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Honda Element, Hatchback, SUV
#3040 of 4724 2004 Element EX 4WD Stick Shift w/ side air bags
Feb 17, 2004 (7:33 pm)
this included $490 destination
and the following (about $400 for this stuff):
Skylight shade screen
Carpeted Floor Mats
50 service fee (don't know for what)
21 baseball stadium
105 registration and title
22065 bottom line
Hope you feel better about that arm rest and keyless entry.
I'm sure you can add both to your car somehow.
I have the stick shift. Love the arm rest.
Can't live without keyless entry.
Two big Honda boners on the 2003 Element. What were they thinking?
Inform your dealer your dissatisfaction, and give them a chance to help out.
Pay for the upgrade, it's worth it.
Delivery at 10 miles on odometer
First Fill up at 77 miles (to make the start point)
Fill up at 337 miles 12.354 gallons: 21.05 mpg
Fill up at 542 miles 9.127 gallons: 22.46 mpg
Fill up at 756 miles 9.094 gallons: 23.53 mpg
City driving plus three freeway round trips of 90, 136 and 190 miles, in that order.
It's cold 0 to 10 here in Milwaukee too during the period.
If you calculated 14.5 mpg, you made a mistake or something else is going on, recheck again. Take a 200 mile freeway ride and check again. I would freak out too at 14.5..., but is that just city bumper to bumper grid lock or are you letting it idle for half an hour to warm it up before you leave the house or driving with the parking brake on or what? As you can see, it's really cold here too, car is just breaking in and I'm at 23 mpg and going up!
Feb 18, 2004 (7:05 am)
If your mileage keeps improving at that pace, pretty soon you'll never need gas! :o)
Feb 19, 2004 (6:51 am)
2003 Element EX 4WD Auto
23.5-mpg 50/50 city/highway – winter
25.0-mpg 50/50 city/highway – summer
Feb 20, 2004 (5:41 pm)
So oxygenated winter fuel plus extreme cold actually taxes the efficiency more than the A/C does. Same here, on my Forester.
#3044 of 4724 FWD vs AWD 5 speed Element
Feb 22, 2004 (1:43 pm)
I'm considering purchasing a 2004 Element and was trying to find out if there is much performance difference between the a 5 speed FWD and AWD. According the the sales person at the dealership no. Can anyone confirm this?
#3045 of 4724 Wish I could tell you - but I had to buy the AWD sight unseen
Feb 23, 2004 (9:03 am)
it is impossible to find an EX AWD 5spd in Texas. I have not yet picked up our new car - it's in Wisconsin!
Feb 23, 2004 (9:30 am)
The AWD model weighs something like 130lbs more than the FWD model. That will have some negative impact on handing and acceleration, but I'm guessing you'd have to be a racer to notice.
Feb 23, 2004 (9:49 am)
It's like having a super model next to you as ballast.
That doesn't sound so bad, does it?
#3048 of 4724 You Can always look for a 2WD 5 sp EX
Feb 23, 2004 (4:25 pm)
We took delivery of a FWD 5 speed 2004 EX in Galapogas Green on Feb 9th. Living in New England would make you think that AWD is necessary, but having been here for 20+ years with a variety of FWD cars, makes us think otherwise ( we aren't ski buffs so we don't trek north to get outside to even be colder ).
We like it. It's peppy, handles well for a truck - car, whatever it is, is funky and is very versatile and utilitarian.
The price was right - a few hundred over invoice at the dealership in Norwood, MA. We got a lease at a good residual and MF too!
Feb 24, 2004 (8:40 am)
Footie - I saw a GG Element parked out front at Boch just the other day. Obviously not your's, but I don't see many in that color. Odd that they'd have two of them.
If you'd like to head north during warmer months, I'm organizing the second Honda SUV Olympics for July 31st and August 1st. We're holding the event at Cannon Mt in Franconia Notch State Park, NH. Plans are only tentative until I get word from the folks on site, but I've been contacted by the owners of about 20 vehicles (CR-Vs, Elements, and Pilots) who are interested.