Hi! I'm a recent high school grad and I'll be heading off to college this fall. My parents have finally decided to replace my old 1990 Nissan with a new car next week but I'm not quite sure what to buy. I like the Element because it's so cool, you don't see one every time you turn the corner, plus it has awesome interior space. I like the Civic because it's way cheaper, plus it has standard keyless entry and a power moonroof. Does anybody know which car would be best for running around town and the long road trips to college? Has anyone had experience with both cars? Right now I think I like the Element more than the Civic, but I have concerns about some problems. I've heard some people complain about loud rattles when driving the Element, plus the review on Edmunds.com said that the Element's body panels were discolored because of spilled fuel when refilling the gas tank. Has anyone experienced these problems as well?