2006 Honda Element EX AWD from North America
It has a Honda price tag, but doesn't have Honda quality
- Rear brake pads rusted out & warped at 20k.
- All four rotors rusted out at 20k.
- Rear caliper seized and gauged out brake pad at 32k.
- Rear shock fell apart at 32k.
- All four tires will be replaced at 40k.
The car has space! It handles well!
The car is however not meant for cold climates and the repercussions of winter snow/rain. DO NOT BUY THIS CAR... if you live in the northern US or Canada that gets regular snow during the winter months. The car handles well in winter weather, but it ravages the brakes (pads, calipers, rotors) and the tires.
Lastly, this car is not meant for bigger drivers. The ceiling is too low to see properly. The steering wheel is too low; long drives are grueling.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 20th July, 2009
6th Jul 2010, 10:00
The ceiling is too low??? I'm 6 feet tall and I have at least 8-9" of clearance between my head and the roof! How tall are you?
18th Jan 2011, 09:12
The Element has a height adjustable seat, it is the large round dial on the left hand side of the seat. Turn the dial to adjust how high you sit relative to the steering wheel, this should also help you see better out the windshield.
The steering wheel is adjustable as well, look for a lever on the bottom of the steering column, usually right above your knees when sitting.
Unless you're Shaquille O'Neal, you should never feel claustrophobic in an Element.
I also agree with the poster about Hondas not liking extreme cold weather, they are notorious for that.
12th Mar 2011, 22:47
'- Rear brake pads rusted out & warped at 20k.
- All four rotors rusted out at 20k.'
How do pads and rotors 'rust out'? The only way I can see this is from parking outside for super extended periods of time without driving it - like months. Just doesn't make sense.
28th May 2018, 01:29
Maybe he was in the Nissan Cube...