Last post on Jul 06, 2012 at 5:27 PM
You are in the Honda Element
What is this discussion about?
Honda Element, Hatchback, SUV
#3700 of 4724 Re: Upgrade [carlr]
Mar 16, 2005 (2:46 pm)
We don't know that the refresh includes side curtain airbags. It may not.
Most likely the refresh will include standard ABS and seat mounted torso airbags (the same ones that are now available as an option), new paint colors, new tail lights, revised grill, bumpers, wheels and seat fabric.
Honda has not promised side curtain airbags on all vehicles until the end of calendar year 2006.
It would be nice if side curtain airbags were to appear on the 2006 Element though, but they have not been promised by Honda.
Mar 16, 2005 (3:12 pm)
Yes, Honda has not promised curtain bags until the end of 2006, but there is no good reason for them to wait that long. Read up a few posts. There are no promises, but it is likely.
#3702 of 4724 Re: 307web [varmint]
Mar 16, 2005 (4:43 pm)
The end of calendar year 2006 happens to coincide with the release of the next Element, so that seemed like a hint.
#3703 of 4724 Re: 307web [307web]
Mar 16, 2005 (8:14 pm)
No, the end of 2007 would coincide with the next Element.
2004 2nd year
2005 3rd year
2007 final year
The resdesign comes in the form of the 2008 model year.
#3704 of 4724 Re: 307web [varmint]
Mar 16, 2005 (8:48 pm)
OK, then I'll look for side curtain airbags, ABS and VSC in the 2006 Element this December.
If it has all that by then, I'll probably go sit in one and test drive it to see if I like the way it drives.
#3705 of 4724 CR-V vs Element
Mar 19, 2005 (2:19 pm)
I was initially interested in the CR-V, but by the news of it there have been reports of CR-V engine fires and PTTR.
Has anyone known of similar incidents in the Elements? I guess they are not exactly identical mechanically, or do they (just in different skin)?
Please advise. Thanks much.
Mar 21, 2005 (8:56 am)
IIRC there was one single Element fire, but that's not enough to establish any sort of pattern. Actually, that low number implies there has not been the same problem.
Mar 21, 2005 (2:48 pm)
The Element (and Accord) are built here in the states. Thus, they are not shipped overseas and not subjected to the same conditions which caused the sticky gasket issue. That is what apparently led to the problems with the CR-V (which is shipped from Japan and the UK).
On PTTR, yes, I believe some Element owners have reported problems.
#3708 of 4724 The family friendly Element?
Mar 23, 2005 (10:30 am)
Wife and I are thinking of buying an AWD EX Auto when the 2006 models hopefully come out with side curtain airbags. Any owners out there with small infants that have some input on kids (specifically infants) and the element?
#3709 of 4724 Re: The family friendly Element? [mdub]
Mar 23, 2005 (10:42 am)
I'm not an owner, but you might want to consider this.
The Element's rear seat is positioned way back in the vehicle. To secure or remove an infant from a car seat may require that you lean way over and into the car. Not especially good for your back.
On the other hand, there is so much space in the backseat area, you may be able to climb right in and manage the child from inside.
Both situations will depend largely on how big/small you and your wife are. It's something you should try while shopping.