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Honda Element



  • 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.
  • craigmricraigmri Posts: 243
    After a year of trying to convince the wife to look at the Element(she thinks its ugly but I love it) and after a dissapointing test drive of the Mazda 5, I finally got her to say, OK lets go test drive an Element so you'll just shut up.

    We're supposed to go in tonight to check it out and after studying the website it appears they are 4 passengers only? Is this true? She's gonna strike it down in an instant since she takes 4 kids to school every day.

    So close yet so far :-(

  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    My wife and I are opposite of you and your wife. My wife loves the Element, and I found it to be ugly. However, we looked at one at the auto show last month, and I have been converted. We are buying a new vehicle this spring, and the Element has made the cut to our final 3 contestants.

    To answer your other question, from looking at it at the auto show, the back seat can only handle 2. That is mainly because of the way the seat was desined to split at the center and fold up against each side of the vehicle. Maybe you and your wife could meet at the middle at the CR-V????
  • goltgogoltgo Posts: 54
    1racefan is right. The two rear seats are separated by plastic trim and cupholders. There is no seatroom or seatbelt for a fifth person. Four is the max.
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    My in-laws have an AWD CR-V. I have driven it before with 5 adults in it, and the engine performance isn't nearly as strong as it is with 2 or 3 adults in it.

    The Element has the same engine as the CR-V, so I would imagine it would probably be a little sluggish with 5 adults as well (assuming 5 adults could fit to begin with). However, If your wife hauls around 4 small kids, I guess that would be a different situation.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    You can't carry 5 people regardless of adults or children in an Element, so if that is a requirement, the Element is not a choice to consider.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Try a CR-V instead, as mentioned above. Or maybe a new RAV4 once those are out, they even offer a 3rd row now.

  • Demographics blown again!! 58 yr old disabled woman interested in an Element but with some concerns.
    Thought I saw a number of posts a while back about modification of Element for purpose of scooter/wheelchair lift but spent an hr looking tonight and can't find 'em.
    11 yrs drove a white Corolla, traded it l0 yrs ago for another white Corolla, both served magnificently but too low and small for my present needs. Ready to trade, have mobility issues due to Rheumatoid Arthritis. No need for towing or off roading ability or need of room for dogs or little kids (love both just don't have any now) Test drove a Pre owned Element and found it quite easy to access driver side and comfortable seating, rigid and stiff is actually a plus for me. Possibility of need in future for use of scooter or wheelchair. What does anyone think about adding a Wheelchair lift to the back of an Element? Got one opinion from a mobility company. Said it can be done because of the high roof and wide back hatch of an Element. Anyone ever tried this with success? The mobility person, by the way, said if not Element need to consider MiniVan, other SUV's likely won't work. Only purchase cars each 10 years, would rather not buy anything as expensive or large as minivan. Trying to do my homework. Thanks for opinions.
  • Hey there,

    Go to Google and enter the search terms "wheelchair lift Honda Element". It brings up a good many results and you can see if you're able to find the info you're looking for. I'm sure there are companies that can install them into the Element. It's actually perfect for something like that, particularly with the rear seats removed.

    Good luck!
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,986
    If you put "wheelchair" in the Search This Discussion box you'll get a few hits.

    Honda has a Customer Mobility Assistance program that offers up to $1,000 reimbursement.

    We have a Mobility Guide that may help too.

    Finally, there's a Best Vehicles & Modifications for Disabled Drivers discussion in the archives that may have some helpful links (feel free to ask claires, the host over there to reopen it if you like - I know it's focused on minivans but ....).

    Steve, Host
  • Thanks allfiredup and Steve-great info, I am checking it out now.
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