2004 Honda Element from North America

Summary:

Greatest car I have ever owned!

Faults:

The seat upholstery has cracks on the driver's side, but the car is 11 years old.

General Comments:

Love this car! It is my third Honda, but BY FAR the best of the three. Actually, this is the best car that I've ever owned. I have never kept a car this long. I tell people that it's my "forever car". My first brake job was at 70,000 miles. It even has the original battery! Virtually no problems since I've owned it.

Years ago I hit a patch of black ice and collided with a concrete barrier, but the car held up like a tank and I was uninjured. It still looks great, and the finish has held up well on the salted roads.

Very roomy and still fun to drive, I love my Element!

Wish they still made them. Big mistake Honda, to discontinue this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2015

2004 Honda Element EX from North America

Summary:

It is a good, cheap utility car

Faults:

The car runs reasonable well for a cheap car. However, it wears out the tires fast. I am on my third set of tires, and it only has 40,000 miles.

The latest problem is that the key will not go into the driver's side door. I have to open the passenger door, and reach in to unlock the driver's side door.

I have read the comments, and I am surprised about the number of complaints about the key problem. I am worried that if I spend money on repairing the door, it will get worse, affecting eventually the ignition key.

General Comments:

Basically a good runaround car to carry my junk and my dog.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th December, 2010

29th Oct 2011, 21:59

Wearing out tires probably has to do with the tires being out of alignment. You should have this looked into.

2004 Honda Element from North America

Summary:

Poor safety design

Faults:

Not crash worthy.

General Comments:

I bought this SUV new in 2004. If you own one of these, beware of the suicide door design. I was involved in a serious accident where I was side swiped by a young girl that lost control and struck my door with a Ford Explorer. I suffered critical injuries and barely survived the wreck. The main fault was the doors and not true side pillars. The "hooks" that hold the door gave way and allowed the other vehicle to intrude into my door more, which in turned caused all the damage to my body.

I am not out for money in this review. The lawsuit was settled many years ago, but I would never own this type of vehicle ever again. If anyone wants dispute these facts, I have the photos from the re-constructionist to prove my point. The door support will not hold in a bad crash, that is my point.

Good luck to all that own one of these, I will never be in one again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th December, 2010

15th Dec 2010, 18:11

Not only poor safety design, but poor design period. Look at how awful it looks. I'm sure the design will not age well either, it will get uglier with age.

2004 Honda Element EX from North America

Summary:

Spacious!!

Faults:

Honestly, so far -- nothing has been wrong with the car except for a time when the car totally wouldn't start at all (after attempting to jump it a few times). Had it towed to shop. It was just a DEAD battery.

Had to have new tires around 43,000.

New brakes at 47,000.

Can't really blame on the tires and brakes, considering we live in Washington, D.C. and it requires a lot of braking, so probably reasonable for its age.

General Comments:

This is actually my partner's Element. I met him in 2008, Element was 4 years old. I am a Honda fan, but always had Civics, and never was a fan of the Element until I met him.

Of course, the best thing about the Element is the SPACE! My friend had a baby shower and needed help bringing the crib, mattress, chest, and all that she got from the shower. My partner offered to use his Element, so we helped her -- surprisingly all the big things fit in perfectly with some extra room!

The gas is pretty good for it being a SUV, I think. I still like the gas in my little Civic though.

Acceleration isn't too bad -- I guess I'm used to it. My Civic feels a bit faster though, but again I guess that is because I "ride" on the ground in my Civic.

Seats are pretty comfortable for long trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2010