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  • You're making me feel better already. Being is that I have a '90 Ranger right now. It's got over 230,000 miles on it and my drive shaft/line just fell out a week ago. FUN TIMES!! ha haa not really but it's cool. I am going to go test drive another Fit today. I hope to test drive a M/T this time. I am also going to test drive the Civic SI. So I'll let you know how that goes.
  • anahita61anahita61 Posts: 110
    I can hear the gas tank sloshing around.

    I almost always play music when I'm in my car, and I've never heard the gas sloshing. Not even in rare moments when I drive without music. Hmmmmmm...

    I love my Fit - I've had it four months now, and I don't drive that much, just to work (12 miles each way, highway commute - 70 to 75mph), and some errands at lunch, and home, usually. I'm broke now that I have a car payment (my last car was paid for years ago, so paying a monthly payment is rough right now - I need to do a refi!), so I don't go driving all around if I don't have to, but my regular commute and errands running is still getting me 36 to 37 mpg consistently. I've got the manual transmission too.

    I notice when I get stuck in traffic, or have to accelerate to pass on the highway, or drive at all anything other than conservatively, I see the needle move faster toward empty. But if I do the coasting to a stop in neutral thing, and little to no a/c, and keep the windows up to eliminate drag (some say this really doesn't matter, but I notice a difference), and only drive around with me in the car, I get great mileage.

    Not to insinuate anything here, but maybe some people who are getting really low mileage might have more weight in the car than those who are getting the high numbers? I'm only 110 lbs after all, and I almost always drive alone in the car. Maybe that's a factor, I don't know. I know cargo weight, tire air pressure, low rpm's, and overall driving style can adversely affect mileage results.

    Honestly, I have no complaints about my Fit... yet. :)
  • gracie11gracie11 Posts: 1
    Hi, I am new to the site and I too am looking into buying a Fit. I haven't read too many negatives on the Fit. I will be trading in my '06 Civic SI if I decide to get one. I see that you will be test driving a Civic also. I REALLY like my car but it isn't very practical if you need to haul anything (like a bike) or if you try to get 2 11 year olds out of the backseat. It is a head turner and I have had a lot of compliments on it but I like the payments on a Fit alot better. If I would've listened to my husband, I would already be in one:) I really hate telling him he is right. Good luck on you decision and I hope I can decide what to do. :)
  • jethadenjethaden Posts: 36
    I have owned my FIT manual sport for 15 months and 15K miles. The seat position took getting used to. It is not really good. My calf muscle has hot hurt for a long time from the weird gas pedal position. The cruise control in the sport is essential IMHO. The steering wheel is slightly too long from me with the pedals in the right place, but it is acceptable. It is good when driving barefoot, when I can slide seat forward about 2 clicks. The red paint looks like new except that I have picked several (many) tiny paint chips (down to white primer) in the hood from gravel (I do not drive on dirt, probably from interstates). I do not know if bra would help for trips. It is happy up to 80 (I cruise at 75). I am up to 39 mpg on interstates at 75 and about 32 with in-town commute and somewhat aggressive driving. The engine is not powerful, but is peppy and quite happy cruising at 4000rpm or higher. I only sometimes hit the rev limiter at 6300 (like 4-5 times so far). I like the car and it so different that I now have a hard time taking out my older Jeep Cherokee.
  • ithantechithantech Posts: 2
    Has anyone else had trouble reclining the front seats all the way back until they are level with the back seat? The instruction manual makes it look so easy, but every time we try, the top of front seat hits the back seat before getting level. We've pulled the front seats all the way forward, but there must be something we're missing. :confuse:
  • nthomasnthomas Posts: 40
    Yes, I had a problem with this at first, and I know some others have, as well. There's a few posts about it here somewhere, but here's the deal:
    There's actually 2 positions for the back seats. Try lifting the lever for the back seat and pushing it back a little. It should go into a slightly reclined position, which will allow you to recline the front seats all the way. Worked perfectly for me.
  • scarmisscarmis Posts: 6
    The rear seats actually have two settings; in one of them the seat bottom is slightly further forward than the other. Use the seat back lever to adjust them so the bottoms are as far back as possible, then the front seats should recline all the way.
  • My new Fit (four days old to me) is a hit with family -- and they're picky. When we drove up to the dealership (we had to drive past three others, there are so few Fit in the DFW area right now) we saw the car and said (from our lofty seats in our trade, a tall and tricked-up F-150 4x4) "oH, that car's too small -- this won't work."

    But once we got in -- my husband, 6'2" and son, 6'4" in the BACK SEAT, we loved it.

    The drive is great. Also, my husband's back revolts against a lot of seats, but the Fit seats were great.

    We miss the arm rest a bit, and the steering wheel position took a bit of getting used to, but we love it and would happily add another to our stable of vehicles.
  • caldodgecaldodge Posts: 8
    and keep the windows up to eliminate drag (some say this really doesn't matter, but I notice a difference),

    IIRC, for a typical modern car driving at highway speed the A/C uses less power than the drag from an open window. So yes, an open window does increase drag by a significant amount.
  • ithantechithantech Posts: 2
    Thanks, we got it, although it's a really tight fit. The instruction manual makes it seem like after reclining the front seat, you'll need to move the front seat back until it reaches the back seat.

    But still, it is a nifty feature. And the seats are pretty comfy.

    Thanks to those who responded.
  • jkandelljkandell Posts: 116
    I've owned my Fit for seven months, and I just took my first mountain trip to Sedona AZ. I was not impressed with the lack of power going up some of the hills or even the steep highway grades. Granted we had to use the a/c, which saps a lot of power on the Fit, but I noticed I was stuck with the trucks while all the cars were passing me. I guess the price to be paid for higher mpg.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    So you're saying that on the steep mountain roads, you couldn't go uphill at 60-75mph even in 3rd gear? I drove my Fit in the Applacian mountains, and while not as big as the Rockies, I still never had any problems going uphill, although the car would downshift to 4th or 3rd gear.
  • jkandelljkandell Posts: 116
    I think I was having trouble going up in fourth and perhaps needed third. But I was afraid of going 75 mph in third... the rpm's sounded too loud at that speed in third. So I opted for third going slower. But maybe I just don't know how to drive mountains.
  • fitman548fitman548 Posts: 172
    I took my AT up the 87 to Payson. You won't be at the head of the pack. I had to wait until a 8-10 car cap before I felt comfortable merging left to get around the trucks. Like you, I just didn't feel comfortable consistenly running over 4k rpms.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    Maybe you've never driven small cars with small 4cyl engines, but there's nothing wrong with driving in the high RPMs for extended uphills as long as you're not in the redline. These engines, especially the Honda Fit's engine, is designed for these RPMs. This is not a V-8 or big V-6 engine that can run at 2-3000 rpm consistly.

    Plus I've noticed that even on steep uphills, the auto will downshift to 3rd for a little bit but once the speed is up in the high 60s then there's enough engine torque for it to upshift back to 4th. You may not fly up a really steep hill at 75mph, but then there shouldn't be any need to creep along at 50mph with the trucks.
  • jkandelljkandell Posts: 116
    We had a big rain this week and I noticed that it got wet in the gas cap compartment. It must not be sealed very well. Anyone else have this problem?
  • nthomasnthomas Posts: 40
    I haven't checked when it rains, but I know that when I wash my Fit, the area around the gas cap gets wet. It hasn't caused any problems, though. I assumed that was normal.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    Plus there's a drain hole to allow the water to leave, and gas if you overfill.
  • fitchgrrlfitchgrrl Posts: 21
    Have had by blue Fit sport AT for 15 months now. Rolled over 25,000KM on it today. Love my Fit! Overall great car.

    So far under warrenty had the airbag software recall, a cable reel assembly replaced in the steering column (SRS light had come on and then i lost use of the horn)($400 repair - boy i like warranties). next is I have a piece of lose trim on the rear door window. two of the clips holding it on have broke. will have the dealership fix next time i am in.

    I have also had the drivers side door replaced (about $2K)(got hit by a crazy woman). not something i recommend. the window now has trouble going back up so it will be taking another trip into the shop to get that fixed. (wait time on a new door from Honda was a couple of weeks). car is made to fall apart to protect the cabin when hit so be prepared.

    mileage on this car is pretty good. in the city (i am a havy user of AC), i average about 10km to 1 L. Highway about 13km to 1L.

    bought an armrest from ebay when i bought the car. love it. as for the seating position, i find on long jaunts if you put the seat closer a notch or two, less leg cramps. doesn't bother the back.

    love the Magic seats. they were abig selling feature for me. - people will actually want you to help them move in this car. you can fit A LOT of stuff in! about 8 ft from dash to the rear in long mode. have put a double mattress in, furniture,my dogs in tall mode all sorts of stuff. lots of cargo rome. the seats in relax mode are fantastic for the drive-in. lots of fun!

    the car takes a little getting use to when yu first start driving it if you are not use to light or small cars. i will definately be purchasing snow tires this winter. car handles suberbly in the rain, snow i find it harder to control.(helps to use the paddleshifting rather than just going i found). many of my friends have driven it and they all love it.

    overall - would buy again . but so far i am glad i bought the extended warrenty seeing that i have used the factory warrenty so much already.
  • dawsonmpdawsonmp Posts: 12
    I'm averaging 36 mpg w/ 70% highway, 30% city. No hybrid premium cost, unknown resale, battery, or tech issues. I live in the Washington, DC exurbs, 40 miles each way to work. The car will exceed 100 mph and feels solid getting there. The power band seems to be 4K - 5.5K rpm's. I'm there a lot and the engine is designed for it. Some body roll and I wouldn't want to push the brakes at high speed - after all it IS a commuter car. Steering is VERY quick. Haul all my band gear on the weekends, then use the magic seats to rest on some long breaks. Installed Sirius Stiletto, plugs right in to the aux. jack and works great. Had 5 adults in the car for an hour with no complaints. Wish it had a 6th gear (w/ under 65 mph lock-out), dead pedal, lit glove box, lit vanity mirror for passenger. Ride is a bit choppy on concrete highways. Overall - VERY happy still.
    Minor issues: I left the windows down a crack in the hot summer and had an unexpected thunderstorm. The side airbag light was on until I drove a while. This has happened twice. Especially in the colder times of year when I first start out in the morning there is a bit of vibration until about 2 minutes after the blue "cold" engine light goes off. I hear a bit of a rattle when I let off the gas in the lower gears. Sounds like an exhaust heat shield. I'll have these issues addressed when I go in for service before the warranty runs out.

    I'm 5' 11" 190 pounds and that is no problem for the Fit. I have to squirm a little sometimes to find the perfect spot in the seat, but it's there. Tons of headroom, can't reach the windshield, snick-snick shifter, lots of cupholders and storage, good radio and A/C. Keyless entry is a "must-have" and cruise control comes in handy. Rear vision is not a problem if you know how to properly adjust your side mirrors - and most people don't know. Ask your insurance company, that's where I learned it.

    The view ahead is that of a picture window as you can't see ANY of the car front. I'm used to it now and it's OK.

    Oh, did I mention reliability and resale value? C'mon - it's a Honda.
  • av8rixav8rix Posts: 5
    Hello,

    I am not a Fit owner yet, but am very seriously considering it. I do have a couple of questions/concerns that I am looking into before making a final decision though. Hopefully, someone here will be willing and able to shed some light on these issues.

    I live in Colorado and therefore need to consider high elevation and winter/snow performance when choosing a new vehicle (among other factors of course). I currently drive a 1995 Escort sedan which I am comfortable driving in the mountains. The uphill portions take some planning but that is to be expected and the Escort performs well for what it is (in my opinion). As far as snow is concerned, I learned how to drive here in Colorado and am comfortable driving in snowy conditions in general. In fact, my main winter driving concern is usually directed toward the winter driving abilities of the other people that are driving near by and how well I can get away if the need arises. (I would like to comment that four wheel drive basically means four wheel "go" and not four wheel "stop").

    I have read a few comments regarding the Fit's general uphill performance. So far, these comments sound quite similar to what I know with the Escort - planning and thinking ahead when going uphill and air conditioner off for a touch more power etc. I was wondering if anyone has experienced a noticeable loss of power when driving at higher elevations as opposed to places that are closer to sea level (I live at approximately 6,000' above sea level and commonly drive to 11,000'-12,000'). Also, I have not seen any input regarding how the Fit does in winter/snow conditions and was hoping that someone would have some input on this as well. I don't expect the Fit to plow through 3 feet of snow by any means, but it is important to know how well it functions in at least a couple of inches of snow before making a final decision.

    Any input that can be offered is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  • av8rixav8rix Posts: 5
    A few days ago, I submitted the post above. For months I had been looking at as much information as I could find regarding the Fit. I had found answers to the majority of my questions and the only items I had left to find answers on were the two mentioned above (higher elevation driving and snow conditions). Before writing the post, I had read the most recent pages here but had not looked very far back in the posts. Since then, I have made a point to try to go back and read as many comments as possible. I haven't gotten through them all yet, but I was able to find the answers I was looking for and intend to read all of the posts over the next couple of days. However, if anyone has anything they would like to add, that information would be great too.

    Thanks for the input.
  • wulybugrwulybugr Posts: 19
    To av8rx:
    I commuted from Kremmling to Denver for 11 years thru the tunnel. I owned many vehicles, 4 WD, compacts- large trucks etc. My best winetr car(s) were Ford Fiesta and Festiva.
    My Escort wsas not bad. I drove AROUND many stuck 4WD's because they did not know how to drive. I did run studded snows on all 4 wheels in winter. The small cras were unstoppable and also allowed me to wiggle thru the hordes of skiers stuck on the hill. I no longer commute, but have a Fit(AT). Even without studded snows, this is the best handling small front wheel drive I ever owned in winter driving. I thought I would need to use my 4WD pickup on occasion, but the fit hes worksed fine. I have pushed snow up to 5: deep, but you have to know how to drive in the snow first. Also, the fit does wonderful on the tunnel route. I do NOT use cruise control going up hills. The
    paddle shifters in "S" position are wonderful acending the mountains, as sometimes you have to go slow due to conditions or traffic. almost never need to use brakes.
    I now have 23,000 great miles on this car. Just keep the Rpm when possible at 2500. I rarely have to exceed 3500 even when going up hills or passing. 2500 RPM's will give you
    upper 30's in MPG on the road. I Did get 47 one tank down in Nevada
  • av8rixav8rix Posts: 5
    wulybugr,

    Thank you for sharing your experience. The information you provided was EXACTLY what I was hoping for. Your comments certainly add more weight toward getting a Fit. It also helps knowing that you are familiar with the winter driving conditions around here as well as in the high country. How long have you had your Fit?

    At this point, I think that the tie breaker between the two vehicles I am considering is going to be decided with some test driving.

    Thank you again for your input. You have made a significant difference.
  • jingoldjingold Posts: 2
    I saw someone mention that they only found posts from new owners and couldn't find much info from people that have had their Honda Fit for very long. I've had mine since April 4, 2007 and the odometer just turned 8,000 miles. I still love the car and don't have any major issues with it at all. We just drove 1200 miles from Columbus, Ohio to New York City (1200 round trip 600 miles each way) and it did great through the mountains in Pennsylvania and we haven't had any issues with our normal everyday driving either. It's very comfortable and fun to drive. I've folded the seats down and used the cargo space to haul everything from a fairly large push lawnmower to lumber, 3 dogs, groceries, etc. We're still very happy with the choice that we made purchasing this vehicle and would gladly do it all over again.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    Hey all! My wife an i just picked up our vivid blue pearl 5AT fit sport on thursday night! we just moved out of our apt as well, so its been kinda hard to find the time to jump back on the pc to type up some reports!

    We already have about 450 miles on him (Jayme, as we have so lovingly named him) and our first tank of gas (assuming the dealer pumped at least 8.5 gallons) gave us 30.1 mpg driving in 100 degree weather with the back filled up with heavy boxes and pieces of furniture, and driving almost exclusively in the city. (coming from a rabbit that ecked out 26-28 mpg with being driven about 80% on the highway in cooler weather, this is fantastic!)

    My wife and i will be travelling to florida to go on a cruise for our one year anniversary, so this will be a great time to stretch his legs and see what he can do milage wise!

    Love the magic seats, the perfect steering, the quick transmission, and the handling! oh the handling! what a fun communicative car!

    love our fit! :)
  • I picked up my new 2007 Fit Sport AT about 2 weeks ago. The 2nd day I had it, I was working in the yard and got really dirty and sweaty, so when I came in I took everything off in the laundry room and put in the washer. When I transferred the load to the dryer, I had the shock of my life! My new car's key was in the bottom of the washer! It was in my pants and went through a complete wash and rinse cycle! I had a friend that recently had to pay over $200 for a replacement key. After a few choice words, I tried the key and it worked and it's still working just fine! Everyone I've told this story to says I was extremely lucky. Even the manual says not to get the key wet.

    Anyway, aside from the "magic" key, I am very happy with my new car, after 750 miles. Only have 2 issues, which are not the car's fault, but would be interested in any possible solutions.

    1. The seats act like magnetic velcro for dog hair, attracting it even when my dog is always confined to the rear section. Even the vacuum has a hard time getting all of the hair to come off.

    2. I live on a gravel road and the rear of the car seems to collect an inordinate amount of dust even after 1 pass on the road, which is only about 2 blocks long. Unless I move back to the city, am I doomed to never having a clean car again? Front and sides stay reasonably clean ... only the back collects the dust, especially under the closed hatch and even on the rear glass.

    I have put gas in twice. 1st time - 32mpg 2nd time 30mpg this is with the AC always on and very mild city driving during the breakin period. After reading the reports on this forum, I am hoping to do better.

    Also, I believe there is excessive road noise on concrete highways. Asphalt is fine. Anyone else feel this way?

    All things considered, I believe that this is the absolute best value available in a car ... period! I investigated just about everything before making my choice.

    Anyway, glad to be part of the Fit fraternity,

    Regards,

    AussiePup

    P.S. I'm in Chapel Hill, NC
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,784
    The rear is a natural dust collector, due to the aerodynamics of a car like the Fit. I see the same thing on my wife's MPV, which is basically the same shape as the Fit, but much larger of course. I solved the problem by finding a nearby gas station that has an all-cloth car wash for $5 with gas purchase. :)
  • ifitifit Posts: 18
    I also live on a gravel road. It seemed like I had to wash the back of the car every time I drove down the drive. I have had several cars and none of them had this problem on this driveway.

    After washing my Fit Sport a bunch, I discovered a trick. I would always dry off the car after washing, but I think a little moisture must have remained. The dust was able to stick to this moisture. Now, I wash my car before work and it sits out in the sun for 9 or 10 hours before I drive it on the gravel road. Now I can go a week to ten days before I need to wash it again.
  • thanks for the suggestion .. I will try it. One for you - I have been blowing it off with an air hose, which works pretty good, but if you don't have an air compressor .. oh well. The air is not as good as washing and so the drying may be culprit. I'll let you know.

    Thanks,

    AussiePup
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