Excellent alternative to an all-out-SUV
By Lawrance on
2003 Honda Element EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
I've had my E for about 2.5 years now and haven't had any problems worth taking to the dealer for. The drivers seat needs new bushings to keep it from shifting, and every 10 minutes or so, the headlights go dim for a second before returning to normal. Both of these items are inherent to the 2003 model. The cabin does have some wind noise, and the suspension is rather jarring. Otherwise, this vehicle has been 100% reliable. It has a very tight turning circle, and is very fun to drive. The lack of carpeting makes for easy cleaning and the seat configurations make it one of the most versatile vehicles on the road. I usually get 21 MPG on average. Wish Honda made an upscale version.
Fun to drive. Versatile interior is great for dirty projects. Clamshell tailgate is ideal for loading. Decent MPG next to traditional SUV's.
Need an upscale version with: Vanity mirrors, indoor/outdoor temperature gauge. Power/Leather/ Heated seats. Carpeting. V6. Compass. Mileage computer. Higher load than 750 pounds. Loose the suicide doors. Move the sunroof to the front. Less plastic. Less grey color.