2008 Honda Element User Reviews
LX 4WD 5-Spd AT shown
- $10,903 - $13,707
- Overall, the best vehicle I've ever owned
- Noisy rear brakes!
Purchased As New
I recently sold my 2008 Element because of making the conscious decision to downsize my lifestyle by eliminating unneccessary costs--not because of anything having to do with the vehicle itself.
Bought this new in Oct. 2007 as a 2008 model after being rear-ended by a semi-truck driver--accident totalled out my 1998 Civic CX hatchback (walked away unscathed!)--and chose this over a new Accord because of its utilitarian nature: no carpets, storage capacity galore, removeable seats, etc.
Fun to drive--I personally found this to be an exceptionally comfortable car to drive, but my husband had the opposite opinion and always referred to the E as "a chick car" and hated driving it. If you're not a lead foot, I regularly pulled an amazing 27-30mpg out of my beast maintaining a steady 55-60mph during highway driving. City mpg sucks--typically around 20mpg. Also liked this because it sits fairly high off the road, and you're not "bullied" by other drivers like you would be in a small car.
My #1 complaint on the Element (and if you read owner forums, this is a common complaint) is the rear brakes, which were--without fail--continually noisy for the four years I owned this SUV. Parked it at the airport for a week in a covered garage, and returned to find that my brakes seemed to be "frozen" into place and made a thunking noise for the first 5 minutes I drove it, at which time the problem seemed to "right" itself.
When I was showing this vehicle to potential buyers, everyone seemed surprised by the noise in the cabin. Again, do your research on the Element forums. The noise never bothered me. Put on some tunes and enjoy the ride. I can't stress enough that any potential buyers NEED TO READ THE ELEMENT FORUMS.
Overall, this is a great vehicle, and I would highly recommend the Element to anyone looking for a small SUV that gets decent gas mileage over all.
Rear brakes continually moaned and creaked during winter months. Problem seemed to rectify itself during warmer months, but occasionally the E's brakes would still throw me a curve ball and moan for no apparent reason....read morehide
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- Very roomy, decent gas mileage, nice features
- Pieces of plastic interor broke (latch, etc.) during first week!
Purchased As New
What I love the most about this car is being able to lug LARGE items. To date, I have successfully fit and transportered, lumber, a dishwasher, a patio set, and even a PIANO! It's so much easier to visit someone and go on a long trip. There's lots of leg room and it's the PERFECT vehicle for our family of 3.
At first, I wasn't too thrilled about the design, but came to appreciate its uniqueness. We have a grey colored Element, which seems to look the nicest out of all of the available colors.
The price was reasonable and gas mileage is above average for other vehicles.
I love 'oil life' feature which tells the % of time left before you need an oil change. However, the 'low tire pressure' light seems to trigger ALL the TIME, even though the tires have well over 30 PSI.
I'm dissapointed about the cheap plastic interior under the dash. During the first week, my wife was moving her leg and actually cracked the plastic sheeting in half. Also, during the incident, the hood latch snapped clean off. Of course, it can't be repaired easily, so the wonderful interior has been spoiled by a giant flaw under the driver's seat.
Overall, a great investment. I look forward to spending many years with it....read morehide
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- Versatility, appearance, color!
- 2wd model has gotten stuck in moderate snow a couple times
Purchased As New
I love my Element, I have had an 08 LX in Tangerine Metallic since Dec of 2007. 28K miles on it. No issues other than a transmission pressure sensor went bad (if your D indicator light flashes on the dash at any time, see your dealer immediately - did not leave me stranded) I have driven my toaster coast to coast through everything from -20 snow days to 100+ heat in the desert. The only thing I wish I had done was get 4wd for the snow, otherwise, LOVE IT!!!!!...read morehide
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- Extremely functional, solid construction, good gas mileage for a roomy SUV
- Gas Mileage is worse than expected
My Black SC replaced an '05 Black BMW 645ci so it has a lot to live up to. I'm 50 and decided that I wanted to replace "ostentatious" with practical, but couldn't give up looks or owing a "unique" car. My SC fit the bill. Biggest compliment I received was from the president of my company who absolutely loved it and declared that it should be the "new" company car. Roomy / Functional / Good Looking / Sporty... this vehicle projects a youthful, sporty, energetic, and still very practical image. The only draw back is my BMW 645 with its V-8 got better gas mileage... but then again, my element might do a lot better if I didn't try to drive it like the BMW :)...read morehide
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- 4WD, utility, affordable, good cargo capacity, Honda reliability!
- MPG could be better, variable intemt-wipers, no power sunroof option!
Anything good or bad to say about this small SUV has already been said. Go drive one and find out if you like it...that's what I did and ended up purchasing it (chose it over the RAV, FJ, Highlander, Escape and CRV).
Gas milage can be decent if you keep your tac under 3000RPMs. Have gotten as good as 27MPG. My average for daily commute is 21mpg.
Handles great in the snow & ice with new tires, stock tires are terrible, pitch them immediately.
This is a fun little SUV, unique, good styling and you can really customize and personalize it to fit you looks or needs. Nice to drive if you don't expect sportscar perfomance and handling, low cost-of-ownership and all round good quality from Honda!...read morehide
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- fun to drive,ton of room inside,also sleeps two
- none really, just that it would be nice with a front sunroof
Great 4wd vehicle for the price, traded my mazda pickup truck for it. I can move just as much stuff and not worry about the weather. Friends I know thought they were ugly and couldn't believe I bought one. Once they driven in it and seen how much fun it is and the vast amount of room inside they love it. One even traded their Mercedes suv in for one. Gas mileage is ok for this 4 cyl. boxy suv. If your looking for great gas mileage, don't buy an suv, buy a Fit, but you might not have as much fun driving....read morehide
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- Good gas mileage, roomy
- No daylight running lamps
Great SUV. I've had for a few months/purchased new (EX 4X4 automatic). Mileage on highway is 25.7 mpg. Love the urethane floor..no messy carpet to worry about..wipe up and move on. Love the fold up/or take out seats (we've used that feature already). Very roomy in the back seats for tall adults. Fun to drive, good gas mileage. Works well for my family. My friend bought an Element a few years back. We have bad winters in Ohio and the Element handled the winter weather very well according to my friend. I would purchase another one in a heartbeat. You either love the looks of the Element or hate it. I love all the strange looks I get. Also, people are very surprised how roomy it is and have decided after they initially didn't like it, they liked it after checking mine out....read morehide
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- Fuel ok, very relible car, had it since 2003 ,84,000 miles no problems.
- seats could be more comfortble, escpecially on long trips.moon roof up front,we not all campers
This car owes me nothing,I have carried with the rear seats out, a atv cart with hitch,12 rolls round insulation,One 495 lb coal stove, 1,000 lbs of bagged coal,a complete outside wicker patio set ,loveseat 2 chairs and a table in one big box,The people at the store didn;t think it would fit, Ha I even close the hatch. this one amazed me , a double door cabinet, I move the passenger seat all the way foreward,whew,hatched closed. I like this better than my ford pickup.I've done sheet rock 75 inches long,8 ft studs, hatched close.picked up my flooring for my great room 18 boxes. I will by another one hopefully by 2010 they will have a diesel...read morehide
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- Could be better gas mileage (hybrid)
I have a 2003 element. The only way I would consider getting another vehicle is if they came out with a hybrid version.
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- Great car for my dogs, lots of room, good sound system
I traded a 2003 in on a new 2008. Given the price of this car, combined with its utility, you really can't go wrong. It's probably more of a car for 'flat landers' as any vehicle with 166 HP ain't exactly going to get you over the passes in the Rockies ahead of the pack.
Owning two English Springer Spaniels, this car is ideal. Easy to clean.
Besides, for only 23K (sticker price) I really don't caer where I park it or what trouble the dogs might get into.
The sound system is great, there's tons of room for hauling stuff and the reliability is excellent (no problems with the '03 or the '08). I live on a property with a steep driveway and the E goes up it without hesitation even when the driveway is snow covered....read morehide
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