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Honda Element, Hatchback, SUV
#3544 of 4724 Re: 2005 with Blue composite panels? [crazyslate]
Nov 22, 2004 (9:46 am)
You're not dreaming...I saw one yesterday on the floor of a dealership. It was a very bright blue color....a little too loud for my tastes.
Yesterday was the first time I had looked at the Element and now I must say I'm intrigued. I've been looking for an AWD replacement for my Mazda 6 that won't break the bank. We have a Suburban we use to haul a large sailboat (and anything else we might need) so a 5+ seater isn't somthing we need in a 2nd car. Since we are a military family with two little kids and we move around alot, the AWD is really attractive since our 'Burb is 2WD and we never know where we will end up....currently it's Maryland were I hear it snows sometimes! So I guess I'm liking this Element thing for a lot of reasons...AWD, funky looks (I love the Cooper Mini too but it is just way too small) and Honda quality. Now I just need to get my wife to fall for the thing and we are set. Anyone need a clean 03 Mazda 6?
Nov 23, 2004 (2:19 pm)
Well, finally took the plunge and bought my 'ment. Galapagos Green EXS AWD. From Big Island Honda -- excellent dealership. Got the Costco price of $1000 over invoice (which is very good by Hawaii standards).
Love driving it! Holds the curves nicely (we have a lot here). Makes it all the way to the top of my hill on wet grass. Plenty of pick-up with decent mpg. Handles our 140 inches/year of rain very well.
Went to the Arbor Day Tree Sale at "Plant it Hawaii" in Kurtistown. With the back seats out and the upper rear door open, we got 35 assorted fruit trees in 3 gallon grow bags, all about 3-4 feet tall, into the back.
I see a lot of Elements in Hawaii and now I know why -- I think it may just be the perfect car here.
Now I want to try the run up to the top of Mauna Kea and the run to the bottom of Waipio Valley. I'll let you know.
Nov 23, 2004 (2:24 pm)
Aloha. Sounds fun.
#3548 of 4724 After-market cruise control
Nov 23, 2004 (4:27 pm)
I'm looking at a used Element LX with under 5,000 miles on it for under $14,000. Only problem is that it doesn't have cruise control, which is a necessity because I drive a lot of interstate miles. I'm pretty sure I can get cruise installed. But: will it look okay? and will it function good? Any idea on the cost? The wheels will have to be upgraded, too, but that's the part I'm going to enjoy.
Nov 23, 2004 (5:35 pm)
Follow-up question...shouldn't a Honda dealer be able to install cruise control?
Nov 24, 2004 (10:57 am)
I had cruise added to my Forester, it was a couple hundred bucks installed.
I can't imagine it would be too difficult since OE parts are available.
Nov 24, 2004 (8:27 pm)
I've looked into buying a new LX. However, the dealer told me today that it was impossible to add cruise control. Should I believe him?
#3552 of 4724 Re: Cruise control [tallguy37]
Nov 24, 2004 (10:38 pm)
It maybe impossible for the dealer to install the Honda OEM cruise control due to the way it may be integrated with other components.
You can probably go somewhere else and get a aftermarket system installed.
It will look and work "ok."
If you don't want to deal with it, just get an EX instead.
#3553 of 4724 No '05s yet?
Nov 26, 2004 (3:22 pm)
Anyone know when the '05s go on sale? It's nearly December and it seems like there's lots of '04s left on dealer lots. Is that why the '05s are not for sale yet?