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Honda Element repairs by problem area

Engine (24%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (25%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

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

Other (5%)

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Honda Element transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (12%)

$1000 - $2499 (4%)

$500 - $999 (24%)

$100 - $499 (32%)

< $100 (28%)

Chart based on 25 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2008 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

114000 mi

US $180
Transmission fluid leak. Determined that the drain plug was leaking. Flushed transmission and replaced the plug. 

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2007 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed automatic AWD

74073 mi

US $11
Transmission failed at 73k. I had purchased the Honda Care and the repair as well as a rental car (1 day service!) was covered. 
105720 mi

C $4110
transmission needed rebuilding due to premature wear, probably from towing beyond specs by previous owner 
110360 mi

C $548
replace cv joint, and outer cv boot. 

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2006 Honda Element

Engine not specified

140000 mi

US $260
Clutch was not disengaging I replaced the master cylinder, slave cylinder and replaced and bled the fluid in the system 

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2006 Honda Element 4dr SUV

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

132000 mi

US $446
Front axle shafts had worn, causing the car to shake violently. CV Axles were failing and causing the car to shake. Both left and right had to be replaced. 

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2005 Honda Element

Engine not specified

103000 mi

US $500
D light started blinking. Code said it was solenoid. Had solenoid replaced 

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2005 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

92000 mi

US $350
D light flashing. Changed tranny fluid. Third clutch pressure switch needed to be replaced 

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2005 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

16000 mi replace auto transmission 

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2004 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual AWD

140600 mi compliance bushings and drive shafts replaced to eliminate driveline vibration 
194160 mi clutch slave cylinder leaking brake fluid - replaced entire hydraulic clutch circuit 
194680 mi

C $800
Clutch replacement. The clutch had reached it's wear limit but the problem was a failed release bearing. 
150800 mi

US $175
5 speed clutch spring tabs failure, same as most Honda Manual Transmissions in the last 25 years. 

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2004 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

41000 mi

US $85
Hum and grinding noise on turns from rear of car 

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2003 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

96820 mi

C $600
Clutch linkages rusted out. 

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2003 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual AWD

159000 mi

US $290
Clutch master cylinder failed dramatically. Mechanic indicated it "exploded". It was replaced and all was well. 
161000 mi The clutch master cylinder failed again after just 800 miles. Replaced by shop at no charge. Used stronger bolts per a post the mechanic had seen on an online forum. 
161700 mi The clutch master cylinder failed a third time. Replaced this time with an OEM part. No one knows why it keeps failing. 
179000 mi

US $793
Propeller shaft linkage for AWD was cracked, replaced with new part.  
88120 mi

US $3000
replaced manual transmission/clutch replaced manual transmission and clutch 
100000 mi

US $1200
transmission rebuilt 

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2003 Honda Element 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

122000 mi

US $160
rear differential mount assembly replaced 
203000 mi

US $589
front cv joints  
158200 mi

US $3500
Needed to rebuild transmission. Shift from 1st to 2nd gear was slamming, and other gears shifts were flaring. 
149000 mi Major transmission issues we decided not to repair 

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