really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
119,333 miles

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2005 Honda Element engine problems

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2005 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 282015


  • 208,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Element. While driving at 50 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently and the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 208,000.

- Portland, OR, USA

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

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

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