View Full Version : '03 Honda Element

03-04-2009, 11:05 AM
Anyone have any experience with one of these? Pros & cons? Thanks, daughter wants to buy one.

03-04-2009, 11:16 AM
The look like they were shipped before the final paint.;)http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d7/03-06_Honda_Element.jpg/250px-03-06_Honda_Element.jpg

All kidding aside I don't know much about them ,but the Honda reputation you can't mess with.

03-04-2009, 11:18 AM
Got a friend with an '03. First year I think. He loves it. He has to carry a lot of stuff around, so it is a practical vehicle for him. I don't know about reliability.

Joe (SoCal)
03-04-2009, 11:20 AM
Stupid doors
You HAVE to open the front door THEN you can open the back door.
WHY ?????

I don't know about reliability.

You don't have to it's a Honda. ;)

Bob Adams
03-04-2009, 11:26 AM
One fugly automobile.

Nicholas Scheuer
03-04-2009, 12:06 PM
I know an Engineer-type over on anotrwer forum who really likes his. Don't know whether it's 2 or 4WD.

I like the Element. but I'm not in the market for cars that don't have a diesel option.

Moby Nick

James McMullen
03-04-2009, 12:31 PM
My Honda Element is the best small boat support vehicle I have ever encountered. It is the hugest small car on the road, and extremely practical for the outdoorsy sort. Take out the back seats--which is a snap--and you've got the entire back of the car as one open cargo bay. It was designed by a bunch of surfers--easily accepts a Yakima rack for kayaks or my pram dinghy. No carpet to soak up water; you can chuck your wetsuit booties right on the floor, throw your pair of mud-covered mt. bikes or springer spaniels inside with no consequences. I didn't like the way they look either at first. . . . . .but so what? Who cares what a stupid car looks like? It's not like it's a boat, fer goshsakes!

Here's ol' Greenie aboard the late, lamented MV Nisqually headed for P.T.

http://inlinethumb51.webshots.com/25074/2706614830088484686S500x500Q85.jpg (http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2706614830088484686uREsRt)

capt jake
03-04-2009, 12:34 PM
The Element is on my list of possible cars when I am in the market. The most functional car out there IMHO.

Swedish Fish
03-04-2009, 12:35 PM
Stupid doors
You HAVE to open the front door THEN you can open the back door.
WHY ?????

You don't have to it's a Honda. ;)

Those doors open up the same as a Ford, Chevy and Dodge cab and a halves don't they. My wife has an 06 and she loves the thing.

03-04-2009, 12:58 PM
I've only heard good things about them.

Paul Pless
03-04-2009, 01:08 PM
It was designed by a bunch of surfers...Kinda interesting that the demographics of the owners of elements is dominated by empty nester older middle aged white women!

03-04-2009, 01:40 PM
Joe...if'n ya gots small critters in the back they can't open the door without your approval....ya dunno wanna lose no kid type critters.

03-04-2009, 02:23 PM
.. it just isn't something I'd want to drive all the time.
Isn't that what you said about the Marquis? What happened to that?

03-04-2009, 03:27 PM
sorta like a former spouse about 30 years ago.....bitched all the time.....when we were married I had a Jag in hiding....she drove a Frawd Mustang 6 cylinder...I drove the ratty Pinto to work.....she bitched constantly about the Jag....one day she said the Jag went or she would...I took her at her word......

Paul Pless
03-04-2009, 03:30 PM
she bitched constantly about the Jag....one day she said the Jag went or she would...I took her at her word......never understood those kinda woman...

03-04-2009, 03:49 PM
....one day she said the Jag went or she would...I took her at her word......

A friend of mine announced to his wife that (at age 30) he was having a midlife crisis, and needed either a Jaguar or a mistress. He now owns a '71 E-type, but the title is in HER name.

03-04-2009, 04:16 PM
As soon as my '97 Astro cargo van dies I'll be in my Element.

03-04-2009, 05:30 PM
If I did not need the extra capacity of my Ridgeline I'd be driving an Element :-)
Oh, and Honda service is by far the best I've encountered!

Anthony Zucker
03-04-2009, 07:04 PM
I love my 04 Element 5 spd. It's fun to drive, easy to park, very versatile(rear seats can lay flat, flip up or take out). I calculated 26mpg, mostly around town. It tows a 13'Boston Whaler with no problem. Only driven it 40k and its a Honda so absolutely no problems. Only minor negative with the early model is the seat belt gets jammed in the door if you dont click it before shutting the door. After 06 they build the belt intothe seat.

03-04-2009, 09:56 PM
Does it still come with the hidden card table?

03-05-2009, 07:54 AM
My GF has an '04 and she loves it. She went from a V-6 Accord coupe to the Element.

It has more rear legroom than any car on the road and those weird doors offer wide and unobstructed access to the interior.