"Fairly reliable but an absolute gas hog
If you can afford to stroke a check to the stealer-ship for its many mechanical quirks then great. If you do the work yourself even better.
A few silly things...the alternator is on the bottom front, so though it will go through a deep puddle, it may cost you 150 bucks. There's about 8 things that make the shift lock engage...dealership has no good way to fix this and will fail...2 zip ties fix the issue forever"
Pros: "great all around van that will get the job done"
Cons: "the early windshields"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The Honda Element is a great drive....I would buy another one if Honda hadn't foolishly stopped making them...it has gotten me through rain, snow storms...just a great van. If your seeking super comfort this isn't the van for you, but for home or work there is not a better car on the road."
"Why did Honda discontinue this model? It's essentially a little truck with enormous amounts of head and leg room perched over a Civic chassis. The rear seats stow up against the side walls rather than lying flat, creating a huge open area that I (a 5'6" woman) stand stand up straight in. Downside: It's not the most comfortable ride in the world; and the wide front pillars detract from visibility, but you quickly learn to deal with that, and they are lifesavers in a crash. A friend totalled his Element but the cabin was untouched and uncrushed. A potential inconvenience in my 2004 is the theatre-style rear seats. The car holds 4 people, period; you can't squeeze in a 5th. But hey, it's a compact, not a station wagon. It stands taller than any car in the parking lot except maybe a Range Rover (which it resembles in miniature), a great convenience. I love this quirky little thing and haven't found anything to replace it. Not that I have had to -- there have been no major repairs in 11 years, except to replace a radiator that was pierced by a rock."
"I bought my first car in 1969. Until I bought the Honda I was a "Ford" guy. But no longer, Honda all the way!
This car has been extremely reliable. Has massive storage capacity with great road feel. I've driven coast to coast and in all kinds of weather. Great in rain, heat and snow!
Maintenance has been very reasonable. I love the Element but am retired thinking of an RV."
"Frosty cold a/c still has freon it was born with 40 degree duct temp. Oil changed every 3000 miles. Still silver under oil cap. Very dependable. Never been in shop except for services. New 140 mph tires, all matching. Overall, outstanding vehicle.. Would take across country tomorrow."