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#3328 of 4724 2004 element ex fwr steering issue
Jun 13, 2004 (8:19 am)
We have a 2004 Honda Element with 1500 miles on it . During the test drive we both felt a slight pull to the right. Now, when we go down the road or freeway and you let go of the steering wheel the Element pulls to the Right Quickly. We took our Element to Honda service and they checked the front end alignment and it checked out ok. We are frustrated in having to turn the wheel to the left to keep the Element going straight. Is anyone else experiencing this problem?
#3329 of 4724 You have a bad tire.
Jun 13, 2004 (9:09 am)
Take it back and have them check for a tire out of spec.
Jun 15, 2004 (3:12 pm)
Thanks to all for posting on this forum. I read a lot before I got my very own Silver Element EX 2WD. This is my third Honda (after 1988 Civic and 1998 Isuzu Rodeo - yes!, it's the old good Passport).
I already enjoy this car a lot. It's huge, versatile, as every Honda dependable. The gas mileage I get is 24MPG in 50-50 driving (not bad for a new engine). I hope I'll get even more.
I used almost all cubic inches once - there's a lot of them!
I paid 18,4K (20,03 in-the-door) for 2WD EXS, they also threw in cargo cover and carpeted floor mats. Afterall my buying experience was B at Continental Honda in Countryside, IL (these guys are bloodsuckers, but I guess it's all them).
Now I hope my glass won't crack, my MPG will reach 30 with declining gas prices.
#3331 of 4724 payload
Jun 19, 2004 (5:11 am)
Is it true that four 175 pound passengers overload the Element? Is it a problem? Somehow I would think it would be for any active group of four persons, even without bikes, camping equipment--and of course gasoline.
We are interested in the Element mostly for hauling two people and two (maybe three) dogs; therefore payload is not a major issue most of the time. But when the family assembles, the four of us surpass the 675 payload limit by about 20 pounds. Add the dogs, and we're way over.
True, I suppose we could all stand to shed a few pounds or put the dogs in a trailer, but more to the point, is Honda seeking to rectify this shortcoming for 2005?
Jun 19, 2004 (6:59 pm)
I hear Atkins works...
-juice (who needs to diet!)
Jun 21, 2004 (12:08 am)
I wouldn't see how the passenger weight can be anything that would overload the car considering that it's cleared for towing up to a certain weight PLUS crew and cargo.
The only issue is people might want a little more power to the front so just turn off the A/C and open the car up down the road, as with any 4-cyl vehicle
Jun 21, 2004 (10:40 am)
Well, when you tow you have to account for the tongue weight. If that's 200 lbs, you subtract 200 from your payload and you have 475 lbs left of capacity inside the vehicle..
The trailer itself has its own axle, that axle is withstanding the rest of the weight, i.e. all except for the tongue weight. Check your trailer's GVWR and subtract the weight of the trailer itself to find out it's payload.
I'll be honest, if you have to ask questions about payload this is probably not the vehicle for you. The CR-V has an 850 lb rating, the MDX is rated for 1362 lbs, for comparison. There are heavier duty choices out there if you tow and haul heavy loads.
#3337 of 4724 Honda Element payload
Jun 21, 2004 (5:55 pm)
The Manual for our 2004 Element says the gross vehicle weight rating is 4,450 pounds.
The FWD/MT weighs 3391 per Honda's web site. That would leave a payload of around 1050 pounds.
The manual says to include the tongue weight along with occupants and cargo.