2011 Honda Element Consumer Review: Buyer Beware!

2011 Honda Element - Consumer Review

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Buyer Beware!
By mmhblg on


2011 Honda Element EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5A)


Our Element is less than two months old.
It has failed now to start twice in the morning.
The first time the dealer determined that a faulty window switch was the cause.
The dealer was unable to identify the cause of the most recent failure and could offer nothing more than a suggestion that we bring the car back in should the problem happen again - although they were unclear what additional steps they could take at that point.

We currently regret the purchase.
We had hoped to use this vehicle as our main car for out of town trips but now are not confident driving away from town should the vehicle leave us stranded.
Not willing to take that chance from a safety perspective.

Best Features

Very flexible with great visibility. Attractive design. Above average audio system.

Worst Features

Failure of this model to start is a known problem on internet boards and should be addressed by the manufacturer.
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By mmhblg
on 02/06/11 13:52 PM (PST)

Update - car failed again for second day in a row leaving driver stranded. Do not purchase this vehicle!

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By mmhblg
on 03/08/11 04:45 AM (PST)

Hopefully the problem with the wiring is resolved. Car is starting again and we are beginning to trust it. Will try a weekend trip in daylight next and see how it goes.

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By gvlivingaz
on 04/07/11 07:24 AM (PDT)

I have a 2011 Element and this is my second Element. I belong to the ElementOwnersClub.com (over 41,000 members) and starting problems are sprinkled around various years in older models. There is no indication that this is a big problem at all and in particular for any year. I also did a search and it returned the several problems mentioned on that board but one or two for previous models. I'm sure your problem will be fixed keep us posted. The Element is one of the most reliable cars ever produced, you will wind up happy you bought it.

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