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    fleetw00d : 2007 Honda Element EX AWD

    2007 Honda Element EX:

    2007 Element EX AWD by Paul Kemme, on Flickr

    Bought this for my son and daughter to take back to college after they come home for Christmas, more air bags than the wagon (stranded in FL with a bad alternator) and more luggage capacity. They have tentatively named it "Thor" (short for Thorium - gotta be an element, right?), Greek god of thunder. AWD for better go in the snow (or sand I suppose). Ordered OEM service and electrical troubleshooting manuals today.

    ENGINE:

    K24A8
    Stock exhaust in pretty good condition

    TRANSMISSION:

    Stock 5 speed automatic, all wheel drive, fluids recently changed.

    SUSPENSION/WHEELS:

    Stock, with (2003-2006) Element EX wheels,
    - fairly new tires, new TPMS sensors at all four wheels
    - new pads and rotors at all four wheels

    EXTERIOR:

    Stock
    - Polished and "Wipe New'd" the headlights
    - No rust on the underbody

    INTERIOR:

    Stock
    - no tearing at the left side of the driver seat like a lot of them.

    AUDIO/ELECTRONICS:

    Stock AM/FM/CD, 270 Watt

    Future Plans:

    Engine: looks like a small oil leak at the oil pan; watched a video today - to drop the pan you have to drop the whole lower engine cradle - ugh

    Exterior: Not sure why, but I really want to add a pin stripe. Just can't decide on color (leaning toward a maroon like Ruby parked behind it) or what contour to follow.
    Last edited by fleetw00d; 04-20-2020, 10:31 PM.
    90 LX 4dr 5 spd 389,000 - MRT: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=201450
    07 Element EX AWD 193,000 - MRT: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=210623
    07 Element EX AWD AT (2) 89,000 - MRT: www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=211920

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    #2
    Heading to Pensacola tomorrow in this to bring my son and daughter home from school for the holidays and recover the wagon. I'm hoping all it needs is an alternator (pulled the one from the wreck). We'll see what kind of fuel economy the Element gets with pure highway driving.

    Front license plate bracket (you can get a ticket in Ohio for not having a front plate) and splash guards on the way.
    90 LX 4dr 5 spd 389,000 - MRT: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=201450
    07 Element EX AWD 193,000 - MRT: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=210623
    07 Element EX AWD AT (2) 89,000 - MRT: www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=211920

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      #3
      How comfortable is driving it compared to the wagon?
      Last edited by Straight Success; 12-13-2018, 08:39 PM.
      The Lord watches over me!

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        #4
        Perfect vehicle for a couple of college kids. I was thinking about one for a while, considering I like to take my dog everywhere. I noticed the Elements have held their value pretty well.
        My '91 LX build. Bought September 2017. Sold June 2020.
        http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthre...r /> t=209871
        Current mileage: 399450 5/18/2020

        My '92 LX build. Bought Novemeber 2019. http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthre...91#post3293791
        Current mileage: 422679 11/21/19

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          #5
          I don't understand why Honda dropped this model just as the CUV craze was taking off. My guess it was their answer to the Nissan Cube, Scion xB, Kia Soul only the Element was larger. Though all but the Soul are gone I think Honda should have stayed the course and tried to refine it for a Gen 2 version...

          BTW I do prefer the body side panels monochrome like yours. Everyone seems to dig the black plastic but this looks better to me. Nice find Paul!
          My Collection:
          93SE Sedan (Cashmere Metallic)
          00EXV6 Sedan (Naples Gold)
          04TSX 6-Spd Navi (Premium White Pearl)

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            #6
            Originally posted by Straight Success View Post
            How comfortable is driving it compared to the wagon?
            The seats could certainly use some more side support and the arm rests need to be higher for a tall driver(6'5"), but there is plenty of leg room - I didn't even have the seat all the way back. The wagon seat is more comfortable, but I don't have the room to stretch my legs for long trips so they start to hurt considerably. The window pillars are all quite wide and the A pillars are very far forward so they tend to block your vision more so than our Accords.

            I ran the speed limit, 70, most of the way down. Got 24 mpg for the first half (hills in KY and TN), 25 for the stretch from AL to FL. We ran a little slower on the way home; I think the left axle is going on the wagon - no clunking but shakes badly at high speed under power (climbing hills); smooth when decelerating or going downhill. My son is also a stickler for speed limits, so it was 55 through a number of construction zones and city centers. With two adult kids and their luggage, it managed 26.5 mpg as calculated for one tank on the return trip.

            I slept in the back Wednesday night; not quite enough length for me on the floor behind the front seat. I should have read the owner's manual first - the front seats are configured to lie flat and meet the seat cushion of the rear seat. Haven't tried that to see how comfortable it is.

            I prefer the painted side panels as well, and prefer the aluminum wheels over the steelies with plastic wheel covers (2nd daughter's 08 Element LX).
            Last edited by fleetw00d; 12-23-2018, 07:48 PM.
            90 LX 4dr 5 spd 389,000 - MRT: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=201450
            07 Element EX AWD 193,000 - MRT: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=210623
            07 Element EX AWD AT (2) 89,000 - MRT: www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=211920

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            Come and get it. http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=192583 or watch for banner ad at upper right

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              #7
              I've neve known much about these other than they've had a dog owners package as an option, which is kinda cool. it's one of the kind of cars I've considered owning as a DD, but never got around to it. later.
              Avoiding dirt at all costs

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                #8
                Couldn't resist. A little tough to see in some of the photos; added a double dark red stripe all the way around.

                20190106_145445 by Paul Kemme, on Flickr

                20190106_145417_Burst01 by Paul Kemme, on Flickr

                20190107_170537 by Paul Kemme, on Flickr
                90 LX 4dr 5 spd 389,000 - MRT: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=201450
                07 Element EX AWD 193,000 - MRT: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=210623
                07 Element EX AWD AT (2) 89,000 - MRT: www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=211920

                LOTS of CB7 parts - ENTIRE COLLECTION - FREE
                Come and get it. http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=192583 or watch for banner ad at upper right

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                  #9
                  The stripe looks good on there.

                  I have always liked the Elements, super practical and reliable!
                  Turbo H23a3 build has begun
                  01-01-2019

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                    #10
                    Drove it for the first time in snow yesterday (we got about 9 inches since early Saturday morning). All Wheel Drive is great! Just have to remember that AWD doesn't necessarily mean All Wheel Stop and it still slides in turns.
                    90 LX 4dr 5 spd 389,000 - MRT: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=201450
                    07 Element EX AWD 193,000 - MRT: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=210623
                    07 Element EX AWD AT (2) 89,000 - MRT: www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=211920

                    LOTS of CB7 parts - ENTIRE COLLECTION - FREE
                    Come and get it. http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=192583 or watch for banner ad at upper right

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                      #11
                      Nice buy Fleet!

                      My sister has a 03, and I always thought, if the trans goes out, I'd swap it to a 5 speed but didn't know if they had a 5 speed gear box setup for that. The 5 speeds I've seen of the element were FWD.
                      For Sale Thread CLICK HERE!

                      1991 CB9 EX Wagon

                      1990 CB7 EX Sedan

                      1997 RA1 LX Wagon

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                        #12
                        They did offer it with 5 speed manual transmission and 4WD (at least according to options when selecting parts on Majestic's site).
                        90 LX 4dr 5 spd 389,000 - MRT: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=201450
                        07 Element EX AWD 193,000 - MRT: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=210623
                        07 Element EX AWD AT (2) 89,000 - MRT: www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=211920

                        LOTS of CB7 parts - ENTIRE COLLECTION - FREE
                        Come and get it. http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=192583 or watch for banner ad at upper right

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by fleetw00d View Post
                          They did offer it with 5 speed manual transmission and 4WD (at least according to options when selecting parts on Majestic's site).
                          Awesome, Hope for a 5/6 speed swap if it ever comes to that case!
                          Last edited by BreckAConner; 01-25-2019, 02:12 PM.
                          For Sale Thread CLICK HERE!

                          1991 CB9 EX Wagon

                          1990 CB7 EX Sedan

                          1997 RA1 LX Wagon

                          CB7Tuner Discord CLICK ME! -- http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthre...02#post3285402

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                            #14
                            one of the best SUVs ever



                            93 Accord LX Sedan (sold)
                            01 Civic LX Sedan (sold)-93 Accord EX Wagon (totaled)
                            93 Accord SE Sedan (sold)-92 Accord EX Sedan (sold)
                            93 Accord SE Coupe (sold)-97 Accord SiR Wagon (sold)


                            95 Accord LX Wagon (CURRENT)-05 Impreza WRX Sedan (CURRENT)-02 Ram 1500 (CURRENT)-20 VW Jetta (CURRENT)

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                              #15
                              Left rear caliper was dragging some, it wore out a supposedly new set of pads in 10,000 miles. Rebuilt the calipers with new seals and boots and installed new pads. Painted things while I had it apart.

                              20190709_184331 by Paul Kemme, on Flickr
                              Last edited by fleetw00d; 07-09-2019, 11:21 PM.
                              90 LX 4dr 5 spd 389,000 - MRT: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=201450
                              07 Element EX AWD 193,000 - MRT: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=210623
                              07 Element EX AWD AT (2) 89,000 - MRT: www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=211920

                              LOTS of CB7 parts - ENTIRE COLLECTION - FREE
                              Come and get it. http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=192583 or watch for banner ad at upper right

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