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Honda Element

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  • 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 models....you'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
    http://automobiles.honda.com/element/index.aspx

    [check out the critter hanging upside down]

    :D

    -juice
  • 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 is...is 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.

    -juice
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,599
    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: 7,599
    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. ;)

    -juice
  • 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.

    -juice
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