The Element's boxy, offbeat styling generates a lot of attention, but the vehicle is fraught with compromises. It has a cavernous interior, but it's only a four-seater with a skimpy 675-pound payload capacity. So it can be easily overloaded. The vehicle handles nimbly and has a smooth, refined powertrain, but it has a choppy ride, noisy cabin, an awkward driving position, and obstructed outward visibility.
Alerts
There are 11 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard from 2007. Side air bags standard from 2007. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2007.
Road Test

The Element's boxy, offbeat styling generates a lot of attention, but the vehicle is fraught with compromises. It has a cavernous interior, but it's only a four-seater with a skimpy 675-pound payload capacity. So it can be easily overloaded. The vehicle handles nimbly and has a smooth, refined powertrain, but it has a choppy ride, noisy cabin, an awkward driving position, and obstructed outward visibility.

Seating
2 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD, Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (160 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Honda Element owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Something chewed or wore through the insulation on the wiring under the car"

George B., MI (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"Calipers failed, leaked fluid"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"cruise control stopped working, 350.00 to fix caliper froze 225.00 to fix"

John P., RI (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Froze up thus wearing down pads fast"

Bill S., IL (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"both rear calipers went bad and lock up causing a total rebuild of the rear braking system 2 years in a row"

Jeffrey F., OH (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to replace all four calipers"

Ray B., CT (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers locked up. Wore out the rotor and pads. Caused serious heat problems. It was smoking before we noticed. If we had been on the highway for a long trip, it could have resulted in a fire"

Anonymous, KY (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Left front caliper appears to have frozen up causing premature pad wear out"

Thomas O., MI (2004 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper became hung up and had to be replaced"

Leo G., MN (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"2 of them locked up"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"My passenger-side, rear brake caliper stuck, necessitating replacement of it and whole braking assembling that had worn away while it was stuck"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the calipers have went bad two times in the last 4 years"

Jeffrey F., OH (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Front and rear brakes were worn and needed replacement"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace both rear calipers on different occasions during the past year. Each was replaced because it stuck. This is probably to be expected on a 10 year old car, but it was an expensive repair because it involved replacing the rest of the mech"

Mark H., NJ (2004 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"normal brake wear"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"normal brake wear"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes were overdue for service so they were no longer safe and it was an expensive job to correct"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace rotors and pads for the first time at around 187000 miles"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"First time I have had to replace rotors, due to not having brake pads done when signs indicated service"

John G., BC (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"front- new pads rear- new pads and calipers"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal brake wear repair. However also had to have engine support mount replaced discovered during brake repair."

Anonymous, MO (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"parking brake would not release in the winter"

John R., OH (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"replaced brakes in 2013 twice: second replacement attributed to bad parts - poor brake pad adhesion. But then had to replace once again in 2014 ; this time used zinc. Fingers crossed!"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"brakes need to be replaced more frequently than any car i have ever owned"

Richard B., MD (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Experience this 4 or 5 times, the brakes pads worn out around 3,000 miles each time."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"going through brakes way faster than on any of our other cars"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I paid my local Honda Dealer $2400. for some normal maintenance on my 2004 Honda Element. Roughly approx. 4 to 5 months, of letting it set, I decided to drive it only to find out that one of the back brake calipers had locked up. This was part of the repairs that I had already paid Honda to make. I took the car to the same dealer, only to be told that they wouldn't guarantee their work. If I wanted it fixed, it was going to be roughly another $000 to 2400 Dollars. This is why I'll never own another Honda!"

Anonymous, (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"The front brakes were replaced due to the caliper failure mentioned earlier"

Thomas O., MI (2004 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Front rotors were warped"

John R., OH (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Became grooved and had to be replaced"

Leo G., MN (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"rotor warped"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Had to do realignment after struts were replaced"

Thomas B., AZ (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"rear trailing arm bushings failed"

Jeffrey F., OH (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Simply needed and alignment after replacing the rear camber arms due to bushings worn out."

Anonymous, ID (2004 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"Noise"

David B., NC (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear ball joints were replaced when the mechanics, whom I trust implicitly, found them to be very worn."

Randon F., MD (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Most of my driving is in Baltimore City, where the roads are strewn with potholes and manhole covers that are either two or more inches too low or too high. There are very few streets where anyone can drive more than 25 feet without encountering bone-jarring conditions. As a result, I have had suspension and ball joint issues that I believe I wouldn't have had if the road conditions had been smooth."

Randon F., MD (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"caused by driving on bad roads in new york city and long island ny"

Victor Z., NY (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Element was taken in for diagnostic due to vibration (similar to driving on rutted shoulder). Rear differential bushings were the problem, cost was $750. This is the second item that has been repaired with over 250,000 miles. Great car"

Margaret J., VA (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Cost. Wear and tear part but it was xpensive to replace"

Matt L., AZ (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The description I wrote for the ball joints is applicable here."

Randon F., MD (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"At 14 years and 255000 miles, the front bushings started to disconnect. Replaced lower control arms."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bushings in rear camber arms wore out, replaces with adjustable camber arms."

Anonymous, ID (2004 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Known issue. Replaced gaskets. All better."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"noticed a leak a few months back, and after self diagnosis, discovered it was the old hose, after all the car is over 16 years old"

Anonymous, NM (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"caused by bad roads"

Victor Z., NY (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear and front struts needed replacing"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear and front struts needed replacing"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"After 175000 miles, the front and rear suspension had mostly given out. We had it repaired/replaced and it works great. This is the only major repair we have ever had."

Jeffrey S., VA (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced F & R struts"

Thomas B., AZ (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Thumping noise traveling g on rough roads."

Jake S., OH (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There was intermittent steering wheel vibration and clunky noise on rough roads (which is the main type of road in the Baltimore area) that was the result of old, worn-out struts. I think this was the first time I'd had to replace them."

Randon F., MD (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front and rear struts have needed replacement and are expensive"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Installation of new shocks improved the smoothness of the ride."

Anonymous, UT (2004 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Basically, after almost 200,000 miles, we had to repair /replace a bunch of the suspension. It was the first major repair we ever had on the Element"

Jeffrey S., VA (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"vibration at interstate speed, had sway bar replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"After driving in NY City on a trip, because of horrendous road conditions, needed new left and right stabilizer bar control linkage, front wheel hub, and steering knuckles"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"Recent problem; driver noticed and reported. Investigation solved with alignment and replacement of certain worn steering-related parts that had become damaged."

Anonymous, UT (2004 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Required replacement"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Air conditioner ceased to function properly. Expensive to repair"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Changed the A/C compressor, clutch failure"

Gustavo B., FL (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"AC compressor went out requiring a new unit in addition to replacing everything the mechanic wants to replace with it such as the condenser"

James P., AZ (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"a.c. stopped working due to compressor not working. since I use the a.c. every day all year around here in south florida it's a repair that can happen to any car here"

Reed K., FL (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The A/C compressor leaked"

Randall S., MO (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It was old"

Barbara E., TX (2004 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"it needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, HI (2004 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower stopped working. Had to replace blower motor & "resistor pack" speed control. $140 DIY"

Anonymous, HI (2004 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaf trash from windshield vents clogged up fan, causing motor failure"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Fan worked perfectly, then suddenly stopped, or rather, would not turn on. No heat or air or vent"

Kathleen P., GA (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Fan broke"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"not getting heat due to plugging"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"There was nothing wrong with the car, it was working perfectly fine. I took it to Jiffy lube for an oil change and it came back with this leak. The car then overheated one day and I had to stop and wait for one hour to complete the liquid and then be able to go home."

Anonymous, NM (2004 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Rust problems - the connector to the C. converter was bad so I had to get a new one which of course is expensive. They had to order it (overnight.) But they gave me a ride home. But - rust after 10+ years"

Karla B., MA (2004 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"original converter good for ten years, replaced converter and 18 months later, converter failure again at my cost..$1200 installed. ouch. great vehicle otherwise!"

Lynn G., NY (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped working. Had to be replaced."

Anonymous, GA (2004 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"died and was replaced"

Anonymous, (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"Mostly this was due to rust after 10+ years of use. Main problem: the service guys didn't diagnose it correctly even though when you opened the hood, it was clearly leaking exhaust. A friend diagnosed, I went back with this into, and then: fixed!"

Karla B., MA (2004 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The connection of the pipe between the catalytic converter and muffler failed twice."

Cliff P., FL (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"corroded catalytic converter and associated parts"

Anonymous, NH (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Fixed with the leak previously discussed."

Cliff P., FL (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Recall of takata airbag"

Gary H., MO (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Cruise control button is very sticky; takes a lot of effort and several tries to get it to go on and stay on."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle was recalled due to an airbag issue. After replacing it, however, the passenger airbag light remained on. Supposedly connected to the seat belt latches. Took 3 visits and a lot of rig-a-maroll to get it fixed finally. But it's done now."

Anonymous, AK (2004 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Reset the light"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"rusted and fell off from muffler back"

Anonymous, (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"12volts power plug fuse burned every 3 to 6 months"

Yaowe O., MD (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Clock

"clock lost 1 minute every week."

Anonymous, MD (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the clock lost a minute every week"

Yaowe O., MD (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"About half of the dashboard and gearbox lights are burned out or have loose connections. I've been told it will be expensive to fix due to location of wires, so I just live with it. I figure it gives this wonderful car some character"

Kieren M., OH (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"bulbs burned out (at different times)"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Both headlamp bulbs died almost simultaneously"

Fred M., CO (2004 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Lights behind climate controls goes out"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The 1st year I had the car I went through 3 batteries and dealership didnt know what to do except replace batteries. After 4th battery I turned off all interior lights and then got normal battery life. Dealership didnt know how to fix prob so i have driven w/o interior lights for 16 years."

Anonymous, (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Replaced and re keyed ignition and locks"

Jake S., OH (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the locks and keyless systems are of poor quality"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Door lock failed, Ignition switch failed, window regulator failed, a-arms right side replaced, motor mounts failed"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Switch stuck on air conditioner caused battery to be replaced twice before they found the problem. But, this might have been related to doors/hatch back not closing securely"

Anonymous, WV (2004 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water is collecting in driver side footwell after rain. Source of leak is unknown. Very annoying, but it is an older car"

Anonymous, (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"When I go over bumps I hear squeaking from time to time. It sounds as though it's in the front suspension. I recently took they car in to dealer for an oil change and they didn't notice it. Maybe a strut"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"car sounds like a clunker with popping and snapping noises from underneath. Repair shop can find nothing wrong"

Victor Z., NY (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"This is a noisy vehicle, with a lot of wind whooshing through! Don't care, really; I love my Element. But compared to an average-to-luxury passenger car, the decibel level takes getting used to."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The noise that comes from the driving high speeds especially when exacerbated by high winds id deafening, literally hurts our ears and we can barely communicate"

Anonymous, ID (2004 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind noise is intrinsic to this car. Aerodynamic of a brick."

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Had to have gears worked on - suddenly couldn't shift gears. Don't remember now exactly what was fixed"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would not shift into gear and would not start because of this"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"Stick shift occasionally sticks and sometimes while driving, can't shift it into another gear"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"We have had only one recurring issue with our element. There is one part in the clutch that wears out about every 50,000 miles, it costs under $300 to replace it"

Jeffrey S., VA (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"The slave cylinder had a leak and it was repaired for less than $300"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"We had to replace the serpentine belt"

Richard L., OR (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine mounts

"We had to replace a motor mounts they wore out"

Richard L., OR (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Drip pan issue"

Jill E., NM (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear engine seal leak"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil pan is cracked around drain plug and will have to be replaced. 3 or 4 hours labor plus pan"

Victor Z., NY (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Had clutch pedal assembly replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch was wearing out. Not slipping yet but have to travel 6000 miles, so really was preventive"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"car is 14 years old and this is the first time I had any issue with the clutch. There was a lot of gunk in the case and the whole clutch and all components had to be replaced. Car now drives like new."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The transmission needed to be replaced after 250,000 miles; we put in a used transmission from a parts distributor and it has worked fine since."

Anonymous, UT (2004 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Starter

"Engine would not start. Had noticed that the car was barely able to start a couple of time before it finally failed. AAA could not get it started. Had to have car towed to shop"

Eugene A., CA (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The starter would turn slowly, as if the battery were weak, then a couple of times nothing would happen when the key was turned to the starting position."

Anonymous, SC (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter problem was difficult separate from battery problem. Easy fix once you what is wrong. Does disable the car."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"a small leak in the line, a very small leak in the line."

Anonymous, AL (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Light came on, mechanic said it was the sensor - and was pricey to replace/fix. I have not bothered - and simply ignore the warning light"

Kurt S., IL (2004 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace upstream oxygen sensor"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The sensor failed during the hours long traffic jam leaving Casper, WY, after the total eclipse. Apparently, many cars of different makes had similar problems resulting from the eclipse traffic."

Andrew J., WA (2004 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Doors rubble protection has been problem three year ago"

Jose Z., IN (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

"Driver seat base loosened from floor mount and had to be replaced"

Cary S., VA (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Replaced struts that hold the top rear door open as it was not staying fully open. Dealer said these have about a 10 year lifespan until the gas starts leaking out"

Kevin W., NM (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Interior wheel well plastic wore out and had to be replaced. There was no particular collision or one time damage, but it simply failed over time"

Kurt S., IL (2004 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Hood paint peeled and had to be repainted"

Cary S., VA (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"body floor boards rusting out, i replaced a good chunk of my under neath floorboards and they are rusting again. North east they use salt on roads to melt ice and snow. I'm sure this is most of the issues are from."

Anonymous, (2004 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"loud howl when you turn sharply. it's been doing it for 65000 miles and gets no worse. Nissan has no explanation and since it was a used vehicle, offered no relief"

Brad B., CA (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Fluid was replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Cooling fan

"Engine overheated during stop and go traffic. Dealer said that both cooling fans had failed and needed replacement"

Eugene A., CA (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"Became noisy, but didn't leak"

W W., WA (2004 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"This was an expected valve adjustment for the 100,000 mile mark, so it was not a surprise. It did, however, fit your category of MAJOR events. In fact, had we followed Honda recommended factory maintence guidelines on our last previous regular service, this problem would have been fixed in the normal course of events. So our Honda service center was right in their recommendation. Good on them!"

Michael F., CA (2004 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

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