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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%)

Chart based on 448 repairs.
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Honda Element engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (12%)

$100 - $499 (52%)

< $100 (28%)

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Chart based on 97 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2011 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed automatic AWD

49446 mi

US $1301
Replaced O2 sensor Replaced A pipe, flange, and additional exhaust pipe. 

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2008 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

91000 mi error code P1009, Variable valve timing control. My E ran rough. I pulled the 2 bolts off holding the cam phaser on the timing belt side rear of engine. Cleaned the screens and inner plunger, tested with 12 volts, installed,15mins tot. easy. 

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2007 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

48000 mi

US $108
Replace worn drive belt 
110980 mi

C $350
Sensor that sends gas to engine: replaced 
110980 mi Engine light reappeared: cleared the light BUT was told catalytic converter need replacing TRADED IN FOR 2015 CADDY ATS TURBO but right after the 2007 honda apparently 2 cylinders seized on test drive! 

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2007 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed automatic AWD

80300 mi

US $375
tail pipe rusted fell off, replaced 
200000 mi

US $1000
Was leaking oil 
84000 mi

US $650
Replaced noisy water pump 

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2006 Honda Element

Engine not specified

80000 mi

US $2598
Replaced front motor mount, rear mount, transmission mount. Car vibrates now and did not before, just made some rattling noise. 

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2006 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

91300 mi

US $225
Rocker Position Sensor failed, giving a Check Engine Light and violent loss of power during acceleration. Shop replaced the sensor. 
127000 mi

US $200
I replaced the spark plugs and all four coil packs. Valve clearances were tighter than specification after only 30,000 miles. Engine misfired in cylinders 1 and 2 and tripped CEL, and replacing coil packs did not alleviate symptoms. Engine was misfiring on cylinders 1 and 2, triggering CEL. 
139000 mi #4 coil pack failed, causing misfires. All four coil packs were replaced less than a year prior. I got the part replaced at no cost under the part warranty (I believe the replacement coil pack was defective). 

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2006 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual AWD

72000 mi CEL came on. Code did not directly reveal part failure. eventual diagnosis was need for valve adjustment, generally not expected 'til 110K, but adjusting the valves fixed the problem. also replaced the spark plugs. Engine runs much smoother. 

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2006 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

134000 mi

US $1200
Drive belt needed replacement. 
159000 mi Catalytic converter 
71920 mi

C $320
replace belt tensioner 

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2006 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

140200 mi

US $50
a/c condenser fan died 
119000 mi

US $400
malfunction indicator -codes to replace VTech sensor solenoid. local mechanic reset codes but special tool need to do replacement 
127000 mi

US $170
It was a leaky oil pressure switch 
209900 mi

US $120
valve lash adj way overdue for CEL...#2 misfire, did not resolve CEL. 

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2005 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

162000 mi

US $50
rough idle 
68000 mi

US $100
Replaced Vtec solenoid switch. 
140000 mi

US $85
Replaced VTEC solenoid. Car running very badly when part malfunctioned. 
148000 mi Serpentine belt replacement 
191000 mi

US $700
oil leak near the valve cover (if I have this correct- I think there was a sensor near this??) - we had been watching it for a while (several years) it was finally bad enough to fix 

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2005 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

75000 mi

US $400
Replace exhaust system due to rust through 
130000 mi

US $75
muffler hangers replaced 
69000 mi

US $300
The 3rd gear pressure sensor went bad on the transmission causing the "D" light to flash... $50 part, $150 labor. 
36200 mi

US $400
serpentine belt needed to be replaced. 
19000 mi

US $120
service rear differential fluid 

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2005 Honda Element 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

219000 mi Vehicle currently in the shop. I was informed that it needs a new engine, plus the transmission mount is cracked and it needs some other work. Cost would be over $5000. Decided not worth it for mileage over 200,000 - looking for new car. 

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2004 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

216000 mi

US $300
oil leak on oil sensor and valve cover gasket 

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2004 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual AWD

120280 mi

C $55
Violent vibration/shudder during hard acceleration - reported front drive shafts and lower front engine mount for MT 
140600 mi VTEC solenoid gasket replaced to halt oil leak all exhaust hardware and gaskets replaced to stop exhaust leaks and noise at joints 
166780 mi broken wire at radiator fan switch connector - repaired by myself in under 2 hours. 
168640 mi

C $30
replaced exhaust manifold heat shield 
178560 mi replaced leaking engine block oil pressure switch 
194680 mi

C $800
oil pan leak repair chain tensioner cover leaking crankshaft oil seal leaking 

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2004 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

95000 mi

US $30
Engine stalling at idle. Caused by dirty air control valve. 
106000 mi

US $30
MIL P0442, P0456. Change worn out gas cap, reset light. 
115000 mi

US $400
Replace all 4 motor mount 
156000 mi

US $200
Technition stated V-Tek valve is leaking oil slightly. Have white cement driveway...no leak evident. Will use heavier oil to probably prevent leak from re-occurring (they used lighter oil than I asked for last oil change). 
187000 mi

US $265
Vehicle began to lose power on Highway.Took it to dealer out of town. Replace Oil Pressure Switch. 
195000 mi

US $750
Oil leak.Diagnosed as Valve Cover gasket. Replace gasket, spark Plugs and plug seals. Took vehicle home-oil leak on drive way in the morning. Returned to dealer. Diagnosed (after 2 days) as oil pressure valve. Next morning, still have leak. 
201000 mi

US $300
Engine Light appeared engine accelleration decreased while driving. Took it directly to the shop. Oil pan gasket broken...oil was 2 quarts low. Replaced oil pan gasket, did oil change. 
202700 mi

US $258
Replace oil pressure sending switch and solenoid. (again) 

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2004 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

40250 mi

US $11
Replaced rusted out lower catalytic converter shield 
14700 mi

US $200
Tune up- spark plugs trans fluid. Checked all hoses, oil change. 
129900 mi

US $700
Replaced broken engine mount 
106000 mi

US $234
Dealer replaced transmission pressure switch. 

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2003 Honda Element

Engine not specified

142000 mi

US $150
the exhaust pipe needed to be replaced 

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2003 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

30000 mi

US $35
Code trip 
193200 mi

US $1280
Check engine light came on,O2 sensor failed, throttle body cleaned, power steering dirty and replaced, manual transmission fluid replace, synthetic oil change 
90520 mi

C $300
Idle control valve replacement 
96820 mi

C $600
Serpentine belt replaced Engine temperature sensor wires rusted out 
29000 mi

US $400
Replaced the vtc solenoid and actuator. 

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2003 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual AWD

15000 mi Passenger Seat Belt Sensor failed causing error message. Repaired under warranty. 
55500 mi

US $188
Replace Oxygen Sensor, Conduct VA Safety Inspeciton  
166400 mi

US $220
Knock sensor failed 
170000 mi

US $220
Ignition switch failed 

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2003 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

59000 mi

US $311
Third gear pressure switch needed to be diagnosed and replaced. 
71000 mi

US $120
Flange rusted between the tailpipe and the muffler and the tailpipe needed to be replaced. 
88300 mi

US $245
replaced serpentine belt and belt tensioner 
84000 mi

US $700
replaced 02 sensor replaced catalytic converter 
98000 mi

US $680
replaced resonator on exhaust 
195000 mi

US $350
Replaced Water pump, idler bearing and serpentine belt Replaced Water pump, Alternator,idler bearing & serpentine belt 
294350 mi

US $110
the Vtek Solenoid/Pressure Switch was sticking, causing the engine to stay below 2500 rpms. Ordered a new part, then YouTube and I changed it out. 
118000 mi

US $1200
Replaced front end exhaust system, gaskets 
104000 mi bolt rotted out of exhaust manifold, more engine noise, replaced bolt 

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2003 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

66000 mi

US $140
Exhaust noise! Spot weld heat shield on Cat. Replace leaking gasket. Replace flange. 
70000 mi

US $60
Muffler mount bracket broken. Welding used to repair. 
83000 mi

US $700
Oil Pan replaced due to rust and starting to leak. 
199000 mi

US $650
Exhaust system became detached from the engine and chassis, possibly due to road debris. System replace except for catalytic converter, which was reusable. 
137000 mi

US $220
oxygen sensor replaced and four new plugs 
143000 mi sections of original exhaust pipe were replaced 
153800 mi

US $250
exhaust to manifold gasket and studs 
138000 mi

US $197
cooling leak 
142100 mi

US $375
O2 SENSOR 
119000 mi

US $50
Check engine light came on---ran OBD-ll scan--got code p0141--bad O2 sensor. Replaced Cat sensor. 
119000 mi

US $180
Replaced electric radiator fan and condenser fan because of they had both quit working. This caused overheating when running AC while sitting still. 
123000 mi

US $200
replaced front and side engine mounts, also replaced transmission/motor mount 
159500 mi

US $200
Engine mount had small cracks on left side (driver side). 
96100 mi Rusted exhaust bolts to catalytic converter and upper exhaust flange. Two sets of boltssprings and new gaskets. 
202500 mi

US $400
Misfires on 2nd cylinder. Coil packs and spark plugs had already been replaced. Needed a valve adjustment 
164000 mi

US $200
Exhaust needed welding. 
165000 mi

US $400
Radiator was leaking and needed to be replaced. 
136000 mi

US $110
The VTEC soleniod sensor was showing a high voltage error. Instead of replacing just the sensor I replaced the entire spool valve assembly. Part 15810-RAA-A03 
185000 mi

US $400
Vtec sensor went bad. The check engine light came on and the vehicle was bucking similar to an oxygen sensor type problem. dealer replaced the part and she's running great. 
154300 mi

US $220
cooling fan broke which caused over heating and eventually a cracked radiator 
149700 mi

US $2000
replaced engine 
176000 mi

US $20
replaced water pump 
203000 mi

US $589
4 motor mounts 
156000 mi

US $350
On intermittent basis cooling fan(s?) failed to come on causing the engine to overheat. Replaced relay, thermostat and temp. sensor. Seems to have solved the problem since no incidents after repair. 
158500 mi

US $260
When prior cooling system repair was done mechanic failed to observe 3 aged 5/16" coolant hoses in the vicinity of the intake manifold. One of these hoses failed which nearly fried the engine. Replaced these three hoses, $200. Remove and replace oil sending unit due to leaking engine oil, $60. 
166000 mi

US $532
One cooling fan failed - replaced both since access time was significant. 
133000 mi

US $12
Motor mount would make groan/creak sound. Filled with urethane. Problem alleviated. 
164000 mi

US $100
Replaced all motor mounts, all worn out. 

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