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Old 10-20-2017, 06:28 PM   #1
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Honda Element as TOad.

They have lots of room inside, and can be found with manual and autos. Based on CRV so likely will work well, autos can be flat towed until 2005 model. however, all the ones I find now are VERY high mileage- like 150k. Are the cars durable , will they go 200-250,000 miles?
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Old 10-20-2017, 06:39 PM   #2
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We have a 2011 Element with A/T & AWD; have flat towed it over 10K miles this year; use towing instructions for the same year CRV; can find instructions on internet; no problems; great vehicle...
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Old 10-20-2017, 10:08 PM   #3
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I thought even CRV after 2006 was no flat tow with a/T? yours is 2011 also with transfer case and it works ok??
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jonemw..... Element AWD & CRV AWD are basically the same; bodies are different...Google towing a CRV for a specific year & apply those instructions to the same year Element... NO issues in 2 years of towing.... Before towing I did have transmission fluid switched to synthetic & also changed the tranny fluid filter that is under the radiator ( OEM Honda filter from Amazon ).... Hard to go wrong with a Honda!.... Other folks here & rv.net tow Elements...
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The only problem with the AWD Hundas is after from 30,000 to 50,000 you will start getting a poping sound in the AWD rear end caused hy the rear clutches are grabbing and simple fix is to change the rear axle fluid and be sure to use Honda fluid only , it will take a little over a quart of fluid at apr $12 today cost per qt.
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I thought even CRV after 2006 was no flat tow with a/T? yours is 2011 also with transfer case and it works ok??
Honda stopped allowing four down towing on all but the CR-V and Fit after 2004 although a few 2005 Pilot manuals were misprinted and allowed four down towing. We went through that with our '05 Odyssey that I had in writing on Honda letterhead that it was towable four down. After involving WA,OR and CA AG's offices and some letters back and forth Honda paid us $2,200 for the towing gear we had installed.
All CR-V's through the 2014 model year can be towed four down. The FWD can also be towed on a dolly, the AWD must be towed four down.
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Those are cool. I looked at a few toasters for my son.

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Walt2137.... Good you mentioned that as I also did that at 50K; maintenance is less expensive than repairs AND you can schedule maintenance....
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Forgot to say also got axle fluid from Amazon...
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That is where i got the fluid with a pump io pump it in the back end.
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Old 10-26-2017, 04:11 PM   #11
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Honda Element flat toad

This may be late but here are my 2 cents. I have set a 2010
Honda Element 4WD auto as my tow tow car I used the blue ox base plate and roadmaster 9600 braking. I hav to this point towed it just over 1400 miles since mid September, I'm happy to report to this point a a perfect toad. I follow the same pre tow instructions as the CRV and the Honda fit i had before. IE: warm car up run threw the gears and ALWAYS shift drive to neutral before shutting down.
The one thing i think is strange with the Blue OX set up is i need to raise the tow bar 4or 5 inches to put it at the right height for safe towing, this is the first toad in my 9 car toad history that has had that issue.
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