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Honda Element



  • smootsmoot Posts: 14
    Oh well done Nowa!!
    I went to the Honda website but it's hard to picture the colours on the fake looking've made it much easier.
    I really wanted to see what the blue one looked like against the alabaster silver one...any more colours coming?
    Hubby says that silver would be more longer lasting in regards to long term fading but I'm not too keen on the blue interior and panels. I really wanted the black interior but we can't seem to agree on paint colour. The Ralleye Red looks too much like nail varnish {he says}, I wish they'd kept the Magnesium Metallic or I wish you could just get the silver {EX or EX-P} with black interior and panels!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587

    [check out the critter hanging upside down]


  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Don't knock it. Royalties are royalties...

  • meganbmeganb Posts: 14
    i learned this morning that the side panels are plastic ...the EX-P just means Extra Paint.
  • meganbmeganb Posts: 14
    I'm looking at an 06 Element. We test drove it and I really enjoyed it. However, we took it on the freeway for about 3/4 a mile and it was a bit loud. Granted, the car had nothing but us in it to deaden the noise. My question the Element excessively loud on highways for extended periods of time? Thanks. :)
  • Greetings, Dslightham! Congrats on getting the four most important things in a man's life (marriage, dog, car, new job), all in one year!

    I am wondering about your use of an air mattress. You "make a bed" with E's seats, and then put the mattress on top of the seats, I would imagine? What are the dimensions of the mattress, if you don't mind me asking? What would be the tallest man E would be able to accomodate inside? How comfortable is the air mattress, and do you use anything on top of it (i.e. sheets, a sleeping bag, etc)

    Thank you!
  • I have an EX Element and it is a bit loud. There is LOTS of information on the Web about how to soundproof the car. It doesn't seem to be too hard to do. It's worth it for me, because the Element has unique features I couldnt' get in anything else, and I really like the car other than the noise. BTW, I just put Michelin X-Ice snow tires on it for the winter, and they are much quieter than the stock Goodyears. Do some Google searches and you will find lots of information. :)
  • meganbmeganb Posts: 14
    thanks for that. going to google it right now. hope to come up with stuff, but all suggestions and ideas from personal experience are appreciated too! thanks. :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Plastic has advantages, though - it will never rust, plus it doesn't ding or dent as easily since it gives. That's why bumpers are plastic.

  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,857
    First, Hondas have never been known to be especially quiet vehicles.

    Second, driving the element on the highway is akin to pushing a refrigerator box through the wind. It's basic shape tends to make it loud.
  • Yes, the Element does have more wind noise than an Accord, for example. However, the most irritating noise, to me at least, is tire noise on less than smooth roads. Element owners who have used dampeners, blockers, and absorbers have reported great success in quieting the box down. 'll post when I finish my soundproofing project.:D
  • Hey, good question! Actually no, since we don't usually have need for the back seats we usually leave them in the garage and we use the air mattress on the floor. The front seats role forward quite a bit offering more room, even with random backpacks and such shoved up there. The air mattress is a pretty standard, store-bought one about 10 inches thick and I believe in bed terms it's a double. I'm six feet tall. Any more then that is pushing it unless you want to scrunch a little or if you want to leave the tailgate down. We use sleeping bags and a pillow.
  • meganbmeganb Posts: 14
    First, I own a Honda. It's quiet. Granted, it's a higher end model, but nonetheless a Honda and quiet.

    Second, I'm pretty well versed in the Element's physical attributes and what makes it less than aerodynamic. It wasn't an attack on your Element, if you indeed have one which it seems is a high possibility. I actually wanted, you know, personal accounts of the noise level.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,857
    No I don't own an Element. I have owned Hondas since 1991 and never considered any of them especially quiet - they've all been EX's.

    IMHO, not be especially quiest isn't a bad thing. I like being able to hear what's going on with the vehicle.
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Yeah, I have to agree with Robr2 on this one. Generally speaking Honda is not the best with making their vehicles quiet. A few have been excessively noisey (1996-2001 CR-V). Most are just a wee bit below average... nothing anyone would really complain about. But I can't think of any which are at the top of their class when it comes to cabin noise.

    My MDX and TL are fine on the highway, but if you were to drive an ES330 or RX330 immediately after, you'd hear the difference.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Is there some kind of aftermarket divider to keep objects from flying into the front seats in an accident or emergency braking? It could also keep pets from walking to the front
    I've seen these for European station wagons and some cargo vans.
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    I think what you're looking for is something like this .
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    In the ES, that's probably because you're half asleep, it's so boring. ;)

  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Something like that. That would work to keep a pet from wandering into the front, but looks too flimsy to keep anything of any substantial weight from flying forward in an accident.
    The ones for the European wagons are dealer or factory installed, custom fit and screw down securely.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Subaru makes OE models, for the Forester and Outback. They're more secure than the universal fit type.

    You could use tie-straps and secure it to the rear head rests, though.

  • I'm going to be in the market for a car soon and the Element is way up on my list. The LX model meets my needs, but the upgraded stereo in the EX makes it very attractive to me. I also like the alloys on the EX.

    Does anyone have real life experience with the EX stereo? Do you consider it to be a "high-end" unit? Also, where is the AUX jack located to plug in something like an iPod?

    My next vehicle will have an AUX jack so I can plug in my iPod, and the Element and Civic are two of the few that do. My previous experience with Honda stereos is that they're average at best. I've owned Civic and Accord EXs and their audio systems were nothing special. The Bose system in a '94 Legend I had was the only exception, it was awesome.

    I'm hoping the EX stereo really is as "kickin'" as it looks on paper!
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    The stereo is a reasonably solid unit, but you'll need to upgrade the speakers if you want really good quality.
  • dweiserdweiser Posts: 288
    Sound is o.k., not horrible, but it does play mp3 CD-Rs you can burn yourself so no need for a CD changer as 18 to 20 CDs will fit on one mp3 CD-R. Has a Random play button also.
  • Is anyone using an optional privacy curtain for E? Is it easy to install and take down? How does it attach itself to the vehicle?

    Thank you!
  • I have a 2004 Honda Element EX AWD with the upgraded stereo system. I can honestly tell you that the factory system will deliver top notch sound. Unless you are looking for really loud thumping bass this system will do whatever you want it to and all types of music sounds good if the settings are adjusted correctly. The AUX input is in the shelf on the passenger side and a power plug is positioned next to it. I currently have a XM myfi hooked up and the sound is crystal clear. I have had my ipod hooked up to it as well and it is cd quality. The only difference is that you might have to turn the volume up more on the AUX input devices than a cd. Fortunately the radio will remember the volume you had on each setting so you won't get blown away when you switch back to a CD. Hope this helps.
  • miffedmiffed Posts: 36
    I have a 2003 EX Element with 66,000 miles. I love it and the stereo is unbelievable. I travel alot for work I wish the gas mileage was a little better but I live where it snows and I need a 4x4 but the cd player and the receiver portion of the radio have been excellent. I drive alot too different parts of the country I turn the stereo up and kick the cruise control on and I cruise. :D
  • I have had my 2004 Elemen now for 1 year, we recently took it in for an oil change and told them again that we can only get 4 AM stations, they gave us a loaner car for the night and called us the next day saying that they checked 2 other Elements and yes it does get less AM stations then the others and that they would keep our car for one more day, well, the new radio was not the problem, another day in the shop and another phone call that it was not a new antena, not the problem, another day in the shop only to find out it was the connector think that it screws into. Also wanted to know if any of you have had a problem with the plastic molding in the back passenger seat below the window popping off and not going back on? I am going to bring it in to have them fix that too. I still love this car and recomend it to everyone I talk to! I have to laugh though! I feel like I am in some sort of special club! Everytime we see someone else driving one they give us the thumbs up, wave, honk the horn or do something else to get our attention to say "HEY GREAT CHOICE IN CAR"! LOL! I now have 12 thousand miles on mine and am still in love.
  • I'm starting to wonder if my 2005 EX is a fluke. It is one of the quietest rides I've ever had. It is as quiet as the 1995 Caddy I just sold and is Much more quiet than my wife's 2003 Accord. The dealer said something about it being lined with 'Gortex'(sp?) but I thought that was so much hype. At any rate, I just love it. Should I mention that the ride is amazingly smooth? Better than the Caddy or the Accord. Maybe I
    got the vehicle that is the opposite of the notorious "lemon" and got the 'Creampuff' instead. This is NOT a complaint. Am I the only one out there? Feedback, Please!
  • Does the 2006 Honda Element EX-P come with an info center that has an outside temperature gauge, remaining mileage calculator and direction traveled, etc? I didn't see anything about it in the specs but I'm not sure what it's called......
  • dweiserdweiser Posts: 288
    Tatered, my experience with my 2005 EX mirrors yours exactly. I had a Nissan Murano before the Element (I named mine Watson) and while I really liked the Murano, I prefer the Element. My brother was here this weekend visiting. He drives a Nissan Titan and he couldn't get over the roominess of the Element.
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