Last post on Jul 06, 2012 at 5:27 PM
You are in the Honda Element
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Honda Element, Hatchback, SUV
#3945 of 4724 Re: whens the best time to buy? [amy7]
Jul 18, 2005 (1:10 pm)
Honda adds features every year - some new, some that used to be options. I urge you to wait for the 2006. Very likely it will have stability control and side curtain airbags, features introduced last year on the CR-V. Honda can't afford to let the Element languish when the CR-V has so many extra safety features, especially now that the Insurance Institute is starting to side-crash vehicles and up the ante.
Basically, I would have gotten an Element in January of this year (2005) if it had come equipped with the safety features on the CR-V; but I couldn't wait quite so long. You are almost into the 2006's - hold tight or you'll kick yourself in 3 years!
#3946 of 4724 Re: Need advice on gas mileage [tabjr]
Jul 18, 2005 (1:14 pm)
Your mileage is in line with typical Consumer Reports tests which show, for most vehicles, terrible city mileage, and mixed mileage about 5 mpg or so below EPA reports. People don't realize how terrible mileage can be in the city - really in the city - especially if you don't baby the accelerator. You are about 2-3 mpg under the highway mileage rating, which could be due to discrepancy in tank fill ups etc. or could be due to a lead foot.
I doubt there is anything wrong with your vehicle....remember it is 3200 pounds, not a 2600 pound economy car, and 4WD does knock down the mileage.
#3947 of 4724 Re: whens the best time to buy? [micweb]
Jul 18, 2005 (1:52 pm)
I too would like to see the CR-V saftey features on the Element in addition to the 5 speed auto. But wishing is not enough to make it so.
I am assuming the 06s will arrive in December. Any other intel suggesting earlier?
#3948 of 4724 Release date
Jul 18, 2005 (2:11 pm)
The original release date was mid November, 2002. That was a 2003 model year. I would expect the same month for the MMC (give or take 2 weeks).
#3949 of 4724 Accessory Need . . .
Jul 18, 2005 (3:27 pm)
I hope I am in the correct forum, but . . .
I am looking for an aftermarket Compass/Temperature display, either in the rearview mirror or something to install on the dash. Since Honda does not offer one, I have been searching for something, but have come up with nothing.
Any help is appreciated . . .
#3950 of 4724 Re: Release date [varmint]
Jul 18, 2005 (4:04 pm)
Thanks, Varmit. I am trying to remember when they announce the feature changes for the year. I think last year I think it was Sep 1.
Jul 19, 2005 (8:38 am)
They say that for a reason. When you're sitting idling you are getting 0mpg. Do that enough and even a Toyota Echo will seem inefficient.
Hybrids are capable of shutting off engines at idle, so there's your exception. Even then, turn on the A/C and those get 0 mpg also.
#3952 of 4724 Can you fit a bike in the back of your Element without taking off the tire?
Jul 25, 2005 (12:14 pm)
I've been considering minivans and the Mazda5 mini-minivan for my upcoming vehicle purchase (this fall) but I have recently taken another look at the Element. I don't have kids but I do have a large German Shepherd and I like to go cycling on the weekends. Are any of you Element-owners cyclists, and if so, can you fit your bikes in the back with the seats folded without taking off the front wheel? I would ideally like a vehicle that I could just stash the bike in and go.
Also, what's your average gas mileage like?
#3953 of 4724 Re: Can you fit a bike in the back of your Element without taking off the tire? [charlotte7]
Jul 25, 2005 (3:58 pm)
I don't have a bike but I did just measure the distance from inside rear hatch to middle console and it's 65". That's with both back seats in the Element folded flat and then raised against each wall. In the mountains of NC I'm getting 20 to 24 on rural back roads. EX with AWD.
#3954 of 4724 Re: Can you fit a bike in the back of your Element without taking off the t
Jul 26, 2005 (7:05 am)
I frequently use the rear of my element for bike storage without removing the front wheel. I do have to angle my bike to have it fit as I ride with a very high seat post but the cavern like interior is a good match for a quick stash. I did look out outfitting with a thule rack but no real need since the bike can go inside....It would be a much tighter fit if you planned on putting multiple bikes back there...if that was a concern I would look at the roof rack...