I have used this forum for years but only recently joined. I bought my 2003 element brand new in January of 2004, and have used it for work and daily driving ever since. The last year has been a pricey one for the E with lots of new parts, but after driving the car for a year with a very minor leaking head gasket the engine began to start having the dreaded vetch code issues followed by misfires and cam shaft position errors. Even with all of this going on the car would still start up fine every day and drive moderately well with the occasional bucking. With 375,000 miles on it I decided to just replace the engine rather than replacing the head gasket the costs of the job including the used engine wasn't much of a difference. Hoping to be back on the road soon error free and running good. The head gasket went bad from overheating last summer from a bad radiator and a leaking hose. Up until this last 10,000 miles I had zero issues with the engine, and basically just had to replace accessories.