LOVE my little Asian Jeep!!
Not much has gone wrong with the car except for brake / tire / scheduled maintenance, and a faulty LED light relay switch for the fan speed knob (knob works fine, but 200$ to fix the relay - I'll live without it).
We bought this repo in 2008 with 3000 miles on the odometer... This is the best car I've ever owned!!
Peppy engine as long as you get a stick, AWD is very good in snow, and the body stayed in great shape with no signs of rust. Windshield is VERY prone to pitting / breaking due to its angle (had to repair (but not replace) mine twice).
After 120 000 miles and scheduled maintenance, this thing purrs like the day we bought it, and still averages 20 MPG (reliability was more important to me than fuel economy). Such an underestimated SUV in my books.
We can fit about 70% of what used to fit in our old Grand Caravan... And that's saying a LOT!!
If you can get past its looks (which I personally LOVE) and the fact that it's a utility-first vehicle (think of how a Jeep TJ rides), you'll LOVE the Element.
I dread the day I'll have to get rid of it, but I'm certain it still has at least another 100 000 miles to go before that damned day arrives :)
P.S. Get one with the arm rests... You'll thank me for it later.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th January, 2013