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Honda Fit Bad Weather Handling

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  • dbvolfandbvolfan Posts: 3
    Well, we went with the Silver Sport A/T and picked her up today about 2 hrs after she was unloaded from the truck.

    Test drove one at length yesterday and it definitely revs lower than the MT. At ~70mph it looked like it was hovering around 3k RPM's if memory serves me right. Did not seem as loud in the cabin as the MT did at 80mph. That MT was sweet though...very easy to shift unlike my WRX.

    Am I the only one though that felt a little awkward cutting my carpet and insulation to install mats?...that was a new experience to me...didnt bother cutting the back ones since no one really sits back there and they are so wedged in I cant imagine them sliding anywhere. Nice car overall and Honda reliability...well, nuff said there!
  • ihowardihoward Posts: 1
    Hi everybody. I really, really want a new Honda Fit, but the one thing that worries me is how low to the ground it looks. I live in an area that rains a lot, especially this year and am concerned about it flooding out as soon as it hits a puddle. Does anyone know how well it compare to other cars that are relatively the same size? I had a CRV that I loved but it was totalled a month ago and I am thinking something with better gas mileage this time around. Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  • It has been raining a lot in Texas, where I live, and I just bought a new Fit Sport. I wouldn't worry about how "low" to the ground it looks. The thing to remember is, you should never drive though high water, no matter what you drive. I even saw on the news one time how they were showing trucks and SUVs making through high water on an underpass, and they were saying that they shouldn't be doing it, because although they may make it through, the water is seeping through the wires in their electrical system and braking system, and the problems will start to occur in about 6 months to a year. And then those people will wonder why it's happening. Well, it's because you drove through that water, you dumbie. So it doesn't matter how high or how big of a vehicle you have, if there is high water, you should not drive through it.
  • We live in the northeast and are considering buying a Honda Fit. What has been others experiences been driving the Fit in slippery conditions. They seem pretty light and are concerned about how well they handle in snow, ice, etc. Thanks in advance for the info!
  • I own a 2008 Honda Fit Sport Manual and at 70mph, my rpms are at 3500...With a little over 1000 miles on it...recent trip from St. Louis to Topeka, KS got 330 mile on the tank at 32.8 mpg.

    I haven't had a chance to drive in snow yet, but it does move around a bit with a crosswind. Still loving it though.
  • It's been snowing all day here SE of Denver, and I took my new (900 miles so far) MT Fit to town, round trip of 35 miles or so, to see how it would do. There are only a couple of inches of snow on the ground, but the ground was warm enough when it first started that there's an icy layer under the snow most places. Main roads are sanded but not side roads. There are a couple of very steep hills between me and town, and I live a mile from a paved road. My last car was a Subaru Impreza and I knew the Fit wouldn't do as well as that heavier AWD car, but wanted to see how it would do.

    It did a nice job. Felt the ABS kick in once on a stop, and I was careful, slow and 2d gear, going down the steep hills on the way to town. Wasn't careful enough to start out from a stop slowly enough a couple of times and could feel the wheels spin, but when I laid off the gas they caught. Wondered about coming home since on the way out I could see where a car had been unable to make the steepest hill on the dirt road. Kept it in 2d gear slow and steady and the Fit went up the hill without missing a beat. Very acceptable for a front-wheel drive light car IMO.
  • I live in Montreal, Quebec. I have my Fit in the winter 2006 and we just receive 1 feet of snow this week. I use my Fit with nokia winter snow tire. The tire have stud.

    The car have very good driving in snow and ice road. It not a CRV and it not possible to drive if the snow on the road is to high. But I drive a Chevelle 65, a Citation 79 with a V6, a Cavalier Z24, a Montana 2000 and many other car, only the Montana was better in high snow because it is more heavy and have bigger clearance to the road.

    The only thing, I dont like it the defrost because the air conditioning run all time when I use the defrost. With american car, I use the heater/defrost all time in winter. With the Fit, I use the heater/defrost only when the windsheild frost.
  • I love my fit. I live in Michigan and have always driven 4 wheel drive but with gas going up & up I decided to try other options. The interesting thing I found about the fit is ...Im told there is no direct link from the steering wheel to the front wheels. What I find is there is no noticeable pulling of the car when the tires hit slush and ridges and therefore it is much easier to keep on a straight path. Ive driven in 1-2" and 6-8" and it is great. Straight down the road I go. My Ford Excursion doesnt even do that. It pulls all over when hitting slush and such. Over 8"...Ill choose the Excursion. But most of the time Ill take 32-35 MPG (fit)over 10-12. (excursion).
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    My wife is the primary driver for our Fit Sport (AT), but I've driven it in snow lately. My impression is that its OEM Dunlop tires do not grip all that well. They are good summer tires, but when it comes to snow they are rather average/below average in traction. Maybe that's the case with most OEM M/S tires in most cars these days. I suppose you can always swap the Dunlop with pure winter tires if you are in need of extra grip, so I would say don't decide against the Fit just because of its OE tires.

    We are in Minnesota, by the way.
  • mocoflmocofl Posts: 2
    Hi, I just moved to Florida from Denver and was rear-ended by a hummer which totaled my small fuel-efficient car. I am thinking about purchasing a Fit. I love the "magic" seats and all the cargo space. My only concern is that when I plan on moving back out west with the car loaded am I going to be able to make it over Loveland pass or Vail pass? Have you driven it through the mountains yet? with cargo in stow? I am concerned about the size of the engine, I am afraid of blowing it out trying to carry my belongings in the back over the passes. I am also considering the Toyota Carolla or Matrix, but I really love those fold down seats in the Fit! How much have you tried hauling in it?
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    While it was not in snow and I was not carrying anything in the car, I took a Fit up steep mountain roads in Japan. It had no trouble at all going up some very steep hairpin curves from the sea level to about 4000-ft in elevation. In fact, I had a blast tossing this Fit around corners. That is what convinced me to get one in the U.S. when it was released here.

    Japan is very mountaneous (70% of the country is considered mountains), and yet it is full of Fits, many of which actually come with smaller engines (1.3 L) than we get in North America (1.5 L). People there don't complain about the Fit's ability to hill-climb.

    In terms of cargo capacity, we have carried anything from a recliner, love seat, bicycles, to dogs and cats. It is amazing how much you can carry in a Fit. We also have a Subaru Forester, and I think that the Fit can carry more than the Forester, primarily because of the clever seats and the height of the cargo room.
  • fitisgofitisgo Posts: 40
    The standard tires on the Fit Sport, Dunlop SP31 in 195/55/15"size, are very poor tires in all respects, and especially on ice & snow. Two solutions are to buy a set of winter tires/wheels to take on and off every season or to buy a new set of really good all-season tires and put them on the original alloy wheels and drive that way year-round. A good tire for this is the Michelan Pilot Exalto A/S V-rated; the down side is they are very expensive, a set of 4 installed with mounting/balancing can easily run $600. I have 2 08 Fits and on the 1st one I bought winter tires only (Bridgestone WS-50s on closeout from TireRack.com), and put them on the stock alloy wheels, but the cost of changing between all-season and winter tires 2/year is also not worth it. I will probably put the Michelins on the 2nd Fit (just bought it 2 days ago) and pay the recycling fee to send the original Dunlop SP31s to be recycled. Honda puts cheap tires on a lot of it's models (I have 2 Fits, 1 Civic, and 1 CR-V) to save manufacturing costs up-front. If you do some research (TireRack.com is an excellent source) you can replace the crappy OEM tires at very low cost and usually end up with vastly improved tires with many benefits such as handling/braking/winter driving performance/reduced road noise/increased fuel economy/longer tire life/etc.
  • fitisgofitisgo Posts: 40
    The Fit Sport comes with terrible tires - Dunlop SP31. I have 2 Fits, bought 1st one in Dec 07 and had to put winter tires on it due some snow but mostly lots of icy roads in Omaha, NE, area. I just got the 2nd new Fit on 3/10 and plan to put new Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S V-rated all-season tires on the alloy wheels and drive like that year-round. Also, because the Fit Sport is very low to the ground, it will have problems with traction in snowfall amounts over 6" at one time. I also have an 03 CR-V EX with all-wheel-drive. It is an outstanding winter vehicle. I drive it up in remote North Dakota in the winter for ice fishing so I also have a set of winter wheels & tires (an extra $500-600 expense), but for around town the stock tires will be fine. The major difference here is vehicle price - the 2 new Fits I bought in the last 3 months each cost about $16,250. A new 08 CR-V EX with all-wheel-drive could cost $24,000 or more new - about $8,000 price difference. Consider buying a CR-V that is only 1-3 years old and has low miles but has depreciated some and you'll get a great vehicle for your son.
  • bam8bam8 Posts: 7
    I know its summer but I'm close to deciding on a fit and the biggest issue for me is will it drive well in the snow. I have driven a saturn wagon with studded tires and felt quite comfortable in these Maine winters. The clearance is limited which is of concern on the fit and the tires are small. I'm intersted in the basic model (don't need all the other stuff) but wondering if one can get rims and larger tires for the winter?? Feedback welcome!
  • fitisgofitisgo Posts: 40
    Go to TireRack.com and look up the Honda Fit and you'll see they sell a winter tire/wheel package in 14" size (the Basic model used 14" tires/wheels, the Sport model uses 15" tires/wheels with also a 16" tire/wheel option). The price varies depending on which tire, but the cheapest winter tire/wheel package is $348 for 4 tires + 4 wheels, not counting shipping costs, which might be another $50-70 depending on where you live. Then once you receive the tires/wheels (Tire Rack will mount/balance the tires on the wheels for free) all you have to do is change the tires back/forth in late fall and early spring - I do this myself and save paying the tire store.

    The one catch is that the 2008 and later new cars all have the TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System). So unless you pay to have 4 TPMS sensors installed on your winter wheels, which is some ridiculous price like an extra $300, your TPMS system indicator will constantly stay on on the instrument panel of the Fit. You can always put a little piece of electrical or masking tape on the spot of the plastic cover of the instrument panel to block that warning light (obviously your TPMS system is no longer functional, but it seems people lived without it on vehicles for about 100 years or more before the manufacturers were required to put it on U.S. cars.

    That $348 price was for the Winterforce brand winter tires, which are OK, but for Maine I'd get something a little better, such as the Bridgestone Blizzak WS-60 for $68 each tire, or an additional $80 for the package, total $428 plus shipping. However if you're really on a budget, the Winterforce winter tire is studdable, so you could take them to a local tire store and have them stud the tires (don't know how much that costs for 4 tires).
  • bam8bam8 Posts: 7
    Thanks for the info. I always have a set of studded winter tires on my vehicles so not so concerned about that. With good tires on, how does the fit handle. I drive in the mountains and often traveling norther VT,NY an Canada in the winter. I'm looking for imput on how the fit handles in the winter from those folks that drive in more sketchy areas.
  • I'm looking buying a Fit. I live in Denver and drive a Subaru wagon. The Fit appears to have enough cargo capacity for me but I am afraid to leave my all wheel drive. The Fit Sport model with the navigation package also comes with 16 inch wheels and traction control wondering if that would handle the snow better than the regular Sport models. So my questions are: How is the Fit in snow? Is the Sport model with traction control upgrade worth the extra $2000?
  • aaykayaaykay Posts: 539
    As a former WRX owner and current 2009 Tribeca owner, along with a 2009 Honda Fit sport, I can state that the Fit is well nigh unstoppable, when outfitted with snow tires. This is in the snows of Minnesota. As long as there is enough ground clearance, and when outfitted with snow tires, the Fit can function with absolutely no problems whatsoever, in snow and you need to have no concerns whatsoever regarding that.
  • stephen987stephen987 Posts: 1,994
    The key question, though, is ground clearance.
  • aaykayaaykay Posts: 539
    edited May 2010
    True but then again how many roads remain uncleared with snow accumulating beyond 4-5 inches ? As stated, I have not had a single instance of a problem with the Fit in Minnesota wintry conditions, when shod with snow tires.

    Anything beyond these conditions are not something where typical road-going vehicles - short of a Range Rover or Land Cruiser shod with winter tires with studs/chains and such - can comfortably navigate.

    Bottomline, the Fit - with winter tires - works just fine in pretty much all normal winter conditions that one can expect to encounter in a suburban environment. Anything that is beyond the capabilities of a Fit with winter tires, is a situation where one should simply not venture out - whether one has AWD or not.

    PS: Note that the narrow tires of the Fit is a big advantage in wintry conditions, unlike the wider tires that sports-cars come with. The wider tires are great in summer but are a serious hindrance in winter in deep snow.
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