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Honda Element



  • anitjeanitje Posts: 1
    Does anybody know when the 2006 Elements will be on the market?
  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    My dealer says November or December.
  • so_caliso_cali Posts: 64
    Oct 21 is the first production date that I've heard which means in dealers early November. My guestimate on the painted panel EX-P is around $1400 more. We shall see soon enough. Can't wait to see a tango red pearl EX-P in person! ;)
  • mldj98mldj98 Posts: 378
    Can anyone give me the straight scoop on the MPG that one gets in the 05 Element AWD EX Automatic transmission....

    I also heard a Mid-November arrival date at the dealerships....the EX-P model is the only one I will consider buying....Although I disagree a little with the post above...I don't think the increase in price will be $1400....that's too much...The completely redesigned Civic EX Sedan only went up $725 from 05....the element remains unchanged for the most part...with the exception of painted panels...steering wheel radio controls...and few more colors....that's about it...

  • I can't help you on the 2006 Elements. I have a 2005 EX AWD automatic that has only 1000 miles on it. I'm getting 26 mpg in city/suburban driving. This might improve after it's really broken in, but I'm happy with the mileage for a car with this versatility and space.
  • dweiserdweiser Posts: 288
    My driving habits are weird. I live in the mountains of western NC and my trips are o-n-l-y 10 to 15 miles to town and home on twisty mountain roads. I'm getting between 20 and 22 m.p.g. which isn't bad considering short trips on theses roads.
    I'm happy.
  • mldj98mldj98 Posts: 378
    thanks dweiser and stewardrobbins....

    I do have a few other questions for you if you don't mind....
    A little about my situation.....I currently live in Florida but will be moving back to the mid-west here in the near future and I was thinking about getting an AWD I must admit I already have a Pilot which my wife drives to haul around the kids and I drive an Acura at the moment...anyhooo...I started to think about the element....I never really noticed it before but recently gave it a separate look once I heard that they are going to offer the painted fenders in the new EX-P wife is not real crazy about it but doesn't mind much if I decide to get questions to you is how do you like it overall? If you have kids, is it a pain to get in and out of it because of the rear door? That right now is the only drawback that I can tell....Have you noticed any rattles or annoying things about the element? Just to show you how wide open I am...I am also looking at the Toyota Double Cab V6....drove one today....not bad...but the element is still on my mind....any help and or inputs you can give would be greatly appreciated....the great thing about this board is you can get the straight skinney on what's going on with a particular vehicle...
    Thanks again!
  • I'm guessing the EX-P will be $800-$1000 more than the regular EX, but that's totally a guess. I'm just thinking they won't want to price it too high, but who knows.

    I'm sure the LX will see a significant increase with the addition of ABS and the metallic-look body cladding from the EX. If the LX increases much, the EX will probably also jump up a bit. I'm hoping that's not the case, though.
  • Overall, I have to say I love the little thing. We bought it as a suburban dog hauler. The dirt and wet resistant floor and upholstery, the folding and removable seats that leave a huge cargo area with a flat floor sold the Element to us.

    The only negatives are: It is unusual looking, but I like the plastic panels. Rear door cargo access is not as convenient as a minivan sliding door, but it's no problem. No rattles or other problems. The last negative is that the road noise is higher than I like. The stock tires contribute and will be replaced reasonably soon. I also plan to dampen and insulate the doors and cargo area. There are long threads about this on Element forums, and it isn't that difficult.

    Other than than, great little vehicle.
  • mldj98mldj98 Posts: 378
    thanks for your input....
    I heard the new 06 element won't hit the showrooms until will have to wait and see....
  • I see that six new exterior colors will be added for '06, I wonder how many will be deleted? I loved the Cargo Khaki on the '05, but that was a "Limited Availability" color. I only saw one here in Atlanta. Hopefully it'll show up again for '06.
  • tabjrtabjr Posts: 4
    About the MPG, my 05 EX AWD auto with about 3000 miles gets 22-24 in suburban and hwy driving. However, I commute daily in downtown DC stop and go traffic with the A/C on and only get 14 MPG.

    About the Element, I must say it's grown on me. I really like the utility but also like driving it. No rattles. Seems to be very well constructed.
  • tabjrtabjr Posts: 4
    Can you direct me to an Element forum that discusses dampening and insulating the doors? I've searched this forum and didn't turn up anything but your post. Many thanks.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    That doesn't come up much anymore. We had one discussion about it years ago:

    Vibration dampers e.g. Dynamat

    Seems like it's mostly the audiophile crowd that buys Dynamat anymore.

    Steve, Host
  • I have an O3 EX AWD/AT and get 20-22 in town (AC dependent) and on the highway 26-28 (right foot dependent).

    Does your dash near the widshield rattle? I have heard this is a common occurence but wanted input from another owner. Also, have you had to replace any windshields yet? I have one time do to a crack, but I have a neighbor who is on his fifth. The dealer says it is a faulty design because the glass is too was covered under the warranty.
  • mldj98mldj98 Posts: 378
    I do not own one yet....I was asking some questions about the Element's MPG because I wanted to see how well everyone was doing as far as MPG goes.
    I'm waiting for the new 06 EX-P trim model to come out....then will get down to serious business...
    Thanks for your input.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I was looking at the Toyota FJ, and noticed how certain elements (pardon the pun) are very derivative of the Honda Element:

    * washable floor and cargo area
    * suicide-style doors
    * blocky dash design

    So, are you owners flattered by this imitation? FJ will be more trucky and bigger, but it sure does ape a lot of features from Honda.


  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326

    Hmmm... You're right. Not identical in any way, but they look like variations on the same theme.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    They are more similar than I thought!

    Pretty wild, no?

  • smootsmoot Posts: 14
    I was also comparing the FJ Cruiser and the E, but really...look at the difference in rear passenger leg room!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The driveshaft tunnel, too. Of course Toyota has to leave a bit more room for all the 4WD hardware. Plus I believe that will have a live axle, so it needs room for the pumpkin to bob up and down.

  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    Looks like the painted panel option adds $500 to the EX. Build and configure to see what else is new!
  • I think the EX-P looks great, but there are only four color options on each model. I sure hope they expand the color availability a little more into the model year.

    As it stands, every model is available in-

    Alabster Silver
    Atomic Blue (like the new Civic, like it much better than previous Element blue)
    Nighthawk Black
    Rallye Red (LX only, bright red)
    Tango Red (EX, EX-P only, dark red, way to burgandy looking for my taste)

    They annouced several more colors than this when they released '06 model info, still odd to have so few colors right now, though. I'd love to see the Carbon Bronze color from the Accord and perhaps the Galaxy Grey from the Civic.

    Can't wait to see an EX-P in person. So far, looks best in Atomic Blue to me.
  • I just went back and read the press release from several months ago. There are a few more colors coming...

    Rallye Red will be available on regular EX model (not EX-P)
    Kiwi (funky green) will be availbe on LX and EX-P, but not EX?
    Tangerine will be available on EX-P

    It looks like the Kiwi and Tangerine will be available in 12/05, not sure about the Rallye REd EX, but you can get Rallye Red on the LX now. Too bad Cargo Khaki from last year isn't back again, but who knows? Maybe they'll do limited edition colors like they did with that one last year.
  • mldj98mldj98 Posts: 378
    I think the Element looks allot better with the painted fenders....wasn't even on my list until now....the only hold up now are those darn rear doors!!
    Although I guess it would be like having an access cab truck now a days....those back doors open the same way....
    The blue (EX-P) looks about the best to me also....
    Can't wait to see them in person....
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm so used to seeing it the way it's been, that I dunno, it just seems a bit "plain" without the two-tone.

  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Looks best with the darker colors, IMO. I'd have to see it in person, but the red looks better than I was expecting.
  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    I like the atomic blue but I wish it came with a black interior rather than grey-blue. In person evaluation is necessary, however my dealer does not expect actual examples to arrive for a month or two.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I saw light and dark red. Where is the Tangerine?

    I wonder how close to reality those colors even look, the red on my screen looked very artificial. I bet it looks differnet in person.

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