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#1 of 15 Honda Element: Test Drives
Jul 20, 2006 (8:09 pm)
Tell about yours!
#2 of 15 First test drive
Jul 21, 2006 (2:30 pm)
EX-P with a 5-speed. Loved the E, like the ride, even liked the shifter location. Only thing i didnt like was the uppity sales person. If i had walked into a Benz dealership i would have expected to get that attitude, but lets face it its just a Honda. Only reason i didnt buy one yet is im trying to find a decent salesperson.
#3 of 15 Re: First test drive [bigfur]
Jul 21, 2006 (9:11 pm)
Where do you live?? I have made 'friends' with a sales person here who has blown all previous quotes out of the water...
Orange County Calif.
Example... '06 2WD Pilot EX-L DVD, with sidestep and mudguard option $31,105 out the door. Or '06 Odyssey EX-L DVD $31,000 out the door. This includes all fees and local taxes...
#4 of 15 Re: First test drive [cwalti]
Jul 22, 2006 (6:16 am)
Im over here in Minnesota, every sales person i have talked to acts like i should be honored they are talking to me.
#5 of 15 Where in MN
Jul 22, 2006 (8:14 am)
What dealership were you at. I will be shopping next week for an Element. I have bought previously from Buerkle, Richfield Bloomington and one other.
#6 of 15 Re: Where in MN [wildbill]
Jul 22, 2006 (11:53 am)
Ive dealt with Burnsville and RB so far. Went and actually talked to one decent salesman at Buerkle. Problem for me is trying to find a 5-speed EX-P in a color i like. Love the TAngo red pearl, but appearantly there just arent any according to Hopkins honda.
#7 of 15 Honda Element test drive
Jul 22, 2006 (2:04 pm)
I drove the Element with a salesman present about 6 weeks ago and I thought it was OK but slow, EXP 2-wheel drive automatic. Then sometimes later I took my wife's V6 Accord for a minor service and the service writer set me up for a solo test drive in the Element, no salesman present. What a difference. It was nice not to be forced to making meaningless conversation. I drove it about 10 miles, and had plenty of time to play with the radio, the windows, seating position and so fort. I can't remember the last time I felt so relaxed while driving. Compared to the Accord the Element is slower, but after a few miles it didn't bother me. Everything else, the relaxed seating position, the higher point of view, was much better than the Accord. I do wish the front seat would move a bit higher, but that was my only complaint. I plan to get an 07 around Christmas. In comparison the Accord is more stressful because it begs to be driven hard, (reckless driving is the V6's middle name) while the Element is perfect for keeping up with traffic without causing any problems. And after getting out of the Element I found the Accord very tight and cramped - ours is a 04 four door. Even the CRV or the Toyota 4Runner feels cramped compared to the Element. The funny part is the Element is shorter than any of those cars. Viva the Element.
#8 of 15 Re: Honda Element test drive [extech2]
Jul 22, 2006 (8:48 pm)
It was nice not to be forced to making meaningless conversation.
Oh, how WONDERFUL! I suppose it's hard for salespeople too - feeling they have to say something while accompanying a potential customer on a test drive.
You may be interested in browsing through Stories from the Sales Frontlines to get the other side.
#9 of 15 Honda Element test drive
Feb 02, 2007 (3:18 pm)
I'm considering the 07 Honda Element EX 4wd. How well does this car handle compared to a CR-V? Witch one drives and handles better? Which is better for a teenage guy? The answers to these will greatly help. Thanks
Aug 11, 2007 (11:40 pm)
I am an owner of an Element. I bought a LX manual 2WD. I also own a 05 xB.
The Element is much quieter and much better for highway driving. I also like the roominess. The short shifts are very nice and the engine will move. I have not tested it to greatly as its in break-in.
The Element has tall truck tires and I feel it will take a lot of punishment in comparsion with my other box.
The stereo only has 4 speakers and its fine. The AC is POWERFUL. I really like the rubber mats on the rubber flooring.
Overall, I like my new Element.