2003 Honda Element LX from North America

Summary:

Good

Faults:

My windshield also cracked; the car was parked for a week in a parking garage while on vacation. We came back and picked up the car, and it had a crack on the right side corner; it spread about 7 inches up. We left the windows cracked a bit just in case it was too hot or pressure. That is amazing other people have had the same crack. I wish they would recall them for the windshield.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2010

2003 Honda Element DX from North America

Summary:

The Honda 2003 Element has a faulty ignition, and the driver's door lock is broken for many owners

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

23rd Nov 2017, 12:15

My wife and I have had ignition problems on our 2004 Honda Element, but it appears to be a random defect. We leave a window or 2 open often, in case the electrical logic decides to make either of us visitors and NOT drivers. Help if you can!

2003 Honda Element EX from North America

Summary:

Flawed but fun

Faults:

Starting in 2005, the driver's side lock began malfunctioning, it was fixed and then it broke again the following year. Now once again it is in the shop for a lock that doesn't work!

General Comments:

I am pleased with the Element, but feel that faulty design of the driver's side door lock should be addressed by Honda. I had a Honda Accord station wagon for 10 years prior to the Element, and never had a problem with the door locks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th July, 2010

2003 Honda Element from North America

Summary:

Overall good performer

Faults:

Driver's side door lock problem -- first ever -- fixed last year.

Currently small crack in windshield -- also first ever -- will get fixed shortly.

General Comments:

Excellent acceleration and overall performance.

Interior perfect for a high end after market sound system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th May, 2010

2003 Honda Element EX from North America

Summary:

Love the older model, but don't like the so-called improvements, e.g. getting rid of the moon roof

Faults:

Too many cracked windshields.

Cylinder one is shot.

Driver door lock won't work.

Too much wind noise.

General Comments:

The vehicle design is perfect for my needs.

Great vehicle for cargo, travel, and camping.

First year model needed improvements on one hand, but as the years have gone by, some "improvements" in design have made it less appealing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th February, 2010