please.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 052004

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
I have a 2003 Element. I have had two broken windows already. The most recent documented below.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

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