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Honda Element, Hatchback, SUV
#4191 of 4724 Re: Buying Used Questions [4runnerrip]
Jan 05, 2006 (11:00 am)
I was considering a used Element a while back and the vast majority on the market were 2003 models simply because they're the oldest ones. I researched them a good bit and couldn't find any first year issues with that model. Honda usually does a good job in that area, though I'm sure there are exceptions.
One of the problems I had was trying to find a FWD manual EX. Out of 70+ for sale in the Atlanta area at the time, two were manual FWD EX and they were both colors I wouldn't consider (Orange and Dark Blue). As far as the shifter goes, I test drove a new one and the unusual position (coming out of the dash) becomes very comfortable quickly. It's actually a great spot for it. I also drove an automatic FWD and was surprised that it had plenty of power, but I just couldn't bring myself to get an automatic.
Have you searched for one every way possible? I'm not sure what sort of options you have in your area. Also, have you considered trying to get a deal on a remaining '05 model?
#4192 of 4724 "Consumer Reports"
Jan 05, 2006 (5:00 pm)
Have you tried your local library and the annual Car issue of "Consumer Reports"? In the back they list vehicles by model year with all those little black and red circles for everything from engine to clutch to fit and finish to reliability. If there were any problems with an Element model year it would show there.
Jan 06, 2006 (5:06 pm)
Anyone seen an orange EX-P yet? I have seen the green but not the orange.
#4194 of 4724 Re: Buying Used Questions [allfiredup]
Jan 06, 2006 (6:51 pm)
Alright, I test drove a stick shift one today and I'm hooked. Having driven the standard there's no way I'd settle for an automatic - it was a lot of fun. Almost just as much fun was the young salesdude riding along desperately searching for complimentry things to say about the Element. I let him sweat it out for a while then finally let him off the hook by saying "relax buddy, I know it's on the ugly & geeky side, but it's fun to drive and what I need to haul my junk around". He breathed a sigh of relief.
I would have bought the one I test drove but it didn't have the rear sunroof.
Thanks for the feedback.
#4195 of 4724 Re: Orange EX-P [nowakj66]
Jan 06, 2006 (7:08 pm)
I just saw one on display at the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Costco. I liked it - the orange color wasn't overly bright.
#4196 of 4724 Re: Orange EX-P [nowakj66]
Jan 06, 2006 (11:55 pm)
My local dealer has one up on the elevated platform on the corner. It's a ghastly color, in my humble opinion. Then again, that Kiwi (green) is nasty, too.
Bring back the Cargo Khaki! That was a nice color.
#4197 of 4724 Re: Buying Used Questions [4runnerrip]
Jan 06, 2006 (11:58 pm)
What color(s) are you thinking about?
It's funny that you have to make excuses to the salesman about the car (as far as being dorky) but I encounted the same sort of thing when I was looking at them. One salesman came right out and told me he thought it was "dog-ugly" but drove great and was very versatile.
It is definitely a love it/hate it look, but I love it. Kinda sad that I didn't end up buying one. I wonder if there will be a next generation model?
#4198 of 4724 Re: Orange EX-P [allfiredup]
Jan 07, 2006 (5:34 am)
Thanks - good to know they are out there. Right now the color I like best is the Rally Red.
#4199 of 4724 Re: Orange EX-P [nowakj66]
Jan 07, 2006 (2:49 pm)
No ive not seen the orange ones, they just came out with the orange color. In fact i got one on order and itll be here in 5-7 days and im excited. i test drove a silver one today and i loved. it was sooo roomy inside.I cant wait until mine comes in.
Jan 07, 2006 (4:18 pm)
The orange color is bright but i seem to love it, i like the kiwi green color too but chose the tangerine color.