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I'm kinda curious as to the answer, as I had thought that I wanted in descending order a GG, SOP or SM. After looking at a SOP I moved it down the list. It really doesn't look like what I see on either of my computers and the sample in the brochure was darker than the actual vehicle appeared in person. Plus it looked a bit weird at night - seems to have gold metallic flecks in it.

We were initially going to get a DX in silver, but one family member couldn't handle the blue plastic in the interior, so that was out. I did like the GG, but it was even harder to find in manual than my eventual acquisition a SM EX. After a Civic, this vehicle is a dream!
 

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Seen it, sat in it, and driven it! But the dealer wouldn't go down on price, so I ordered it from a dealer that would. Arrives next week!

I don't like the other interiors, so I had to choose from Black, Orange, or Shoreline Mist. I don't like black cars, had one the Shoreline Mist color for 6 years, so decided to get a "fun" color for once (my current vehicle is white).
 

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I frequent Honda Dealerships in my travels, and I seen exactly ONE.
It was way back when the E first came out, around New Years.

I really liked it, thought it was beautiful. I also thought the black or standard interior was an excellent combo because the outside color is so "outgoing". Really nice combination.

Now, my wife did not like the SOP in the least. We took it for a test drive (yeah, it was someone's, but salesman don't care) and my wife claimed everybody was looking at us. She liked it in the catalogue, but didn't like it in person. She's conservative though.

I think with the lack of SOP coming out of the factory, it's probably the most in-demand vehicle (SOP E) out there. I called a dealer before I got mine and asked if they had any Elements, and he said "let me guess you want an Orange one". He told me that it seems all the people calling about Elements were interested in getting one in Orange.
 

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:lol: I see one each morning (in my garage). They are rare. I have only seen one other and it was at the dealer. And that's in a metro area of 3 million (DFW).

My wife was unsure about the SOP. We went back and forth. To me, the SOP is the only color that does justice to the funky shape. I love it.
 

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[quote:926fa804b5="THAD"]:lol: I see one each morning (in my garage). They are rare. I have only seen one other and it was at the dealer. And that's in a metro area of 3 million (DFW).

My wife was unsure about the SOP. We went back and forth. To me, the SOP is the only color that does justice to the funky shape. I love it.[/quote:926fa804b5]

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I ordered my SOP two days ago! There was a silver on the lot that the dealer really came down on for me, but I knew I wouldn't be happy with the silver. I would have constantly been saying I wish I had an SOP! 5 weeks :!: :lol: :!:
 

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I've seen one SOP - looked great "in the metal". I was very pleasantly surprised at how it looked. Wasn't "in your face" like I thought it would be. However, mine is Blue and looks great glistening in the sun.
 

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I have a deposit on an SOP EX 4WD. I pick it up in about 2 weeks. Dealer said there were two coming in like that, and then he couldn't guarantee if he would ever get anymore in that color. I don't know if he was giving me a line, or was being truthful, but I want mine now anyway. :D
 

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I just talked to a dealer and he pulled out his Forecast of vehicles arriving in from Honda - He said out of the next 48 Elements he is allocated, Exactly one is SOP.

Paint issues ? Misjudged popularity of color?

I think it is unlikely that Honda planned on making so few SOPs - only because this vehicle was targeted squarely at young people, and young kids don't scream for beige cars. The SOP had a prominent place in the Honda Catalogue and the main media outlets got the SOP to test drive and report on.....

If young people were going to go for this vehicle they would also go for unusual colors..
 

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I never even considered the SOP because in all the photos I had seen the color appeared to be a metallic red. I did see the obviously orange photo that Honda has on their website, but figured that was a pre-production photo that didn't actually represent the actual color. But someone on HondaSUV.com posted pics of their SOP E gleaming in the sun and I was hooked! I usually perefer black - my last 3 vehicles were all black - but I really want a head turner this time around and I think that an SOP EX AWD would do the trick! But like a lot of you, I have yet to see one in person. I have seen all the other colors, now if I could just find the elusive SOP!
 

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This is all very interesting. The SOP I drove a few weeks ago (4WD EX) is still on the dealer's lot. But since their pricing & reputation are bad, I went to another dealer. The second dealer can't keep any Elements on the lot, and I was fortunate to get my name on this one before a couple other customers who are waiting for the same color.

You'd think that after being on their lot for a few weeks, the "bad" dealer would have made concessions! I know of an SOP in San Diego that's just waiting to be bought if you want to deal with those folks!
 
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