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Honda Fit v. Nissan Versa



  • franko1franko1 Posts: 15
    I bought the first Versa our dealer got in aug 2006 and drove it until may 09 and traded it in for a Honda insight hybrid. This dealer just got 3 in that morning when I arrived and two were sold so I bought the only one available, silver metallic, and good so far.
    The versa was OK. Had new fuel pump installed, three regulators. Clunk in front end when turning to the right. Dealer couldn't find problem. Lived with it. Had three new ECM's installed. Reason,dealer installed wrong P/N .Gas mileage avg. about 25 in town, and 30 hwy. OK I guess.
    Pay full MSRP on Honda, or walk. First trip W/O air on , and after 100 miles , the instant MPG indicator showed 59. Return trip with A/C on , dropped to 54.This could become a great car. This is my 78th car purchase since 1944. This is a complicated mudda. The service manual has 485 pages. It took 12 hours to try to understand the complexity of the electronics. I'm still having difficulty in setting the 35 puter screens. Oh yeah, my insurance ,Allstate, is cheaper than on Versa, same coverage, because of its massive safety features, and now 5 star crash tests.
  • DondohDondoh Posts: 9
    My wife wants a manual base fit. She will take any of three colors so we are a bit flexible.

    There are a lot of smart folks here so I figured I would throw this out to the community....
    Here is my question:
    How much should I pay out-the-door (not including taxes and title but including everything else) if I am looking to get this car at a great price?
  • re: "I don't realy see why, if looking for cargo carrying capacity, you'd be shopping the subcompact segment anyway."

    Price and fuel economy. If you can find something with the cargo capacity you need, and it costs less and gets better fuel economy than "bigger" cars, it's a sensible choice.

    The Honda Fit is a great choice for musicians. We always have plenty of gear to haul around and are always broke. ;-)

    Really, I was very happy to find an inexpensive car that got a real 35 mpg, that could actually hold all my gear.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,929
    my son is chasing the musician's "dream" on the Right Coast right now. So I know about the "always being broke" thing. He and his bandmates really have the drive to succeed that helps all musicians in that regard. Tough field to crack. But those that do can really hit paydirt and do what they love for a living.

    I heard a quote on TV from a musician that playing your own music on stage for people is better than sex. He was altogether serious, he was in a rock band that looked like a bad Motley Crue or Poison knockoff. But they were playing for a live audience and there were a lot of people in that audience! ;)

    Good fortune to you in your musical endeavours, if indeed the big time is what you all want to hit in your quest.

    I remember looking at a Honda Fit when they were brand new coming out, this dealer was in Pocatello, ID. I recall kind of a pleasing body shape, different from any Honda I'd seen before. Small car, yes.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • aueaue Posts: 16
    Fit kicks Versa and Yaris [non-permissible content removed]
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Well, there's an argument you can't dispute. Well, you can, but why would ya bother?
  • stephen987stephen987 Posts: 1,994
    . . . well said, grad. At the risk of violating rule #1 of the internet (don't feed the trolls):

    I bought a Fit because it suits my needs and priorities better--basically, because it has a sportier feel. The somewhat better reliability (per CR) is also a plus. I like the extra versatility of the rear seats in "tall mode" too, but that by itself wouldn't have sold me on the car.

    I have a relatively short commute, and fun-to-drive beats lull-me-to-sleep. If I were still making the 38 mile one-way drive every day (as I did ten years ago), then the Versa would be a much better choice. The Versa feels more like a "big car"--wider cabin, softer ride, bigger seats--and some folks find that more appealing. It also seems to me that the Versa's interior materials are a bit higher-grade, though neither one will win any awards for interior quality.

    In other words, both are good choices--but for different buyers. There are some other good choices in the same price range too. Very few cars "suck" now--manufacturers have mostly been forced to improve or been driven out of the very competitive US market.
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