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2004 Honda Element Warranty – What’s Covered & What’s Not

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All About Your 2004 Honda Element Warranty

When you own a vehicle, knowing its warranty policy is helpful. You need to know what the vehicle’s manufacturer will cover if something goes wrong. While most warranty coverage for the 2004 Honda Element is now expired, it’s still a good idea to know what the warranty policy included.

The 2004 Honda Element came with a Factory Warranty policy, which is also referred to as a Manufacturer’s Warranty. As you’ll see, warranty coverage is listed in terms of time and mileage. For example, the New Vehicle Limited Warranty lasted three years or 36,000 miles, expiring based on whichever came first.

2004 Honda Element Factory Warranty Coverage: 
Basic Warranty:3 years or 36,000 miles
Corrosion Perforation Warranty:5 years with unlimited miles
Air Conditioning Warranty:3 years or 36,000 miles
Battery Warranty:3 years with no mileage limit
Emissions Warranty:3 years or 36,000 miles (Federal Emissions)
3 years or 50,000 miles (California Emissions)
8 years or 80,000 miles (Clean Air Act)
Total Unique Recalls:11

If you’re still not certain what your 2004 Honda Element covered, check out the FAQ section at the end of the article to learn more.

Factory Warranty

2004 Honda Element Basic Warranty

Honda’s New Vehicle Limited Warranty covered most vehicle components and parts for three years or 36,000 miles. Under this warranty, Honda repaired or replaced defective parts and materials caused by manufacturer error or poor workmanship. This warranty has expired.

The New Vehicle Limited Warranty did not cover the emissions control systems, accessories, batteries, or tires because they had their own warranties. Additionally, the warranty did not cover cleaning, normal wear and tear, fluids, and cosmetic issues. Wheel balancing and alignment were covered for the first year or 12,000 miles.

2004 Honda Element Powertrain Warranty

The 2004 Honda Element did not have a specific Powertrain Warranty. For this vehicle, Honda included powertrain components as part of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. The powertrain, including the engine and transmission, was covered for three years or 36,000 miles. This coverage has expired.

Corrosion Perforation Warranty

The 2004 Honda Element came with a Rust Perforation Limited Warranty. This warranty lasted for five years and had no mileage limit, and it has since expired. The warranty covered body panels that rusted from the inside out.

Air Conditioning Warranty

Honda did not offer a separate Air Conditioning Warranty. The air conditioner was included in the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Coverage expired after three years or 36,000 miles. 

For the first year only, Honda covered air conditioner refrigerant. Exceptions were made for any air conditioner refrigerant required for another warranty repair.

Paint Warranty

Honda did not offer a Paint Warranty for the 2004 Honda Element. The New Vehicle Limited Warranty did not cover cosmetic flaws or minor body damage to the paint. Uncorrected flaws and damage were fixed before delivery.

Battery Warranty

Honda offered an Original Equipment Battery Limited Warranty, which lasted for three years with no mileage limit. During the first two years, Honda replaced the battery at no cost. During the final year, Honda provided a 50% credit toward a battery purchase.

Tire Warranty

Set of wheels with alloy rims

The original tires that came with the 2004 Honda Element were warrantied by their manufacturer. Honda did not offer its own tire warranty coverage, even for the spare tire. Owners can contact the Honda dealer to learn more about their tire manufacturer.

Emissions Warranty

Air pollution from vehicle exhaust pipe on road. Pollution of environment

The 2004 Honda Element offered Emissions-related Defects and Performance Warranties. They covered emissions control systems for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever came first. Additionally, Honda offered an Emissions Performance Warranty that ensured the vehicle passed emissions tests.

Some states have more warranty coverage. Drivers in these states abide by the California Emissions Warranty, which provided coverage for three years or 50,000 miles for some components.

Honda’s Emissions Warranty also takes into account the Clean Air Act. Under the Clean Air Act, vehicle manufacturers must cover some components for eight years or 80,000 miles. These parts include the catalytic converter and onboard emissions diagnostic computer. All emissions coverage has now expired.

For more information about Auto Warranties, you can check out this directory containing everything you need to know about Auto Warranties arranged by system.

2004 Honda Element Warranty Extensions Available Upon Car Purchase

Upon purchase of the 2004 Honda Element, dealerships offered buyers the option to purchase an extended warranty through Honda Care. An extended vehicle warranty covers repairs and replacements that occur beyond the three-year, 36,000-mile period. Honda Care extended coverage to up to eight years or 120,000 miles, but you had to purchase it before your New Vehicle Limited Warranty expired.

2004 Honda Element Extended Warranty Available Now

Even if you purchased a Honda Care extended vehicle service contract, it is likely expired by now. If you are still interested in an extended warranty, you may want to consider a program through a third party. Third parties offer different levels of coverage for different lengths of time.

If you’re looking for affordable extended warranty coverage for your 2004 Honda Element, check out the FIXD Vehicle Protection Plan. We’ve partnered with CARCHEX, the industry leader in extended warranties, to cover everything from the engine and other powertrain parts to air conditioning and electrical systems, all for one low monthly fee. There are five levels of coverage available to suit all needs and budgets. Call now for a no-cost, no-obligation quote.


Last updated on 12/16/2022. See NHTSA.gov for up-to-date information on recalls.

  • June 27, 2019 – Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Explode
  • June 27, 2019 – Driver Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Explode
  • March 6, 2019 – Driver Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Explode
  • April 26, 2018 – Improperly Installed Passenger Air Bag
  • May 24, 2016 – Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Rupture
  • May 28, 2015 – Driver’s Frontal Air Bag May Rupture
  • November 4, 2014 – Passenger Air Bag Inflator May Rupture
  • June 20, 2014 – Passenger Side Air Bag Inflator may Rupture
  • August 5, 2010 – Ignition Interlock
  • May 11, 2009 – FMVSS 108/Replacement Headlamps/Amber Reflector
  • April 7, 2009 – FMVSS 108/Aftermarket Combination Lamps

2004 Honda Element Warranty Brochure

Although the 2004 Honda Element warranty has expired, you may still want to know some details about the coverage your vehicle had. The warranty brochure is a great place to find this information.

2004 Honda Element Warranty Brochure


The 2004 Honda Element has an eligible Seat Belt Limited Warranty. Honda will cover seat belts that fail to function for the vehicle’s lifetime. Note that the warranty only covers seat belts that don’t perform their basic function. It doesn’t cover seat belts that are uncomfortable.

If a Honda dealer installs Honda replacement parts in the 2004 Element, they’re covered for one year or 12,000 miles. Parts purchased from Honda but not installed by a Honda dealer are covered for one year.

Honda recommended that 2004 Honda Element owners maintained their vehicles in accordance with the Maintenance Schedule listed in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. Still, Honda would not deny an emissions warranty claim simply because the vehicle was not maintained. Honda would refuse to cover a part that failed as a result of this lack of maintenance, however.

Now that your Factory Warranty has expired, you may be looking to reduce out-of-pocket expenses, so be sure to check out the FIXD+CARCHEX Vehicle Protection Plan. And remember, the best way to ensure warranty coverage (and prevent costly repairs in the first place) is to follow your manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule. Get the FIXD Sensor and app today for automated maintenance alerts based on your make, model, and mileage, easy engine diagnostics, repair shop finder, and more!


“2004 Warranties [PDF].” American Honda Motor Co., Inc., https://owners.honda.com/Documentum/Warranty/Handbooks/awl25237.pdf.

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