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You are in the Honda Element
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Honda Element, Hatchback, SUV
#3276 of 4724 Re: Air Conditioning Power? [ztorin #3273]
May 20, 2004 (3:11 pm)
Sounds good, but is what people in Boston consider "hot" a major test for the A/C?
Can it handle Florida or Arizona heat?
Anyone here drive an Element last summer in a very hot climate?
I'm thinking about getting a black Element (which will be even harder to keep cool than other colors).
Actually, I would get either black or white if were to get one and black is the only choice for now unless Honda adds white for 2005.
#3277 of 4724 Get the Black... picked mine up last week
May 21, 2004 (10:55 am)
looks real nice in Black
#3278 of 4724 Re: Get the Black... picked mine up last week [purduealum91 #3277]
May 21, 2004 (12:55 pm)
I'm hoping white comes later. Black looks great for about 3 months, then you may see a ton of swirl marks, plus it will attract heat.
If white doesn't become an option and I still want an Element, I'll go with the black though.
Hopefully, the A/C is strong enough to keep the interior of a black Element cool in 100-110 degree summer heat.
#3279 of 4724 Who says you can't "be seen" in an Element after age 40?!
May 21, 2004 (8:32 pm)
Hey! I'm over fifty and drive an Element (and a Harley, and an Audi)and don't have any hang ups about my Element. The guy worried about his image (30-something Parent of 2under2 Seeks Guidance by willplasencia)needs to find a little confidence and maybe not listen to his wife on this one.
#3280 of 4724 Still Struggling with FWD handling
May 24, 2004 (6:08 pm)
I still can't figure this out.
Our 3 month old FWD 5spd EX is definitely a dicey handler in 'damp' conditions. This vehicle really needs an limited slip differntial.
On numerous conditions over the last few days after the rain here in New England, we encounter wet spots here and there... if I accelerate anything more than lightly, the E loses traction up front the same way my 1974 VW Bettle would get squirrely in the back. I can easily break the wheels loose in 1st, 2nd and sometimes 3rd gear.
I am no longer sure that this Element is a safe vehicle for my teens to drive.
Suggestions? ( I know that AWD solves these problems, but why in the world is Honda selling such a tricky car these days?)
May 24, 2004 (7:25 pm)
I'd say tires. The Element is geared very short, so go easy on the gas and if that's not enough consider some tires that rate highly for wet grip.
May 24, 2004 (9:54 pm)
Footie is absolutely correct. I've had my FWD 5spd EX for a year now and I've found that it doesn't even have to be damp for the Element to break traction frequently in the lower gears.
If I could I would definitely go back and get the AWD.
In the E's defense however I should add that although it breaks traction easily it still doesn't understeer much. It still holds it's line through a turn even if the front wheels are slipping.
I don't think the traction or lack thereof in the FWD is a safety issue. It's just annoying. To all prospective buyers: get the AWD. You'll be glad you did. Hey it only adds 150lbs of weight.
May 25, 2004 (2:19 am)
Any suggestions on the tires?
May 25, 2004 (5:22 am)
Consumer Reports rated the Falken ZE 512s as the best H-rated tire in their last review, so I got a set for my Miata and I've been impressed with them. Thing is I'm not sure they come in the Element's tire size.
Anyone changed tires yet? Perhaps not...