hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,500 miles

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2005 Honda Element brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 022013


  • 130,000 miles


This issue has occurred multiple times over the course of a two month time frame. On cold mornings, within the first five minutes of driving the car, the car just shuts off, leaving me without brakes, steering, or acceleration. This would require me to take out the key and restart the engine. No error codes are being generated and the air/heat as well as radio continues to work. This has become quite a dangerous situation because the other vehicles are unaware I cannot move the car and the randomness of when this occurs. There is no pattern to it, although it will only happen within the first 5 minutes of driving the car and it will happen when in acceleration or deceleration. My dealership was unable to recreate this issue even after keeping it a couple days. I hope this issue can be figured out, fixed, and recalled so that I can feel safe again when driving my car.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 242010


  • 33,000 miles
I put on my brakes in the middle of rush hour traffic the day before thanksgiving. Made rubbing sound and then continued to rub all the way to my daughters. Minimal 2 hours in traffic in Chicago at rush hour. Afraid to drive but no way to get off and nowhere to go. Took to midas on fri. Over $500 now my back brakes are doing the same thing. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now 52,0000. The dealer had told me at least another year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! very dangerous.

- Pinckney, MI, USA

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