2003 Honda Element EX AWD 4dr SUV w/Side Airbags (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
This is the most functional vehicle I've ever owned! I'm an amateur photographer and it will easily accommodate all my gear and take me anyplace I need to go to get the shot as long as I don't need over 6.8 inches ground clearance and that's the only con. It handles great! I sure do wish they hadn't quit making these cars or whatever you call them, SUV would probably be the better term. Fantastic vehicle.
I was so happy when I first bought my 03 element but after 2 weeks with the car, everything changed. From problems with the trothle, seats breaking apart, cluster malfunctions, brake issues, suspension problems. Engine failure. Seems this honda was a big mistake. Bought it with almost 100k, after investing more than 2k fixing problems, this car is the worst car i've had in 19 years driving. It keeps falling apart even using original parts. Never buying a Honda EVER AGAIN.
Only complaints are the 4-speed auto being unable to really use the powerband as effectively as the 5AT or 5MT, and the drivers seat eventually makes my back sore after a few hours. Otherwise, everything is great. 155,000+ in it with absolutely no failures. Only needs routine maintenance, which is easy to do, with exception of oil dripping on the AWD components when changing the filter (but there’s a part available to help this).
Starts the first time, every time. Goes through snow and dirt as easily as pavement. Ours has been to Burning Man five times, no issues with heavy dust exposure. Rear seats come out, and anyone 6’1” or under can sleep in the back, no problem. Rear sunroof is removable, and can be popped for great airflow. Dog loves the waterproof rear seats, and is easy to load up, since it’s easy to step into.
It does 95% of anything you need it to do, and you can trust the Element to get it done.