really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,000 miles

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2005 Honda Element brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 012007


  • 25,000 miles


From about March of 2007 we started having problems with our brakes, they had been changed about twice a year. We thought cause we drive around in a city, the brakes wear out faster than normal. Then 2 years later we were having problems starting the car. We had to get it jumped start- it several times, before we purchased a new battery. Though it has been a year from the time we got a new battery, we still had problems starting the vehicle. We have taken it in to the auto shop several time, and they could not find the problem. Then the gear would not shift into drive and we took it in to get that fixed, and now it does not start all. It is not the battery, because the dash board lights still come on. At 74,0000 miles we should not be having so many failures with this vehicle!

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 122011


  • 20,000 miles
Ever since I purchased my '06 Honda Element I have had problems wit my foot touching the accelerator pedal when I go to apply the brake. Add heavy boots and a bit of winter ice and it all added up to sudden acceleration and sliding into the front gate on my property while I was trying to apply the brake causing major damage to the car and my property. The brake and accelerator are too close to one another!!! I knew some day that this would happen, guess I should be thankful that no one was injured. This is a major design problem.

- Wayne, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 172010


  • 36,000 miles
My 2005 Honda Element brake pedal feels soft. They have felt this way for the last year. Please have Honda include 2005 Elements in their recall.

- Sayville, NY, USA

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