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  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Still my favorite. I think it made the best of the non-painted panels.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The Green looks para-military also. Isn't that what Paul B. got?

    Speaking of whom, he did another hit-and-run. Bought it, announced it, then disappeared. Second time!

  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Actually, I think the military connotation may be one of the things that killed the color.

    Also, it wasn't "flashy". People like new cars to have some bling. Even when cleaned up, the color didn't seem like a glossy, new car sort of color. It was more of a pea green.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I used to have models as a kid, and we used to call it Olive Drab. A camo color, basically. Maybe that's why I like it.

    Hey, we agree about something. Let's not let that happen again. ;)

  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Nah, more of a moss green.

    There, now we're at odds again. fwew!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That was close. :P

  • The Galapogos Green is much nicer than the new Kiwi on the EX-P and there is no green on LX or EX.

    I think the color guys at Honda need some help.
  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    I was very curious to see some painted panel Elements in the flesh. My dealer had a black one and a blue one so I went on my lunch hour and snapped some pictures. Hopefully posting these will save someone a trip.


  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    I really like the blue. It is similar to the Atlantic blue pearl on Subaru Legacies and Tribecas. Seems the exact same color as the Atomic Blue on 2006 Civics. It is a little darker and richer than Ocean Mist Metallic on Odysseys and less aquamarine than the steel blue Metallics on Pilots and Ridgelines.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Reminded me of the same exact thing, in fact that's my favorite color on Subaru's palette.

    Honda's is slightly darker, a shade or two, at least from the photos.

    Also, Subaru's is a pearl, and I believe that's a metallic paint.

  • The painted panels of the EX-P are way too bland in my opinion. They make a cutting edge, funky small SUV look like every other small SUV out there.

    I still love the EX with the black plastic body panels. Too bad Honda's color selections for the '06 EX stinks. The awesome looking Tangerine is only available on the EX-P.
  • raydahsraydahs Posts: 449
    Anyone out there drive an Element in Phoenix or Tucson area?
    If so, what's your opinion on the A/C unit? nowakj66 Thanks for the preview pics!
  • I recently (about 3 mo. ago) got my Element (AWD 5-speed) and I'm very happy with it. I've always wondered how the E would look with painted panels. Now that I've seen it, I have to agree with allfiredup. It's not ugly, but it does take something away from the styling of the E, in my opinion at least. Anyway, sorry to get off the subject, but i have a question about the drivetrain of the E. Does anyone happen to know what the difference (if any) is between the differentials on the 04 and 05 models. The specs on Edmuns say the 04 has a rear limited slip only, but the 05 has a center limited slip as well as a rear one. What exactly is a center LSD? I tried to backtrack through the posts (almost all of them, took me 3 hours :D ), but couldn't find anything on this subject. BTW, my E is an 04. I managed to find a new one in mid 05.
    Thanx for any explanation Check
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Welcome to the forums and congrats on your E!

    The answer to your question is "you've been misinformed". I'm not sure where you read about an LSD here at Edmunds, but wherever it was, it's a typo. The Element does not have an LSD offered in any models.
  • Glad someone agrees with me that the painted panels don't look as good as the black ones. It looks like just another small SUV with the monochrome color treatment, particularly in non-flashy colors.

    For technical questions, if you don't get an answer on here, you might want to try (a Honda enthusiast site) and (an Element enthusiast/owner site). They're both great sources of information.

    Congrats on the Element! What color did you get?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Some AWD systems can double as a limited-slip differential, but not RT4WD. Viscous-couplings and Torsen systems are, for instance.

    So this applies loosely to some Subarus and Audis, but not your Element. Basically full-time AWD systems require it.

  • meganbmeganb Posts: 14
    I just took a look at a silver 2006 EX-P. i LOVE the painted panels but I really wish the interior was all gray and not two toned blue and gray but oh well. Great headroom and love the side folding backseats.

    Unrelated, can someone give a description of what it's like to have the car in 4WD? im used to the Jeeps where there is a separate shifting....just curious and would love to know any and all experiences. We travel in the snow w/ snowboards and gear a lot (and through the mountains quite a bit in all seasons) and just want to know the Element is up to the task.

    Thanks. :)
  • Thanx to everyone for the info. I thought it a little strange that I didn't see any advertisement say the E has a limited slip diff. Oh, well. Can't have it all, I guess :( . My Element is a EX in Sunset Orange Pearl. I still drool every time I see the the color under bright sunlight. So...gorgeous...
    Anyway, Meganb, I myself still haven't had the chance to try the AWD system in snow, but I can tell you it works very well in the rain. I tried to accelerate hard on some wet leaves just to test it out. The front wheels spin for a fraction of a sec. before the rears kick in and the E just takes off. I'm very curious myself of how the car will perform in the Chicago winter (I know, I know...we don't have it as bad as some of you out there :P ) Are you thinking of buying an Element, megan? Pleas get back to us, if you do buy one.
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    You probably won't ever know when the vehicle's AWD is operating. It just does.

    I had a 1999 CR-V with RT4WD until recently. I frequently hit the slopes in NH and VT and used the CR-V to go back and forth. I never had a problem so long as I was alert and cautious in bad conditions.
  • Checkin' back in, haven't read the forum for a while. 2005 was a big year for me, got a dog, a wife, a new job, and most importantly (just kidding honey) a '05 MT/EX Cargo Khaki Element. Went to the dealer for the 10k lube oil and rotate today. Honeymoon road-trips and various other adventures racked up the miles quickly. Low-end I get 22mpg. On our road trip I got 28mpg with a big [non-permissible content removed] rocket box on top! Usually it's somewhere in between. Wish it was somehow 10mpg better but it could be worse. I can't wait for the snowboarding season to start up again. W only got a few mountain trips in last season with the new wheels. So far… awesome. We even slept in it numerous times this summer. Now we put an air mattress in it that we blow up using the rear power socket! Dog loves it, wife loves it, friends (when I have the back seats in) tell me they like it, but maybe they’re just being polite and think I should have gone with consumer reports-best-all-around-whatever.

    Saw the new painted panel style today from afar, but didn't give it much thought. One question occurred to me though: Are the painted panels metal or plastic. If metal does that add weight? If plastic, how did they get that to match? Just curious.

    Nothing against the painted panels, they look alright, but I don't regret getting the two-tone especially in Khaki. To me it's part of the Element's design and style, either you like it or not. Gal. Green was our first choice but no one had it so we "settled" for the Khaki and were won over by it. Not so sure about the newer flashy colors. I suppose it depends on if you keep the car for lots of years and whether or not that color that looks neato now someday just looks silly. If I were buying now I'd try to get them to sell me an '05 cheap. Superficials aside, I'm still a huge fan of the concept and the car.
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