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Honda Fit Wheels and Tires

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  • ujjoujjo Posts: 1
    I have a 2008 Honda Fit Sport. I love it. I haul everything in it, including stoves and kayaks. I had it about 2 weeks and I hit a steel curb and wrecked the tire. It was December 2007, and there still were not many Fits around. My tire guy had to get the replacement from the dealer and it cost me $145 installed.

    Those Dumlops lasted 25k. I replaced them with Nitto Neo Gen VR
    205/50r15 xl 89v. They shipped for $380, and I paid $88 to have them installed and balanced. I was not out of the lot and I could tell the difference. The tires are great. I have made three winter trips to Canada facing temps of -40F. My brother's lake place has an insane steep driveway that rises 40 ft in 200 yards while going around a 180 Degree corner. No way I can get up that hill with chains. So I have chains. With the chains I go any where even through the 30" snow storm we had winter before last.

    Alas, I picked up a utility knife blade somehow that cut through too many cords to plug. I have 25K on these tires, and might have gotten another 10k, but I am going to replace them all. ( can't stand mixed tires ).
    I would like to get 50 or 60K out of a set of tires, but I also like to drive like I own a sports car.

    The Nittos were great. I might still buy them again, they give me a lot of confidence on the highway and in tight fast corners. Noise is not a big deal as I use roof racks and often have a kayak tied to the roof. ( I used to haul the kayaks inside but I got a dog and he likes the front seat).
  • Thanks, ujjo...will check them out!!!
  • johnk15johnk15 Posts: 4
    I posted previously about trying to find 185 55 R16 tires for my 2009 Fit Sport. The Bridgestone Turanza tires that came on the car new were worn out at 25k miles. My repair shop said that the only ones available to them in that size are Dunlop Sport 7000 A/S. Although others on this forum say there is no problem with putting a different size tire on the wheels that came with the car, my mechanic recommended against it, so I decided not to. I considered buying new wheels, but finally decided to just buy the Dunlops despite the bad reviews I have read of them. I got them today. When the tire shop went to align the wheels, they found that the rear wheels are out of alignment, and cannot be adjusted. They say since it's a solid axle, the car must have come that way (it's never been in an accident), and the fix is to replace the axle. The old rear tires wore unevenly. They advised me to take it to the dealer, as it is under warranty. I have made an appointment. Meanwhile, on the drive home, I found that the car felt like it was drifting around on the road. I don't know if that's just due to the tires, or if the misalignment is involved. All in all, given the tire situation and the fact that the car apparently came with an axle problem, I am no longer happy with my purchase of a Fit.
  • johnk15johnk15 Posts: 4
    Update - I took the car to the dealer. They agreed that it was misaligned, and after consulting with Honda they are going to replace the rear axle under warranty. Hopefully the car will handle better once it's replaced.
  • I just bought new ecopia tires for a 2010 honda fit standard .. i am all over the road. its very windy. the last tires were dunlap and i replaced at 25k miles..

    what michelins are you referring to.

    mahalo, diane
  • eli8eli8 Posts: 14
    i chose Michelin Plt Exalto A/S
  • Buster put a new set of Michelin Plt Exalto A/S on our 2007 Fit Sport. They're wonderful and very quiet!

    Bubbette :shades:
  • sorry. it says honda fit sport tire.?.

    is that for a honda fit basic.?thnx

    any other suggestions to stabilize this car in the wind??
  • eli8eli8 Posts: 14
    Honda Fit Sport..
  • Hi:
    Had my first blowout on a used 2009 fit. Should have read this forum beforehand. Thought Hondas were such great vehicles. Guess I'll try to trade it without buying new tires and the donut on one wheel. What a drag!
  • Sorry to hear the news, but not surprised. If you have read back thru the previous posts, you NOW know that many of us have shared the same problem with the Honda Fit 'tires'. And don't blame yourself. How many of us think we should HAVE to research the tires that a particular car requires? Not me, at least.
    I can only tell you to bite the bullet and replace all the tires--if you keep the Fit. And check this out. I saw a person driving an older Honda Fit, it might be 2008 model and later when I made contact with them, I asked if they had problems. They said no, but that they liked Good Year tires and the first thing they did was to buy Good Year All Seasons 195/55 R 15 tires and they have been great. Now, nobody told me that I GoodYear would even go on my Honda Fit, but I will def look into it when I need another tire. They said they got a good deal and what they paid was a lot cheaper than the approx 500.00 I landed up spending for 4 tires.
    All my papers are in my car, but I think I have posted what I bought.. IF not, I can double ck and post again. So far..so good, but then I haven't been on any long trips or bad roads lately.
    Sincerely,
    judy malone
  • Hi Judy;
    Did some research and came up with Goodyear also; I think GT. But I can tell you for for four it was over $500.00 with rebates. Dunlop was $700.00 for four--no rebate. I've never liked Dunlop. Think I had them on some old VW's back in the 70's. Do feel like a jerk, but that's life with vehicles and I do get great gas mileage.
  • Hi,
    I've been researching winter tires for my 2010 Honda Fit Sport. My mechanic said the best thing to do would be to go to tirerack.com and buy tires and wheels, all mounted and balanced and set to go. His reason: removing and remounting the tires on the same wheels damages the tires a bit each time it is done. I know this is true, but I'm not sure he's advising me to get the whole package (much more expensive than just the tires) to save him some work. I'm a woman and have been fooled by lousy mechanics in the past, but this mechanic seems trustworthy.

    Tirerack.com suggests a package of the 185/70R14 General Altimax Arctic Blackwall, for $60 each ($240 total). (Consumer Reports rating is 76, I think that's the 3rd highest rating for snow tires). They recommend a package deal with new 14x6 steel painted wheels and $144 for new TPMS sensors in the wheels. If I don't get new sensors, I could use the old ones, and the area dealerships charge a lot to reinstall the current sensors on the new wheels. It's more cost effective to buy the new sensors in that case. I'm not sure if my mechanic would reinstall the sensors and initialize them, but that would cost something too.

    Also, Tirerack.com recommends a smaller wheel for the snow tires (14") than the OEM wheel (16") because they say a 14" tire performs better in the snow and ice on this car. What do people on this forum think of this?

    I'd rather get the tires alone, just to save money; but I'd have to use the 16" wheels. Does anyone have any recommendations as to what to do and why?

    Thanks so much!

    2010_Fit_Owner
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    edited January 2012
    Tire Pressure Monitor Sensors are rediculous and should never have been installed on cars. Just buy the winter tires mounted on rims and live with the TPMS light on during the winter months. I never replace my aluminum stems since they break so often and cost so much to replace. I just have my mechanic put on rubber stems when the aluminum ones break and then put a piece of black electrical tape over the area of the dash to cover up the warning light. You don't fail inspection because the TPMS warning light is always on. I too believe that constant tire rotation on/off your one set of rims is a bad idea for the tires. The bead does become compromised over time.
  • Maxx4me, Thanks for the advice. My husband agrees with you about the sensors; to just take the chance of not having them and make sure I check the tire pressure regularly during the winters. I can do that; easy! And I can understand now that the bead would break down a little bit each time, so it makes sense to get wheels...
  • I have a 2009 FIT basic model with oem tire size 175/65/15. I thought about changing the wheel to 16" for better handling in snow, but Discount Tire recommend that I keep the same 15" wheel and just get a larger tire size.

    So I replaced it with 195/60/15 today. The ride is just as stiff as before, not sure about noise yet. But definitely no more sliding in snow/ice after the replacement (actually had 2 inches last night here).

    I should know more during normal commuting..

    Good luck!

    Fitowner2
  • My '08 Fit Sport has had a problem from day one. It developed a vibration in the rear tires very soon. I'm an old guy, so my experience tells me to look for wear in the fronts to tell me to rotate. After all, the front tires have most of the weight, do the powering and turning. I really didn't expect the rears to need to have their wear equalized by shifting them to the front before the fronts needed it. My mistake. At 30,000 miles my Dunlop tires were so scalloped in the rear (both sides) I decided to get an alignment and new tires. I chose the Kumho Ecsta Platinum LX from Tire Rack because they had a treadwear of 600. My mechanic told me my rear alignment was out of the specified range but there was no provision for adjustment, so I needed a shim kit. Fine, fix it.
    I considered the matter fixed until I noticed the vibration return, again in the rear. This time, at 60,000+ (30,000+ on the Kumhos). I returned to my mechanic and told him when I rotated my tires to the front the vibration was unbearable. I asked him why his solution didn't work. He ranted at me about not rotating often enough. I responded by asking why the cupping occurred in the first place. He accused me of driving underinflated, through potholes, etc. Blame the victim. I read about the problems with the Toyota Matrix, which had a similar problem.
    I developed a theory:
    1) The Honda Fit camber specs are excessively negative (tipped inward at the top) to allow better handling and wider stance for increased rollover resistance.
    2) This negative camber, along with the very light rear axle weight causes the tires to "scuff" at certain frequencies resulting in scalloping.
    3) The official response to this situation by Honda and supported by unimaginative mechanics is to encourage excessive rotation to mask the uneven tire wear.
    4) People have become desensitized to unusually poor tire life because they are participating in the ruse, if they rotate every 3,000 miles or so the treads get erased evenly.

    Sorry this is so long! My solution was to find another mechanic with an alignment machine and tell him to get yet another shim kit and bring the camber to vertical. After telling him three times, the British mechanic finally "got it" and my rear wheels are now straight up and down, actually -.25 degree, just slightly out of spec. BTW, don't expect every spec to be the same on every machine. The recent alignment from my old mechanic came out out of specs on the second machine. My new tires are General General G-MAX AS-03. I have no idea if this will work but I really want to make the Fit a car that stops eating tires!
  • eli8eli8 Posts: 14
    tks for this message...i am about to have my tires rotated...for the 1st time after having the same cupping/scalloping problems with Dunlops that came with my 07 Sport model when i first bought it...thumping etc...
    i hope and pray i dont have a problem after rotating these Michelin tires that i love...but the above info is very intesting and i will save it for the future...i too believe that what you are reporting is totally accurate and Honda has messed up with this Fit...
    p.s. i also got did not rotate enough; drove with underinflated tires etc..

    tks.

    perhaps the Fit people should start making sure they send in complaints to Honda and safety people...it worked for the light problem. honda did a recall
  • Thanks Eli8,

    It's good to hear that maybe I'm not crazy. I have a long drive coming up and I may be able to get enough miles on to test my remedy. You're right about reporting to Honda, I'm sure it's a matter of complaint volume. After spending over a thousand dollars on this problem I should let Honda know. Hey, maybe they read these forums! Please let us know if your Michelins are cupped.
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