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Old 09-21-2010, 04:13 PM   #221
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Remember to complement that with good all-season or snow tires. This cannot be understated as the stock tires pretty much suck rocks in inclement weather.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:59 PM   #222
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I've lived in areas with heavy rain (New Orleans) and heavy snow (Northern VA) and yes it's worth it. She never misses a beat in adverse weather. That is what the AWD (not 4WD) is all about.
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:18 AM   #223
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Minimal weight gain + minimal addition of maintenance = better than moderate increase (vs just FWD) in capacity to get around some backcountry trails and the beach. For me, it was a perfect and easy choice.
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Old 09-22-2010, 05:22 PM   #224
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I've got Real Time 4WD in my 2006 Element LX, I LOVE it. There's been a few times I've been going down a country road only to figure out "oh ****! It's muddy!" and can't turn around. So what ends up happening is a feat of epic measures. I creep through the mud at 20MPG, staying on the high spots (apparently most people around my area have huge 3/4 ton jacked up trucks, so the ruts are deep enough for me to get stuck high center.) and when I get through, it's a quick acceleration and a very muddy Sharkie. XD I love it!
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:22 AM   #225
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I have it and love it. We get deep snow here and the Element gets through it with no problem.
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:02 PM   #226
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no regrets either. i recently moved from mass to norcal and have no intention of getting rid of the e.
but like others have said, tires, tires, tires!
stock gy's are garbage in the cold. the best thing you can do for the e is get new tires before the winter comes. better stability and traction will serve you well.
happy hunting!!
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:00 PM   #227
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IMHO the best reason to get AWD even if you don't use it is increased resale value... just compare what used elements sell for in your area - ones with and without AWD
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Old 09-26-2010, 04:04 PM   #228
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I have a FWD SC with very good snows, live in Boston ski 20-30 days a year in NH and Maine and have had no issues. I've missed first tracks a few times because of over consumption of alcohol the night before but never because my E couldn't make it through the snow. Before this had a Ford Explorer and I can honestly say my SC does a better job in the snow.
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Old 09-26-2010, 05:17 PM   #229
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I can attest to its usefulness, and there are now dirt roads I would not hessitate to take now that I have it.

If you need proof, look at my album of Dinkey Creek wilderness photos and you'll see me doing what no E with stock tires should do, and that is cross a 10 ft. by 4 ft. high snow berm. By all accounts I should have never gotten over that, and it did take me 30 minutes to finally do it, but the AWD system did its job and thankfully there were no large rocks below the snow to destroy something expensive.
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:36 PM   #230
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2WD vs. 4WD 2011 Element

Hi, new member here. I've been driving a Honda Element 2003 EX 4WD since buying it new in 2003. I just found out about the EOC a couple days ago! I can't believe all I've missed. I LOVE my Element.

I am purchasing a new 2011 EX 2WD next week.

I am wondering if I'll notice a difference in handling. I haven't driven the 2011 yet, but will this weekend BEFORE purchasing.

The reasons I am buying a 2WD and not a 4WD is cost and the fact that I mostly city and highway drive on flat roads. We live in the desert and I don't drive in mountains or off road.

Thanks for your input! I look forward to being a part of the EOC!
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