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Honda Element, Hatchback, SUV
#4357 of 4724 Re: Questions: test drove a 2003 Element... [1racefan]
May 19, 2006 (8:00 am)
My local Honda pusher has an '05 4WD automatic EX Silver with blue panels for which I had negotiated a $20,000.-- drive off (OTD). Mama, however insists we do not need a 4th Honda! Makes no sense to me, one can never have too many Hondas...
For me too it is a no brainer to go with the 4WD auto. The technology has come a long way and the upgrades one gets in the EX over the LX are actually a bargain!!!
'com on pleiades, you himhaaaed long enough now, - PULL THE TRIGGER!
20K drive off, how can you not jump at that?
I can only resist it because I would be living in it!!
#4358 of 4724 Re: Compared to 04 Wrangler [micweb]
May 21, 2006 (7:21 am)
WOW! You don't want an Element, you want an Ecstasy! Every car is a compromise. I think the Element designers have accomplished a good one. The suicide doors are not hard to get used to (It's polite to get out and open the door for your rear passengers anyway) and they are a blast to throw open when camping. The Element is not a good family car. It is not meant to be filled with 5 people (regardless that 2 are small) and dogs and cats and everything else under the sun. Sounds like you need an Explorer. If the Element is to be your only car, you'd better be young and have few kids or old and have them grown and gone. But for a second car, or a commuter car, and especially for a multi-purpose fun car, it is a blast. Lots of room all around. The fixed rear seats provide ample leg room for anyone of any size. No need to adjust them or move them forward. When unoccupied, they hinge up out of the way. Much easier than taking them out. My wife has a Toyota Sienna. Removing the seats in any car is hard. They are HEAVY!! And you are leaning over. Folding them up much easier. Leave the 3 seat rear to the CRV or some other maker. The Element is a perfect car for father/son trips. (OK, and mother/daughter). Or a young couple out to see the countryside. Think of it as a two-seater, with 2 extra seats when needed, and you won't be disappointed. If it had 5 seats, someone else would want 6. 6 seats 7. Pretty soon, you're a Hummer!! Or an Ecstasy. To say you don't like the Element because of its 4 seats, suicide doors and rubber floors, is like saying you don't like the 'Vette because it only sits 2, can't haul a trailer and goes way too fast for comfort! The Element is a strange looking car, a fun car, an economical car to own and drive and very versatile. It is what it is, and I love it!!! Leave my Element alone, and go find something else that seats 5 with conventional doors. Please.
#4359 of 4724 Just bought an Element
May 25, 2006 (12:13 am)
I just bought a Silver EX-P. It was super nice! Out the door price is $21092. Was it a good price? The sale girl was very sweet. She threw in Fog Light and the Wheel Lock. I'm very happy with it! Btw, does it come with the Back Seat Bungee or I have to buy it somewhere else?
#4360 of 4724 Re: Just bought an Element [taky]
May 25, 2006 (7:01 am)
"Btw, does it come with the Back Seat Bungee or I have to buy it somewhere else?"
Both bungees (for the front and rear seats) were included in my EX. Look carefully in all of the storage cubbies. I remember them being stashed away in seperate cubbies in mine, but I can't remember exactly which ones.
#4361 of 4724 Re: Just bought an Element [taky]
May 25, 2006 (7:25 am)
...is your EX-P a 4WD automatic? If you bought it in LA county as EX-P 4WD auto, where Tax & Lic make another 10% of the price you got a good shake. Especially with the fog lights thrown in. They are a pain in the butt to install. I have a set sitting on my bench waiting to get sufficiently motivated to tear up half the car to install 'em in my '05 CR-V. These cars are very similar...
#4362 of 4724 Re: Just bought an Element [1racefan]
May 25, 2006 (10:10 am)
"Both bungees (for the front and rear seats) were included in my EX. Look carefully in all of the storage cubbies. I remember them being stashed away in seperate cubbies in mine, but I can't remember exactly which ones. "
I can't find the bungees in the car. btw, what is "cubbies"? I'm wondering what else they might have not given me
#4363 of 4724 Re: Just bought an Element [cwalti]
May 25, 2006 (10:11 am)
My EX-P is a 2WD auto. I do not have to install the fog light myself. Just need to make an appointment later so they will put that in for free. Oh man, the Element is such a fun car to drive.
May 25, 2006 (3:16 pm)
I apologize for my ignorance but what are the bungees you guys are talking about?
#4365 of 4724 Re: Bungees?? [dweiser]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 25, 2006 (3:37 pm)
Bungees are elastic cords with hooks on each end. Like bungee diving off bridges but smaller and shorter cords.
Cubbies are cubbyholes, those little compartments where you stick your cell or pens or roadmaps.
#4366 of 4724 Oh, thanks Steve,
May 26, 2006 (3:23 pm)
And then my next question would be, was I supposed to get some bungees with my 2005 Honda Element EX AWD? I've never seen any but I haven't gone looking for them either.