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2003 Honda Element

Overall rating:  Product Rating: 4.5

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Best car I ever had

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Jan 21, 2010 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Great for hauling items.
Dependable and sporty.
Easy to drive.
roomy hatch/trunk area
Cons: Plastic on outside fades and shows wear on top
Folding doors are awkward at times
The Bottom Line: the Honda element is a great car and I always recommend it to everyone!

I have had my Honda Element now for 6 years. It is the best car I have ever owned. It is a Honda of course but the Element is roomy, easy to drive, dependable and sporty. I bought it when they first came out and everyone was looking at it like crazy and ... read more

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Beware the Blind Spots

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Aug 27, 2007 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: No 

Pros: Roomy, comfortable, great to go to the beach.
Cons: BLIND SPOTS, BLIND SPOTS, BLIND SPOTS.
The Bottom Line: I don't recommend for inexperienced drivers due to many blind spots.

I inherited this car from my Dad. It's roomy and a great vehicle to take to the beach, transport our parrots, or drive the dog to the vet. The sound system is good, and it is easy to clean. I have driven for 27 years without even as much as a parking ... read more

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Element is fun, but not for everyone.

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Jul 30, 2007 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: No 

Pros: Honda quality, high seating position, fun to drive, durable & flexible interior, decent fuel economy.
Cons: Poor rear visibility, noise issues at highway speeds, stiff jerky ride quality, awkward passenger doors.
The Bottom Line: Think hard before purchasing this vehicle. Ride quality and noise issues will drive you nuts. But if you value Honda quality and enjoy the mutant Accord-on-steroids look, then get one.

I have owned my Element since new, so it's going on 4 years now. I feel I have enough experience with this vehicle to post a comprehensive opinion about it. My Element is FWD, 5-speed manual, no sunroof. Bought new, used 90% for city driving. I ... read more

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Best car I've ever owned!

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Jun 21, 2007 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: reliability, versatility, ease of cleaning, fuel mileage, low-emissions, cargo space, comfort, leg room.
Cons: blind spot
The Bottom Line: I would highly recommend it- it's a well-built, reliable, somewhat eco-concious, comfortable and versatile SUV.

I purchased my 2003 Element brand-new in 2003. It's my first Honda and I couldn't be happier with it. In 4 years and over 33,000 miles, I have not had a single problem with it ever. It's reliable, comfortable, drives nicely, and it's versatile. It also ... read more

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I Love My Element

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Apr 1, 2007 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: roomy interior, rugged, drives well in snow
Cons: blind spots, people perceive it as ugly
The Bottom Line: This vehicle is perfect for someone that carries passengers and occasionally has to carry cargo.

Anything would have been an upgrade from my Kia Sportage. Anything. I wanted an affordable SUV but could not find anything. That is when a friend that worked at a Honda dealership told me about the Element. I had seen them before and thought that it ... read more

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LOVE MY ELEMENT

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Mar 20, 2007 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Good mileage, super reliable, comfy ride - what's not to love
Cons: In 4 years of car ownership I never found a negative
The Bottom Line: I'd buy this car again in a heartbeat.

I was one of the first people in Houston Texas to own an Element back in 03. I purchased a blue Element DX and never regretted it for an instant. When I went to purchase a car, I had several candidates, ranging from a Subaru to a Saturn to the Honda CRV. ... read more

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Not Quite Sure If You're Out of Your Element?

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Mar 4, 2007 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Functionality, versatility, price
Cons: Blindspots, sluggish engine, Honda doesn't offer deals, 30K warranty
The Bottom Line: Buy it if it suits your lifestyle, but know what you're in for.

2003 is the first year that Honda offered one of the most daring automotive designs to hit the market. Like any first year offering, it has it's share of bumps and warts. I bought the Element as a grad student at Penn State. I had two medium sized ... read more

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Long Term Report

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Dec 21, 2006 - Updated Dec 23, 2006 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Excellent long term experience. Would buy another one in a heartbeat.
Cons: Wish it had a six-speed transmission.
The Bottom Line: Highly recommend the Element over comparable vehicles. Tremendous value, loads of fun, trouble free ownership.

I have owned my 2003 Honda Element for just over three years and love it now as much as the day I bought it. I originally purchased it for snowy Connecticut winters and haven't been disappointed...but I don't push the AWD capabilities. The fun and ... read more

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Not quit up to Honda's standard

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Oct 20, 2006 - Updated Mar 26, 2007 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: No 

Pros: It's a Honda, excellent headroom, humongous cargo area.
Cons: VTEC failure @ only 7,000 miles, rear seating, body rattles.
The Bottom Line: It's a Honda, but the VTEC feature leaves one to wonder about reliability in the long haul.

This review is in regards to the 2003 Honda Element EX, well I do not personally own this vehicle, it is owned by my father and I have driven it myself quit a few times and have been a passenger in the vehicle several times. I am a pretty big Honda ... read more

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The Amazing Element!!

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Jul 15, 2006 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Versatile, Roomy/Spacious, Comfortable, Unique, Washable Interior, Controls Easy to access & FUN!
Cons: no bungee loops on passenger seat back. No inside tailgate release.
The Bottom Line: Looking for a truck that is a passenger car, that is reliable, has decent mpg, versatile and FUN!?! Get an Element!

When I first saw info on the Element (when it was just a little prototype) I thought odd, perhaps even ugly. I was looking (casually) for a vehicle. I was seriously considering the CRV, but with reservations. I did not like the seat fabric of ... read more

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I LOVE THIS CAR!!!!!!!!!

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Oct 14, 2005 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Versatile, fun to drive.
Cons: Seats, seatbelts for only 4 people. Gas milage for 4cyl? I get 23-25 hwy.
The Bottom Line: Great car, great features, very few drawbacks. Not for large families. Buying another when the time comes!

I bought this car (new) as a replacement car for my 2-dr Ford Explorer after adding to our family, and having it be nearly impossible to haul a baby in and out of the back of an suv. I did not anticipate how crazy I would become about it! The "suicide ... read more

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Complete list of pro's & con's for this fantastic SUV

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Jan 9, 2005 - Updated Feb 1, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Usable Space, easy cleaning, fun design, decent mpg, sporty handling.
Cons: Blind spots, headlights blink, seats move, cheap-feeling interior.
The Bottom Line: If you want a highly reliable, highly functional and highly flexible vehicle that won’t break the bank, you can’t do better than the Honda Element.

I like my Element. In fact, I might even love it. I bought my E with very specific needs. I needed enough space to load an assembled real estate yard sign in, and I wanted a vehicle with good mileage, as gas was $2.00/gallon when I entered the car ... read more

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Think INSIDE the Box!

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Jul 5, 2004 - Updated Jul 6, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Awsome interior space, peppy 4-cyl engine, funky & fun Hummer-like looks without the tradeoffs!
Cons: Your friends may make fun of the boxy styling. Washable interior doesn't appeal to everyone.
The Bottom Line: Its a fun, funky, and extremely function vehicle that won't break the bank. Get it!

The Element seems tailor-made for people who are of less then average dimensions and/or those who seek something a little different and more practical than the average SUV. The vehicle seems - and comparatively is - smallish on the outside, but ... read more

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Element - Good with the Bad

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Jun 28, 2004 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: No 

Pros: Practical vehicle, Good cargo capacity
Cons: Really poor seat design/construction. Incredibly poor, unacceptable interior plastic durability.
The Bottom Line: If you can live with the design and manufacturing problems it may work for you.

I have owned Hondas for 20 years now. Extremely practical vehicle with pretty decent fuel economy. I really started out loving this vehicle but for now is now only "OK" in my opinion because of a few major flaws. With 10K on the odometer I have a pretty ... read more

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Not a Fun Vehicle

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Apr 13, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: Quirky styling, reliability, TARDIS-like interior space.
Cons: Poor interior finish, poor 4WD system, slow, poor mileage, bad handling
The Bottom Line: Not at all fun to drive. "Tippy" & cheap feeling, slow, with a poor 4WD system and bad mileage.

My wife and I were enticed by the Element's quirky looks and Honda's reputation for reliability, but we soon after began to regret our decision. The Element is, in and of itself, a fine vehicle but it leaves you wanting so much more from it if you are a ... read more

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Best Affordable Car on the Market

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Jan 20, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Fun! Tight turning radius. Highly practical. Turns heads. Very roomy.
Cons: Um, er, well ... it wasn't free.
The Bottom Line: It's quite simply the best affordable car on the market today. No question.

Let's get one thing on the table at the start: my wife and I *LOVE* this vehicle. I could write a multi-volume novel about the vehicle's neat features, but I'll try to summarize to the greatest extent possible. TIGHT TURNING RADIUS, EASY TO PARK ... read more

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Cheap and practical

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Jan 8, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Roomy, handles like a car, easy to clean. Honda reliability.
Cons: Poor rear and side visibility. Poor mileage.
The Bottom Line: For all its flaws, it's still probably the best of the micro-SUVs on the market.

I only buy a new car once a decade, when the last one is on its last legs, and when I do, I do it very empirically. I want (1) reliability (2) room to haul sporting and musical equipment (3) safety and (4) value. I usually end up have two vehicles- a ... read more

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Honda Element nearly perfect

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Jan 5, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Looks, handling, MPG, roomy, versatile seats/interior. Cleanable after muddy paws & dog hair.
Cons: Low console needs cover or a liner that pops out for cleaning. Bigger rear bumper!
The Bottom Line: I recommend this SUV to anyone looking for a great combination of price, versatility, looks, and gas mileage.

This little SUV truck is fun to drive, great for stashing snowy ski or snow gear quickly, hospitable to two dogs, easy to clean (except for console), and a delight to look at (once you get used to it). It handles well in the snow, even on back roads to ... read more

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The Element is a fun-tastic vehicle!

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Dec 4, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Tons of interior space; fuel efficient and fun to drive.
Cons: No front sunroof.
The Bottom Line: I'd buy it again...I recommend a test drive!

I am so glad that I chose the Element as my first new car. It is everything I needed and more! The Element initially appealed because of its ultra-practical design (compact exterior/cavernous interior). The very reasonable sticker price didnít hurt, ... read more

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My Honda Elephant

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Nov 16, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Goofy looking, fun, versatile, big inside, small outside, great for tall people
Cons: Goofy looking, engine seems to rev high, low gas mileage
The Bottom Line: Don't buy one - I don't want to have the same car as everyone else.

Ok, I have had my Honda Elephant for a week and I love it. The name came from my son and seems to fit. It is such an unusual, goofy, weird looking, ugly car that it is cute in spite of itself. I purchased the EX model with standard shift, and it is fun ... read more

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