New Element - advice ?

I'm thinking of buying a new Element (with stick shift). Any advice from this group would be appreciated.
BTW - also considering a CRV or Toyota RAV4 (but am partial to a stick
shift - so kinda points to an Element).
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I just bought a 4wd automatic EX. The automatic gets slightly better gas mileage due to a taller final gear ratio, however if you prefer the stick, go for it! They are awesome and very safe vehicles.
check out http://www.elementownersclub.com/ There is a pic of an element that rolled 3 times and it was still intact, occupants only receiving slight scratches and bruising.

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OK for urban driving; not high speed highway.
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Here is the pic of that rolled element:
http://flickr.com/photos/fabrica-imago/394782750 /

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According the person that posted the photo, it got t-boned by a minivan at a high rate of speed.

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A stick shift can be very tiresome in stop and go traffic...pressing clutch when you are creeping!
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On Tue, 20 Mar 2007 22:12:47 +0000, Andy wrote:

Sure. And it also affords you much better control of the vehicle, and connects you more closely to the driving experience.
I drive over 25,000 miles per year, and prefer a manual transmission. It is far more fun to drive, especially if you don't deal in a lot of stop and go traffic...
It's all about personal preference...
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I have a 2005 AWD EX manual and I love it. 26,000 miles on the odometer and not a single problem so far.
Steve
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On Tue, 20 Mar 2007 14:05:22 +0000, Ron wrote:

Have you made any kind of decision yet?
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Well maybe, see my 3/31 post.
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best place to find that out is www.elementownersclub.com
good luck.
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