Hey, did it make it? its been about 17 years now.Great first car--as long as you realize every car afterwards will have to live up to the first and the Element is going to be hard to beat.
My first was a 1965 Datsun 411PL, couldn't tell teh difference between the front end or the back. My next car was after I graduated college and I bought a brand new Honda Civic sedan with CVCC engine and I drove it for seven years. Then I strayed, Jaguar, Jeep, Suburban, Subaru and more, none of whom really fit what I wanted.
Ask me again in 10 years and we'll know if the Element makes the top of the list, but its already got a head start.