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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 37 Mazda3s, 3.1 months of data per Mazda3, average 3800 miles

Redesigned.
10
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Mazda Mazda3 41 Mazda3s, 8.0 months of data per Mazda3, average 6900 miles0
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Mazda Mazda3 69 Mazda3s, 10.0 months of data per Mazda3, average 19500 miles14
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   16 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.1 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 17600 miles

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2011 Mazda Mazda3 44 Mazda3s, 9.2 months of data per Mazda3, average 29000 miles18
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   20 MazdaSpeed3s, 9.2 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 42100 miles

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2010 Mazda Mazda3 102 Mazda3s, 9.7 months of data per Mazda3, average 48900 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
21
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   20 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.2 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 50300 miles

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2009 Mazda Mazda3 39 Mazda3s, 8.9 months of data per Mazda3, average 62900 miles

Includes 2008.5s.
41
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Honda Element   12 Elements, 8.1 months of data per Element, average 56400 miles

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2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   16 MazdaSpeed3s, 7.8 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 67700 miles

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2008 Mazda Mazda3 52 Mazda3s, 10.4 months of data per Mazda3, average 67300 miles38
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Element   13 Elements, 9.2 months of data per Element, average 78200 miles

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2007 Mazda Mazda3 58 Mazda3s, 9.5 months of data per Mazda3, average 79500 miles46
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   16 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.1 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 58400 miles

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2006 Honda Element   13 Elements, 10.8 months of data per Element, average 104100 miles

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 47 Mazda3s, 10.2 months of data per Mazda3, average 93100 miles60
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Element   13 Elements, 8.9 months of data per Element, average 93400 miles

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2005 Mazda Mazda3 38 Mazda3s, 9.3 months of data per Mazda3, average 93300 miles

Prone to rust where the roads are salted. Common problem with motor mounts. These failed earlier with the 2004, so they no longer affect the stat for that year.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Mazda Mazda3 28 Mazda3s, 7.9 months of data per Mazda3, average 114000 miles

Prone to rust where the roads are salted.
60
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Honda Element 29 Elements, 7.7 months of data per Element, average 120300 miles

First model year. Front suspension seems to be most common problem area.
70
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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