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2009/2010 Honda Fit

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  • badselfbadself Posts: 39
    If you do go with the Corolla, it won't be because of the unavailability of nav in New England Fits. Nav is available in all 50 states, with some limited functionalities for users in Hawaii and Alaska. Your dealer is either (1) not interested in securing the vehicle of your choice, but more likely (2) he did not select units equipped with vsa/nav when ordering his initial quota, and must now try to D/X your preferred configuration from another dealer who may have ordered nav/vsa units.

    I reside in Maryland, and my dealer indicated that he ordered 4 nav/vsa vehicles out of his initial 20 or so units, anticipating that the vehicles could be initially somewhat rare. One of the four was a Sport Auto vsa/nav in storm silver, built the week of August 4th, which I hope to take possession of by the end of September.
  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    Uh, photochopped anyone?
  • Thanks, badself! I just called the sales consultant back up and told him I saw an official press release this morning that NAV and VSA are bundled together and that that is what I want. He still tried to talk me out of it by saying it would be a lot more money (actually, compared to the Corolla LE with VSA I was looking at it is comparable in price and more what I want). For some reason he hasn't been very helpful in working with me on what I want...perhaps because, like you said, finding a Sport with VSA/NAV is more work for him. But he said he would change my order now. Glad I won't be buying another new car for awhile!
  • I've been having a similarly frustrating time with dealers (surprise!). I guess I don't really understand the process. But I'd hoped that if I were pre-ordering the car, I could specify exactly what color and what options I wanted. But dealers don't seem very open to doing that and act as if they can't get anything other than what's already in the pipeline. Maybe that's true. Or maybe demand is just so high that it's not worth their time to order something special.

    Has anyone heard anything about colors for the 2009 Fit? The two dealers I've been speaking to say I can make a deposit on a silver or black Fit. I was hoping for blue...
  • orbit9090orbit9090 Posts: 110
    Just for fun...

    The owner of this Honda Fit convertable must have forgotten to check the weather forecast. Oh well, a little rain never hurt anyone.


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    THE FIT IS GO!
  • I saw this posted on another discussion board (and I had the dealer order me one in Tidewater Blue...we'll see if he comes through!):

    These are the colors with interiors they come with:
    Sport-
    CRYSTAL BLACK PEARL/BLACK
    BLUE SENSATION/BLACK
    TIDEWATER BLUE METALLIC/BLACK
    ORANGE REVOLUTION/BLACK
    BLACKBERRY PEARL/BLACK
    MILANO RED/BLACK
    STORM SILVER METALLIC/BLACK
    TAFFETA WHITE/BLACK

    Base-
    CRYSTAL BLACK PEARL/GRAY
    BLUE SENSATION/GRAY
    TIDEWATER BLUE METALLIC/GRAY
    MILANO RED/GRAY
    STORM SILVER METALLIC/GRAY
    TAFFETA WHITE/GRAY
  • To Tacostand: Consumer Reports says ESC is the best safety improvement since seat belts.
  • orbit9090orbit9090 Posts: 110
    Speaking of Fit safety...
    Here's some Fit safety info from the Hondanews website:

    Standard safety features on all models:
    • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure NEW
    • Anti-lock brake system (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and brake assist
    • 3-point seat belts in all seating positions
    • Front seat belts with automatic tensioning system
    • Driver and front passenger Active Head Restraints NEW
    • Driver and front passenger seat belt reminder
    • Dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags (SRS)
    • Front side airbags with Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
    • Side curtain airbag system (front and rear seats)
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
    • Side-impact door beams
    • Pedestrian-injury mitigation design in the front of the vehicle
    • Outboard Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system (both rear seats)
    • Child-proof rear door locks

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    THE FIT IS GO!
  • pkc3pkc3 Posts: 1
    these are strange stories, it is pretty aggravating that these people give you such a hard time while taking your money. i have ordered a 2009 fit sport with vsa/nav etc, and in the color i want, and the dealer never gave me a hard time. he had to wait for the MSRP, of course, but honda confirmed the order long ago. it is possible that the dealers you are talking with don't have a good enough arrangement with honda to actually acquire the car you want. i can't believe some jerk dealer would make up all these ridiculous stories just to avoid putting in an order for your car. the problem isn't with the state, it is with your dealer.
  • vcarrerasvcarreras Posts: 247
    The 09 FIT should have hit the dealers today. Has anyone seen and driven one yet?
  • clynchclynch Posts: 6
    Stopped by the dealer over lunch and looked over the 09 Sport, Silver/Black. Don't know much about the previous car but this one looked nice enough. At 6'4" could comfortably sit behind wheel with lots of head room. Was impressed with cargo space, both amount and configuration. Window sticker was marked up by $595 for what they call a market adjustment. Turned me right off and out of the lot. I'm sure they will sell soon enough. MSRP is one thing for a hot car but market upcharges cures me from ever going back to dealer who does that.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,663
    amazing...I always thought the Fit was something that was supposed to be cheap to get into and had 'ok' mileage (comparable to the civic).

    at 16k that's about a 3.5% increase...for market adjustment.
  • clynchclynch Posts: 6
    Slap on a Navi and VSC and I think you are cracking 20K. Talk about ouch. All for the sake of mileage. It's probably worth looking at a Yaris S 5 door hatch. Might not be as handy but the mileage reports are much, much higher. Plus you don't get a huge front wheel overhang (which I have to admit didn't look so bad in person).
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    The Yaris won't give you factory nav, ESC, or "magic seats", but if you're mainly looking for high FE in a small 5-door, definitely it's worth a look. But I think if you compare apples and apples, e.g. a Yaris 5-door with power package, 6 airbags, and ABS, to the base Fit, the Fit isn't much more.
  • andysdandysd Posts: 87
    As to reasons to consider buying a Fit, I wonder whether anyone else shares my reason, in addition to your reasons:

    Fun to Drive.

    I'm considering a Base manual transmission, very close to 15K instead of the 20K threshold some postings talk about.

    Fun to drive with good gas mileage, and a pretty good first cost, maintenance cost, and anticipated low depreciation and insurance cost. Youtube shows Fits racing, one passing an NSX in the tight portion, to be repassed on the straight.
  • clynchclynch Posts: 6
    It has been a few years since I've driven something small. And I do admit I like my creature comforts so thinking of the Fit (in my mind) as fun to drive was not high on my list of must have or even must experience. I am looking for a 3rd car or a commuter car to 1) get better gas mileage, 2) save wear and tear on the other cars (they are northern european cars with high maintenance costs), 3) ability to load up dogs for short trips and not worry about getting it dirty, and 4) easy to run around for errands. But, I do not want a stripper! I don't need Navi but would love all the safety features available. My biggest gripe about small cars and I noticed this with the 09 Fit I saw yesterday is that the doors feel like aluminum foil over a popsicle stick frame. This item alone making me re-think my idea to add a 3rd car. From what I have seen, however, I think the Fit is way ahead of any legit competition (Toyo or Nissan). Honda will not have any problem selling all 80K of them.
  • andysdandysd Posts: 87
    Yesterday, I saw the new Fit Sport (they only had two Sports on the lot). I got a brochure, and note the Sport MT is only 31 poounds heavier than the base moel, and that there is a mini spare wheel. No seat height adjustment but I think it's a bit higher than in the '08.

    The new Fit looks good, and side by side, not so different in overal perception as the outgoing model. They're asking $999 over MSRP, but I didn't start negotiating. Having previously driven an '08 Sport paddle automatic, I didn't drive the new one yesterday. The dealership was very busy at the start of the Labor Day weekend, and I didn't want to keep the salesman from a sale. (A year ago, he sold me an '07 SE Auto Accord.)

    If I get one, it will be an MT, which is why I'm pleased to learn of the minimal weight difference, so now I'll think of a Sport MT.

    To go to the next step, I would have to sell a car (not the Accord), which I hate to do, a possible deal-breaker.
  • I have a seat comfort review of the FIT for different sized drivers. If you are interested in taking a look, go to www.OCCUZONE.com. Completely free, super easy to use site, put together last week by a biomechanical engineering firm and seat design/analysis experts.

    We are looking for feedback for this prototype site while we work to add the rest of our content.

    Enjoy!

    Rich
  • OK, so a puncture on a tire CAN be managed by a repair kit until....BUT, what about more serious damage--like a slash. No perfunctory repair kit will enable you to drive to a shop. PERIOD. Nervous. What does HONDA think? That people will only be driving this car in heavily commercial areas? Not at all realistic.
  • Spare tire is officially present in 09 Fit. No more misleading rumors.
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