Opinions on Honda Element, 2008, manual transmission?
The Element was essentially identical–in a mechanical sense–to the better-known CR-V, and that is a good thing. However, with any used car–no matter what its make and model might be–the most important factor is the way that it was maintained by the previous owner(s).
I would not be interested in buying a 10 year old car unless it came with hard copies of its maintenance history that I could compare to the mfr’s maintenance schedule–which can be found in the glovebox. And, even with maintenance receipts, I would not buy a 10 year old used car unless my own mechanic inspected it and gave it his approval.