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Marioshi 02-20-2019 01:51 PM

Back in a manual Honda!?
 
Picked this up on Monday on a whim. It's a 2004 Element EX 5MT 2WD aka the "Boxy CR-V". Not a lot of impressions yet except that it doesn't feel at all like a 15 year old car with 211k miles on it. Bought it from the original owner who replaced it with another orange Element (automatic 08 with lower miles). No real plans for it, I just always thought they were neat, probably just use it for camping trips and other mess making adventures. The PO put a lot of money into getting the suspension sorted and it shows, it rides very flat and has no squeaks or rattles. Overall he took excellent care of it and I am very happy with the condition of it, although it could use a good cleaning inside.

Fun Fact: The Element has an almost identical footprint to our Golf R, within 1" on length and width.

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Hey Look, I found a friend! Boxes Unite!

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My son says "Let me drive!"

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The Raptor 02-20-2019 03:52 PM

Looks very clean. Congrats.:drive:

TheDonEffect 02-20-2019 03:59 PM

I didnt know those came with am ep3 style shifter.

zeroptzero 02-20-2019 06:10 PM

awesome, I always liked them, and I wished they still produced them, very cool, tons of interior space and very practical.

GuthNW 02-20-2019 08:20 PM

I always liked the Element. Utility done right.

CMK 02-21-2019 10:26 AM

Love them. A coworker has one, just spent a bunch of money getting the engine and transmission fixed up. Now it runs like new and he'll never sell it.

Marioshi 02-26-2019 10:08 AM


Originally Posted by The Raptor (Post 24568781)
Looks very clean. Congrats.:drive:

Thanks! Yeah, in pretty good shape for it's age/mileage, these things seem to run forever and their owner base seems really enthusiastic about them.


Originally Posted by TheDonEffect (Post 24568788)
I didnt know those came with am ep3 style shifter.

Yep, it's pretty light in it's operation, it could use a heavier knob, but im not sure what's available that works with the stock boot.


Originally Posted by zeroptzero (Post 24568826)
awesome, I always liked them, and I wished they still produced them, very cool, tons of interior space and very practical.

Yeah, from what I have seen, a lot of current owners wish Honda was making them still too! Yeah, practicality is definitely it's strong suit, but it's not bad to drive either.


Originally Posted by GuthNW (Post 24568849)
I always liked the Element. Utility done right.

Yeah, me too, okay well maybe not always, I was in high school when they came out and I remember thinking they were super ugly hahaha. I guess after a while of seeing them around they grew on me.


Originally Posted by CMK (Post 24569059)
Love them. A coworker has one, just spent a bunch of money getting the engine and transmission fixed up. Now it runs like new and he'll never sell it.

They certainly have dedicated fans. I have never seen so many vehicles with over 200k for sale by original owners!

windhund116 02-26-2019 11:17 AM

I have a 2007 5-speed Element SC. Been everywhere & back. Twice! Love it. :)


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Switchblade 02-26-2019 11:37 AM

Nice buy!

gerry100 03-08-2019 08:41 AM

Elements are very cool AND utilitarian

as someone said” designed for college kids to barf in”

Banh Mi 03-08-2019 01:41 PM

I love the "toaster" miss mine

Marioshi 04-03-2019 09:02 AM

Took our first trip in the E up to lake Tahoe to play in the snow, it ran flawlessly. I got about 20-21mpg on my first tank including the drive up the hill (6000'+ elevation gain), on the way back down I don't think I burned hardly any gas so it'll be interesting to see what the average is. The power feels 'adequate' at sea level but a little pokey at 6250 feet. The gearing is super short though so it makes good use of the torque that is there.

Enjoying it so far, the steering is a little vague on center, but it handles flat. I wish it went over bumps with less crashyness, it's very truck like in that aspect.

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S2x10³ 04-04-2019 01:08 AM

Looks like a great do-it-all hauler -- congrats! How well-placed is that shifter? I was impressed with the bizarre-appearing EP3 shifter -- it fell to hand perfectly.

Marioshi 04-04-2019 08:06 AM


Originally Posted by S2x10³ (Post 24585654)
Looks like a great do-it-all hauler -- congrats! How well-placed is that shifter? I was impressed with the bizarre-appearing EP3 shifter -- it fell to hand perfectly.

It's good! It would be really cool if it was a tighter shifter with a heavier knob though. There is a short shifter kit from another Honda that is plug n play, might pursue it but honestly it's perfectly fine as is.

WVCR-V 04-08-2019 12:29 PM

I have a 2004 CR-V manual, probably the same gearbox. It's great!

Marioshi 04-08-2019 12:55 PM


Originally Posted by WVCR-V (Post 24587358)
I have a 2004 CR-V manual, probably the same gearbox. It's great!

Yeah, should be the same box, but the shifter placement in the CR-V is more "traditional" IIRC


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