hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,895 miles

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2004 Honda Element electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 012004

Element 4-cyl

  • 100 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Element. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start on the first attempt. The contact mentioned that after several times the vehicle was able to start. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100. Updated 2/24/15 updatd 03/03/15

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 022013

Element 4-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
The car shut down while driving and came to an instant stop. The first time this happened the vehicle shut down completely while pulling into a business. Thankfully there was no one behind me. It has been maybe a year from the first incident and now the car will flash off and on within a nano second while driving at different speeds and also while coming to a stop and turning corners. The headlights also dim at different times while driving. This is very scary and will eventually cause an accident. I will be making an appointment with the local dealer asap. I am hoping that by getting the ignition recall completed this will fix the issue.

- Beavercreek, OH, USA

problem #4

Oct 132014

Element 4-cyl

  • 158,000 miles
Low beams stopped working simultaneously. Headlight bulbs were promptly replaced but the bulbs were fine. The defect was in the vehicle itself. Low beams do not work, while the high beams and running lights continue to operate normally. Honda had a recall for this, just not for the Element: www-ODI.NHTSA.dot.gov/cars/problems/defect/results.cfm?action_number=EA11012&searchtype=quicksearch&summary=true my local Honda dealership wants $350 to fix this defect.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #3

Jul 092008


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Element. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, he noticed the ignition key was loose while positioned in the ignition switch. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who stated that the ignition switch would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired by an independent mechanic. The identical failure recurred three years later. There was a recall associated with the failure under NHTSA campaign id number 10V364000 (electrical system: Ignition). The vehicle was taken to the dealer for the recall remedy repair; however the technician stated that the ignition key would not turn into any direction and an additional repair would need to be performed in combination with the recall remedy. The vehicle was still in the possession of the dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 072008

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
Air bags and cruise control stopped working. Air bags is a safety issue and brought to dealer. Cable reel assembly in steering column was bad. Dealer said I had to pay for new assembly and labor.

- Navarre, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 222005

Element 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 270 miles
Fire occurred in driver's side door of 2004 Honda Element while it was parked overnight in the driveway. Front upper quarter of door completely burned/melted away, down to bare exterior metal. Extensive smoke damage to interior. Vehicle was in consumer's possession for only 12 days and has fewer than 300 miles on odometer. Vehicle was towed to dealer where it is still under examination. No explanation or resolution at this time.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

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