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Honda Element, Hatchback, SUV
Nov 25, 2003 (5:28 am)
Anyone know when/whether Honda will release a 2004 Element? Thinking of buying, but may wait until the '04s are out to get a better deal on an '03. I see that many dealers are already marking them down quite a bit, perhaps in anticipation of release of the '04. Also, anyone know what (if any) differences the '04 will have? Sorry if these questions have already been asked and answered - I'm new to this board.
#2812 of 4724 2004_element
Nov 26, 2003 (5:47 am)
Thanks. Shoulda known that someone with your username would have info on the '04's ...
I am looking at the EX AWD auto, most likely in sunset orange. By the way, this is the ONLY car I would even consider buying in that color. For some reason, it just looks great on the Element. I was planning on adding the keyless entry anyway, so the only substantive difference between the '03 and the '04 for me would be the passenger seat armrest. I would assume the '04s will carry a higher sticker and that the dealers will be less likely to deviate much from it, at least at first. Given the markdowns on the '03s, I think my passenger can go without resting his/her arms.
I'm still shopping around, and haven't driven the Element yet. I have driven the CR-V and the Kia Sorento (surprised with the quality of that Kia - very nice). I liked them both, but with a 4-month-old baby girl, the versatility and ease of clean up in the Element is very appealing, not to mention a lower price tag. The RAV-4 is just too small, and I refuse to buy a Ford or Chevy. If I wait long enough, the Scion will be available, but something about it turns me off. Just can't put my finger on it yet. But I digress ...
We'll be unfortunately parting with our dearly beloved '02 MINI Cooper, as we are a one-car family. That's going to suck (I love that car!), but having room in the car with two adults, a baby, her stroller, etc., will compensate nicely for the loss.
Nov 26, 2003 (6:14 am)
"...but with a 4-month-old baby girl, the versatility and ease of clean up in the Element is very appealing,..."
I have not had an easier vehicle to get my kid in and out! My dad has a CRV and I'm always messing with the door and just don't seem to have enough room. But on the Element, with those doors opened wide, there is so much room to work.
Some people say that the suicide door is inconveniant, but I find it to be 2nd nature at this point.
#2814 of 4724 MINI up for grabs.
Nov 26, 2003 (11:27 am)
What are you going to do with your MINI Cooper??
I might be interested if you are in the NY/NJ metro area.
Let me know.
Nov 26, 2003 (1:08 pm)
Haven't made a decision on the Cooper as of yet. Once I get around to it, I'd rather sell it than trade it for obvious reasons. MINI's have been great on residual value - perhaps among the best out there right now - but you still get screwed on trade-in value. I'm in Baltimore - not quite NYC/NJ, but not all that far away either. I just updated my profile info to show my email address. If you are interested, let me know and I'll give you the run down.
I wasn't going to be buying something new right away, but if the price is right, there will be a hppypaul and a hppy Chris as well.
Nov 28, 2003 (5:07 pm)
Does anyone know if the new 2004 Fiji Blue color is lighter or darker than the 2003 Eternal Blue?
Nov 28, 2003 (6:16 pm)
Although the Scion interior is not washable, I find it much more passenger friendly compared to the Element. Check it out in person and you'll know what I mean.
Nov 29, 2003 (11:05 am)
5 seatbelts, is probably what you're referring to.
Nov 30, 2003 (9:07 am)
5 seatbelts are nice to have, what I'm referring to is the ease of passenger entry/exit, as well as the height of the rear seating in the Scion xB. Although the Element can be the perfect vehicle for some people, it's a major hassle for rear seat passengers. When passengers finally get in, the rear seats in the Element are uncomfortably low.
I think the Element is best suited for people who are transporting either pets or infants, dependent on the driver to let them in/out of the vehicle. My kids (who are not very young) wanted nothing to do with the Element after checking it out.