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Hello All,

I'm in the beginning stages of planning an extended trip (6 weeks) to Baja California. My plan is camp, kayak, and fish my way down the peninsula. I'm NOT interested serious off-roading adventures for which Baja is famous, but I DO want to go off the very well-beaten track to access the coast. I know that some of you have experience with the Element in Baja. Any advice? Is the Element a reasonable choice for my type of adventure?

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might want to get a real car or truck.:shock: but then again it might just be your kinda fun !!:twisted: good luck & have fun,oops forgot dont get hurt or eaten:razz:
 

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Sounds like a great winter escape! Checkout some of the road reports like www.bajainsider.com before you leave tho. A couple of friends bagged a trip down last week because some of the bridges have washed out on hwy1. I'm sure you can drive around through the washes, but a rain storm could trap you for a while. I haven't done a trip in the E, but spent 3 weeks traveling in a 2wd Toyota pick-up and got around just fine. Even on a trip with a Bronco and a Jeep Cherokee some enterprising individual in a '89 Tercell with bald tires would find us on the beach to collect a camping fee! One tequila fueled misadventure leads me highly recommend steel rims if you've got them. Just about anyone can fix them, but trying to replace an alloy could ruin your trip.
 

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A couple of friends bagged a trip down last week because some of the bridges have washed out on hwy1.
If you are referring to the washouts from last summer's hurricanes, they have been repaired. I was there in December, and didn't encounter any washouts. I covered pretty much all of the paved highways in Baja.

There were a couple of stretches of highway construction that required you to go off the highway. They just bulldoze a dirt track parallel to the highway.

The E worked great, but I did not try any extensive off-pavement travel.
 

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...some enterprising individual in a '89 Tercell with bald tires would find us on the beach to collect a camping fee!
Ain't that the truth. I took the E up a pretty nasty two track to a remote trailhead this past summer. I had to get out a couple of times and move rocks, and I was pretty damn proud of myself and the E for making it. When I turned the last corner to the trailhead, there in the parking lot was an old Geo-metro. Oh well.
 

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If you are a competent driver and use caution you will be fine. I have not taken a "E" there but have driven rental cars into places most people would not without a problem. You just have to be careful and use common sense.
 

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If you are a competent driver and use caution you will be fine. I have not taken a "E" there but have driven rental cars into places most people would not without a problem. You just have to be careful and use common sense.
That's the great thing about rental cars - they really do go anywhere!
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I would be more worried about drug cartel violence than the E's ability to handle the roads. But my bro-in-law just came back from a kayaking trip with his 2WD Tacoma and was fine, and usually bad things and bad people are drawn to him, but he was fine... :roll:
 
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