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Honda Element repairs by problem area

Engine (24%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (24%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (5%)

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Honda Element electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (14%)

$100 - $499 (39%)

< $100 (40%)

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2009 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed automatic AWD

187000 mi

US $5
A/C intermittently stopped cooling. A/C clutch relay replaced. 

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2008 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

59000 mi

US $270
Seemed like an alternator starter issue but was a simple battery replacement. Also had oil changed while there. 
19107 mi Alternator completely failed and caused battery to also fail due to lack of charging over period of time. Alternator and battery both replaced under warranty. No further problems after repair. 

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2008 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual AWD

32000 mi Battery would go dead overnight. New battery under warranty. problem persisted. Pulled the fuses one at a time, and measured the current draw. There was a zombie load. Dealer replaced a relay, did not solve. Widely discussed on Internet 

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2008 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

46200 mi

US $300
Passenger window regulator failed. 
54000 mi

US $20
Bad ELD (electronic load detector) causing lights to flicker. Easily replaced. 
125000 mi

US $350
Replaced driver side window regulator 
108000 mi replaced main ground to motor and chassis from battery. 
86000 mi

US $110
Car would not start, battery had no power. Replaced battery with a new one. 
98000 mi

US $20
Headlight bulb (low beam) was out on passenger side. Replaced both headlight bulbs. 
99000 mi

US $100
Driver side power window would not go up. The regulator and motor were broken and required replacement. 
113000 mi

US $10
Passenger side brake light not working. Replaced both passenger and driver side brake light bulbs. About 15 minutes for both sides. 
3000 mi The right rear tail light went out for the 2nd time!! The dealer checked the electricial system and replaced the bulb under warranty.They advised it was a "freak" problem with the bulb. 

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2008 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed automatic AWD

71000 mi

US $100
Unable to economically repair oem TPMS. Installed aftermarket system. Many better features than oem anyway. 
150000 mi

US $15
replace bulb 

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2007 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

82000 mi

US $10
Headlight bulb replaced 
141000 mi

US $500
Driver side window motor failed. Window stuck open. 

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2007 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

54000 mi

US $810
Replaced defective driver's side power window motor and window regulator. 
57000 mi

US $40
Headlight burnt out. Replaced both headlight bulbs. 
74000 mi

US $40
Headlight out. Replaced both bulbs 
110980 mi

C $1000
Serpentine chain replaced..hard to get to! New alternator. Vehicle does not have a timing belt..good news. Brake wear is huge..larger tires? although i live in calming traffic zone (speed bumps). Oh still waiting for Honda recall on air bags. 
100000 mi

US $150
The Voltage regulator was not keeping the battery charged. The alternator was replaced and now works. I was getting buy charging the battery at home. The Element does get driven much. 
103000 mi

US $200
Replaced the starter motor. The starter was difficult to get to. 

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2007 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed automatic AWD

80300 mi

US $375
replace weak battery 
83000 mi

US $499
did not blow cold, no refrigerant replace driver door lock actuator 
87000 mi

US $1025
Replace AC compressor 
52000 mi Known TSB issue re: dashboard gauge cluster needles falling off. 
48000 mi Airbag recall for passenger side. Driver's side was done previously. 
82320 mi

C $62
Battery failed load test, but still working. Not replaced yet. 
108500 mi

C $212
Inspect AC system, perform leak test, recharge, test 
117180 mi

C $633
Condenser for air conditioning system was cracked, removed and replaced. Recharged system. 
55000 mi Tire inflation warning light on and off. Addressed by dealer 
232000 mi

US $120
replaced a relay 
5245 mi Recall for faulty instrument panel - dealer replaced instrument panel. Covered under warranty. 

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2006 Honda Element

Engine not specified

168000 mi

US $1600
AC not working. 

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2006 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

117000 mi

US $1950
Clutch was replaced, as was the starter. 
120300 mi

US $570
Alternator quit charging battery. Both replaced. 

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2006 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual AWD

147100 mi

US $65
Also had to replace the drivers side window regulator 
165000 mi

US $225
drivers side window regulator failed. This was the second time. First time replaced with an aftermarket regulator. That one only lasted a year. Replaced this time with a honda part. 

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2006 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

128000 mi

US $500
Needed a new starter. Had milked it for two months. 
161000 mi

US $450
Alternator was replaced 
51400 mi

US $150
Replace alternator. 
45140 mi

C $90
Battery was not charging due to terminal corrosion. Cleaned & recharged battery.Decided to replace battery as it was 6 years of age. 
77500 mi

C $79
Battery died--- replaced with new unit from Coctco 
72600 mi

US $34
Passenger side air bag recalled and replaced. 

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2006 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

118000 mi

US $250
Starter failed 
181000 mi

US $100
Replaced alternator 
105000 mi

US $500
Replaced altenator 
125000 mi

US $500
New alternator 
150000 mi

US $700
Replaced starter 
193000 mi

US $750
Cooling in AC had failed. Normal relay replacement but the fans that blow across the cooling coils was dead and had to be replace. Lot of labor costs 
240000 mi I've lost some Lights in the dashboard that include lighting up the mileage and other components so I can't see mileage any more, trip miles etc. That's why I quit updating. The people said the work to get into the dash to replace the component was going to be prohibitive. 
168000 mi

US $488
Slow starting for about a month or so prior...finally quit... had to be towed. Pep Boys found bad starter; replaced, problem solved. 

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2005 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual AWD

105000 mi

US $575
Dash lights out, required dash removal and new module. Zeroed the odometer, much bigger deal than would be necessary if they would just use light bulbs in the dash. Stupid really. 

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2005 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

117000 mi

US $600
Failed starter. Hard starting, especially restart when hot. 
142000 mi

US $1000
Alternator failure. Car charging light was on and very loud whine from under the hood. 
146300 mi

US $750
Compressor worn out. Had to pay to have old one removed and then I evacuated and recharged. PAIN to remove old one. 
187000 mi

US $130
Battery died with no warning. Check engine light went on. Nothing was found except the need for a new battery. 

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2005 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

102000 mi

US $10
Replaced front headlight bulbs, took less than 10 minutes to change both of them. 
55000 mi Airbag recall 
146400 mi

US $150
Starter failing to engage. Replaced. Drivers side frontal airbag failure. Self diagnosed. 
101200 mi

US $55
Driver side door window regulator failed and was replaced. 
83800 mi

US $269
electric window failed cables pulled out of housing 
84700 mi

US $300
the passenger window failed what an inferior part two window lifts within a month or so very displeased with Honda 
108000 mi

US $60
Odometer bulbs went bad could not read mileage 
78000 mi Dashlight bulb for the heater/a/c fan control knob burned out (and the dealer wanted abut $150 to pull the dash to get to it).  The rear window windshield wiper motor started to make noise when turned on but it still worked OK. The dealer wanted about $200 to replace it since they said it could not be fixed.  
58000 mi

US $350
Dealer replaced Instrument Cluster because the dash lights were not working...only the gauge needles and gear indicator would illuminate. Plug on back of cluster was faulty, new cluster fixed the problem. 

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2004 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual AWD

164920 mi REPAIRED DRL CONTROL MODULE 
199020 mi

C $200
front wiper motor failure foglight harness lack of power to left foglight 

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2004 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

71000 mi

US $1100
Air was blowing but not cool. I was told it was the compressor, but I don't trust the mechanic. The compressor should not have gone out this soon with the number of miles I have on my car. 
95000 mi

US $30
Bad Alternator 
106000 mi

US $500
Condenser leak, replaced. Recharge a/c. Replace condenser fan 
156000 mi

US $597
Replaced fan motor 
198000 mi

US $370
Replaced starter. 

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2004 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

123000 mi

US $50
AC was cutting out - turns out the relay went bad, so it was replaced. 
154700 mi

US $300
Starter required replacement. Replaced with Honda starter to avoid issues with an aftermarket part. Easy DIY repair, but did require removal of intake manifold. 
73000 mi seat belt/air bag warning light came on after routine oil change. "Repaired" at dealer no cost, light came on after 1 day. Did not return for repair, light still on. 
80100 mi Airbag or safety belt warning light - not repaired 
87200 mi

US $850
Bad airbag sensor - seat belt latch engaged showing disconnected. 
88000 mi Bad airbag sensor - seat belt latch engaged showing disconnected. 
107000 mi driver's seat belt buckle replaced (failed electrical) 
129000 mi

US $300
Changed blower. 

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2004 Honda Element 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

110000 mi

US $300
Motor had to be replaced in window on drivers side. This is second time to have this replaced on drivers side. 

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2003 Honda Element

Engine not specified

90520 mi Seatbelt light on when sold. 

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2003 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

68000 mi

US $300
Alternator bearings went bad. Replaced with rebuilt. 
187000 mi

US $450
air conditioner would not hold charge 

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2003 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual AWD

90800 mi AC compressor failed right away. 
142000 mi

US $303
Blower fan & resister failed Blower motor and resister were replaced 
151000 mi Airbag failure light remained on. Problem traced to failed sensor in driver's seatbelt buckle. Dealer repaired under "warranty" 
161700 mi

US $54
Driver side door lock rebuilt 
124300 mi

US $140
Had starter rebuilt. 
174000 mi

US $50
driver side power lock stopped working, replaced power lock actuator. 

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2003 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

17000 mi

US $1500
Ac compressor failed. Sold car as repair cost was 50% of car value. 
176000 mi

US $350
alternator, 
249000 mi

US $150
Replaced the Starter. This required Removing the Intake manifold. (The starter is nestled underneath) So---Starter + Manifold Gasket. 
70000 mi

US $2100
Air conditioning compressor bad. After complaining about quality and requesting bad compressor to establish why it went bad, I was only charged 1/2 of the $2,100 repair price. 
90000 mi

US $500
Alternator needed to be replaced. 
109120 mi

C $100
Windshield washer pump replaced. 

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2003 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

158000 mi

US $350
rebuilt starter 
119500 mi

US $95
driver side window stopped working. replaced regulator assemble (including new motor) 
139000 mi

US $100
Passenger side window rolled down on it's own while I was driving down the street. Would not roll up. Replaced regulator assembly. 
75640 mi

C $120
srs light came on 
79200 mi

US $150
Replaced the motor for the drivers side window. 
80000 mi

US $125
Power window control not working on passenger side 
80000 mi

US $250
Passenger side window would not go up. Passenger side window regulator replaced. Battery being drained by the radio Moon roof leaks 
180000 mi Driver window ceased to roll down, needed small motor replacement 
212800 mi

US $425
Lost power when driving all electrical systems slowly shut down. They replaced my alternator and a computer module. It happened again after an hour of driving and they replaced a throttle control computer. 
163000 mi

US $80
Replacement for faulty Genuine Honda 79330-S5A-942 Heater Blower Transistor 
161820 mi Replaced alternator. 
174500 mi replace alternator 
158000 mi

US $2100
Compressor clutch failed - inspection revealed leaking seal also so necessary to replace compressor & clutch. Unable to locate vendor who would warrant compressor unless condensor (with integrated valve) was changed - this doubled cost. 
92000 mi

US $9
brake light switch. could not shift out of park. replaced switch now works fine 
100000 mi

US $90
Window regulator on passgr. side. for the third time! Once on the driver's side. These regulators are horrible 
125300 mi

US $151
a/c switch went bad 
135000 mi

US $80
Recharge ac 
121000 mi a/c need some R124 
133700 mi

US $650
replace starter 
130000 mi

US $250
Replaced Fan blower relay. For $35. Self repaired.  
131500 mi

US $45
Starter wouldn't always reliably start the car. Got Slower and slower, until it would not turn fast enough to start car. Replaced with used starter, problem resolved. 
139000 mi SRS light intermittent. Took to dealer for diagnosis. Trouble code 9-3, drivers buckle electronics failed. Replaced free of charge under Honda Lifetime Seatbelt warranty. 
184500 mi

US $455
starter wouldn't work. replaced. car towed to shop. starter replaced. oil change while there. 

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