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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: 1,665
    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: 18,686
    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.
  • Hmmmmm. The last time I needed a spare was back in 96. How about you?

    How much fuel did I use hauling it around. How much space did I give up for that very seldom used jack, lug wrench, extra rim and tire, etc?

    Funny, cause it seems like I was always jacking up my air-cooled Beetle... back in the day
  • "Hmmmmm. The last time I needed a spare was back in 96. How about you?

    How much fuel did I use hauling it around. How much space did I give up for that very seldom used jack, lug wrench, extra rim and tire, etc?"

    When did you last use you Life Insurance? Would you cancel your life insurance plans since you haven't used it yet?

    Anyway, looks like Honda does offer a spare in the 09 Fit - so all can rest assured. Otherwise it would have been idiotic for Honda not to have a spare in a econo/compact that most of its owners will use as a primary car.

    I drive a 330i with run flats and no spare - and let me tell you - I have never been comfortable not having a spare. In my last cross long distance trip, I threw a full size spare and jack in the trunk, as I did not want to be marooned in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere, that too with my family along.

    PS: Have been following this forum for a long time - excellent info and discussions.
  • Test drove the midline Sport MT. My wife drove (sadly, I can't drive a stick), and I was quite impressed, as was my 6 year old daughter. :) The car seems solidly built, and I like the improvements for this year. My dealer got more in Saturday, so I'm going to go test drive an automatic tomorrow.
  • ... Except in Canada, where you get a repair kit only. This is stated in the '09 manual.
  • shriqueshrique Posts: 338
    I've got one and I specifically checked before I signed on the dotted.
  • Strange that the Canadian version of the Fit would not have a spare but the US version would... :confuse:
  • art24art24 Posts: 1
    Just got back from an extra long weekend checking out the wife’s new 2009 Fit/Sport/Nav. I zeroed out the trip indicator, with 71 permanent miles showing on the odometer and drove north from Albuquerque-Santa Fe, on Hwy 285 etc., until we were deep into Colorado’s golden aspens and other Fall colors before reaching I-70, an hour west of Denver. Much of this leg was a fairly slow go, while traversing Colorado’s national forests and mountain roads, which held our new Fit’s slushbox 4-banger to a 45-55mph range. The 2nd day was a mixture of freeway & urban sightseeing in and around Mork & Mindy’s old stomping grounds (Younger TV viewers may disregard!) .
    This morning (4 Oct) we turned & burned out of Colorado Springs onto southbound I-25, where I generally had the Fit’s snooze-control pointed to 78 mph for most of the 6+ hour drive back to Albuquerque. The total trip burned 1050.1 miles of new rubber, while I kept a strict gas log for our few fill-ups. The bottom line was a trip- average of 37.33 mpg. Bear in mind, much of the driving was done on (Colorado’s stingy!) 85 octane regular gas, and at altitudes ranging between 9 and 11,000 feet, as we crossed many well known mountain ski towns. To be sure, the Fit’s auto tranny frequently kicked itself down a notch or two, which set up a noticeable engine buzz, but not an unpleasant one. (We also drive a Forester that, when dropping to a lower gear, wakes the dead as it puts a major dent in your ear drums. )
    At 5’11” (and too much belly weight), I didn’t find the driving position quite as comfortable as our 2004 Subie – but for over 1100 miles, it was certainly acequate and never unpleasant. The Sport’s stiff suspension could be described as either akin to a lumber truck – you can roll over a dime and call it for heads or tails - or, confidence inspiring when canyon carving the twisties at higher velocities. Lastly, the Nav was a joy to use, as it guided us through some of Denver’s more convoluted by-ways to avoid the worst of Friday afternoon’s rush traffic. My criticisms of Honda’s wonderful 2009 Fit are really minor, with the worst one being that you have a better chance of winning the lottery than getting any dealer discount on this pint-size winner. Good Hunting!
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,837
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  • I just test drove the 2009/2010 honda fit sport and the 2010 honda civic lx. I compared them, head to head, and found the fit to be more towards my liking. I was quoted, as a *SPECIAL* price of: 18,557$ at Clearlake honda in texas. Since it was 300$ off original 18,857$. It was optioned as follows.
    1.) 499$ tint (i looked at the web, said it was STANDARD FEATURE....wtf?)
    2.)189$ wheel locks (really? think i'm that dumb?)
    3.)240$ cargo tray (wow, again, 103$ on web.)
    4.)0.00 Free oil changes for life ( goes by milage... date... ???)
    I told them there was no way i was paying that for this car. I talked, and talked, and the guy ran back and forth. Finally a manager came over and offered me 17,857$. I said, not no, but hell no. I want to pay, what they told me was there BARE MINIMUM price of 17,401$. (no way thats what they own it for..... they have to make more money...) I said, I'm walkin out, so i did. They called me about 3 hrs later, saying they need to make a sale, and said they will over it to me, as it sits, with the oil changes, 17,500$ even, but i had to do it by 8:00 pm. I said i can't make it. Then they said, well, come in tomarrow..... :D thats where I'm at now.

    When i go back, i want to see WTF was with the 499$ tint, the lug locks, IF they charge for a spare tire or W/E, how much mats are, The cargo tray price, more info about the oil change for life thing, and something about mud flaps on the fit... I never saw an option for flaps or guards on the fit. I did on the civic, but not the fit. This is where i am now. I will get back to you, about 10:00pm cst tomarrow maybe with the car, and all the details. :D see ya then!
  • stephen987stephen987 Posts: 1,994
    1. There is a factory tint, but it's not very dark. If the dealer has done an aftermarket tint, be sure it's a very good quality.
    2. Yes, wheel locks are a Honda optional accessory. Not worth that kind of money, imho.
    3. The cargo tray is overpriced at $240, or even at $103, in my opinion. I would have paid maybe $50 for it--it's a glorified floormat. But I didn't like it anyway.
    4. The Fit has a "maintenance minder" system--based on driving style and conditions, it tells you when it needs an oil change. Depending on conditions, anywhere between about 5k-12k miles.

    The Fit Sport has a body kit that is not compatible with mud flaps, so Honda doesn't offer any. Factory carpet-type floor mats should go for about $90. If the dealer wants to jack these up, try collegehillshonda.com for better deals.

    Were you looking at a manual or an automatic?
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