fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,292 miles

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2006 Honda Element windows / windshield problems

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2006 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 122006

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles


On November 12, 2007, I noticed a horizontal crack in my Honda Element's windshield, about 7 inches in length on the driver's side, about halfway up starting at the left side pillar. I bought the vehicle new and it has not been in any kind of accident. I drove in to work and did not notice the crack. I did notice it when going to lunch that same day. The crack was clearly visible as it is in my direct line of sight. It literally appeared out of nowhere.

- Mechanicville, NY, USA

problem #4

May 212007

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,258 miles
I purchased a certified 2006 Honda Element ex-P in March of 2007 from Honda of fayetteville, ar. I drove the vehicle to springfield, mo and parked it in a garage. The next morning I found a 4 inch crack in the top middle of the windshield immediately behind the rear view mirror. In a day or two the crack became so bad that I had to replace the windshield. There was no apparent rock strike or other damage other than the crack. At the time I did not know that Honda had settled a class action law suit alleging design defects with 2003 an 2004 Honda Elements. I did not report the damage to my insurance company because there was no external damage. I had the oem windshield replaced with a ppg windshield at my own expense. I drove the vehicle to our home in juneau, Alaska and arrived last week. This afternoon while fueling the vehicle I noticed another crack in the windshield, this one starting at the top at the extreme right (passenger) side. This crack is now about 8 inches long, and will soon become a safety issue requiring replacement. Honda does not seem to want to replace this windshield because only 2003 and 2004 Honda Elements were included in the class action law suit. Obviously there is a design or engineering flaw in all Elements, not just the 2003 an 2004 model years. In checking on the internet I found that this is a major problem affecting thousands upon thousands of Elements. When I had the windshield replaced in springfield, mo., I was told that Honda Elements constitute a large portion of their workload, and that some Element owners have replaced their windshields five or six times! Honda has a real problem and should be held responsible to recall and correct this problem common to all Elements.

- Juneau, AK, USA

problem #3

Feb 102007

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
2006 Honda Element parked in driveway, no visible impact points day before. In the morning car had crack on passenger side, about 2-3 inches up, 3-4 inches long. Dealer advised hit by stones at some point prior, leaving no mark at first but can later appear, but did cause crack. Glass technician said stress crack from manufacturer.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Jan 152007

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A crack occurred in the windshield of my newly purchased Honda Element, in the lower passenger side. There is a small "pit" though I do not believe anything impacted the windshield. After reading many others complaints about the same issue online, I decided to file complaint. Most people are being told their cracks are due to an impact and thus not covered under warranty. The windshield has not been replaced.

- Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #1

Jun 102006

Element 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,200 miles
2006 Honda Element windshield cracked without impact. Dealer refuses to repair stating that this type of damage is "usually" caused by road debris.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

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