hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
164,899 miles

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2007 Honda Element electrical problems

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2007 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #14

Feb 012016


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Honda Element. While operating the vehicle, the RPM and speedometer needles would not operate. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #13

Feb 012010


  • 50,000 miles
Tachometer and speedometer needles randomly fell off. I was just driving down the road, and the tachometer needle fell off, and about a week later, the speedometer needle did the same. I took off the bezel and it seems that the plastic shaft that holds the needle in place was cracked in several places, that negatively affected its ability to hold on to the metal shaft in the cluster. This is nothing that was done to the car, this is a manufacturer's defect. This should be covered under recall, since I can't drive the car and know exactly how fast I'm going.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #12

Nov 272015


  • 1,300,006 miles
2007 Honda Element electrical dashboard equipment failure. Tachometer gauge fell off tachometer, temperature gauge is not working properly. Some of the dashboard lights do not work and the electrical plug for the chargers does not work. This is a manufacturers defect.

- Montclair, NJ, USA

problem #11

Nov 032014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2007 Honda Element. The contact stated that the tachometer and the speedometer failed. As a result, the gauges provided incorrect readings. The manufacturer provided a product update indicating that the instrument panel gauge needles read inaccurately or false. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and diagnosis but the manufacturer refused to remedy the vehicle indicating that the timeframe for the repair had expired. The failure mileage was not available.

- Woodbridge, CT, USA

problem #10

Jun 112015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Element. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the passenger side air bag warning indicator intermittently illuminated. The failure recurred on several occasions. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V320000 (air bags) and 12V436000 (electrical system, trailer hitches); however, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- San Pedro, CA, USA

problem #9

Dec 042014

Element 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
We purchased our Element in 2011. In 09/13, while driving this vehicle, we hit a slight bump in the road and all of the gauges popped off of the instrument cluster. We took the vehicle into the local Honda dealer who gave us a bid of $1,000 to replace the instrument cluster. We choose instead to repair the cluster. Since the repair, none of the gauges on the instrument cluster have read appropriately. At that time, no mention was made that this was an issue with this particular vehicle and year. Approx. One year later in 11/14, the gauges on the instrument cluster again popped off while pulling into a parking lot. My husband did some research and we learned that in 2008, Honda did a safety recall regarding the 2007 Element and the instrument cluster. Apparently, Honda is was very much aware that this was an issue and that there were problems with the design. Honda purposely choose to do a safety recall so that they would not have to be liable after 2010. We contacted american Honda in December and a representative admitted that there was a product update on this particular vehicle and a safety recall back in 2008; however, this recall had expired. I filed a complaint and was sent to consumer products. A representative took our information and agreed to research our issue. We also contacted the local Honda dealer, regarding this issue and although they were understanding, there was nothing that they could do to help us. One week later, american Honda contacted us and told us that they best they could do was to honor the bid of $1,000 and that this was a deal since the cost now to fix the problem was $1,300. We feel that this is a safety issue and that Honda should be forced to take responsibility and repair this defective part. We have learned that there are numerous complaints, comments and concerns on the internet regarding this same issue.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #8

Apr 012014


  • 146,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Honda Element. The contact stated that the fuel gauge failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 146,000.

- Hominy, OK, USA

problem #7

Sep 052014

Element 4-cyl

  • 151,000 miles
2007 Honda Element. Consumer writes in regards to the instrument cluster. The consumer stated as she was backing out of the driveway the RPM in the instrument cluster fell out. The next day, as she pulled out of the driveway, the temperature and speed needles fell out. The consumer went to get gas, and after filling the tank, the gauge only showed 1/2 tank. The consumer believed the gas needed would eventually fall out, too.

- Martinez, GA, USA

problem #6

May 012014


  • 75,000 miles
All needles on the dash fell off, except the fuel indicator (for now). Driving car without knowing my speed, engine temp, or RPM, let alone there are bright lights shining in my eyes driving at night inhibiting my vision. I am just finding out Honda was fixing this issue for free, as they should, but stopped as of decemeber 2010. Now I am responsible to replace this known defect, and can be charged around $900from what I've been reading. Is this even legal"???? how can Honda have a known defect, a safety issue at that, and not be required to fix their problem?" if there is a lawsuit I would like to be included, or need to know how to make them pay for this replacement.

- Whitehall, OH, USA

problem #5

Feb 052014

Element 4-cyl

  • 97,400 miles
I was driving and hit a medium sized pothole. All instrument panel indicator needles fell off of gauges. A blinding light comes from the voids behind where the needles should be. I am unable to safely drive the vehicle, especially at night. It is impossible to read speed, temperature, fuel level and rpms. Honda will not honor repairs under warranty and though it is a common known issue, it has not been classified as a safety recall. I feel that vehicles with this issue are extremely unsafe and that they should be recalled. Thank you.

- Lake Placid, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 032011

Element 4-cyl

  • 64,500 miles


The incident involves the instrument panel of the 2007 Honda Element. The problem is complete failure of the instrument panel while driving, losing all functioning of the instrument panel gauges, including speedometer, fuel, engine temperature, and RPM, with one of the gauges completely popping out and the other pins on the gauges dropping down below 0 and not functioning.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 252008

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
2007 Honda Element. Consumer states several problems with vehicle to include transmission failure the consumer stated the transmission first failed at 15,000. The defect the dealer apparently repaired between March 22-26 and April 2008 has returned. Recently, the vehicle started to shudder once more under light acceleration between 30-35 mph. The consumer also stated there was a persistent clicking sound coming from the front passenger seat. In addition, a malfunctioning radio console was replaced. The problem returned with the front passenger seat. The SRS light illuminated on an intermittent basis and when it did illuminate, it stayed on for extended periods of time.

- Mount Pleasant, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 202011


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Element. The contact stated that the speedometer was malfunctioning and displayed an inaccurate reading. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the instrument cluster needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since it was beyond the statute of limitations for a manufacturers recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 105,000.

- Oviedo , FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 162011

Element 4-cyl

  • 49,683 miles
Hit a speed bump and the gage needles fell off the tech and speedometer. Now there is a glaring light where the needles use to be making it very hard to see. Especially at night. Honda admits there is a defect but will not fix unless I pay for everything.

- Lamy, NM, USA

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