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Honda Element



  • ragetsragets Posts: 63
    Just got back from the Honda Garage took 3 hours for them to put on the Leather steering wheel cover and driver side armrest with storage! I couldn't believe it. They told me it would only take 1 1/2 hours. Any how I love the feel of the wheel cover. It looks really nice till you look real close at the stitching in certain spots, then it looks not as nice. The new armrest is great! It is so much bigger and can hold all my little things in the car and keeps them well organized. The only complaint about the armrest is is that it restricts access to the cupholders an e-brake. Besides that I love it! My Element's interior is starting to look a little better now. :D
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Did you get wheelskins?

    I swear they're better than OE.

    I had it on my 91 Escort, which was totalled in 1998. I actually removed it and put it on my 98 Forester. Kept that until 2007.

    So basically it lasted 16 years, and still looked new when I sold my Forester (the buyer liked it and wouldn't let me take it off!).
  • ragetsragets Posts: 63
    No I got an OEM one. It is really nice, I really like the feel of it.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Honda sells it as an accessory?

    That's actually pretty cool. Is it custom/fitted?
  • ragetsragets Posts: 63
    Yeah it is on HandA's website: link title
    This is where I bought it from: link title

    And since it is from Honda it is custom fitted. It is quite nice. I don't think is selling them any more for the 09-10 years. I went on there site to get you a link but it is no longer on there.
  • ragetsragets Posts: 63
    I'm thinking I'm not going to get the lift now for my Element. I just seen that the Ford SVT Raptor is coming out with a super crew cab. So I think I may buy that in a couple years instead. I would have a major offroading advantage in that and I really like it. I love my Element but I think the SVT Raptor is just plain sweet!
  • ragetsragets Posts: 63
    So I just got my car back again from the shop yesterday, finally got my cold air intake on and got the rest of the problems fixed that they forgot to do. So they also had to fix the plastic front fender around the headlights because there were gaps around them. Well they brought my car to me last night and I took a flashlight out and seen they fixed it pretty well but still there is still about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch gap in some spots around the headlight. Here's my thing: I'm thinking that it may just not fit up correctly because of the impact with the deer, but When it rains/snows or when I wash my car, isn't that going to cause a problem? I mean water is gonna be able to get in there rather easily I would think. Any one have any suggestions of something I may be able to do? I don't know if the shop did everything they could to get it lined up or not, i'm going to see if they'll be able to get it better on Monday, but if not is there any suggestions of something I can do? Thanks.
  • Need advice on painting a 2008 black element with the new 2010 omni blue pearl color.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Hmm, that'll be tough.

    An aftermarket spray can't match factory paint, at least not for a lot of cost.

    Think about removing all the trim to cover it all, and then the rattles you'll have when you put everything back together.

    Honestly it may be cheaper and easier to just upgrade to a 2010!
  • Are you sure your not my dealer. That was his advise. Seriously thanks for the advise. My problem is that I have around 12,000 miles with a lot of extras on my Element and was hoping painting was a lot cheaper then moving up to a 2010.
    Never thought about the rattles...Thanks
  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    Between the cost and the aggravation of changing the color of a vehical you should just buy the 2010 model. Keeping in mind in order to repaint the vehical properly you have to strip the entire interior out to jam the panels (paint the inside of the panels so they match) and take all of the panels off the vehical and rehang them on the vehical which means then will never have a factory fit again. Not worth it at all.
  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    Has anyone experienced the situation that has caused the recall?
  • greg1954greg1954 Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 Element and while it was being driven through a flat, level parking lot the drivers- side air bag deployed, no bumps, jolt, nothing, just BOOM. Has this happened to any one else? I had 99,104 miles on the Element when this happened.
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    Please list the incident on the NHTSA website which also has a search function. Probably just a one in a million malfunction but unless you get it into the system no one can compare notes. Just reporting to the dealer isn't enough, as the whole Toyota fiasco has shown us.
  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    Now im no expert on Elements at all but I do have a background in auto body repair. This sounds more like one of the wires for the airbag got corroded some how and may have arced with a piece of metal to set it off. Its probably a faulty wire or the wire corroded the way it sounds.
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    I take my words back. Although not specifically applicable to the Element, the NY Times just had an article saying that reported incidents of sudden acceleration are low, even with the Toyota fiasco, but reported incidents of air bag problems are high - some going off when they shouldn't, some not going off when they should, etc. So airbag problems are not actually that rare.
  • I can't find any info on the Honda site re: a 2011 Element. Not sure what to make of that. Has it been discontinued? Or just absolutely no changes from 2010?

    Also, our Edmunds site discusses a standard transmission on the 2010: "Every 2010 Honda Element is equipped with a ... five-speed manual transmission [as] standard.... ¶ EPA estimated fuel economy is ... 18/23/20 for manual-shift AWD models." Yet, I cannot find on the Honda site, any mention of any kind (2WD or AWD) of standard transmission for the 2010 Element.

    Can anyone enlighten me? Thanks. —Thri
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Per the 2010 CR Buying Guide the automatic is gone.
  • So, I'm just trying to verify that you meant to say the automatic is dead. I seek confirmation of your last statement since it directly contradicts the Honda site; i.e., implies the standard is no longer available. Yet, you say that CR says the automatic is no longer available.

    Who to believe? Or did you mean to say "standard" when you typed "automatic?"

    Thanks. —Thri
  • The ConsumerGuide Automotive review of the 2010 Element states, “The only engine is a 166-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that teams with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The manual transmission has been discontinued.” —Thri
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Pardon me, I wrote it backwards, I meant to say the automatic is the only transmission available, the manual is gone. Sorry 'bout that.
  • orbit9090orbit9090 Posts: 116
    The 2011 Honda Element is online!

    2011 Honda Element
  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    I am looking for a new air filter. Problem is there are alot of them that show up to 06 Element, but nothing for 07 and on. Is there a differance between airfilter for the 06 and 07??? I wouldnt think there is but id hate to be wrong.
  • I was looking at that too for my 2010 Honda Element. It seems like a common theme that you lose the sub woofer in any installation of aftermarket radio. From what I have experienced, I wouldn't let that stop you from changing out the radio. The sub woofer isn't really a high quality unit and probably should be considered for an upgrade as well as the stereo.
  • vabobkvabobk Posts: 1
    Hoping you all can help me out with your opinions on this one. My '03 Odyssey was just totaled in an accident, and after reading reviews on reliability am thinking about getting an Element. Most people seem to love them. The Odyssey, not so much...

    Anyway, our local Honda dealer has an '08 SC with 33,000 miles on it that looks good and seems to drive well. But the carfax report lists four different owners for this car, two within several months of each other.

    This is the report: CDM_U

    That many owners in four years makes me a little nervous, but I am not knowledgable enough to know if I have a valid concern. What do you guys think?

    Thanks for the help!

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