hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,442 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Honda Element drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2008 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 062013

Element 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


Heavy snow conditions (ct Feb. 6, 2015) car transmission light appeared, pulled over, read manual which instructed driver to proceed moderately, without rapid acceleration, to either a service garage or safe place. Drove home (4.5 miles) but drive is steep. Some wheel slippage then car stalled and would not start. Towed February 6 to champagne motors of mansfield, ct. Researched problem on line and discovered a recall for tcm that was not performed on car. Champagne could not do repairs and car ended up at Honda of manchester, ct. After 4 weeks called Honda to mention the recall (NHTSA # 11V-395) and service clerk said their repairs had nothing to do with the problem unless I was shifting from D-N-R to rock the car in snow. I said I was in drive up a hill, slipped, shifted to N then R to back up, then D, and it failed. Dealer never checked for open recalls when car (bought used) was purchased. Not sure if they are required to by law.

- Storrs, CT, USA

problem #1

Jan 132013

Element 4-cyl

  • 86,883 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Element. The contact stated while traveling 60 mph the vehicle stalled and the check engine light illuminated at the time of the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the throttle body was cleaned; however, the vehicle towed back to the dealer. The dealer replaced the throttle body and the failure continued to occur. The failure mileage was 86,883 and the current mileage was 94,000.

- Otto, NC, USA

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