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You are in the Honda Element
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Honda Element, Hatchback, SUV
Jul 20, 2004 (9:59 am)
Footie - Check your tires for flat spots.
Side Curtain Airbags
For the past year, Honda has repeated that they will be offering side curtain airbags (with roll-over inflation), ABS, and other features on all trim levels of their SUVs. The goal is to have this equipment standard by the calendar year 2007.
The second gen Element isn't due until the model year 2008. That means the last year (2007) would have to include this equipment. It's not likely that they would make such an extensive change in the very last year of production.
On a five year design cycle, a Honda will most frequently get a "refresh" for the 4th year. For example, it is expected that the CR-V will get the SE trim this year. If the Element follows suit, it will get this equipment for the 2006 model.
Jul 21, 2004 (7:12 pm)
Traction control would manage the front axle of a FWD model cost effectively. I 2nd the suggestion to inspect your tires closely.
FYI, one owner reported a fire similar to the ones occuring on CR-Vs after an oil change:
If you DIY just make sure to clean the area up and make sure you don't double-gasket. Save the receipts, too, no matter who changes the oil.
#3384 of 4724 Considering an Element
Jul 21, 2004 (8:33 pm)
We are not SUV type poeple, but the car seems perfect for my husband who takes our big hairy dog swimming at the lake everyday AND I'm so tired of cleaning out the car after those swimfests. The Element's "waterproofing" was the reason I suggested it to him. The quirkiness of the Element's design has me intrigued. We drove one today and it was better than we expected. So we would appreciate the good, the bad and the ugly on the Element - it would really help in making the decision. PS...we have to endure CT. winters. Thanks!
#3385 of 4724 Re: Considering an Element [gerrb]
Jul 22, 2004 (2:27 am)
Good solution for your intended useage.
Get the automatic transmission and AWD. The manual is tiresome and the FWD is slippery on the highway.
The inside does clean up easily but be prepared for the interior plastics to scratch quickly.
Jul 22, 2004 (11:37 am)
If you do get another fabric/carpet interior, I just got a bunch of dog hair out using tape.
It's a trick I learned watching someone prep a car for delivery (PDI). They use the sticky side of the tape to pick up lint from the seats, so they look spotless (hairless?).
I tried it on the spot where my dog sits, which is between my two kids in the back seat, and it worked quite well. You'd never know I had a dog.
If it's a big dog you might need a lot of tape!
#3387 of 4724 Re: Considering an Element [gerrb]
Jul 23, 2004 (11:11 am)
We are not SUV folks either, but wanted an AWD vehicle after buying a house in northwestern Connecticut. The Element had the best balance of function, features and performance with decent fuel economy, all at a reasonable price...plus it has personality. Besides, it's a Honda. It should provide years of trouble free ownership. We bought our EX 5-speed last November and love it. 10,000 miles so far and no problems. Only one road trip so far...to N. Carolina, plus numerous trips to NYC. Not a Lexus, but comfortable and quiet for what it is. The engine has plenty of power and doesn't require a lot of shifting to cruise at highway speeds. We've joined the Element cult!
Jul 27, 2004 (9:27 am)
Don't forget that road trip to NH. =)
#3389 of 4724 Thanks for info on side curtains
Jul 30, 2004 (4:01 pm)
Thanks for the info on side curtain airbags everyone. Our salesperson is new and not well informed. Although I think side curtains are really really important, my mom loves the element and will buy one. When they come out with side curtains she will probably trade in for a new one and take a beating on the depreciation.
#3390 of 4724 any interesting tips for camping?
Jul 30, 2004 (4:12 pm)
Our element will be used for camping by my 76 year old mom. If anyone has done much camping in an element, I would love to hear any tips, modifications, add ons, accessories that have been useful.
I've read through many of the forums and it seems lots of people are camping in elements. I just read that the battery is tiny (I haven't looked under the hood at all yet). Is there room for a larger one or additional battery? It seems it would run down with music playing, hot pot plugged into the 12volt, etc.
Thanks very much for any ideas people are willing to share.
#3391 of 4724 Overall Great Vehicle, but............
Jul 30, 2004 (6:02 pm)
I'm a Honda fan. However, I went from a 2000 Isuzu Trooper to a 2004 Honda Element. Overall it is a great vehicle and fun to drive. I really wanted a manual transmission; however, they are extremely hard to come by, so I settled for the automatic. Only a few complaints: too much road noise, doors sound like a tin can when closing, and not enough inside enclosed storage compartments. If this vehichle had a V6 with a little more insulation, it would be totally awesome (although it would have cost $2-4,000 more). Despite the above, it has been lots of fun.