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Honda Element, Hatchback, SUV
#3355 of 4724 Cracked Windshield
Jul 08, 2004 (9:57 am)
My 2003 Element was purchased last September and currently has 10,500 miles on it. I have been very pleased with the vehicle over all. It continues to surprise me every time I need to use it to carry items from 6"x6"x8'boards to 10 old tires when I was cleaning out the garage. The over all design is great. We bought the EX model and have since added roof rack, steps, fog lights, remote entry etc. This morning we found a 6" crack in the windshield. I contacted the dealer & it looks like they will take care of it. However, I do not want to keep running to the dealer to get my windshield replaced. Does anyone know if Honda has a cure for this or should I consider a trade in. If I keep the car what do I do when it runs out of warantee if they have not solved the problem. .
Jul 08, 2004 (11:41 am)
Didn't Honda issue a TSB? I'm sure the dealer will install it properly, taking into account the advice provided by Honda.
#3357 of 4724 Re: [ateixeira]
Jul 08, 2004 (5:50 pm)
I really love the Element so I just hope they can straighten out the windshield problem. Thanks!
Jul 09, 2004 (8:20 am)
The TSB is number 03-028. The problem has to do with an uneven surface under the windshield surface. They can literally hammer it flat. Then install new glass.
Jul 09, 2004 (9:06 am)
Sheesh, the guy's a walking talking encyclopedia.
Jul 09, 2004 (10:09 am)
On my resume it reads, "ambulatory, articulating compendium"... right under the line where it describes me as a big mouth.
#3361 of 4724 Just got my new E....
Jul 09, 2004 (7:51 pm)
...on July 3. I love it. Filled the tank for the first time awhile ago. Got 20+mpg which isn't bad for a tight engine (AWD, Auto). And this is assuming that the tank was filled to the top at the dealer. I just realized tonight that I never have to flip the rear view mirror the way I did in my Corolla. I sit high enough that everyones lights don't shine through the rear window.
And Ozzy and White Zombie just ROCK on that stereo. Who sez ya gotta grow up??? I'm 53!!
Jul 10, 2004 (6:17 am)
Just don't drive like you're in the Crazy Train.
Congrats. What color?
#3363 of 4724 Re: MPG report over 2,000 miles. [schweikb]
Jul 10, 2004 (8:49 pm)
1. The first 1,5oo miles I averaged 24.57mpg. The last 1,ooo it was 26.12mpg. I always fill up at one station (however, different nozzles). Yes, sometimes I drive more before a fill-up, but I think the nozzles are about the same at my local gas station.
2. I think being 6'5" I got used to some discomfort as it comes to seating. Maybe when I own the Hummer the discomfort will go away. Actually the E is the biggest car I have ever had. Guys, I owned cars back in Europe where Mini Cooper is considered a midsize! But still driving my VW Polo on autobahn in Deutschland was a real pleasure! And the mileage was 54mpg... (diesel)
#3364 of 4724 Re: [ateixeira]
Jul 11, 2004 (8:50 am)
Actually, this vehicle seems to make me want to drive very serenely. What also helps is that I've just moved to an area outside of Minneapolis where I use county roads (45-50 mph limit) instead of freeways most of the time. Also, the freeways in the city are mostly 55 mph and there's a lot of radar activity, so I pretty much keep near the limit. I suspect that 45-55 may be where the E gets its best mileage given the lack of aerodynamic shape. I'm also acutely aware of the fact that I will get REALLY crappy gas mileage if I get aggressive. Color is Shoreline Mist.....