2003 Honda Element User Reviews

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    2003 Honda Element EX AWD Review
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    Honda Elelment Ex Awd — A fantastic suv incorparating honda's clever real time all wheel drive system

    Pros: very reliable

    Cons: could be better on fuel but the fact that the car is so versatile makes up for it

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    Bring Back The Element! — I am one of the original owners of an Element (2003)-mine just turned 185,000 and is going strong. This car has been my workhorse, traveling the country with my dogs. I am looking for another when I'm ready to replace Ellie. Just to update, at 180,000 miles, had a problem with shifting. Was just a spring that broke in the clutch, but decided to go ahead and replace the entire clutch, and with some new sparkplugs, she drives like a new car! Another 180,000 miles? Honda, bring back the Element, please!

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: I love my Ellie!

    Cons: No longer in production!

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    Would Own Another — great so far great mileage ez to drive FUN to drive...gets alot of looks i plan on some minor mods..soon need to adress leak in the rear skylight..radio antenna is too small , over all a great car

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: liked the design from day one

    Cons: no reason to avoid....after all its a HONDA

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    2003 Honda Element EX Review
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    "the Most Magical Car Ever" — If I was stranded on a desert island with only 1 car for the rest of my life, it would be a Honda Element. You can't beat it's versatility or the over all quality of the Honda Element. They are a great value.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Versatility

    Cons: None

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    2003 Honda Element EX Review
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    Honda Element Ex 2003 — Still love my Honda Element. It had one problem last year when a couple fan fuses? that cooled the engine caused the engine to overhead. Thankfully I realized what was happening and turned off the a/c. Turned on the heater and I was right by the dealership. $200+ bucks. Love the room in the car. It's a solid comfortable and safe car. Gas mileage is average around 20 mph The windshield has been the greatest problem. It's been changed 4xs. There was a lawsuit against Honda so now I have a windshield that doesn't break easily from rocks on the freeway. It does whistle and it's noisy in the car when on the freeway.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Roomy, comfortable

    Cons: Windshields are weak, wind noise on the freeway

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    2003 Honda Element Review
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    I owned the 2003 Element & The 2010 Soul -- I had looked at the CRV over the years, I prefer the earlier designs vs what they have morphed into. While the CRV updates has improved comfort, handling etc, they have changed the car to basically an (Sedan) Accord Wagon, vs an SUV. It has no personality, no style, just a boring vehicle. I still give it kudos for comfort, safety, and longer drives definitely a great car. But if you want to find it in a parking lot (it looks like everything else out there) or if you want something more interesting in general. -- When I lost my Element (in an accident) I looked the Fit as an alternative (I did not like the changes they did to the Element over the years, the 1st year was the best year) -- but the dealer was obnoxious and when I went to work with another dealer he intercepted shipments for the vehicle I was interested in - making it impossible to purchase. So i chose the new Soul (have owned it since 2009) -- So I opted for the Element over the CRV.. I loved the styling, the utility, the interesting exterior, fun to drive - etc. It did have sway issues with windy roads, gas mileage was not the best, but this was an incredible car. Even in the accident, it was T-boned by a beefy truck-- the Element took the damage but my husband was not hurt in the least. -- so it was a very safe vehicle (and this was before they added all the additional side airbags). - -- the Soul... I was leery because it was a very new new new vehicle.. but again dealing with the Honda Dealer was a nightmare, so I took a test drive - the Soul drove great, great handling, comfortable.. plus great looking car. -- I have had it for over 7 years now, and only have had oil changes and some recalls .. but nothing mechanical or problematic. This vehicle has excellent cargo room (my husband says it is better than his Subaru Forester) -- it is fun to drive, very agile, great turning radius.. the drive is stiff so long drives would be a chore, but it is great for local driving. The power is a bit lacking, but if i could toss in comparing another car.. I had test driven the PT Cruiser that struggled with speed bumps, the Soul is much more powerful than the PT but not as much as the CRV.

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2010 Honda Element Reviews

    Great By GBNina

    If she wasn't shaped like a box and had better gas mileage, she would be perfect. Used her at the beach, with her tent. Navigation and Sirius XM radio is great. Dog package and privacy screens come... Read More

    Should Work Good For Rural Mail Delivery & Highway. By Kathy566

    Just drove my suv home. Handles well, quiet, well built, & fun! Radio has good sound. Versatile seats allow for cargo. Tailgate will allow long items to hang out like a pick-up truck. Read More

    2009 Honda Element Reviews

    Love This Car And Will Never Get Rid Of It! By chrlewis75

    Very versitle and can do everything that I need with it. Lots of room on the inside and easy to clean because there are no carpets. Perfect for those who have pets. Rear seats can be removed and yo... Read More

    Element By Zach

    i love that it was standard. the quality was awesome. the performance was speechless and the car was over all great. the cost of the owner ship was $200. this car was fun to drive this car is AWE... Read More

    2008 Honda Element Reviews

    Highly Recommend By Interoute

    I liked the fact it is easy to clean, it does not have carpet so you can pick up or even take out back seats and drive your dog, equipment..etc with you. very convenient feature. Has great visibility,... Read More

    Space, Utility, And Simplicity. By austinandwhatnot

    We love that this car is all about practical space. Some folks don't like the boxy styling, but that's what gives it so much functionality and storage. I fit an oversized front-loader washer and dryer... Read More

    2007 Honda Element Reviews

    Our 2nd Element...says A Lot. By iceman957

    This is our 2nd Element...love the toaster. Roomy. Great for hauling stuff including your bike that fits standing up inside. Great for car camping as you can get a full size air mattress back there. ... Read More

    Rootbeer Metallic By density2013

    Great for the road, 4cyl I-Vtec, 07 model unique in its class. The first SC to be produced. It should have been called a Limited. Cargo space, space and more space! Rear seats are removable like most ... Read More

    2006 Honda Element Reviews

    It's A Way Back Machine. By Wayne

    Having been the owner of many vans, this is now the replacement. In addition to coolness, it is a remarkable, car/truck/van that needs little maintenance. Quite roomy and the resale prices hold steady... Read More

    Awesome Car With Endless Versatility. By jsorensen12

    As I mentioned in the pros/cons section, I loved my Element! But had to part with it because of my growing family. It's a do-all vehicle with rock solid reliability. The back seats easily fold up t... Read More

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