Some Honda Dealers Carry After Market
Spoke with Honda Representative and was told the same thing. I was told to be very careful about who installs the aftermarket item. I also spoke with a representative from Gentex and was told Honda could carry the item like so many other car makers but does not want to - I guess not enough interest.
I was at a Honda Dealer yesterday, and they had a 'universal' auto-dimming mirror in their parts window. The dealer said they were carrying them because of the number of individuals that want them installed. He said they would not install on any vehicle that did not use the familiar button/wedge mount; and no, they would not install one on an Element as it is not possible.
I took the parts manager out to see my E to show him the auto-dimming mirror in my E.
I received several positive comments from him.
First, he was surprised to see me use the Acura switchblade key to unlock the doors and when I started the E; he did not realize that this was possible.
His next surprise was when I unlocked the doors and the lights at my sidesteps lit up. He thought that was a great way to see the sidesteps after dark.
Next we looked at the mirror. I removed the mirror so he could see my solution for the mount. He was impressed, especially that someone would fabricate a custom mounting block that uses, without destroying, the Honda mirror base plate. I showed him that it is possible to install a 'button/wedge' mirror in an Element. His only negative-type comment was that it was too bad that I had to cut some of the fins on the underside (hidden in ceiling/roof area) of the mirror hole cover.
He also likes the South Coast Carpets in my Element. It was the first time he ever saw custom carpets in an Element that fit as well as, in the front, or better than, the rear, as the Honda carpets. He thought the cut, fit, and finish was excellent.
The parts manager also liked the unique solution of the 'Target' table rear shelf, especially the usability of the table as a shelf and as a table. As he said, for under $30.00, I have more flexibility and ease than $150.00 worth of Honda parts (rear cover and table legs).
I told him that none of these were my original ideas and that these and other ideas and information can be found in this forum.