The Honda 2003 Element has a faulty ignition, and the driver's door lock is broken for many owners
The driver side door will not allow the key to open the door. Consequently, I have to use the passenger door to get in when I lock all doors.
On August 10th, 2010, I notice my key into the ignition was getting stuck. Thought a little WD 40 would help. It did not. After turning off the car, I went into a store. When I came back, I couldn't get the key to turn the ignition on, and my steering wheel and Parking/drive shifts were totally locked up. Nothing could get the car out of the locked up position. I spent an entire day people trying to help. Eventually I had to get the Element towed. The problem was the ignition... the cable and interlock were worn out. There is a recall to fix the ignition, and Honda will be sending out recall letters in September to fix the problem. They do not want any accidents to occur.
Other than the driver door lock not working and the ignition problem, I have had no other complaints about my 2003 Honda Element. I really like my Element. Hopefully, Honda will honor the recall for all us enduring the lock problems with the driver door and the faulty ignition. Whether it be the cable and/or interlock problem. Please report your problems regarding this to Honda so they are aware.
The 2003 Honda Element needs to have the driver door lock fixed. It is a massive problem... tons of owners have this problem.
The ignition needs to be replaced no matter what. It is faulty in many ways. From locking up the entire car to having the key move in and out while the car is not in the park position. Both are scary and need to be fix ASAP! Honda does not want a Toyota experience.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 21st August, 2010