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Old 07-31-2003, 02:24 PM   #1
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Firs off, sorry if this is a re-post. Went looking, but did not find anything.

I am sold on the EX, but I am not sure about the 2wd or 4wd. I have only test driven the 4wd.

I live in Houston, TX, so NO SNOW, and no hills.

The sun roof is a mixed blessing. it gets real hot here, so better without it, but it is nice.

Is there any other differences?
Is there more power in the 2wd?
What about reliability and maintenance?
Any thoughts or suggestions?

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Old 07-31-2003, 03:19 PM   #2
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I personally think you'd but crazy to get AWD in Texas on this vehicle.
Ask yourself this: Can you ever remember a time when you NEEDED it?
Freak snow storms every 5 years aside I'm betting you'd NEVER need it, so why pay for it?
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Old 07-31-2003, 03:34 PM   #3
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Doesn't sound like you've got any use for it or it's extra weight penalty.
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Old 07-31-2003, 03:56 PM   #4
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I have AWD but live in Canada so my needs are different.

In your case I would go for the 2WD and opt to put in an aftermarker sun roof that is powered. I truly wish I could just touch a button and be able to operate the roof.

The stereo system is great though.

I suspect that this time next year there will be a number of different replacement panels availble to customize.

I've bad mine since March 31, I have 20,000 KM (17,500 miles) on it and its great. Did an 9,000 KM tril in it this summer across Canada.

The AWD in snow is perfect for me but I suspect that when it snows in Texas nobody in on the road anyway....
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Old 07-31-2003, 04:50 PM   #5
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i dont know what your plans are for the future of the car, but if u dont plan on keeping it forever i would get a 4wd, 2wd are harder to sell. It may save money right now but in the long run you will only be helping yourself
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Old 07-31-2003, 04:52 PM   #6
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So there is a weight difference. I guess this does translate into some kind of performance difference.

I am actually from Canada. Vancouver. If I was there then I would buy the 4WD for sure.

I am leaning towards the 2WD now.

ERider, as far as I know, the stereo is the same in the 2WD EX and the 4WD EX. I believe the only difference is the sun roof. Can anyone confirm this.

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Old 07-31-2003, 04:59 PM   #7
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If you are keeping the car forever, then i would go with the 2WD.

If you are going to resell it or trade it in, then i would get the 4WD. <Since you are in TX, i don't think people will spend an extra $1,200 when you don't have snow or hills>.

2WD you get a little bit more pep because less weight. Also the 2WD is little less maintenance because you don't have to fix the 4WD system if it breaks down :D

P.S. 2WD a tad better in gas mileage.
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Old 08-01-2003, 08:45 AM   #8
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[quote:95d4ec6751="Zm4019"]i dont know what your plans are for the future of the car, but if u dont plan on keeping it forever i would get a 4wd, 2wd are harder to sell. It may save money right now but in the long run you will only be helping yourself[/quote:95d4ec6751]

I wholeheartedly disagree. I don't think you'll have any problems selling a 2wd Element in Texas. I think you WOULD have trouble selling an AWD one there though.
You'd be paying more for the initial buy-in, more for fuel, and more for maintenance. All for something you don't need and might get $500 more out of than a 2WD counterpart in 5 years.

Nope, I'd get the 2wd and put the money saved into accessories. Maybe a better-than-Honda stereo, tinted windows, plus-1 sized wheels and tires for improved looks, a hood deflector/protector, etc... i.e. some things I'd actually use and enjoy.
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Old 08-01-2003, 09:42 AM   #9
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i'd go with 2wd as well.
i live in nc and get about 3-4 days of snow per year. the 2wd is initially less expensive, lighter (therefore perhaps slightly better on fuel economy) and will cost less to insure (insurance companies take the stand that someone driving a 4wd or awd vehicle is more likely to get into situations that could cause damage than someone with a 2wd vehicle). over the life of the car, the savings could be rather significant.
the sunroof is strictly a matter of personal preference. my wife wanted it, i saw it as a hassle (it has to be totally removed to open it up) and it requires an accessory cover that someone on either this forum or "the other" element forum described as looking like a diaper.
and of course, since this is my opinion, it's worth it's weight in gold.
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Old 08-01-2003, 12:29 PM   #10
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If money's no object, and your insecure about it, go all the way!
I personally live in snowy Ontario, I have a 2wd 5spd.
Only one wheel will spin at a time, the AWD has a couple of more
choices, (and not 100%) but where's all the weight?
They both have the same ground clearance, thats a major factor.
If the "e" was rear wheel drive, I may have opted for AWD.
You didn't mention about auto vs. manual, I think you'll find
the 2wd, 5spd a much sportier vehicle in character.
Resale in Texas would be to your profit with 2wd!
I doubt that there would be more than $500 difference in resale
value between the two, if that.
I guess an automatic would be easier to sell.



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