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She said, "Gee, why are you always working your Honda, I thought Honda's were trouble free."
'06 pushing 100K. My list of incursions with the E that, in my opinion, should not have occurred before 100K. Trans started slipp'in, flush fixed it. i-VTEC oil solenoid, new $70 solenoid fixed it. IAC sensor fault, thorough TB and IAC sensor cleaning fixed it. Throttle cable so sloppy loose, throttle can not achieve WOT. Emergency brake adjustment. New front pads. OK, maybe I'll accept the brake repairs at their respective mileage. Loose driver seat? Not on the '06. Yes, I met that one too.

Are these excessive or normal for the average Honda?

The wife likes Lexus. She drives an '07 RX.
 

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Your close to 100K on an 06?

You also did not tell us what part of the country your in. What your driving conditions are like will contribute to the maintenance factors. Also your driving style, Gas, and other local conditions impact the the overall need for repair. The I-VTEC oil solenoid for example likes to have good clean oil. It's imperative, to keep clean oil in the engine. Many change before the recommended interval specifically to circumvent that condition. Cleaning of the TB is also a normal thing. That happens to all vehicles equipped with it. Tyolitota , Mazada, and Chevrolet to name a few, all require this part to be cleaned, depending on location. It's NOT JUST YOUR CAR !

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She said, "Gee, why are you always working your Honda, I thought Honda's were trouble free."
'06 pushing 100K. My list of incursions with the E that, in my opinion, should not have occurred before 100K. Trans started slipp'in, flush fixed it. i-VTEC oil solenoid, new $70 solenoid fixed it. IAC sensor fault, thorough TB and IAC sensor cleaning fixed it. Throttle cable so sloppy loose, throttle can not achieve WOT. Emergency brake adjustment. New front pads. OK, maybe I'll accept the brake repairs at their respective mileage. Loose driver seat? Not on the '06. Yes, I met that one too.

Are these excessive or normal for the average Honda?

The wife likes Lexus. She drives an '07 RX.
Here's how to adjust the throttle cable... http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=44427&highlight=throttle+cable
 

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>...throttle can not achieve WOT...

Hmm. That concern is revealing. :razz:

In hanging around here for six years, I am becoming quite convinced that how hard the E is driven goes hand-in-hand with certain problems we're starting to see more frequently than others. Shortened brake life and mpg, for instance... the merely obvious issues.

#1 offender in my book is hard accel, i.e., spending a lot of time at high loads above 3K rpm. This is especially true of iVTEC solenoid issues, and would certainly be a factor in premature A/T fluid wear. It would also be a big factor in throttle body issues - higher rpm = more air = more dirt and especially more PCV backwash.

I'm at 110K and have had zero issues save the rocking driver seat, which I rarely notice, and a surprise dead battery (&^$% Optima!). I just changed the pads & rotors... and they certainly didn't need it, probably 40-50K left on the pads. I am also coming to believe the 6-speed mod is going to extend engine life (and ward-off issues) by a factor of 20-30% since cruising rpm is < 3K.

IOW, drive it hard, expect issues. Drive it easy, and be rewarded with high mpg, long life, and fewer "gotta do!" maintenance issues.
 

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Remember....the wife is always correct! :oops:
 

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She said, "Gee, why are you always working your Honda, I thought Honda's were trouble free."
'06 pushing 100K. My list of incursions with the E that, in my opinion, should not have occurred before 100K. Trans started slipp'in, flush fixed it. i-VTEC oil solenoid, new $70 solenoid fixed it. IAC sensor fault, thorough TB and IAC sensor cleaning fixed it. Throttle cable so sloppy loose, throttle can not achieve WOT. Emergency brake adjustment. New front pads. OK, maybe I'll accept the brake repairs at their respective mileage. Loose driver seat? Not on the '06. Yes, I met that one too.

Are these excessive or normal for the average Honda?

The wife likes Lexus. She drives an '07 RX.
Everything you've listed is normal maintenance items. One thing true about anything mechanical, it can and will eventually fail. Maintenance is our only opportunity to postpone failure. :hol029:
 

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Are these excessive or normal for the average Honda?

The wife likes Lexus. She drives an '07 RX.
What Mike QBF said is a pretty good summary

as for your wife........tell her Lexus doesn't make an Element

I'm @ 117K + with no major issues (knock on wood)
take care of her and she'll take care of you
I'll be doing the timing belt replacement soon
 

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yes dear your correctt ..... problem solved, & next time your doing maintnance add something shiney and or smelly(good smelly) tell her your just rewarding it for being almost as good as her tiodie it wasent any thing rong just spruceing it up a bit till you can get a new one, don't it look great !!!! and dont forget the EOC and TWIRATE stickers.!!!!& something for her,wally world has great prices on flowers !!!! work's every time. (put the flowers in her front seat to find, then deny it with a smerk!!):roll:
 

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(I'm pretty sure he intended it as a joke. Or a test, maybe. :-D )
 

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(I'm pretty sure he intended it as a joke. Or a test, maybe. :-D )

So wadda sayn? Orangee is gettin testy ? :grin:

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I keep getting coupons in the mail for 20% off of a timing belt service at the dealership. I'm half tempted to take it up and tell them I need it changed and see what they say. I probably would if my friend didn't work there.
 
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