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Honda Fit New Owner Reports



  • jkandelljkandell Posts: 116
    As I'm using the A/C more I'm noticing it really cuts into engine power. Does anyone else experience weird gas pedal results when A/C is on? I find if I try to accelerate a bit fast, the car doesn't just act weak but seems to go nowhere then suddenly lurch forward. It's like the drive-by-wire gas pedal has lost its intelligence. :-) The nothing-then-lurch reminds me in how my vehicles from the old days acted when they air leaks or blocked fuel tube or carbs. What's going on here? Or is it just mine?
  • Hi everyone!

    I am strongly considering trading in my 2004 Honda CR-V AWD for a Honda Fit - mostly for the better gas mileage.

    I live in Central Jersey and will be spending a lot of time on the road traveling out to PA (50 minutes one-way).

    My question is: is this a smart choice given the possibility of weather conditions such as snow, heavy rain, and high winds? :confuse:

    Would I be better have to have *both* vehicles for different purposes? Or from owners' experiences, does your car handle well enough in these types of conditions for me just to buy the Fit outright and trade in the CRV?

    Any insight you could provide would be greatly appreciated!

  • fitchickfitchick Posts: 5
    I've been drving my Fit Sport in Southern California, so I don't regularly have to deal with snow. I did drive it up to Utah at Christmas and it was icy and snowy there. I had no problems whatsoever, even when the roads were slushy or had a sheet of ice underneath. If you're used to driving in the snow, you'll have no problem with the Fit. As far as rain, the tires are pretty grippy and I've never had a problem in the rain. I've got the ABS so that's extra assurance that you will be safe. And wind? It's always windy here (gusts above 50 mph) and I'm always safe in the Fit. It's low enough to the ground that you shouldn't have problems. My real-world gas mileage has been anywhere between 25-30, depending on how much traffic I drive through. I've been disappointed on the gas mileage, especially because I traded in a Civic that had better gas mileage. It seems to be sensitive to ethanol, so if its added into your gas in Jersey, you might see the same results.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    Put on snow tires in the winter and you will do better than your CR-V (without snows)
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,992
    what mpg are you getting now with your CR-V
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,992
    Well, you should get at least in the low 30s mpg with the Fit, so you're MPG should be 50% better, which can be a pretty big savings depending on the miles you drive. The Fit doesn't have much ground clearance, but as long as you're not driving on unplowed roads, I think you'll do fine in the Fit. You'll feel strong winds in the Fit because of the flat sides, but they're not too bad to me. If you don't need the cargo space, you could always get a Civic that has better aerodynamics.
  • susanvsusanv Posts: 2
    I went from a CRV to the Fit. Although I haven't driven it in snow, it has performed well in heavy rain. It is definitely a different feel but I like the gas mileage
  • anahita61anahita61 Posts: 110
    I notice the same weirdness when running the a/c and accelerating. Also, maybe it's the 4 cylinders, but yesterday I was going up a slight incline, a/c on low, and I totally lost acceleration, probably should have downshifted I guess.
  • carfit4mecarfit4me Posts: 14
    I bought my Honda Fit at the end of May after spending time researching it as well as the Honda Element. I had a goal of finding a car for under 15k. Finally found the used Element with features and price that was right but I just couldn't get beyond the 20 mpg it would be using. My husband drives a Toyota Forerunner and it is pretty thirsty. Our Consumer Report arrived and I poured over the reviews and became interested in the Fit because of safety, fuel economy, cargo space and style.
    So a new search was on. The Honda dealer was only willing to offer me 8,500 for my beautiful 02 Miata as a trade in. I advertised (in SC)and sold it for 11k...yippee. That little car deserved a pampered life. This was just under the wire because my birthday had passed and I needed a new tag...$$
    Back in GA while visiting, I found more dealers with Fits than there were in SC. I began calling around and found exactly the one I wanted at Honda Carland in Roswell. The salesman told me up front what the final driveout price would be (14,703) I checked around at other dealers and found their prices higher. Also, there were no more cars in Lunar Mist in the state and I would be waiting til one was built (2 wks).
    Honestly the only colors I like are silver (we have one already) and this silvery pale blue called Lunar Mist. This is only available in the base version and it is being retired after this year.
    Back to story...
    The next day my son and I drove down and the car was sitting there ready for me. The salesman said 3 people had tried to buy it. O.K. he's a salesman but I think he was honest. We test drove it and it was great. The manual transmission is smooth and peppy. The 0-60 in 12 seconds must be for the automatic trans. because this car seems to accelerate as fast as the Miata. Well, it didn't take me long to make the deal since I was bitten. There was no negotiating the price based on supply and demand. He said I saved a lot by buying out of state. This is the base version with added pin stripes and mud guards. I didn't think the sport was worth the price differnce to have the extras. To sum up the pros at the top of the list is safety. After being rear ended by a truck on the expressway, I wanted to go with a little larger car... yes, larger. With ample airbags and bracing in the doors.
    I love the magic seating and great cargo space. I can carry my bike or my grandchild or 4 dogs (not at same time)
    The gas mileage will be even better than the fuel efficient Miata. I got 40 mpg on the 350 mile ride form GA back to SC.
    I think the rear viewing is great with that little corner window. The large windshield really is open and being around 5 ft. I can really see. As of yet I hadn't noticed the pillars in front creating a blind spot.
    Well, everything has a honeymoon period and I am still in it but am reminded that this is my first new car and I don't want any negatives creeping in. However, it is just another thing and as all things there can be problems.
    The second day the breaks felt weird when I applied them. It was a crunching feeling that didn't re occur that day but I got it checked out. This other local dealer in GA thought they were OK so I drove it back to SC with no problem. The ABS light was on now so I got it checked here in SC and they found that I needed a new part for the ABS. It was coming on when it detected an unevenness in the wheels such as sand. This was the crunching sensation in brakes.
    I am missing my car but they were really great at the dealership and gave me a rental that is a V8 gas guzzler. I amd watching the needle go down and $10 worth of gas gets me nowhere!
    I hope to be driving this car for a long time.
    In the future I think that Honda could come up with some more exciting colors and work on better fuel economy as the Japanese versions are. One detail on the base version is a raw metal edge showing at base of frame that could be covered with a 1 inch piece of trim at no cost, yet it would properly finish the car without being too...Jazzy.
  • carfit4mecarfit4me Posts: 14
    After 2 days owning my Fit, it started having ABS brakes problems. Twice when I applied brakes, they went down farther and made a crunching sensation. Honda is repairing them now. The ABS light came on, also right after that. This probably isn't your problem because these brake systems work indepent of each other. It took me three tries to get the right technician at Honda to figure it out. Maybe you should really be persistent. After losing brakes once in mountains, I don't like to take chances there.
  • anahita61anahita61 Posts: 110
    Well mine aren't "crunching", nor has the light come on, but the pedal does seem to go down pretty far to the floor before any stopping sensation is felt. They seem okay to me, though, and I have driven for long periods with bad brakes before. I guess I like to live dangerously. ;)

    I hope yours get fixed up in no time.
  • dchri2dchri2 Posts: 7
    I ,also, have a lunar mist base fit which arrived about April 20th. The color was different than expected, but I really like the blue(why can't they just call it light blue?) I'm very happy and have had no problems with the brakes. On the highway I'm getting 39 miles per gallon with the manual. The mileage is about 5-10% better than that of my retired '97 civic, overall. It's definitely better around town. I've installed a tow hitch along with the wiring harness obtained from This morning I towed a light trailer to our recycling center without problems( beware warranty issues to which I've said, screw it) Does anyone have any hints about removing the seat belt warnings from the visers?

    Doug C
  • carfit4mecarfit4me Posts: 14
    So glad to hear that you can get a trailer hitch and trailer. I'll look on that website.
    I'm surprised that this pale silver blue is only in base model. To me, they saved the best color for us.
    I'm not a fan of blue but this is a nice blue. Silver is good but we have one already and it seems to be pretty common.
    Truth is that they need to expand on those choices
  • I've been considering a Fit for a few months now. I took a test drive a few weeks ago and liked what I saw. However, I didn't get a chance to get it up to highway speeds. I usually take the train to work but sometimes I have to drive (30-40 miles one way on the expressway). I was wondering what people thought of the noise/stability and passing ability of the car. I've read many reviews and they say performance is good for the engine size. Just wanted some owners reports on this issue.

    Thanks for the input.
  • lydkidlydkid Posts: 1
    Our Fit (just a week old) doesn't have any trouble at highway speeds. I'd be more concerned about comfort during a 40 minute commute. My husband doesn't have any trouble, but I have a hard time getting comfortable.

    If my legs are comfortable, I'm reaching for the steering wheel with nearly straight arms; if my arms are at a comfortable angle, my legs are too bent. I read a post from some woman somewhere that talked about the car aggravating her carpel tunnel so I was wary when we test drove the car. I could tell it would be an issue just sitting there for 5 minutes but since my commute is 10 minutes and everything else was right, we bought any way. Hope we don't regret it in a year. :confuse:
  • carfit4mecarfit4me Posts: 14
    I just drove 375 miles and didn't have any problems with my 1 month old Fit (manual trans.). I bought this car to save on gas as I make this trip about once a month. I was ablle to make it on a tank of gas. That means slightly over 40mpg. I was totally fine with these seats and I am a middle age person with no back problems at this time.
    I had been making the trip at around 70-80 mi. per hr but i think gas slightly better at 65-70.
  • Since you have now had your Fit over 1 year are you still in love with it? Have you had any problems with it at all. ANYTHING.

    I am looking to buy one but to be honest I have only ever had a Ford Ranger. I have read all 32 pages (lol) of the forum and dont seem to see anyone posting anything after 3 mos about their Fits. Could you please respond and tell me how you feel after a year of use. THANKS SO MUCH!! :shades:
  • stevecebustevecebu Posts: 493
    I am looking to buy one but to be honest I have only ever had a Ford Ranger. I have read all 32 pages (lol) of the forum and dont seem to see anyone posting anything after 3 mos about their Fits. Could you please respond and tell me how you feel after a year of use. THANKS SO MUCH!!

    I bought my Honda Jazz same as the Fit in the US in Sept. 2005. I sold it March 2006. So 6 months. I sold it because I was moving and in this country that is very very complicated if you car is registered in one place and you want to move and register it in another.
    Anyway with the exception of lower fuel economy that I would have likes 24mpg in the city and never any better. The only problem I had with it was a handle in teh rear hatch that you grab to pull the hatch down with. It would pop or fall out sometimes. I told the dealer about it but it didn't ever really get fixed they said no to glue it as it's used access light bulbs or something. But if I had kept it I'd put a drop or two of glue to hold it in.
    The other problem was the rearview had terrible vibration even on a smooth road. The dealer switched out the rubber part from another car and it was fine after that. Other than that I had zero problems with it. Oh I had the base 1.3L Sport manual which isn't sold in the US. I had plenty of power for city driving and loved the way it shifted and teh magic seats were so great and easy to use.
    I only have 3 problems with possibly buying a Fit when I get back to the US and one involves how well the 1.5L will do on American highways and my back is not so good and the seats are very hard in the Fit. The other is how well will it do in New England winters going up and down hills. Yeah snow rated all seasons most likely. My wife likes the car except she can't see the front of the nose. Seats from a Mini Cooper S would be awesome and solve my back problems but no more magic seats either. :(
    The Ft is a really good car and as long as you aren't getting old and fat (like me) :( and your back is good it should be fine.
    We are also considering other cars and I will test drive a US fit when I get there next year. If I were to go to the US today the it would be in my top 3 choices. In 2008 in the top 5. You've gotta drive one and see if the seats are comfortable. The 2008 accord looks so nice tho and comfy seats but almost zero utility. My wife likes the CR-V but the rear tire blocks her view backing up.
    So 6 months for me and now I own a Toyota Hi-Lux diesel. i passed on the Ford Ranger diesel,. Diesel is what is prefer but not until 2009. :sick:
  • I bought a black Fit Sport AT a couple of months ago and so far I've put about 1K miles on it.

    With the flexibility of the seats, ease of parking, cabin quality, etc. - there's a lot to love about this car. However, two things are making me (almost) regret my decision.

    #1: MPG. My first tank of gas I got 23 mpg. Since then it's hovered in the mid-20s, with my best tank being 27 mpg. I'm a pretty conservative driver, don't use a lot of AC, etc. There's absolutely no way my driving style is responsible for me consistently getting 25 mpg - it's clearly the car. Dealer told me I would need 5-7K miles for break-in and that I'd see improvements after. After reading these forums, however, I'm skeptical and am starting to wonder if maybe I just got stuck with a Fit that gets crappy mileage.

    #2: I can hear the gas tank sloshing around. I know the gas tank is moved up to allow for the magic seats, but when I shift the car from reverse into drive or go over a speed bump I can hear the gas sloshing around. Full, half full, near empty, doesn't matter. I can hear the gas like I had a huge bottle of water in the backseat. Dealer tried to say it was because of tank placement, but I'm skeptical... anyone else have this problem?

    Like I said, I want to love the car but every time I fill up and hear the gas moving around I get annoyed. I hear people getting 39, 40 mpg - I'd be thrilled with 30. 25 is simply ridiculous.
  • Thank you both so much for replying. I will be happy with and gas milage that's more then 12.5 mpg. That's what my '90 Ranger gets now. :cry:

    Anyone else have any grips, complaints, love-it's or hate-it's?????
  • nthomasnthomas Posts: 40
    #1 - Are you driving city, highway, lots of stop and go, etc.? There's so many variables that can have an effect on mpg.

    #2 - Yes, I can hear the gas sloshing around, but it's usually only when I first start moving. Then again, most of the time I turn the radio on right away, so then I don't hear it. And yes, it is because of the placement of the tank. In order to allow for flexibility with the back seats and so they can fold flat, the tank was moved forward, pretty much under the driver's seat. That's why you hear it. I know there have been posts about this before, but it was a while back.
  • stevecebustevecebu Posts: 493
    #1 - Are you driving city, highway, lots of stop and go, etc.? There's so many variables that can have an effect on mpg.

    Yes, how you drive can and does affect your economy to a point but there is so much overwhelming evidence that some Fit/Jazz cars get poor economy right out of the box no matter how they are driven that it's undeniable.
    But no one listens if they have a good one and they just say it's your driving habits.
    If it was just that, Honda never would have sent factory technicians to look at my car. Honda cannot fix the problem, probably because they don't know what's wrong.
    Toyota is denying lots of problems to it's customers and saying it's normal or blaming the customer, just read up on the Camry or RAV4, that many people can't be wrong!
    Sweeping the Good mpg Fit, Bad mpg Fit under the rug won't help. With mine no one could get better economy out of it not even the factory techs driving it! Somehow I don't think they were redlining it in every gear.
    I will say this tho, on my Jazz it rarely would drop below 10.5km/l no matter how hard I drove it. Also unless I had really long roads with no traffic I wouldn't get much above 12km/l and that's driving for hours, as close to a highway as there is in that part of the country but the roads were winding and usually busy except late at night.
    This is enough of an issue that even tho my wife wants a Fit, I'm very leery of buying another one because I'm afraid it will get worse economy than a V6 Accord! :sick:
  • nthomasnthomas Posts: 40
    I understand that you're saying there's differences in the cars, that some are good and some are bad when it comes to mileage. Still, I was replying to someone with only about 1000 miles on the car, and without knowing in what conditions the car is being driven, it's probably too soon to say that it's one of the ones that you think will get bad mpg.
  • stevecebustevecebu Posts: 493
    I understand that you're saying there's differences in the cars, that some are good and some are bad when it comes to mileage. Still, I was replying to someone with only about 1000 miles on the car, and without knowing in what conditions the car is being driven, it's probably too soon to say that it's one of the ones that you think will get bad mpg.

    Sure, I understand, :) I'm just saying that for me that would be 1,600km and the dealer kept saying it would get better and it never did. Keeping that in mind there is absolutely nothing a person can do if they got a low mpg model except try and drive it very slowly and see the economy versus driving it like they normally would there should be very little actual difference in the mileage between the two if it's a bad mpg Fit. I got 10.5km/l if I drove it gently and maybe 9.5km/l if I drove it like Mario Andretti. On what amounts to long roads it would get 12km/l at best. So not even close to what it should get.

    So the poster should drive a tank and baby the car. This is from from fillup til the fuel light comes on. Use the exact same gas station if possible if not at least the same brand.
    1) Fill Up tank til it either shuts off and we all added a few cents to round it up usually. But if you do that do the exact same thing the next Fill Up. Make certain that you write down the exact amount you put in the tank like this (example 8.63 gallons), or whatever it is but to 2 decimal places. Make sure that you zero out one of your trip meters. I zero out both of them just to be certain i don't make a mistake
    2) Now drive the car as someone posted a link to, shift at 2,000-3,000 rpms, coast a lot be gentle with the brakes etc...
    3) When the fuel light comes on do not wait, but Fill it up right away, hopefully this is possible. Then record what you put in for fuel (example 8.71 gallons) whatever it is. Then reset your trip meter and calculate your economy based on the amount of miles drive and divide by the amount of gallons to 2 decimal places. Write that down.
    4) Now drive the car like a teenager, by this I don't imply breaking the law, but give it an Italian tune-up. Have fun going up the highway ramps, drive at a fast pace on the highway, don't worry about shifting at low rpms or coasting or anything like that. Just have fun with the car and don't do any of the gas saving techniques.
    5) When the Fuel light comes on, try and Fill it up right away. Record the fuel you put in and then do the math and see if there is a big difference. If it's a fairly small difference then it's possible that you have a low economy car because driving fast etc... should really affect your economy and if it doesn't then you'll know about the car.
    Yes it will probably improve some over time, mine never did and I had the 1.3l.
    After you do all this post the difference in fuel economy and what the actual figure were in the forum and we all can debate it for a long time. :blush:
    If you drive one tank all city and another all highway of course it will be different. But your normal driving routine for 2 tanks should answer the Do I have a low mpg unit. This isn't a guarantee, but it was what I observed with my own car.
  • tguntgun Posts: 20

    I've had my Blaze Orange Metallic 5speed manual Fit Sport 11 months now and have driven it over 21,000 miles.

    Overall, I have been very pleased with the car. For the price, you really can't go wrong.

    Specific likes: styling (kind of "gen x or y") gets looks from many bystanders and other drivers.

    Magic Seats (great flexibility for carrying cargo)

    Fuel Economy: Average 36-38 MPG, have had a all-time high of 45.32 on a trip back from Rockford IL to Minneapolis (drove at 70MPH the whole way with cruise on).

    Stereo: good factory system (supplement it with my XM Satellite radio receiver and ipod. Almost never listen to the commercial over-the-air local radio station crap anymore).

    Drivability: yes, it is fun to drive- but remember it is an economy car first. I have noticed it leans in the turns much more now and bottoms out the rear suspension as the macpherson struts wear).


    Drivers seat needs height adjustment
    Carpeting (is that what you call it?) is hard to vacuum, dog hair is especially hard to vacuum up easily even with a dyson vacuum).

    Body panels are very thin stamped steel. Easily dents (I made knuck impressions on my fender by simply applying downward pressure with my knuckles to better align the fender and hood after body shop repair due to an accidental collision with a divided highway sign which caused over $4000 of damage).

    Yes, the sloshing is there, however it is barely noticeable. Try an old pickup truck with the gas tank mounted behind the seat (early 70s vintage Dodge)!! It is so loud that you think the tank is going to wrench loose from the cab!

    The only other minor gripe is with the ABS... they activate when applying brakes while driving over bumps or railroad tracks on dry roads. Seem a little overly sensitive, could be the weight (lack thereof) of the car which may be causing the front wheel(s) to hop slightly which triggers the ABS. Not a big deal however.

    It is my daily driver and other than oil changes (usually at about 7000 miles or so per the Maintenance Minder) and 1 tire rotation, I have had no problems with it whatsoever.

    Would I buy another one? Yes, I would. Would I recommend it to a good friend or stranger? Yes, I would.

    Hope this helps you with your decision.
  • THOSE ARE THE ANSWERS I WAS LOOKING FOR!!!! Thank you so much!! One guy said the seats bother his thighs. so do they bother yours?? How about not haveing the deal pedal or the arm rest?? Other then the XM & Ipod have you added anything. Like ground effects stuff like that?? I know comming from a girl it sounds funny but i HAVE to pimp it out.. :shades: it's gotta look, HOT HOT HOT!!! :shades:
  • tguntgun Posts: 20
    Glad to help!

    I am 6'3" and no, my thighs are not bothered/uncomfortable while driving the Fit. I tend to rest my right leg against the console while driving, this seems to be the the most comfortable.

    Dead pedal... I haven't found myself missing it

    Armrest... would be nice, but again, I haven't found it to be a make or break item. Many times my right elbow is resting against the side of the passenger seat (when no one is riding with me) which provides some support.

    I used to drive a 1999 Ford F150 extended cab 4x4 pickup, so for me to find the Fit relatively comfortable is a great testament to the good design.

    Feel free to contact me with any questions!

    Good luck. :)
  • Hi all!

    I'll be commuting 55 miles one-way to work (35 miles of it highway driving on an Interstate from the Jersey Shore to just a little West of Trenton).

    My main concerns are: comfort of highway driving in the Fit, driving in less than ideal conditions (high winds, snow, heavy rains, etc.), and gas mileage at 65-70mph.

    I would love to hear from Fit owners about their experiences and their comments on these issues. Any feedback you could provide would be great!

    Jeannie :confuse:
  • nthomasnthomas Posts: 40
    I commute a little over 40 miles each way in Michigan. I've had my Fit since February, and overall it's been a good experience. I was a little uncomfortable at first (I had back problems to begin with), but I added a seat cushion for a little extra padding and that resolved the issue for me.

    I've driven in snow, rain, wind, etc. and have felt very comfortable. If it's a really windy day you can definitely feel it, but it's never been enough to make me feel unsafe or like I was going to lose control of the car. I also feel confident driving int he snow. It's like most cars - as long as you take it easy and drive based on the weather conditions, you'll be fine.

    I drive about 80% highway (70-75 mph) and 20% city. I usually average 34mpg in my automatic, with my best tank so far at almost 38mpg. I know a lot of people will say that the Fit is a better city car than a commuting car, but it's made my commute almost enjoyable ;)
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