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Honda Element?

Hi there,

Well, before I was considering getting a small truck to haul things here and there, but I remember checking out a Honda Element years before, it might be more suited to what I will use it for. I know it's been discontinued and somehow, it is a cult or something for the box car. Is it worth it?

Ju Leon..
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Hi there,

I always watch Scotty everyday. :D But it doesn't help on what's the best year, trim, etc?

Ju Leon...
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Element is a great car with a solid engine. Really can't go wrong buying any year, but as you said they have quite the following and resale value is extremely good on these and you will pay for it.
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Awesome car!! My cousin has a 2011 with ~220k on the clock with original engine transmission.

If you look for one, look for one that has been really maintained!!

Have you looked into the Scion xB?
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If I recall correctly it is based on the CRV . If they still made them one would be in the driveway beside the CRV . Great little CUV for outdoor type people .
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I've driven the later models and the ones I had to move were really beat up by a security company, worst abuse any car will get in service. Amazingly even though they had to go through likely several abusive drivers, all of those Elements still worked properly even the one with 360K km. I too can say its a good car. Age however means a lot of them will be more worn.

I do second the Scion xB as a possible alternative. Not the nicest car, but its extremely practical, they're far easier to find in better condition and will be newer and they're largely forgotten so resale is actually bad for a Toyota product. Its literally a more practical FWD RAV4 for quite a lot less money.
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Look into the Toyota FJ cruiser if you're using it for outdoors/off terrain
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miscbrah1 wrote: Look into the Toyota FJ cruiser if you're using it for outdoors/off terrain
FJ cruiser while awesome has a shitty frame. They are literally rotting.
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miscbrah1 wrote: Look into the Toyota FJ cruiser if you're using it for outdoors/off terrain
One with a manual transmission
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Those engines are notorious for oil burning problems. If you decide to go look at one, make sure you check the dipstick. If it's really low, it probably burns a lot of oil.
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derass wrote: Those engines are notorious for oil burning problems. If you decide to go look at one, make sure you check the dipstick. If it's really low, it probably burns a lot of oil.
Meh it's not that big of an issue. All the K-series engines burn some oil and really with any high mileage car they are all going to burn some oil. Just keep an eye on it.
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Maybe just get a Ford Transit Connect.
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Hi there,

It's mostly for hauling things. I did consider a truck, but really can't use the back for groceries unless I slap a roof over. *lol*

Being a Honda, I guess it's easy to find parts. I'm reading that Honda is bring it back in 2021...

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An old Caravan will probably be cheaper and more useful given your purpose.
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inferno_gn wrote: Hi there,

It's mostly for hauling things. I did consider a truck, but really can't use the back for groceries unless I slap a roof over. *lol*

Being a Honda, I guess it's easy to find parts. I'm reading that Honda is bring it back in 2021...

Ju Leon...
As long as it isn't with a turbo, otherwise I wouldn't touch it with a 10ft pole.
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Good car, but if you live in Alberta with one, expect to change the windshield Yearly!
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Man I miss this model...wish Honda kept it around
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