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  1. How Much is Too Much (the rust edition)

    Shoppin' and Test Drivin'
    Hey All, looking at an east coast 2011 Honda Element EX. Took it for a test drive today and as expected is felt great. I am a bit concerned about the rust on the engine though. So I am wondering what you all think. Is this too much rust? Thanks, hopeful owner
  2. Rust opinion on 08 Element EX with 160k miles

    Shoppin' and Test Drivin'
    Looking at an 08 EX with a great asking price. Have a trusted mechanic looking at it tomorrow but thought I'd get the opinion of you fine folks. How's the rust situation on this looking? Thanks for your input!
  3. Help with buying an element

    Greetings & Introductions
    So I found a 2005 element in my price range, one owner and well maintained...but it has around 168,000 miles and has some rust on the back lower tailgate under the plastic panel where the license plate bolts on. Is this normal? I'm so hesitant to purchase it now, but I got the owner down to...
  4. Rusted/Falling Out Exhaust Manifold

    Problems & Issues
    So I took my lovely 03' Element to my local Honda Dealership this morning, after hearing a loud rattling/vibrating sound under the hood one for the first time on Monday morning. After about an hour sitting in their waiting room they tell me that the exhaust manifold is rusted and falling off of...
  5. Catalytic Converter

    Maintenance and Service
    Recently replaced entire exhaust system to my '04 Element, <50k and 7yrs 5 mos. under the catalytic converter warranty. The dealer said that I would have to pay the cost of a new catalytic converter because rust wasn't covered under the warranty, even though there were no problems with it. I...
  6. Used Water Salvage Element?

    Ask The Dealer
    Hello all, I am new to the boards and slightly new to Honda Elements. My wife and I are currently looking for a used to slightly-used Element. We came across a 2005 EX yesterday, and I had a really funny feeling about it after test driving and visually inspecting it. I would really appreciate...
  7. Preventive Action

    Maintenance and Service
    We have excellent threads on maintenance issues. And, we have lots of threads on this problem or that. How about a preventive action thread for emerging failure trends. The nice thing here being I don't see that many of these trends on our tusty E's overall. (This is different from already...
  8. need advice on rusted shock bolt

    Maintenance and Service
    I replaced one of the rear shocks today, but still need to do the other. Problem is that the lower bolts are rusted to the shock bushings. I don't want to have to go through the same ordeal on the left side as I did on the right (see below), so I'm going to stop and solicit the group's wisdom on...