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 10 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 2005 Honda Element owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"With the replacement of the tie rod and the new tires, I needed an alignment."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"Car was making suspension-related noises. Ball joints were among the items replaced."

Jacqueline H., TX (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Three trips to the dealer. Trips 1 and and 2 the dealer installed after market ball joints to save money The rubber boots lasted last than 8 months. Trip 3 the dealer installed OEM ball joints. In the This was a very expensive repair."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Ball joint needed replacement"

Alan W., NY (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The seals for the ball joints break so the grease can leak out and for dirt to get into the joint"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Had to replace the Compliance bushing in the front suspension. The did did have 130,000 miles so I don't feel too bad about that"

Terry H., AZ (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sway bar bushings were broken. One each side of front/rear."

Don S., AB (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This is a recurring issue with my element. However, I drive rural (dirt, gravel, chip & seal) roads with potholes daily"

Tara D., OH (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"We're worn out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, AR (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"The leak caused a fan belt to brake down, requiring replacement"

Tavis R., FL (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The steering wheel would get really difficult to turn. I would have to literally put all my strength to steer. Another problem was a loud steaming noise coming out of the car and when I stopped at stop lights the car would jerk forward even though I had my foot on the break and then it would stall at the light."

Anonymous, (2005 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering pump was leaking. Had to be replaced."

Anonymous, IA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Front struts were making noise ang needed replacement"

Donald B., CO (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"right rear shock started to leak, so replaced all four"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"General wear and tear. Shocks/struts had to be replaced to pass inspection"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"rear struts needed replacement after 170000 miles. front ones seems ok. but the rear ones ware gone. but replaced both at one time because of high mileage and taking time away from work"

Pradeep M., MA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn out, needed to be replaced, expensive"

Ira B., CA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was purchased from an area that used salt in the winter, excessive rust caused replacement of most of the suspension parts."

Anonymous, WA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Rear suspension problems, noise, costing over $1200"

Kurt L., WA (2005 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The rack and pinion steering needed replacing. While not extraordinarily expensive, it still was a significant cost (approaching $2,000 for a rebuilt unit)"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"worn - had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was making suspension related noises. Tie rods were among the items replaced."

Jacqueline H., TX (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Very expensive"

Donna L., TX (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bad tie rods were seen on routine maintenance. Also needed new tires. Scheduled a return for tie rod later that week and delayed buying tires until after. However, before the appointment I had had a flat tire and had the work done the next day, unfortunately at a different shop."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"seem to have to have vehicle aligned every 12 months, this can't be normal?"

Kurt L., WA (2005 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Failed rear sensor and pulsar"

Anonymous, WY (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"I am now on my third set of rear brakes / calipers / rotors in the last 3 years. They tend to seize up, causing heat, smoke, smells, and noticeable driving issues. According to the Element boards this is common"

Raymond F., PA (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Braking noise"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear calipers were replaced two years ago and failed April 2015"

Julie M., NY (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"stuck rear caliper--constant drag on rear brake"

M Z., WI (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Yearly brake problems with the calipers freezing causing pad and rotor failure."

Anonymous, (2005 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"calipers get stuck and won't self adjust. causing brake wear and caliper wear"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers locked up resulting in caliper and pad failure"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Replaced rotors, calipers, pads"

M M., CT (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the brake pads. Every so often the brakes get "stuck" but it always clears it self. Mechanic looked at it a few times. Added lubrication to the calipers"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The brake pedal needed to be pushed down further to stop the vehicle."

Anonymous, NC (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"new brake pads and rotors"

Anonymous, (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"The brakes don't last long on this car. The rotors become heavily worn and pitted. I'm not sure if the brakes are under-rated for this duty or possibly water gets behind the calipers and freezes them so they don't float"

Philip R., OH (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace rear brakes prematurely"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes wear quickly"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have brakes and rotors replaced within 2 years"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes on the car have been one of the biggest costs to me over the years. If it sits for a day, they grind. They have been replaced numerous times. Sometimes one/yr, sometimes more than one/yr. I have never had issues like this with any other car I've owned"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The brake system had been problematic - three new sets of brakes in six years"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Aftermarket caliper failure led to premature brake and rotor failure; Monro Muffler wanted to charge me $250 for rotors I could have purchased for $40"

Julie M., NY (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn out"

Patrick F., IL (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"rotors warped and caused a vibration in the steering wheel"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Rusting brake back plates rubbing. I blame it on the use of salt brine on the roads in NJ. Destroying our cars before there time!"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"had brakes replaced squeak came back"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake was making noise"

Anonymous, MN (2005 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

Body control module

"Didn't know where to put this problem - both driver and passenger front windows failed. Using the window button, I heard a snap and the window fell into the door and became unresponsive. I could hear the motor engage, but the wind wouldn't more. Ther"

Bruce J., TX (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Clock

"Clock is always running fast after a short period"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"occasionaly does not light up"

Anonymous, AR (2005 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"Cruise control fails to engage. This started about one month ago"

Anonymous, LA (2005 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"THE MIRROR ON THE PASSENGER SIDE OF THE CAR DOES MOVE"

Daniel T., AL (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"rear brake light stays on constantly"

Anonymous, (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"There is an intermittent connection that caused the dash lights to go off. If you hit the dash with you hand the light wil come back on"

Terry H., AZ (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Odometer lights keep going out after a year or two"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the lighting for gauges and clock sometimes do not come on"

Anonymous, AR (2005 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Gauge cluster had to be replaced to bypass the engine Immobilizer, for car o start.,"

Anonymous, (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The gauge light stop work randomly. You can hit the top of the dash with you fist, sometimes the dash lights come on, sometimes half of the dash lights come back on, sometimes no light will come back on."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The lightbulbs have started to go out on my dash. I have been told my dealer that replacing even one bulb is such an extensive job, that they go ahead and replace them all, and charge you for that"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Dash lights went out.needs new cluster."

Anonymous, MT (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Both headlights have failed (at different times) in the past year"

Anonymous, LA (2005 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Horn

"Horn stopped working for no apparent reason"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"SOMETIMES IT WORKS , SOMETIME IT"

Daniel T., AL (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The light board in the dash will occasionally fail to come on entirely. Our mechanic can't repeat the problem in order to inspect it, so we're waiting for an opportune blackout to take it to them"

SUSn C., WA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Dash interior lights sometimes go dark when lights are on"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"We had trouble with a wide variety warning lights coming on and going back off while driving around the hilly downtown area. It was distressing and very hard to understand"

SUSn C., WA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Rear washer pump failed, was replaced and new one failed also within a year"

Uwe D., FL (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Computer put up a code dealer said it was the cat. Conv."

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"Exhaust pipe clamp rusted and disconnected pipe."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Broken exhaust manifold pipe bolt"

Mark B., RI (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhuast leaks due to flange bolts rusting"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Smelled exhaust inside the vehicle. Ended up spending $850 to fix"

Scott F., WI (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"Manifold rusted out and muffler dropped to the ground. Needed a tow to get to the repair shop."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Dealer checked problem, said it was a wiring problem. Wanted $400 to fix. I thought they were lying. Did not have the problem fixed."

Anonymous, (2005 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Airbag light on"

Anonymous, NM (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"it is a recall"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The airbag warning light is on in the dash. I had the same warning 2 years ago and Honda fixed it for free. I have not gone to the dealer to have this problem checked out."

Terence J., AZ (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Took my vehicle to the dealership and they found that it was a module. Supposed to order the part and replace it at the stated expense of $100.00 to me. However I never heard from them again."

Anonymous, NY (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Tekada recall"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Airbag censor on passenger side no longer was operational. They had to replace the censor."

William W., FL (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"First time replacement of muffler, and pipes"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusted out"

R H., NH (2005 Honda Element EX 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

"failure of cooling and heating system"

Daniel P., CT (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Air was not getting cold."

Anonymous, ND (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"compressor motor failed"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"leak"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaking noise from A/C belt determined to be due to failing compressor bearings. Replaced and problem solved"

Edward O., MA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This shorted out due to a short in the blower"

Akua A., MI (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Transistor failed and now motor humming"

Anonymous, (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The fan needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The blower motor began to stop working intermittently. It would only turn on after I went over a bump. When I took it in the short in the blower had shorted out the air conditioner."

Akua A., MI (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"The car would not generate heat. Intermittent problem for two years. A motor was replaced"

Steve F., GA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Was not hearing"

Anonymous, ND (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Heater would not blow hot air"

Anonymous, PE (2005 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

"Drains around moon roof frequently clog, resulting in water leaking into the vehicle around the moon roof. Dealer charges several hundred dollars to fix"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Weather stripping falling off and contracting contributing to new wind noise in doors. Bother front door's weather stripping needs to be redone"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"need to replace all 4 struts"

Greg S., KY (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"stabilizer bar links got rusty and made a lot of noise"

M Z., WI (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Can't find them, alas"

James K., CA (2005 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Clunking and other suspension noises, couldn't resolve"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brake rusting caused rubbing. Not dangerous."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"can't find the source of rattles"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Doesn't have rattles, but has lots of squeaks"

Anonymous, AR (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Front back door seal, windows,"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Older car with failing gaskets, loud ride"

Anonymous, (2005 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"De to hardening and peeling off of door weather stripping"

Anonymous, CA (2005 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

Alternator

"Very sudden failure of the alternator. Way too damn expensive, since the mechanic had to take a lot of stuff off the engine to get to the alternator"

Daniel J., OH (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the alternator as it was not charging the battery"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternator needed to be replaced. Engine gave me one warning, and I took it to the shop right away. Cost was around $1200. (If I recall correctly) Otherwise, this truck is AMAZING. I LOVE IT. Hardly any problems. Very reliable. I never want to have to replace it."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed"

Joseph W., KY (2005 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Had to replace battery"

Anonymous, AR (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Ignition switch

"Key wouldn't turn in ignition. New key replacement was $1050. They price this part very high but it's absolutely essential to start your car so they have dealers and consumers over a barrel"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Replace to attempt to solve stalling problem"

Robert B., MI (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Failed"

Joseph W., KY (2005 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car wouldn't start occasionally and starter had to be replaced"

Uwe D., FL (2005 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)

"Evap canister was wet from overfilling gas tank"

Douglas M., TX (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Did not pass the state test."

Karen T., MA (2005 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"Check fuel cap indicator will not turn off. Cap has been replaced once"

Patty B., NC (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace gas cap"

Anonymous, AR (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Caused hesitation in the engine. Repair was about $300"

Cory L., NC (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Considering the age and mileage of the car, I had to only replace the sensors vs the catalytic converter, which I think is excellent"

Suzanne F., NJ (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine warning light on. Sensor is the problem. Never fixed it because I drive this car only 500 miles yearly."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Honda Element EX 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.

What Owners Say

CD player

"CD player no longer works. Has been broken for several years."

Anonymous, (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The CD player quit ejecting discs. Had it replaced with a reconditioned Honda radio/disc player twice. The 2nd disc player worked for about 3 months then did the same thing. Unfortunately, there was a 60 day replacement policy and which had expired. The used part with labor was about $350. A new Honda radio/CD player was about $1,100. Although I used the CD player all the time, I could not justify putting a $1,100 radio/CD player in a $5-6,000 vehicle. I am disappointed through to have spent $350 for nothing. Now I listen to recorded books on my iPhone instead."

Anonymous, (2005 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Radio knob does not work properly for volume. Driver seat beat does not rewind. Driver side visor is very loose at connection (swings about)"

George H., NV (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio unit is 15 years old, like rest of car is, and both the volume control and tuning control work poorly. Extremely hard to set volume or manually tune. Tuning presets work fine."

Anonymous, (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Buttons for radio operate inconsistently (sometimes they activate the radio, other times they don’t respond)"

Francine U., OR (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Made wheezing noise at speed and kept stalling at initial start. Stalling problem was loose head something Wheezing is an exhaust leak"

Robert B., MI (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine runs roughly when warming up at speeds between 25 and 35 mph."

Vicki C., VA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"just need to replace oilpan gasket"

Greg S., KY (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There were oil leaks, a lot of them ."

Anonymous, (2005 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Some sort of filter on the engine became clogged and caused several leaks on the engine. Those seals and gaskets that leaked were repaired and the filter replaced. I was a bit expensive, around $1200, but worth it for an older car that runs and performs perfectly. The body and suspensions still intact."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Honda Element EX 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

CV joint

"A boot on the driver side axle ripped and needed replaced so I went ahead and replaced the whole driver side axle since it isn't much more money than the labor to just replace the boot."

Anonymous, CO (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Differential

"Rear diff fluid is scheduled to be done every 60k; needs it every 20k or you get a grinding sound on slow sharp turns similar to having a vehicle that is locked in 4WD LO"

Raymond F., PA (2005 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"The driveshaft is starting to make weird noises when you start out on cold days, especially in snow when the wheels slip or when you turn. It's quiet on warm days. I think the U-Joint is wearing out, which causes the driveshaft to wobble"

Philip R., OH (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Both electric window assembly failed"

Anonymous, (2005 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

"Manual transmission, could not move the stick to desired gear."

Anonymous, CO (2005 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"replaced master cylinder"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"Popping out of gear happened as the problem developed."

Anonymous, CO (2005 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Loose wire led to sensor alert."

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"After 80k miles the clutch needed to be replaced"

Brad U., PA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch gave out just a little North of 200K miles. Not an unexpected event, it's just a relatively expensive repair that I don't have some of the very specific tools to try to repair myself."

Anonymous, CO (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The transmission is severely damaged (no fifth gear, lots of slipping). We were told it needed replacing, at a cost of $3000. We have elected not to have the repair, and are still driving the car as is, at low speeds in town only"

Anonymous, WI (2005 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

"had a re-built head installed c.236000 miles. Works fine"

James S., OK (2005 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"75% of the valves needed to be adjusted. Engine would start ok but die three to four times in the first couple of miles before the symptom disappearing the rest of the day"

Anonymous, IA (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"one valve bad, damaged head; Import World in Stillwater, OK., installed a reconditioned head. Great."

James S., OK (2005 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

Locks and latches

"replaced ignition cylinder 2x since new. both door cylinders inoperable. been driving since 1962, never had lock cylinder problems w any other vehicle"

Alan B., SC (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Mechanism that limits the glass on the driver's side power window broke, leaving the glass fully retracted (down)"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"same windows problem as the other Element. This appears to be a design problem with the year & model of car"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

Engine Cooling

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

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