definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,333 miles

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2004 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 142009


  • 60,000 miles


Lost power on highway doing 65mph, first time dealer stated it was low on oil, vehicle only had app.10000 miles, second time vehicle has 60000 miles and same thing while driving, all forums talk about vtec oil pressure switch, the power is lost when it kicks in and it could happen without warning even while passing a vehicle and then you have to pull over to get out of the way, the vehicle is a 2004 Honda Element.

- Media, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 102005

Element 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
The consumer noticed oil running out of her vehicle while parked in the driveway. The consumers son inspected the vehicle and found that the oil plug was missing. The consumer informed the dealer and waited on the tow truck to Transport the vehicle to the dealer.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #1

Aug 282004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2004 Honda Element (SUV) burst into flames while under operation. This vehicle had less than 10,000 miles of use. On the date mentioned at about 1450 hours I and my wife were occupants in the vehicle which had been in use for about five minutes. When a cloud of smoke began to eminate from the lower enging compartment. Upon examination, a fire was discovered in the lower portion of the engine compartment near the fire wall. Police and fire units were summoned. They responded, but not before the front end of the vehicle had been consumed by flames. I have read today that this appears to be a chronic problem with Honda SUV's. I was not given notice of this condition and I am advising you that this proclivity to burn, in conjunction with rear doors that cannot easily open. Is a highly hazardous contition. This will ultimately reslult in serious injury or death. N why isn't Honda notifying anyone or recalling the vehicles? please respond.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

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