The Element is an offbeat utility vehicle with plenty of interior space. But it seats only four, the low weight-carrying capacity limits its utility and large roof pillars compromise outward visibility. Interior noise is pronounced and the ride is stiff and jittery. Handling is fairly nimble, but in emergency maneuvers, the tail tends to slide out, even with stability control.
Alerts
There are 13 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 is an offbeat utility vehicle with plenty of interior space. But it seats only four, the low weight-carrying capacity limits its utility and large roof pillars compromise outward visibility. Interior noise is pronounced and the ride is stiff and jittery. Handling is fairly nimble, but in emergency maneuvers, the tail tends to slide out, even with stability control.

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
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (166 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 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)

"ABS/VSA modullator failed and required replacement (part: $1300.00 & labor: $350) at 12,800 miles. Honda refused coverage due to expired warranty period"

Robert S., WI (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"The Element has been very reliable overall but it definitely has issues with the calipers. I've replaced 3 of 4 of them."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper froze. Rotor became red hot. Replaced caliper and pads"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers sticking. Causing rotor and wheel bearing damage. All needed replacing"

Mike T., WI (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers we're causing a loud creaking sound when breaking. Needed a full service on them"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Constant issue with caliper pistons freezing up, despite paying for extra preventative maintenance every year"

Tim T., MA (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"locked up requiring rotor and caliper replacement"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"calipers don't retract fully thus causing problems. I believe it is associated with living in the NE, road salt, winter conditions etc. Not sure if I should get too excited about this since they are the original set. OEM"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers stuck and had to replace both front units with pads and seems Honda cars are sensitive when it comes to brakes wit the rear pads wearing very quickly prior to the front caliper problems. Had a similar problem on two other Honda vehicles"

Mike-Anne E., OH (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Right front caliper froze. New caliper required."

Lawrence S., PA (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers sticking"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When tires were rotated, they didn't tighten lugnuts. One came off and fell into brake area. We didn't know until damage was done."

Anonymous, KY (2008 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Locked up and responsible for premature wear on brakes"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers sticking causing premature rotor/pad wear"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"One rear caliper stuck resulting in worn rotors and pads. Unfortunately this was discovered on the next service after having replaced both rear rotors through presumedly normal wear. Total bill for both services exceeded a grand"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Rt. rear wheel locked. Brakes destroyed. Replaced all rear brakes, rotors etc. No problems since"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"My brakes began making a little squealing noise upon stopping for the first time. I took it to the service dept. and they did routine maintenance by replacing the brake pads, etc. Now no more noise."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"JUST NEEDED PADS REPLACED"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Nothing additional to share"

Eric N., NC (2008 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Routine brakes wear on front wheels"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"When I purchased the car in late December 2016 it had just passed inspection. At the required re-inspection in 2017 I was informed that all of the internal components for the passenger side parking brake were missing as well as the brake cable. Obviously it was less expensive to pay off the inspection mechanic than to repair the brake. The repair cost approximately $450."

Lawrence S., PA (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"The car was parked outside and not used that often causing rusting of brake components."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"For the life of the vehicle the rotors and pads have needed replacement about every 30000 miles"

Mike T., WI (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Seized caliper pin"

Kelly K., WI (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"veh has had problems w/brake sensor since the first winter - sensors rusted due to northeast winter and would hold brake in the on position wearing brake pads prematurely - brakes have been replaced 3 times since purchase in 2008 w/ only 94500 miles"

Anonymous, MT (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"see previous comments"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Break pads disintegrated at 20K miles"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear brakes were making a grinding or rubbing noise; replaced pads and rotors"

R K., WA (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealership indicated the brakes rusted from lack of use? Seems fishy"

Patricia D., CT (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Breaks wore out too soon"

Lawrence W., IN (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes have been problem since purchased car used in 2012. Had rear rotors pads changed, front done, rear brakes grind and score after parking vehicle"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"The brakes have been replaced since the car was new"

Carrie S., ON (2008 Honda Element)

"rear brakes needed to be completely replaced"

Patty G., MN (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Have replaced all rotors twice on vehicle due to brake problems"

Tim T., MA (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The area I live in would be tough on any manufacturer of rotors on any vehicle. So, it is not a Honda problem, but I do have to replace them often"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"premature wear due to previously described reason"

Anonymous, MT (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"OLD AND RUSTY"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors rusting"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the 3rd change of rotors and pads on the vehicle. The wear out due to "under use" - that is, they corrode and need to be replaced because we don't drive the car everyday. We have put on rotors with special coatings, but this still does not so"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had rotors replaced but lasted about 2 weeks before grinding, rubbing etc began again"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"The rear brake calipers needed a full service due to noise"

Anonymous, MI (2008 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

"I don't consider this a major problem in itself it is a periodic maintenance item, but this had to be done due to the broken strut bolts."

Anonymous, GA (2008 Honda Element SC 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"Torn dust covers"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rubber boots failed and allowed water to enter the ball joint corroding them"

Fred R., NY (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"wore out causing handling problems"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Drag link bushings made noise"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Lower control arm bushings were worn and were replaced and an alignment was done"

Arthur S., CA (2008 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Compliance Bushings are worn out"

Henry M., CA (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"It uses about a half bottle of PS fluid every 3 months....can't justify the cost to repair the leak which some think may have been cased by a prior owner not using the correct fluid"

Anonymous, SD (2008 Honda Element SC 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"The car is maintained regular and on a scheduled maintenance, it was found to have worn struts. They repaired the problem and the car now runs smoother than previous to the maintenance."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The front left strut bolts broke causing a serious driving problem"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Honda Element SC 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear and front struts needed replacement. The rear ones were causing clunking noises. All were visibly worn and potentially unsafe."

Anonymous, IA (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"told at 75k checkup that the rear struts were leaking. expensive!"

Richard J., NH (2008 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear shocks both broke off at the top ends, likely due to corrosion"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Lower arm bushings were worn so steering wasn't precise. Big name repair shop wanted $800 and intended to replace entire arms. Local mechanic replaced the bushings for $300."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Left rear wheel bearing had to be replaced. Noisy"

Patrick B., FL (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to have wheel bearings replaced and ball joints at abour 145,ooo miles to pass inspection. We love this car so much and use it for everything. perhaps our over use caused this issue. The need to bring this model back in a hybrid !"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Element EX 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"When the car is driven at 45mph or higher a loud high pitch sound occurs at the windshield in front of the passenger seat. Replacing the windshield did not solve the problem"

Thomas D., CO (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Lots of bushing and shock rattles, but it has almost 200K miles."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattles and wind noise relating to wheelchair accessible conversion"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Honda Element SC 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A lot of annoying rattles & squeaks for a car. Sounds like a truck when going over bumps. Mechanics constantly say there's no problem"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rubber bushings on rear stabilizer bars needed replacing and were clunking very loudly on bumpy roads."

Anonymous, MT (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Probably typical of a car with 90000 miles"

Anonymous, VT (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Grating noise in suspension during hard right turns"

M W., NY (2008 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear stabilizer bar bushings had to be replaced"

Nicholas B., NH (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The Element is a noisy automobile, especially when the rear seats are out. Different tire types can help, but not abate the loud road noise. Also, over the past year some rattling around the dashboard and console has begun"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Honda Element LX 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

"lost use of front and rear aux p;ower"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"One of the lights on the heating temperature setting knob went out. Can't tell what the temp setting is at night. Honda said they would fix it went they replace the airbag (recalled)"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"The dimmer switch on the steering column malfunctioned leaving only the bright lights operational."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"One needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Driver door would not lock when closed"

Jan F., CA (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Sears replaced all 4 TPMs with new tire purchase. Had to be reprogramed 2 times"

Glenn N., TN (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A tire pressure monitor sensor had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WY (2008 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The TPMS light came on which is an indicator of a catastrophic failure; however when I got to look at the tires, they all seemed OK. After driving the car home, I checked the tire pressures with a gauge and all tires were at 32 psi. Honda said that"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"When we had the engine replaced, we did the clutch as well because it was near the end of its service life"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Honda Element SC 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Honda installed a new clutch when all l really needed was a new ignition switch. Poor diagnosis. I got the ignition switch, too"

Marie H., BC (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch went out, the car wouldn't move"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Torque converter

"Sometime it feels as if the car is slipping during acceleration"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Element SC 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Ongoing problem and increased slipping where ultimately transmission had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Element SC 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Just one car, the Element"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Element SC 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

"AC needed new relay"

Anonymous, (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor clutch locking up"

June B., GA (2008 Honda Element SC 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"The Honda Dealer told me that the placement of the front A/C condenser was a recurring problem along with a design flaw that caused the mounting brackets to wear prematurely. I had the repairs done by another Independent Mechanic"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Somehow sand gets in the system and jams the temperature control motor"

Wayne S., CA (2008 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"The condenser brackets caused the refrigerant to leak due to a design flaw that Honda was aware of. They would not cover it under warranty even though it was Honda's design that caused the leaks"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Element LX 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

Slipping transmission

"FYI, I only have one car, the Element. The slipping lead to the eventual replacement. And the transmission repair/replacement was covered under warranty. The serpentine belt needed replacement for which I paid $160. Repairs were done at dealer"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Element SC 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"ditto"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Element SC 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Honda Elements quit shifting and the solenoid was the problem and seems to be a common failure when looking on-line"

Mike-Anne E., OH (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The “D” was flashing on the shifter indicator. Was a quick and easy fix for the dealer to replace the sensor."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission flashed a D on the PRNDL indicator on the dash. Mechanic determined that a $100 sensor/switch needed replacement. Flushed the system and replaced fluid, also found a leaking axle seal and replaced it."

Gregory H., WI (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"Dealership insisted on replacing entire exhaust system for $2000. Local mechanic made the repair for $600."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"There was a Honda airbag recall for my vehicle. When I took my Honda in for routine service they kept it saying recall was a safety issue and they could not allow the vehicle o leave he dealer. I waited 3 months to get my vehicle back. Also they provided a free rental I had to change the vehicle every few weeks. This was an inconvience. The best I can say was it gave me the opportunity to drive different vehicles fro a Ford 150 to a Jeep Compass."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"They recalled first the passenger then months later the drivers air bag. This meant we had to make arrangements for other transportation twice. It is very madding, I ask them the when i took the vehicle in to have the first air bag replaced if they were also going to do the other. They told me no need for it to also be replaced!! Now I wonder if the side air bags are going to be recalled."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Undergoing second airbag recall by Honda. Second replacement better because parts available. During the first recall Honda kept my Honda Element for three months while dealer waited for airbag parts available. Dealer did provide loaners, however, Inhad to turn in loaner three times for a replacement. It did help determing what vehicle I would consider owning and which I would not."

Anonymous, NY (2008 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

"Front driver's side door trim separated from body"

Dana H., AK (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Clear coat is starting to peel off. Roof paint fading"

Arturo P., FL (2008 Honda Element SC 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint pealed from front bumper while dealer washed car during routine maintenance"

T I., TX (2008 Honda Element SC 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This vehicle also had a Hit & Run. So too I wouldn't have had any paint job if the Hit & Run hadn't have happened"

Michelle O., AB (2008 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

Engine computer

"when the car is switched off there are relay noises coming from under the hood. Sometimes I have to turn the ignition back on then off to get the relays to stop a pump motor noise. This is a engine computer problem problem. It may be coming from the engine computer."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"engine has tappet noise. Tried different weight of oil some improvement. Understand my need it to have valve cover removed and have them check oil flow."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Element LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Small leak in the engine that was repaired under an extended warranty 5 years ago. No recurrence of the problem since then"

Anonymous, MT (2008 Honda Element LX 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

"I had a hit & run. They made a slight dent and took off paint. Otherwise the paint just had it's normal wear and tear. So I wouldn't have had any paint job done at all if the Hit & Run hadn't had happened"

Michelle O., AB (2008 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Tailgate exterior panel has come loose. Retainer clips hace broken"

Arturo P., FL (2008 Honda Element SC 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Power window stopped working. Motor was replaced. This was an ongoing problem that the dealer failed to repair twice while the car was under warranty"

Holly C., MO (2008 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Can't remember exactly what happened but car needed to be towed to dealer. Engine rebuilt."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Had to replace head gasket 6 months ago"

Anonymous, OH (2008 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light on. Code reader showed O2 sensors not operating properly"

Glenn N., TN (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to replace the catalytic converter and the O2 sensor"

Pete M., GA (2008 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

Ignition switch

"Ignition key would not pull out easily/reliably."

James S., MT (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Starter went out completely. It started about 7 or 8 months before but I could usually jumpstart the car to start it until the day I couldn't. I put a rebuilt starter in and I have experienced no problems with the car except for the power steering making occasional noise especially on colder days."

Anonymous, KY (2008 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

Driveshaft or axle

"heard a scraping noise that was traced to the drive shaft--the first significant repair I've needed on this car. Reliable mechanic I've used for 11 years"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

"ABS/VSA Modulator failed and needed replacement at 12,800 miles. Warranty had expired and Honda refused responsibility"

Robert S., WI (2008 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

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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