ANNOUNCEMENT: The Car Book 2018 is now online!

Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
108,844 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Honda Element engine problems

engine problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2004 Honda Element:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2004 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 122012

Element 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


My wife was coming to a stop at a traffic light. The engine suddenly started accelerating and she pressed the brakes to try to stop it. She eventually put it in park to stop the car, but the engine continued to go to maximum RPM. The car was towed to the Honda dealer where it was still exhibiting the problem.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #2

Jun 172010


  • 120,000 miles
Sudden depression of accelerator, with a rapid RPM to 7000. Second occurrence, multiple episodic occurrence, defeating the possibility of driver error. Rapid shift to neutral setting helped to reduce the sudden acceleration. It may be a systemic problem akin to Toyota. The accelerator problem may an electronic engineering problem. The car in question is a Honda Element 2004. The car should be inspected and examined in order to isolate and determine whether or not this is indeed a systemic product defect. The problem has been reported to Honda. Their brusque and cursory answer did not solve the problem reported earlier. I have lost confidence in this automobile's safety. As a customer of several Honda cars since 1980, these problems should be analyzed and solved so next generations of Honda owner does not experience such a distressing and hazardous condition.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 112010


  • 96,532 miles
My Honda Element experienced a sudden accelerator problem. When I was trying to pass another car, I stepped on to the accelerator & suddenly it went all the way down and would not release. I have a manual control so I pushed the clutch down and after 1/4 mile the pedal released. I have no floor mats, but it gave the feeling of the mat trapping the pedal down.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

Not what you are looking for?