really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,902 miles

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2003 Honda Element windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2003 Honda Element Owner Comments (Page 10 of 11)

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problem #37

Dec 092003

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,200 miles


Ticking in windshield as soon as drove off lot. Dealer replaced within weeks. Now window makes ticking noise only after driving extended distances. Windshield cracked early December 2003.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #36

Dec 082003

(reported on)


  • miles
While traveling 65 mph windshield cracked on the passenger's side underneath the windshield wiper.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #35

Dec 012003

Element 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,980 miles
13" windshield crack on 2003 Honda Element ex with only 3000 miles logged. There was a pin-head sized pit that expanded to a 13" (and growing) crack.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #34

Oct 282003

Element 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 9,200 miles


The windshield of my Honda Element ex, 2003 has crack after been hit by a small object for second time. For the first time I pay $50 for repair. Now I am not sure it's worth to repair or replacement in view of so many complains by others Elements owners.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #33

Oct 152003


  • miles
Honda Element windshield cracked for no reason.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #32

Nov 302003

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,500 miles
Windshield cracked at lower driver side corner, no impact of any kind can be found. There is a service bulletin on stress crack on corner for the one I recieved today so I will take to dealer tomorrow, hopefully they will repair under warranty. I also had another star type crack 2 months prior while driving but whatever that hit the windshield must have been a spec of sand. Dealer said at time would not repair since it was a "impact" crack. There is obviously something wrong with the windshield and design for it to pit and crack so easily.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #31

Nov 282003

Element 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,600 miles


Cracked windshield, driving on a widely divided interstate at lawful speed, in heavy rain, no automobiles in sight in front of me, heard a "pop" sound, and saw a small crack about 5 inches to left of passenger side wiper axis. Doubtful it was road debris, as there were no vehicles in front of me. Results of dealer contact to be resolved pending meeting tomorrow. This automobile has approximately 1800 miles on it. Has been in possession approximately 6 weeks. (since Oct 10 2003).

- Beachwood, OH, USA

problem #30

Oct 132003


  • miles
Honda Element windshield cracked without any impact of any type. Start top of driver's side, is now about 20" long.

- Tehachapi, CA, USA

problem #29

Mar 202003

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 900 miles
Windshield cracked with 900 miles on the odometer. Location of crack: Left side, mid-height. Small pebble struck windsheid with no chip or indentation noted.

- Oak Harbor , WA, USA

problem #28

Nov 292003


  • miles
Stress crack in windshield.

- Pittsford, NY, USA

problem #27

Nov 232003

Element 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,800 miles


The windshield on my 2003 Honda Element has developed a crack that starts on the bottom part of the passenger side and grew up 6-8 inches over the last few days. We took it to the dealer we bought it from (bill gatton Honda in bristol, tn) and they said there was a chip in it and it was an impact damage and they would not consider it for warranty replacement. We told the dealer that nothing had hit the windshield and we were aware on numerous people who have had the same problem but they would not listen. I was referred to this site (NHTSA) by a fellow owner who had the same problem.

- Abingdon, VA, USA

problem #26

Sep 242003

Element 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Honda Element windshield crack starting from lower driver side across the windshield. Honda has a tsb on this problem but will not resolve it - I am a member of Honda SUV which also has several complaints. The service representative stated this was caused by a 1 mm rock chip (which there is no implosion) - reading the Honda tsb it is obvious that if one even sustains a rock chip that the pressure from the incorrect manufactured window will cause it to crack not giving the owner a chance to fix a chip.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #25

Oct 192003


  • miles
Windshield possibly hit by a rock (although I didn't see one) and large star with cracks forming at base of windshield on driver's side. I heard this was a problem with the Element before I purchased, but was assured that this was fixed for later released models. I have had this car less than a month and it has only 600 miles on it.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #24

Jul 202003

Element 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 400 miles
Large crack in lower-right corner of windshield 6 days after purchasing vehicle. Numerous accounts of similar cracking issues among owners of same vehicle (2003 Honda Element).

- Hatboro, PA, USA

problem #23

Jul 312003

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
My 2003 Honda Element windshield cracked after 4000 miles, the crack started below the driver side windshield wiper and expanded upward, most likely the result of a small rock impact but never heard any noise. Talked to Honda America and the csr said I should contact local dealership and see. Took the car to the Honda of lisle (Illinois) dealership where I purchased the Element from, and several service managers looked at it and said it can not be covered by warranty because it was a rock chip. At least two service managers claimed they have no knowledge of any windshield problem with Element. Paying $100 insurance deductible is a small price to pay, but this seems to be an obvious manufacturer defect and can haunt the consumers by replacing windshield on a very frequent basis. Does Honda America stands by its product and warranty rather than repeated denials" does Honda want to see hundreds and hundreds of consumer complaints before accepting responsibilities and taking concrete actions" this is not the Honda I know. I had a 84 Honda civic dx and put 100+K on it with no major problem whatsoever.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #22

Oct 112003

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,500 miles
Honda Element windshield cracking. There is a crack running from the bottom of the passenger's side of the glass up 4 inches and then running out to the edge of passengers side. There appears to be a pit (like a piece of sand made it) in the middle of the crack just below the passenger windshield wiper. I agree with the comments made by others here that if there is undo stress on the windshield then it stands to reason that any impacts, no matter how slight, will cause the windshield to crack. There are plenty of other pits the same size at other spots on the windshield with no cracking. Dealer will not replace.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #21

Oct 212003


  • miles
Windshield cracked while driving on highway. Was not following another vehicle. No debris was seen hitting the windshield but after hearing a light "click" a star shaped crack appeared on the windshield. If the windshield was hit by debris, it was extremely small and should not have caused a crack.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #20

Jul 302003

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I've had multiple windshield cracks on my Honda Element. These cracks start around the left corner and bottom perimeter. I took the Element in to two dealers and the claim were from a rock impact. The points of impacts are barely visible from the naked eye. That's why the service rep at the dealer will run a pen down the crack and find the tiny point of impact. These windshields are defective. 3 cracks and two stars in less than 10,000 miles. This is not the normal. The cracks are right in the line of site and are a slight safety concern. Honda needs to fix this problem on the Honda Elements and not give a person the run around at the dealer claiming a rock hit it.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #19

Nov 102002

Element 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,500 miles
Windshield cracked while vehicle parked. Dealer said windshield crack was "probably" from road hazard. Initially, said it would not be covered under warranty, but could find no mark from debris impact and agreed to replace under warranty.

- Tuba City, AZ, USA

problem #18

Jul 072003

Element 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,100 miles
Leased this vehicle May 27, 2003. Rattles, popping noises at windshield area. Popping noise at driver's side pillar. Had windshield replaced, framework welded, dashboard removed twice, foam installed, and windshield molding replaced. Pillar adjusted. Noises continue. Very fearful when driving this vehicle knowing that frame has been repaired and there are problems with the windshield. The noises are distracting. Honda service tech, service manager, and factory representative heard all sounds. Honda willing to attempt pillar repair only.

- East Longmeadow, MA, USA

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