2004 Honda Element EX from North America
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.
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