I think the painted panels make the E look like it is trying to swin with the school rather than against the current.....I like that my E looks different....and not like every other SUV on the road. I swear I can't tell some of them apart.
I really like the uniqueness of the gray panels. It was what attracted me to the Element. A friend of mine said he would consider buying one if they someday decided to paint the gray panels. Some people just prefer to blend. Obviously, if you own an Element, your someone who likes to be different and go against the grain. This alone makes it very special....and not for everyone.
as much as i like the look of painted panels they cause the E to look less rugged. but i think that is some of the appeal of the E, you can customize it in a lot of different directions. you can't say that for the majority of the vehicles on the road. over this year you ar going to see some great custom E created, and i can't wait to see them.
I may be in the minority group when it comes to liking the painted body panels, but I made the decision before purchasing my E that I wanted the body panels to match the car's color. My reason for doing that was because I wanted my car to stand out from other E owners out there. I didn't care about making my car look different from other "SUVs" and it really depends on what the owners want to do with their cars. It's just MHO. This is my first time posting a pic and here is how my car looks:
The top lining is painted black like the concept E, but I kept the roof SMM because I didn't want to strip the factory color. I thought it added a nice contrast to me fully painting the car SMM. The only part I did not paint was the door handles because I figured my passengers are not going to care about the paint and it might get scratched a lot.
i chose sorta alright.. i don't like them all together.. it makes the E look too ordinary.. but for some folk it makes them happy so i guest sorta ok is applicable.. but all in all i don't care for them.. the composite panels distinguishes the E, especially since so many companies are jumping on the box-wagon!