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2006 Honda Element SUV

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Elephant Moves Anything
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Mark
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2006 Honda Element SUV EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Friends always want to bowwor the "elephant" when they move stuff - My wife has an 03 Element with 103000 - never been down for maintenance except routine stuff; Daughter has one, Niece has one and mine is an 06 - pretty much perfect - Honda could -for about 100 bucks more make this the perfect vehicle 1 - a little more sound deadening 2 - slightly more aerodynamic would get 1-2 more mpg 3 - slightly larger fuel tank 4 - one more intermittent position on the wipers. 5 - put a gizmo in that would allow for pax - p.s. Honda,this seems like the perfect platform for an all electric or hybrid - what gives??


Best Features

Big - I am 6'4 most of my friends are at least 6'2 and plus 250 pounds - when we ride together we have plenty, plenty of room.


Worst Features

biggest thing - more sound deadening


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Expectations Fulfilled
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By Larry
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2006 Honda Element SUV EX-P 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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After 3 years and over 70,000 miles I remain delighted. It has met all of my expectations and more. Other than a windshield replacement due to its vertical orientation and replacement of the original tires at 70,000 miles, I have only changed the oil/filter and had the major service done. Consistently get 24-25 MPG; find it to be comfortable but a somewhat bumpy ride on longer trips; and love the functionality for hauling gear and bulky items. Great value for the price and low cost of operation.


Best Features

Utility, comfort, initial price and low cost of operation.


Worst Features

Less vertical windshield to reduce stone chips. Improved sound-proofing.


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Saved my life
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By ricthechef
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2006 Honda Element SUV EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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My brother had a 2003 Element and was rolled off the thruway--he walked away. Yesterday I was hit just about head on, on the right headlight, by a pickup going over 60 MPH. The car rolled, the airbags deployed and aside from a broken rib and a few contusions, I literally walked away. Kudos to safety features and thanks to you Honda! The high ceilings I believe are a factor in safety and comfort.


Best Features

Adaptable, quick, straight to the point, GREAT IN THE SNOW.


Worst Features

A few more interior hiding places and a BETTER DRAIN for the times that you want to hose it out. Right now you have to remove the spare. I use mine to cater and it has had it's fill of Jerk chicken juice!


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Great Ski Car
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Runmaster
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2006 Honda Element SUV EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I purchased an '06 knowing that changes were going to made in the '07. I did not care for the new belt system and the front grill. Also, this was the 1st generation Element and I believe that all the issues are worked out with the last year of a generation change. (Front windshield, A/C, AWD, etc.) I have been correct. This car (SUV) is rock solid.


Best Features

I ski patrol and this is a pretty good AWD. You do need the correct tires. It is outstanding for hauling gear. No big thing when snow gets inside. No cloth or fabric that can get water damage.


Worst Features

An indication that the AWD is kicking in. This car with a diesel engine would be outstanding. Also, it could be an inch more ground clearance.


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Great car
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By Brian
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2006 Honda Element SUV EX-P 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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Have had this car for 3 yrs/60 k miles. Great car. Super cheap to own, amazingly reliable. Standard maintenance is really inexpensive, and only every 10k miles. This is not a luxury car. There is no wood trim/leather seats, etc. What you see is what you get. But it's plenty peppy, drives very smooth, and fits in compact car parking spots. Excellent turning radius. Blind spots do take some getting used to though - my only complaint. Excellent in the snow. Excellent build quality. Excellent cargo capacity. Seats are easy to flip up or take out. Even comfortable to sleep in, which I have done many times at trail heads before climbs!


Best Features

Many possible configurations of rear seats, turning radius, reliability, inexpensive to maintain, smooth driving/suspension, manual transmission is very smooth to operate, comfortable seats even for long trips.


Worst Features

Blind spots, particularly rear pillars.


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