Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Vehicles: His & Hers


Yesterday we brought home the Element and traded in our faithful Ranger.

I think "Betsy" looks good next to Leonard's rig. I also love the Rallye Red color.

23 comments:

Lybertygirl said...

OHHHH I want an element soooo Bad!

Jules said...

Very cool!!

a corgi said...

looks very nice! I like the color!

enjoy!

safe driving :)

betty

penni said...

Welcome to the legion of Cardi/Element owners. You will love the car for its convenience, safety, maneuverability,ease of loading, AND IT'S RED!

We took 3 Tibetian Spaniels, a Cardi, a Lab Puppy, two adults, extra crates, chairs, dog food (raw) cooler, grooming table, luggage, people cooler -- enough of everything for a week -- in my (it's just blue) Element without a problem.

When this Element dies (if it's before I do), I will have another Element!

Holly said...

Wow Penni! I can't wait to load this up. I will definitely have it in Gettysburg next year.

I couldn't believe our luck in finding it in RED! LOL!

My cousin (the watercolor artist) just got a silver Element. But she doesn't have a Cardi.

coopercreek said...

Nice!

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penni said...

We must get your cousin a Cardi -- no Element is complete without one. Look on line for the design for a platform for the back. Lawn Chairs, fabric crates, grass mat, food/water bowls, water jug, hiking boots all fit under the platform while it raises the crates up 8" or 9" so the dogs can see out. Youll want 19" wide crates (Precision Pro) to fit comfortably side by side in the back.

Kim said...

I love it !!!

Léo said...

Swee-eet!! Love the red!

Traci said...

I bought my Element new (with 50 some miles on it) in November of 2003. Being one of the original dog Element folks, I can't praise this vehicle enough!!!
You may or may not know, but in the winter of 06, my poor beautiful (orange) Element went nose first into the side of a cow. If you're interested, I have pictures. I was bruised, but considering I was going ~60 mph when I hit it, I'm happy I walked away with just bruises.

I've put an entire bedroom set (headboard, 2 night stands, long dresser and tall dresser) in the E with no problems. I have pictures of it packed up heading to the NorCal nationals in 07 too..

You'll love your Element more than you know, and will wonder how in the world you survived this long without her! :)

congrats!!!

-Carol- said...

OOOooo, purty! And red's my favorite color!

Holly said...

Traci - how well did the Element hold up after the cow crash?

Penni - were you able to fit in all those dogs even with the platform? My goal is to keep at least 4 crates in it at once.

C-Myste said...

I drove to nationals in ours with 4 dogs and the platform. My platform holds 2 crates on top, then you can stack 2 crates on the floor in front of the platform and still have room.

Or without the platform we can fit 4 wire crates in back and have all of the room in front of the crates for "stuff".

Welcome to the club.

penni said...

Carolyn answered your question about number of crates. The Cardi people that have the Elements are pretty fierce about them -- regardless of color!

Holly said...

Thanks so much for the ideas!

I LOVE how it handles... it's a pleasure to drive! Our Ranger was an extended cab with "suicide doors' so the door configuration works fine for us.

My plan is to load the 2-300s with 2 smaller wires on top (so I might have some visibility out the rear window and is the space behind the front seats for all the other "stuff" I need to do in life.

When things settle here and Leonard has the time, I will have him look at the platform idea for me.

Sherilyn said...

Red, red, knock 'em dead! Love it!! Can't wait to see it next year! :)

This and That at Qwaynt Cardigans said...

OH aren't they cute together... Congrats on the new car

Mielikki's Hunt said...

my question is, does the Semi turn into an autobot? :)

Congrats on the new car!

Janet said...

I'm another cardi/element owner! When I bought mine, the dealer said that when they designed the element, their target customer was the 18 - 30 year old male who enjoys dirty, muddy outside adventures. However, the element turned out to not be cool enough for the boys - but turned out to be wildly popular with (ahem!) middle aged women!

jerZgirl said...

His and Hers Match!!!

Lots of Luck with it! My first car was a Honda CR-V that still runs at 160,000 miles!

I'm currently wanting a giant SUV very badly. LOL

-Heather

Renee said...

Gee, Holly, I don't know about Elements. My next vehicle is going to be a Honda Odyssey, so that I can nap in the back with my dogs.

Renee said...

And I am with Heather on her CRV comment. MY CRV is at 185,000 miles with no end in sight. Yay!