eBay Growing family means we need more than four seats, so reluctantly selling our Element.
There's a reason people love this car; it's a great car to have adventures in—keep the rear seats folded up, or pull them out and leave them in your basement, and you've got a great little box truck/camper. If I had a 2-car garage, I'd keep it in a heartbeat and put a pop-up camper on the roof. You can throw two bikes in the back -- or anything up to six feet long and more or less four feet tall and wide -- and not worry about them being muddy or greasy (plastic floor is easy to clean). It gets 22 miles per gallon (measured, as of this year). It's got a roof rack rated for 75 pounds (we've probably put more on it than that).
It's got power windows and door locks, manual transmission, antilock brakes, all-wheel-drive. Chugs through the snow and whatever else the winter throws at us very nicely. Won't win any drag races but I never have a problem merging on the highway either—spin up in 2nd or 3rd gear and Honda's little VTEC 4-banger puts out the power.
Little bit of customization: After a rash of Honda Element catalytic converter thefts, we added running boards to the car, which I welded teeth to the bottom of as a deterrent. I'm a crappy welder, though, so many of them fell off (you'll be happy to hear I've never tried to weld anything to the car itself—the running boards are bolted on).
The downsides: It's getting on time to replace the exhaust system ($1,200 to have it done; can do it yourself for $200-$500) and 3 of the 4 tires (we replaced one last year with a nail in the sidewall). There's a crankiness somewhere in the electrical system—over the past two months it's refused to start about four times. Disconnecting and reconnecting the battery fixes it, and it hasn't been reproducible enough to track down. One key fob wants to keep popping open, other key fob is fine, two (original) keys both included.
Free delivery within 25 miles of 60615; will deliver to CONUS (including Alaska, why the heck not) for 75 cents/mile. DM me before auction close to confirm mutually acceptable details.
Long story short: It's a Honda, it wants to keep going to 200,000 miles (or more).
On Nov-13-18 at 19:05:06 PST, seller added the following information:Edit: My apologies, I doublechecked the odometer this evening and it's 117,844 miles.
|VIN (Vehicle Identification Number):||5J6YH276X4L023771||Mileage:||116000|
|Warranty:||Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty||Model:||Element|
|Vehicle Title:||Clear||Trim:||EX AWD|
|Options:||4-Wheel Drive, CD Player, Sunroof||Engine:||4-cy|
|Safety Features:||Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbags||Drive Type:||AWD|
|Power Options:||Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows||Fuel Type:||Gasoline|
|Exterior Color:||Sunset Orange||For Sale By:||Private Seller|
|Interior Color:||Black||Disability Equipped:||No|
|Number of Cylinders:||4||Drive Side:||Left-hand drive|