honda element

  • baldone

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    Feb 03, 2011 10:25 AM GMT
    so my dealer took a 04 honda element awd in the other day and am thinking about buying it....anyone here have an element and what are your thoughts other than it looks like a toaster
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    Feb 03, 2011 10:42 AM GMT
    OMG it's cute I want one but they aren't available in Australia icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 03, 2011 11:29 AM GMT
    The only down size is that the sunroof is over the back seat because of the roof structure...icon_rolleyes.gif

    Better buy it if you like it, though:

    http://www.product-reviews.net/2010/12/05/honda-element-discontinued-after-2011-cr-v-to-blame/
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    Feb 03, 2011 2:08 PM GMT
    Hey:

    I have an 04 Honda Element. Overall it's a great car, very reliable. I have 185,000 miles on it.

    I drive into and out Boston,lots of highway and city driving. Good in the snow!!

    Paid 19,000 new.

    Comfort wise - good. It's not a luxury car.

    Stereo system - great.

    Dont have navigation. I use my droid and google maps for free.

    Small battery so don't leave the lights on or you will need a jump

    Small gas tank and o.k gas mileage for a box on wheels.

    Early on the bushings went. Bushings are small rubber pieces that soften/cushion the suspension system.

    Recently had to replace some valves that were clogged and there is a current recall on the ignition switch that I just received in the mail.

    I also had a lot of problems with the windshield constantly cracking and having to be replaced. This is a known issue so ask the dealer.

    The moonroof is completely useless in its current location.

    Very utilitarian car, the back seats come out easily or fold up. The back doors clam shell open making it easy to load and unload, or in my case, letting the dogs jump in and out.

    Side doors are suicide doors, that can be a pain to open in parking lots with tight spaces.

    The car is what it is. Nothing fancy, gets you to and from your destination.

    Good Luck!


  • Feb 03, 2011 3:21 PM GMT
    I have an orange and grey 2003 Honda Element and I LOVE IT! BEST CAR EVER. it's bigger than a car but not a gigantic SUV. the seats fold flat to the sides for tons of cargo space, mine has an aux jack so you can play your ipod with one simple cord through the awesome sound system. It's the perfect car and I wish it came in a hybrid version then I'd get that one!
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    Feb 03, 2011 3:22 PM GMT
    My friend had it and he loved it. It is very spacious in the back, quite comfortable to go on long drives. Plus you can fold the back seats to put in large luggage, which my tiny Solara can't icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 03, 2011 3:37 PM GMT
    I think its really cool. I looked at them at a dealers. I was surprised they tend to be higher priced than a CRV.
  • LJay

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    Feb 03, 2011 3:50 PM GMT
    If I did not already have a 2001 CRV I would have gone for it. Really great options for the interior. Basically a CRV platform. Lood closely at condition considered use and mileage. Honda makes good cars.

    I am nuts about my CRV. Goes like a MOFO and coming up on 95K.
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    Feb 03, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    When you buy one, does the dealer include a paperbag to put over your head so no one sees you driving such an eyesore?
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    Feb 03, 2011 5:35 PM GMT
    I think they are so ugly but they are actually pretty cool on the inside. Apparently you can take a hose and spray off the entire inside of the car to clean it if you needed to. Or at least that is what i heard.

    But get it if you want! They tent that attaches to the back is pretty cool too so get that!
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    Feb 03, 2011 5:36 PM GMT
    Seems like awfully poor fuel mileage for a little 4 cylinder with no towing capacity. My lumbering old diesel suburban gets almost that much and could fit two of those things inside. (Plus 800 miles between fill-ups ;) )
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    Feb 03, 2011 9:26 PM GMT
    honda is discontinuing the element. consumer reports is the bible when it comes to smart car buying and they dont recommend it. my ex had one and i liked it i just didn't like the seats, kinda uncomfortable after long drives. poor lumbar support.