2003 Honda Element Consumer Review: Loved it except for windshield

2003 Honda Element - Consumer Review

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EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Loved it except for windshield issue
By Jan on


2003 Honda Element EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


Super for hauling 2 mountain bikes without disassembling any bike parts - both fit fine standing up in the back with seats out or seats hanging up on the side. Loved being able to sleep in it on road trips with all seats left in/just reclined (just put mesh fabric over windows with magnets to hold fabric in place.) Super dependable in the rain and snow. Excellent turning radius. Doors became problematic when I had two toddlers and had to park next to other cars at the grocery store and get them in and out. I had to replace 4 or 5 windshields because rocks caused cracks (I think it must be a design flaw.) Honda did cover the first one when we could not find a rock pock at the crack start.

Best Features

Honda performance and reliability. Was rear ended at lower speed and the back end crumpled well under the spare tire and kids in back were none worse for the wear. Back seat configuration for sleeping and for hanging them up without having to remove them. Direct Ipod connection to radio.

Worst Features

Wind noise. WINDSHIELD cracking problem. Armrest for passenger. Handles on ceiling moved to help people climb into back seat better. A version that would hold 3 kids instead of just two. (I had to move up to an Oddysey.)
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