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Hi, I live in Virginia and will be looking at and possibly ordering an Element next week.

I haul dogs around in crates and am wondering how easy/difficult it is it remove the back seats?

Once done, is it tricky to get them back in?

Glad to find this bulletin board, you've been very helpful.

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Somewhere I saw pictures of how it is done, I will try to post them when I find them again, anyway the seats lay flat, you remove a side panel where the seats attatch to detach the seats then they slide right out.

Others will have more help than I do, I was just glad to see another dog person buy an Element.

Joan and
Snickers and Jossie
http://www.eburg.com/~jneslund/matt/Honda_Element/
 

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I kinda wonder if there is anyone WITHOUT a dog who has gone for the Element, it is a perfect pair! Or perhaps it is a free dog with purchase option, smiles!

I too have a dog, Border collie, he is awesome!

The removal of the rear seats is a little tricky, they now have this nice handy little laminated quick reference flip guide with the car that shows you these things, nice instead of leafing threw a over 300 plus page manual!

ok here ya go...
lower the head restraint to its lowest position.
pull the release strap on the inside edge of the seat cushion & push the seat backward till it is level with the seat cushion. (this is the same thing you do when you flip the seats to the wall).
then...
remove the cover between the seat cushion & side wall by pulling the tab & pulling the cover straight up.
pull the release strap on the seat leg to unlock the seat leg. (same as when you flip the seat up to the wall).
push the release level down, then pull the handle up & forward.
hold the steel handle next to the lock lever & hold the strap on the inside edge of the seat cushion, remove the entire seat by pulling it up & backward.

reverse the procedure to reinstall the rear seats. Of course make sure it is securely locked in place...

ta-da!
 

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Thanks for the replies . It seems a bit complicated, I'll have the dealer show me IRL, and if I get one I'll probably have the seats taken loose before I drive it off the lot since 99% of the time I don't need them.

Loved the websites of jnes and Gypsytda...and I printed the instructions.

I've never had a vehicle that inspired the passion I see here, can't wait to drive one and check it out.

Patty
 

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Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy, and I can help you in anyway don't hesitate to contact me.

This is one incredible car, and I love to share the info, and also I welcome info back too!

This is a great community, I love this board! The people here are awesome too!
 

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Honda designed the fold-up option so well I bet you will not even need to remove them. But if you never need rear seats then removing them will keep your rear side windows clear.

Enjoy!
 

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Did the deal yesterday in Manassas, VA...wondeful. Had a few lessons on the rear seats and before I drove away I had them taken loose and took them into my house when I got home, tied in a couple of dog crates and I'm set!

Love it, I was so happy with how it drove, I had studied it to death but never seen/drove one. Nice....silver...EX AWD.

I had them show me the sun screen for the skylight, it needs some installation, snaps have to be added to the roof. Dealer will do labor for free and sell me the screen for the price on the website you guys told me about.

Patty ;-)
 

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Redawg that is awesome... humm my accessories are still not in yet.. i think i need to print some stuff to show my dealer, and see if can get some money back, smiles!
 

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Gypsytda,

It would be a good idea to see how things get put in. I printed my instructions out for the things I had the deal do, and they made a mistake on a few things. I pointed it out to them, and they took care of it. I also got my 1st service for free.
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come'on RML you know I am as detailed as you are, I have nearly memorized those instructions for accessories (for even stuff I did not get) and know the manual pretty darn well too.. grin, hee!

you also know by now I don't trust easily, soooo i go over EVERYTHING! :wink: (inner lawyer in me... i had ponder going into law as a child, and who knows i still might.. i am not dead yet!) :D
 

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shhh RML i was not gonna say anything about you being a lawyer, shhh

Anyhow for those concerned.. about RML lawyer status, he is a good guy not a sleeze.. he is my buddy so be kind!
 

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I have to agree that the E is perfect for dog owners! We have 5 all together. We show some of them and weight pull them so we do alot of traveling. My husband wanted to buy a cap for his truck to haul the dogs in the winter but why do that now that I have my E?
 

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[quote:8411d7514d="burnt-O"]I have to agree that the E is perfect for dog owners! We have 5 all together. We show some of them and weight pull them so we do alot of traveling. My husband wanted to buy a cap for his truck to haul the dogs in the winter but why do that now that I have my E?[/quote:8411d7514d]

yeah plus the pups would get cold inthe back of a truck (even with the cap on it).. with the E they get the central heat, or a/c! yeah!
 
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