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Honda Element, Wagon, SUV
#411 of 750 Re: Honda Elements at Invoice [hili]
Aug 07, 2005 (6:25 am)
As I posted before I got (new) 2004 Element from Lorenz Honda in Greenfield, MA (close to VT and NH) about a month ago. I paid below invoice b/c it was 2004 and got a VERY generous trade allowance (I had shopped around). All-in-all I got a great deal and had a superior buying experience.
There is a larger volume dealership in Northampton (Lia) but I couldn't even get a dealer to take enough time to let me test drive when I went in. They were having a sale and were very busy on the day I was there, but even so . . .
I believe that their sale is over now, though.
#412 of 750 Mid-Atlantic Pricing, anyone?
Aug 08, 2005 (6:42 pm)
Hi all- great forum, thanks for all the info. I'm in the market for a new EX AWD, preferably in Cargo Khaki (will also consider black or magnesium). Some of you have posted prices that are really rock bottom- good job negotiating! Can you please offer some advice for negotiating the deal? What -exactly- did you say/do to get these deals? Did you also have a trade in vehicle or something? I'm located in Western PA, and "will travel for a good deal"- anyone willing to post their best deals with Dealership name for me? I'm a recently-graduated-former-student who has more time than money, a brand new job, and is looking for a great deal with cheap financing. I'd love to be able to walk into a dealer and say "My friend .... got their E here for ...$, I want the same deal!".
Thanks in advance!
#413 of 750 Re: Mid-Atlantic Pricing, anyone? [diego4]
Aug 10, 2005 (8:55 am)
Hey all! I'm in Pittsburgh. So, diego4, I have been hunting for the same model as you have although, different colors. I have a quote right now of around 21,000. from one dealership (I belive it was Honda Village), but I think it could be had for less. Let me know what you come up with, and I'll keep hunting around too.
#414 of 750 Best price on Element LX in the San Francisco/bay area?
Aug 10, 2005 (9:14 am)
Just started looking for the 2005 Element LX model in the bay area. What's the best price anyone has gotten? Should I wait for the 2006 model? Thanks for all responses.
#417 of 750 Post purchase- EX AWD MT
Aug 15, 2005 (11:28 am)
Hi all- I finalized my deal this Saturday at a local Pittsburgh Honda dealer (Shadyside). The experience was "OK"- pretty much went as expected. I paid 1% over invoice on a Magnesium 5spd EX AWD (19332 x 1.01) which is about 19.5 plus fees and taxes. Destination fee is $515, taxes are 7% here, and I paid 132$ for combined docs (a new plate, title and license fees). I have (much) less than perfect credit, but was able to get 4.9% financing at 60mos through Honda Financial with 10% down. Overall, I considered it a very "fair" deal for both parties. Car came with splash guards and a subtle grey pinstripe, but otherwise no extras.
In retrospect there were 2 things that hit me: 1) The dealer was able to get me better financing than I was able to get independently. I initially went through HFS online and got a "pre-approval". I would NOT recommend this to anyone else. The dealer got me a better deal by calling HFS directly. 2) I did a LOT of research on different vehicles before I bought. While the Element fit all my criteria, I wasn't convinced that it was THE vehicle that I wanted. After this weekend of mountain-biking and running errands, I couldn't be happier! If you are looking but on the fence as I was, ask your dealer to let you drive one for a weekend.
Final thought: the 5spd is a lot of fun- very peppy compared to the auto, and has excellent gear spacing/ratios so you're never having to push the car to get power. 21mpg so far, and loving it! Currently looking for accessories at Handa Automotive.com... anyone getting things cheaper elsewhere?
#418 of 750 Looking to test drive!
Aug 17, 2005 (7:31 am)
I am looking to test drive a honda element, however I am 6'5" and I am concerned the vehicle will not offer ample leg room. CAn anyone tell me if the honda Element offers ample legroom for the driver???
#419 of 750 Re: Looking to test drive! [chapman37]
Aug 18, 2005 (6:17 am)
Plenty- lots of headroom too. The only problem is that the tilt steering wheel doesn't go "up" very high, so the top of the wheel will slightly obscure the speedo. My fave feature so far- not having to duck (much) to get into the doors!
#420 of 750 Re: Looking to test drive! [chapman37]
Aug 21, 2005 (12:55 pm)
I am 6foot 2inches tall and I test drove the Element yesterday. It has much more legroom both front and back than the CRV. I think you micht be happy when you try the car out. Also, the seat lowers which will give you a bit more room. I think I may buy one after leaning towards the CRV. The Element just seems like a better use of space.