Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Honda Element



  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    Just a stereo mini jack on both ends is all you need (looks like headphine jack on both ends). Easy to buy at Radio Shack or similar. You may already own one! Aux jack is a great feature of the Element.
  • I use a Creative Nomad Zen Xtra in my Element. Picked up this unit as well as the required aux adapter at Radio Shack should have this part as well for about $4.
  • silver_bulletsilver_bullet Posts: 1,339
    Thanks for the responses :) The drive home was pretty uneventful, and the Element seems to be a nice roadtrip vehicle. I'm sure this has been mentioned repeatedly, but I noticed a pronounced PTTR most of the way home at highway speeds. It was more pronounced on certain crowned road surfaces, and almost nonexistant on other surfaces. Could this relate to the crummy Wrangler HP tires? Man, these tires ROAR on less than smooth pavement.
  • will that work with a cassette player or only for MP3 input? We are trading in an old Jeep Cherokee today for a blue 2005 EX4wd 5speed - very exciting.
  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    The Aux Jack works with any device that supports the mini headphone jack out. I really would not call the stereo mini cables adapters in the same way I would a device that adapts a car tape head unit via "cassette tape" with a stereo mini hack out to a portable CD player.

    BTW - if you have a car with a cassette tape head, these tape adapters are definitely the way to go over the FM wireless transmitters - I have yet to find one of those that works really well.

    So if your cassette player has that mini headphone jack out, you should be good to go.

    As for the iPod, I picked up a Griffin Air Click that gives you a little steering wheel mounted remote to control the iPod when it is hardwired into your system. This way you are not fumbling with the iPod at speed. Works great in the house but have not tried it on the road.
  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    Honda preview lists some new colors and a new trim level above the EX 4WD as EX-P 4WD for 2006.

    There at least two new colors, Atomic blue metallic and tangerine metallic.

    Any idea what the EX-P 4WD trim level would offer beyond the current EX 4WD?
  • dweiserdweiser Posts: 288
    Anyone replaced the original Wrangler tires either right away or through normal wear? If you like what you replaced them with, please share new tire make & model with me/us. Thanks.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Bet that one looks cool, with plenty of contrast.

    I still think they should do a yellow one to steal away some H2 sales. ;-)

  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    If you aren't going onto dirt roads, consider the new Kumho Solus KH-16, which replace the excellent Ecsta 716. Smooth and quiet. Cheap too. See if your Sears has them.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,740
    I see lots of yellow E's around here. Servicemaster - a franchinsing company - uses them. Must be a custom paint job as the plastic cladding is yellow as well.
  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    Could an Element EX-P mean painted side panels rather than plastic cladding?
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,740
    That could be it!!
  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    When do 06 Elements arrive? Last year it was like December, right?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That's been the pattern since they came out. Let's see if it gets the upgrades the CR-V got.

  • sebski21sebski21 Posts: 10
    On the 4th of July weekend I packed my E with two bikes, a tent, a grill, just-pregnant wife and a lot of other camping junk and we headed to Wisconsin from Chicago. After a year of E ownership that was the first longer trip so I was curious what highway mileage I would get. I was pleasantly surprised: we made 409 miles on a 13.088 gallon fill-up. That gave a great 31.25mpg.
    I must admit I tried to get as much as possible. We drove mostly 60-65mph. The E is 4-speed 2WD EX. My average in the mixed driving is 25-26mpg.
    Has anyone achieved more than 31mpg which I think it's possible considering a fully packed E on my trip?
  • mickjazzmickjazz Posts: 21

    i have had my element for 3 months and have driven it about 5000 miles, all on long trips.

    the first big trip from seattle to st. george utah was fairly pleasant, driving mostly 75+ mph on the interstates. my wife felt it was more sensitive in steering and needed more correction than our mazda b4000 pickup which we have parked for a while.

    Then we took a trip from utah to texas on i40 across arizona and new mexico. the winds were BIG and from the south, hitting the element directly on the side. it was manageable but i had to slow down to 65 or so at times and it required attention - no drinking coffee with one hand and steering with the other.

    But coming back across i70 from grand junction to the i15 was just terrible. the winds were unmerciful and the element felt like my old 66 vw bug which would change lanes on the oakland bay bridge in windy conditions. i don't know how high the winds on i70 were but they were strong and gusty, maybe 30+ mph gusts, you could see other cars and rv's slow down too but the big suv's plowed on faster and faster. it was a very unpleasant driving experience.

    i have to take the car in for the first oil change this week and i want them to check the suspension to see if something is wrong. i'm not saying the car is unsafe but in high winds it's borderline.

    the design may need side skirts or some modification to the roof line - like a rounded cap. if it's a problem in the suspension unloading then it's more serious but may be corrected with different shocks.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It's not fair to compare if you're coming from a low slung coupe, for example. You just can't cheat physics, and this thing has a tall/wide profile that's like a sail compared to, say, an Accord coupe.

    Just slow down a bit for bridges. I'm sure you get used to it.

  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    If they add VSA and the 5 speed auto tranny to the Element in 2006, I would be happy.
  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    Will there be a follow up model to the first Element in 2008 or later? Or will there be only one? It's hard to gauge its popularity and profitability to Honda.

    With the Acura RDX and Honda CR-V production moving to Ohio in 2006, will there be capacity to continue to make Elements?

    What are your thoughts about how successful the Element has been for Honda and whether they will invest in a redesign?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I say it's a big hit. Yearly sales have been above forecasts every year so far. It cost them very little to make given the stuff from the parts-bin. Finally, it did not cannibalize CR-V sales, either.

    So Honda invested little and it exceeded sales goals while hurting no other Honda products. They probably had to hire more people to count the money.

    From a marketing success standpoint, I give it an A+.

Sign In or Register to comment.