1st Gen (2003 – 2011) Honda Element Problems

The 1st generation of the Element has a cumulative PainRank™ of 6.5. That can be compared against other Honda generations. Shopping for a Honda? So far, so good. But there are some warning signs to watch for.

Owners of the 2003–2011 Element model years have sent in 169 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the interior (23%) followed by the body (10%) and the exterior (9%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
2011 1
0.84
2010 3
0.93
2009 3
0.89
2008 24
9.69
2007 13
5.34
2006 19
6.29
2005 15
8.56
2004 35
9.14
2003 56
16.8

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