I have a few friends that have given me some good info about the element. One of them actually works at Honda's R&D dept in ohio and the other works on the element production line. Without getting anyone in trouble I can tell you one change that might possably in store for 2004. Honda is very aware (and embarsed "sp") about how easy it is to scratch the outside plastic panels. They are actually considering not using the plastic any more and just stick with what is on the rest of the body.