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#4 of 23 Re: Elements in Snow [ragets]
Feb 02, 2007 (3:04 am)
I have a 2003 EX with good snow tires on it in Vermont and I don't really trust it in the snow any farther than I would a front wheel drive car. I have some weight in the back since I used it for work and I find several things that I don't like about it. 1st the rear end slides to easily. Maybe because of the weight but it isn't over loaded so it shouldn't. 2nd the anti lock brakes are going to get me killed one of these days. I almost slid into a car while going through an intersection the other day and I went sliding past my drive way when the left two wheels were on clear dry pavement and the right were on snow and ice. I have pulled the antilock break fuse and am trying to see if that helps but with disk brakes on all sides the rear seem to grab and lock to easily. This is my second car with ABS brakes that just don't work. 3rd the road salt and mud seem to collect nicely on the front side mirrors. I have added mud flaps and it does no good. 4th the car has just over 80000 miles on it and when the left rear tire finally tries to drive when you are on snow it is making a weird noise that I haven't figured out yet. The rear end in this thing isn't as big as the one in my 4 wheeler. I bought the car used last year and have put almost 20000 of my own miles on it and am seriously thinking of getting rid of it as unsafe.
#5 of 23 Elements in Snow
Feb 02, 2007 (3:06 pm)
Why did you get an '03? That was the first year for the Element and also its worse. I think that the '07 is way better. Would you consider a 2007? That's what I'm looing at.
#6 of 23 Re: How is EX-P in Snow [schumarg]
Feb 25, 2007 (8:47 pm)
I've got an 06 EX-P AWD MT and this is my first winter with it. Winter is mostly icy and rainy here in Maryland. The E is ok in the snow and ice but not great. (running Yokohama Geolander tires. The orignal tires barely stick to dry pavement never mind snow) I also own a Subaru Forrester (also with Yokohama Geolanders) and a 1978 jeep which both handle much better. The Subaru sticks to the road in any condition, snow, ice, rain, whatever. The AWD on the E is nothing like the Subaru. If I had it to do over again, I would not pay extra for the AWD. I don't notice any difference between a FWD and an AWD E.
The E will get you around in the snow, just be careful. If you really need winter driving stability, get a Subaru.
#7 of 23 My Element is FANTASTIC in the snow
Mar 17, 2007 (4:05 pm)
First off, nothing is as good as a Subaru Forrester in the snow, but my Element is pretty damm good. I purchased the LX AWD AT ('07) and I am thrilled with the way it handles snow. I have no idea what might be different from my '07 on the others that posted on here, but I am thrilled with how well it takes the snow and ice. My tires are whatever the car arrived with, but they do fine. I did notice that after 12 inches of a heavy snow in unplowed areas I am much more likely to get stuck, but that has only happened twice this past winter.
If driving in the snow is really important to you, go with the Forrester, but keep in mind the price difference ($6,000 more for the Subaru). I am very satisfied with my choice.
#8 of 23 Selling snow tires
Mar 30, 2007 (11:34 am)
I bought a set of Winterforce snow tires on steel wheels from Tire Rack for my "04 Element. I used them one season and want to sell them because I'm moving south.
Does anyone know of a good Honda website where I could post these?
#9 of 23 Re: Selling snow tires [deepdrop]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 30, 2007 (11:53 am)
I sold a set of mounted studded tires last fall using my local craigslist.com (or craigslist.org if you are a purist ).
Took about 2 hours to get a call, and the first guy bought them. Of course I priced them "right."
#11 of 23 What does the "P" stand for?
Jul 12, 2007 (4:26 pm)
I am about to buy a 2007 EX Automatic Front Wheel drive.
What does the "P" mean.
#12 of 23 Re: What does the "P" stand for? [harry28]
Jul 12, 2007 (4:40 pm)
It stands for "paint" which is applied to the exterior fender panels and door handles. Presumably it has little effect on handling in the snow.
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#13 of 23 XM Satellite Radio
Jul 12, 2007 (4:53 pm)
Does anyone know what Honda charges for the equipment and to install this in a new car? The car I want has it already installed, but I would rather not pay for it.