2003 Honda Element EX 2.4L from North America
Crap in a square bucket!
Heater blower motor has failed 3 times at a cost of $300 each!
Heater control box failed at 120,000 miles. Replacement cost was $1200!
Many dash lights had failed by 50,000 miles. Dealer said it would cost $1000 to remove the dash and replace the bulbs! They are still out.
Oil pressure sensor has failed 3 times. When this happens, it won't go over 45mph... bad news if you're on the freeway! Cost to repair approx $100 each time.
Shocks and bushings are worn out, but have yet to be replaced.
Numerous other small problems.
Most expensive car to operate that I have ever had! (due to repairs)
Gas mileage is poor for a 4 cylinder... my V8 Camaro gets the same mileage (24mpg hwy)
My daughter bought a 2006 Element, and is having issues already at 50,000 miles.
I wouldn't have another one if they gave it to me!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st January, 2010
21st Apr 2010, 13:07
Sorry to hear about all the trouble you have had with your Element.
I have a 2003 Element with 111,850 miles on it that I have had since new, and have had very little trouble with it.
I did have to have the driver's side door lock fixed at about 80,000 miles, the passenger power motor window and one of the engine mounts at 84,000, but other than that, just routine maintenance. Haven't replaced brake pads yet, and am on only my second set of tyres (replaced at 57K miles).
I was a bit upset at the three problems I had around 80-84K miles, but other than that, I am very pleased and plan to keep my Element for 300K miles. No further or other problems so far (knock on wood!)
My only complaint is the gas mileage, which is rather poor for a 4 cyl, but this is a vehicle that is as heavy as a full sized car, and not very aerodynamic.
31st Jan 2011, 09:26
Wow, amazing. Have you ever heard of the lemon law. Yeah, pretty much states that if you have a specific problem that can't be fixed after the second try, you get a new one. You should have tried that before spending all your money for repairs.
20th Apr 2011, 18:01
I am the one who posted the comment on April 21, 2010.
My 2003 Element now has 129,100 miles on it, and I finally had to replace the front brake pads the first time at 127,500 miles. The rear brake pads are still original. I am still on my second set of tyres that I replaced back at 57K miles, and they still are good.
I did have to have the gas gauge fixed recently. But still, overall I am very happy with my Element. I plan on keeping it until it dies.