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#4426 of 4724 Windshield breakage on 2006 models?
Jul 11, 2006 (1:29 pm)
Thinking very seriously about buying a 2007 Element, my first Honda since buying a new 1988 Prelude. The various owner review sites, one in particular, talk about what seems like significant numbers of people having problems with the windshield cracking, most due to rocks. Some say it's the high angle of the windshield that contributes. Any comments from 2006 model owners? (Hoping the problem has somehow been addressed and/or was an early models problem)
thanks in advance
#4428 of 4724 Element vs. CR-V
Jul 13, 2006 (9:24 am)
I am an '06 Ridgeline owner and my wife has an '01 Accord. She is interested in both the CR-Vs and Elements (not for the looks). She basically wants a bike and dog (2 dogs) hauler. The Accord is only a two door. Has anyone bought a CR-V and wished they had gone with the Element or vice versa? If so what's the reason? The wife and I can't really decide especially since the reliability history seems to be about the same. Thanks for any input.
#4429 of 4724 Re: Element vs. CR-V [kyuss]
Jul 13, 2006 (10:23 am)
KYUSS - I have two dogs and a bike that I haul around myself. I had an 05 CR-V EX and ended up trading it in for an 06 Element EX. The CR-V's interior was a NIGHTMARE to keep clean! The cloth seats could double as a lint roller and show any and all dirt, After loading the bike or dogs in and out for even a quick trip, I ended up doing a major clean up job. The Element has waterproof seats and for my purposes loads more room and is much more functional. The back doors may not be the best if you are loading a baby seat, but works great for dogs, bikes and even a fully assembled Gas Grille. I would recommend the Element for functionality and durability hands down.
#4430 of 4724 Re: Element vs. CR-V [honda67]
Jul 13, 2006 (11:36 am)
Along those lines, if you want a combination of the two, i.e. a non-carpeted cargo area but conventional doors a la CR-V, check out a Forester LL Bean Edition.
You can even get a factory dog guard/compartment divider. I would be fine for small/medium sized dogs, but not Dobermans.
I believe the Matrix/Vibe also have a non-carpeted cargo floor, but those may be too small.
#4431 of 4724 Re: Element vs. CR-V [kyuss]
Jul 13, 2006 (12:10 pm)
My darling wife insisted on the '05 CR-V EX 4WD over the Element. I would say that the Element is much more functional then is the CR-V. Mechanically they're nearly identical. The only difference being the 5-speed automatic in the CR-V over the 4-speed in the Element. The Element EX has a super sound system and much more cabin space and lateral freedom of movement and cubies and storage allover. The EX is a bargain over the LX, check the honda website or earlier postings for details. The CR-V being built in Japan is considered a quality plus too. For the purpose you are stating, it is the Element hands down!!!
#4432 of 4724 Re: Element vs. CR-V [kyuss]
Jul 13, 2006 (2:01 pm)
A consumer group asked their members to vote for the best car for dog owners. #1 was the Honda Element EX 4wheel drive, #2 the Honda Element EXP 2wheel drive, and 3rd was a Chevy Suburban. I can't remember the rest. The Element is the ultimate status symbol for people who don't care for status symbols. I plan to get mine a week after we paid off our Accord. We have a V6 4 door Accord, and that car feels small and cramped after I drove the Element twice. My dogs hate to get in the Accord because every time I brake hard they slide off the leather seats and bark like dogs gone mad. Viva the Element.
#4433 of 4724 Don't hose your Element out though
Jul 13, 2006 (3:27 pm)
Like many, I had heard the urban legend that you could just hose out the interior of the Element. Don't. I didn't thank goodness. The water will run down into the chassis under the floor and rust everything out down there. You all probably know this but a heads up for those who don't.
#4434 of 4724 Re: Element vs. CR-V [extech2]
Jul 14, 2006 (8:05 am)
Leather is better for dogs that shed, though. The hair doesn't stick all over the place. Just put the seats up.
We've had both (leather/cloth), fortunately our dog is small enough to ride on laps.
#4435 of 4724 OK you Element owners: ever had motion sickness?
Jul 15, 2006 (1:48 pm)
Potential Element purchaser here. I am embarrassed to ask this of people on this excellent forum, but ask and I might receive. Just drove one for the second time. First test drive I may have been moving my head around looking at things in the interior; I definitely got a light case of motion sickness (which I know I am subject to - can't ride as a passenger on curvy roads, etc). Today I test drove a manual transmission Element and was absolutely delighted with it. The shifter was not as far away from me as the pictures seemed to indicate it would be..........I love the way it handles.........it is plenty peppy............and of course I love the carrying capacity. I know they are making at least one improvement on the '07's: the front passenger/driver seat belts. BUT I had another (less severe) case of icky feeling motion sickness after the drive. Am I imagining this? If it is happening, I could see how the short wheelbase and fairly stiff suspension AND the location of my head in all of that could add up to something. Has anyone had any problem like I am describing?