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Honda Element vs. Mazda Mazda3 Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Honda Element or Mazda Mazda3 reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Honda Element and the Mazda Mazda3 truly differ in reliability.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Mazda Mazda3 52 Mazda3s, 4.6 months of data per Mazda3, average 4900 miles

Redesigned and off to a very good start.
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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Mazda Mazda3 47 Mazda3s, 8.5 months of data per Mazda3, average 8600 miles6
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Mazda Mazda3 67 Mazda3s, 10.5 months of data per Mazda3, average 23100 miles14
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   15 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.3 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 19900 miles

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2011 Mazda Mazda3 45 Mazda3s, 8.8 months of data per Mazda3, average 31900 miles24
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Mazda Mazda3 100 Mazda3s, 9.3 months of data per Mazda3, average 51800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   19 MazdaSpeed3s, 9.2 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 46700 miles

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2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   18 MazdaSpeed3s, 9.8 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 50700 miles

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2009 Mazda Mazda3 35 Mazda3s, 9.8 months of data per Mazda3, average 65100 miles

Includes 2008.5s.
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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Honda Element   14 Elements, 7.1 months of data per Element, average 58600 miles

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2008 Mazda Mazda3 57 Mazda3s, 10.1 months of data per Mazda3, average 71300 miles27
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   13 MazdaSpeed3s, 9.0 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 77000 miles

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2007 Honda Element   11 Elements, 9.3 months of data per Element, average 80800 miles

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2007 Mazda Mazda3 58 Mazda3s, 9.1 months of data per Mazda3, average 80600 miles48
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   16 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.0 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 60700 miles

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2006 Honda Element   14 Elements, 11.1 months of data per Element, average 112800 miles

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 50 Mazda3s, 9.2 months of data per Mazda3, average 95500 miles58
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Element   14 Elements, 7.0 months of data per Element, average 93700 miles

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2005 Mazda Mazda3 36 Mazda3s, 8.9 months of data per Mazda3, average 95600 miles

Prone to rust where the roads are salted.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Mazda Mazda3 27 Mazda3s, 7.6 months of data per Mazda3, average 114200 miles

Prone to rust where the roads are salted.
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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Honda Element 26 Elements, 8.4 months of data per Element, average 119200 miles

First model year. Front suspension seems to be most common problem area.
71
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Honda Element

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What Our Members Are Saying about Honda Element Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Honda Element: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic AWD
Zero problems. Durable on modest off-road trails for camping, hiking, etc. Interior handles all sorts of spills, messes, and dirty loads.
2006 4dr SUV 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic AWD
Car runs like a champ, everything works and fits properly.
2004 4dr SUV 160-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic AWD
honda is a reliable make.
2004 4dr SUV 160-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
It has been a very reliable vehicle with little trouble.
2003 4dr SUV 160-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic AWD
Currently have 78K miles with only one minor repair which was a replaced shock absorber.
2003 4dr SUV 160-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic AWD
I have put on 110,000+ miles and the only thing I have done is change oil/filter, tires, brakes plus regular maintenance.

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