Are the plastic compartments that contain the levers for flipping the back seats up hard to shut and keep shut for anybody else? Mine don't seem to latch very well. I can get them to shut with a little finesse but sometimes they'll pop back open.
If you mean the hinge compartment where the seats meet the side of the truck, then yes. Although I don't own one yet, I have noticed that these doors do flip open easily, especially when folding the rear seats down. The latch is a plastic spring-like clip that locks into a groove. Not a very robust design. In May, when I pick my E up, I plan to make a few engineering modifications, one of which will be replacing that clip with a latch. A minor annoyance, but one I plan to remedy, along with the spare tire cover, and the plastic body panels. I will probably post a page on my domain with info on the mods I make. I'll keep everyone here informed.
Just bought my Element Wednesday night and picked it up last night. I've been looking at small SUVs for weeks but couldn't get the Element out of my mind. I took one in they had in stock. (I was happy to get 2.99% financing for five years.)
I love this thing. I'm like a little kid who can't stop looking under the Christmas Tree at his presents.
I was playing with the back seats last night. I was suprised by the design of side compartments. They don't really latch well at all. No big deal, I might try something later if it bothers me.
Question, I went to flip up the the rear seats but there was no clip to attach to side wall. Are these hidden somewhere or are they supposed to be already attached to seats?
Hi Sideshow Bob... or is it Mel? I could never tell the difference...
Anyway, I couldn't find the clips at first either. They are tucked into the seat itself. It's a little hard to find at first (and even at second), but if you look at the inside part of the seat (the side farthest from the wall) -- or from a different perspective, as you put the seat up, it's the side of the seat that is closest to the ceiling -- you can find the clip tucked into a little pocket near the front of the seat (which would be closest to the front of the car)....
Flip Seats side clip: hee you guys made me laugh.. i am picturing the whole hunt for the clips! I guess I was lucky I found them really fast! Oh well.. It is fun though, this vehicle and its things, and toys, and stuff!
[quote:5129ee60a4="GYPSYTDA"]i am picturing the whole hunt for the clips![/quote:5129ee60a4]
well, you might not be that far off...
My first time trying to find those clips was in the parking lot at Whole Foods. I was with a friend of mine, and I was trying to show him how the seats flip up, but the demo wasn't going so well, mostly because I couldn't find the clips....
But then another Element drove by, the only one that I've seen on the streets besides mine, by the way, and he was totally checking out my E. I was hoping he would stop and help me find the clips...
Just wanted to post a quick thanks Puppy. I kind of felt like a knucklehead when I pulled the strap out of pockets and saw the clips attached. Momentary brain fart I quess.
Anyway, thanks. I love my snow covered Element.
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