1st Generation (2003—2011) Element Problems

This generations ranks 31st out of 63 Honda generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the interior (24%), body (10%), and the exterior (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Gauge Needles Fall Off 4 complaints at an average of 80,671 miles in the 2007 Honda Element.
  2. Key Does Not Go Into Door Locks 11 complaints at an average of 85,633 miles in the 2003 Honda Element.
  3. Key Won\'t Go Into Ignition 6 complaints at an average of 118,443 miles in the 2003 Honda Element.

What Element Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Honda model years.

Watch out for the 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2011 1 7 38 0.84
2010 3 7 43 0.93
2009 3 5 42 0.89
2008 24 9 42 9.74
2007 13 8 45 5.33
2006 19 8 44 6.27
2005 15 7 68 8.54
2004 35 8 133 9.11
2003 57 9 169 16.99

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