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Hi all, I’ve owned accord and civics to include oldie crx. Im currently leasing Mazda CX-9 but wanted another reliable vehicle to tag miles to keep the lease miles low. I like how element can be used in many ways and the functionality of the space in the back.

I believe I had read that the 2007or 2008 have the chain timing belt which is better and the engine is more durable. Is this the case? I haven’t seen many under 100k miles without paying more fhan 7k. I’ve saw an SC but has many outside scratches and minor dents which I didn’t care for. The only difference I’ve seen between SC and EX besides some exterior difference is the inside dash.

Which year do you recommend? Most are 110k-180k under 8k in my areas
 

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Yes to timing chain

The Element has a timing chain. It was great to get to 100K and not have to spend money/time on replacing a timing belt. By the way, there are more differences between the SC and EX besides the dash. SC has a different/better center console, is lower by 1 inch, has a stiffer suspension, larger tires, carpeted floor. 2007/2008 are great years to buy because this was the year Honda did a refresh on the Element.
 

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I bought a 2007 EX with 232k miles for under $5500 back in December.

I don't think there really was much changed except maybe how the dash looks, interior, and the front with each "refresh (I believe the refreshes were 2007 and 2009 since that's when the headlights/front changed a bit).

Based on my research, 2007 is where I wanted to start when I was looking. I would have gotten something older if proximity and price were good, but the 2007 added 6 hp (up from 160 from previous years), electronic stability control standard, and side airbags standard (so I'd argue it's a little safer than older models).

I'm personally not a fan of the SC and never was. I needed something with height, 4WD, and storage space, not an SUV someone tried to pass off as a sedan.

An Element is an Element. Get whatever feels right. When you see a few you like, compare what each has the other doesn't and decide what you want based on what they have.
 

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Hi all, I’ve owned accord and civics to include oldie crx. Im currently leasing Mazda CX-9 but wanted another reliable vehicle to tag miles to keep the lease miles low. I like how element can be used in many ways and the functionality of the space in the back.

I believe I had read that the 2007or 2008 have the chain timing belt which is better and the engine is more durable. Is this the case? I haven’t seen many under 100k miles without paying more fhan 7k. I’ve saw an SC but has many outside scratches and minor dents which I didn’t care for. The only difference I’ve seen between SC and EX besides some exterior difference is the inside dash.

Which year do you recommend? Most are 110k-180k under 8k in my areas
I bought my 2008 Element EX new, it now has 114,000 miles, it does indeed have a timing chain. The 2008 EX's also has all wheel drive, the SC does not. I can go pretty much anywhere I want in snow. I haven't had anything go wrong with her (knock on wood) she's been super reliable. Love my Element!
 

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I have two Elements both '07. One is an 4WD EX and the other is a SC. I bought the EX in 2015 for $17k with just shy of 22,000 miles (yes 22k) and I bought the SC last October for $12,999 with 15,400 miles (yes 15k). The EX has about 90k+ miles (wife's daily driver) and the SC has 27k miles. No issues besides normal wear and tear. The EX has been from OH to FL at least three times and the SC once (going again in August). I drove 700 miles to get the SC from RI. If you find one you like, go the distance.

The difference between the two, as mentioned is interior is different (seat trim, carpet, console, red instruments and radio), larger wheels, lowered, et cetera. Honda's site has the complete spec sheets. Only the 2007 & 2008 had projector headlights so adding LED was a snap and drivers aren't blinded.
 
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