2003 Honda Element EX 2.6 from North America


Good concept, but poor execution


Tire wear has been excessive and the dealer cannot solve the problem. Front tires wear along the outside edge. This is an ongoing problem after rotation and the second set of tires.

Plastic tailgate has been replaced twice. The driver's door post came loose and then fell off disabling the driver's seat belt. In both cases the parts had to be ordered by the dealer. The use of the car was lost for five days after the seat belt problem.

General Comments:

Car is wonderfully roomy and has adequate pick-up for a four cylinder.

The Element has lots of room. After the Element, riding in some larger cars can make one feel cramped.

Four wheel drive is user friendly and effective.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th February, 2004

22nd Mar 2005, 12:06

I bought my son a brand new 2004 Honda Element in March 2004. He has driven it a lot (true) but it is now needing a 4th set of new tires in a year and somewhere between 25 and 30,000 miles. We finally got Honda involved and they are now saying the car was in an accident and they won't fix it. But it never was in an accident (only had 5 miles on it when we purchased). I'm trying to find other folks who are having problems to see how common this might be. Thanks.


2003 Honda Element EX 2.4 from North America


The perfect all-utility vehicle for sports and business!


The front right speaker vibrated and the dealer replaced it at no charge! It sounds great now.

The vehicle has a little wind noise at high speeds.

It has a little movement at high winds going over a long bridge over water, however, it nothing that's scary.

General Comments:

This was a replacement vehicle for my 1998 Honda CR-V, which was totaled in November 2003. I loved that car.

I was going to purchase another Honda CR-V or Honda Pilot when the Element caught my eye. After getting comfortable with the boxy look (nothing I'd ever seen before except on the Land Rover or Hummer) it was the interior, standard extras, color (Sunset Orange) and affordable price that sealed the deal.

I purchased the 4WD EX with the moon roof, MP3, and the 270 watt 7 speaker sound system. Plus I bought the extra roof rack, key-less entry, and table legs for the back stow panel over the spare tire - the panel turns into a table (much like the CR-V table). My children love the car.

The side door openings (have to open and close the front doors first before opening and closing the back) takes some getting used to; however, the room to get in and out and for storage makes this a great feature.

With all the storage room, we were able to get a 7 foot Christmas tree inside the Element, as well as a sofa love seat to take to my son at college.

I don't understand why some people complain about the seat comfort. I found the Element's seats to be as comfortable as my 1998 Honda CR-V (front and back) I also sat in a 2003 Honda CR-V and found them to be as comparable.

Driving this vehicle is fun, fun, fun. For a vehicle of this size, it has a very small turning radius. It really fools you. Great to park as well.

Cleaning the waterproof interior is a snap. Simply wipe down everything with a damp towel. My kids left the back moon roof open and it rained overnight. In the morning, instead of the damp smell of cloth seats and wet rugs, I just wiped the seats and floor down with a towel and they were dry in an instant. No mold or damp smell at all!

While my husband says it looks like a cross between a matchbox car and puffy marshmallow, or as he says, it's like a hot dog that "plumps" when you cook it, he thinks it a grand utility vehicle. We're going camping in the spring and the Element is the perfect vehicle for such a trip. An all purpose, super fun vehicle -- I love it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2003