hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,500 miles

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2006 Honda Element miscellaneous problems

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2006 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 012014


  • 119,000 miles


See Honda safety recall no. R44. Pub NHTSA 2010-08-05 same issue as described. The interlock lever of the ignition switch may unexpectedly deform, which can allow the interlock function of a vehicle with an automatic transmission to be defeated. Removal of the ignition key when the gear selector of a vehicle with an automatic transmission has not been shifted to the park position can allow the vehicle to roll away, increasing the risk of a crash. Personal experience is that my car rolled while I was exiting the vehicle a few times before I figured out I was leaving the car in drive while exiting because I leave my foot on the brake until I jump out. This was scary and nearly disastrous, because with the car rolling backward, it is a dukes of hazard move to jump back in the car while getting impacted by the door, then launching into the seat and hitting the foot pedal brake. It is a frightening hazard, but the $800-1K to fix is a barrier to many people. I choose to always use the parking break instead of pay that much. I find this a frightening problem that is an absolute safety issue Honda knows about and should fix.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #1

Aug 282010


  • 42,000 miles
Drove car on a 6 hr trip with one stop for gas during daylight hours therefore there was no need to turn headlights on. When reaching destination, headlights had turned on by themselves although the headlight switch on the steering column remained in the 'off' position and was never turned on by the driver that day. Car headlight warning would not sound when car was turned off and door open even though the lights remained on. Removed headlight fuse that night. The next day, inserted fuse and headlights were still on. Took to Honda dealership who replaced headlight relay but that same day headlights continued to turn on by themselves while car was turned off. Dealership replaced entire fuse box to fix the problem. Less than one week later, while driving the car will not go over3,000 RPM. Took to dealership who stated that the vtech sensor for oil pressure needed to be replaced. Was bought new in Aug 2006 so only has been driven by one owner for 4 years with dealer recommended maintenance performed.

- Hilliard, OH, USA

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