I love my Honda Element. It is handy, has a fabulous turning radius, and is versatile in terms of what I can do with the back and back seats, to accommodate a load or odd-shaped item. I keep it well maintained with Jason's Automotive, and have had no major issues with it, mechanically. It's a 2009 Element; I bought it sight-unseen as a used car (still with some warranty coverage, and low mileage) through a car auction buyer/seller, from an out-of-state online dealer. My sister lived nearby, test-drove it and "green-lighted" the purchase. Then she drove it from AZ to CA for me after I purchased it. My only issues with it are: 1) its blindspot visibility, which is non-optimum. But I worked that out with a little fisheye mirror on the passenger side mirror. And 2) the back doors are "suicide" doors: they open front to back, opposite the front seat doors. That makes entry a bit awkward in tight spaces (like between other cars in a parking garage). Overall, though, it continues to be a wonderful, fun, cute and functional car. Lots of zip, too. It now has 130,000 miles and is still going strong. Carol W.