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2009/2010 Honda Fit



  • I'm looking at an automatic in blackberry pearl. I now got an offer of 17,500$ with 6% interest. :confuse:
  • stephen987stephen987 Posts: 1,994
    That's not a bad deal. Fits are in pretty short supply.
  • People, I'm sorry, but honda's are overhyped and WAY overpriced. -Yes, the fit is roomy and yes it get's good gas mileage and is reasonably zippy - but that's where it ends. I have'nt felt that much cheap HARD plastic on an interior since i rented a chevy aveo 3 YRS AGO! and that ride- ouch! every bump is an event - i live in Spokane, WA - we've got plenty of potholes. The best car i've owned? the 2000 ford focus zx3 hatchback we traded in on the fit - 126,000 miles and NO problems- that car had way more soft touch materials on the interior (which isn't hard as the fit has none) - and the ride struck the right balance between sport and comfort - oh yeah, it was $12,000 brand new- we bought into the honda hype and have been regretting it since 2006- furthermore, i never hear anyone complain about the turning circle! the circle in our focus was MUCH tighter than the fit (which turns as tight as a minivan). This will probably be our last honda.
  • bamacarbamacar Posts: 749
    Guess if the 17.1 foot turning radius of your Fit reminds you of a MiniVan then your ZX3 17.9 turning radius must have felt like a Full Size Van. Even the larger 2nd generation Fit has just a 17.2 foot radius. Maybe you need to get yours looked at.

    Both the Fit and Focus are/have been good vehicles in two different classes. Take a look at the Ford Fiesta which is coming out shortly and will be a direct competitor to the Fit if you are a Ford fan. Only problem is you will have less cargo space and versatility with the Fiesta.
  • Everyone is entitled to their own opinion because everyone's needs are different. The FIT is not a perfect car but in my opinion its plusses far outweigh its few minuses. It may be somewhat overpriced (as are most Hondas, Toyotas, and the like) but it is certainly not overhyped. Its interior versatility alone makes it as functional as the SUV I gave up for it and its fuel economy is just outstanding. Slight differences in the turning radius are not prime issues for me or for most drivers. The FIT is a winner for me! I have a feeling that it is for most people who have purchased it as well.
  • aaykayaaykay Posts: 539
    I had an 08 Fit that I drove for over 17,000 trouble-free miles and traded it in, for a 7-seater (the trade-in price was just $3000 off what I paid for it brand-new and does not include the $800 savings in sales-tax !). As soon as I drove off the lot, I sorely regretted letting go of the Fit (base with a manual trans).

    I went back last week and bought an 09 Fit Sport with a manual Trans (could not sleep well without a fuel-sipping swiss-knife-like Fit in the garage :blush: ). The car seems to drive with a bit more of a quality feel than my prior 08 Fit. Seems more "substantial", if I were to put it differently. I am still on the first tank of dealer-filled fuel, and hence I will probably wait till it is re-filled (with my customary Shell or BP gas) before starting to check the mileage.

    PS: In case of the Honda Fit, the EPA mileage is just plain BS, based on personal experience. I never got less than 35MPG in combined city/hwy driving, in my 08 Base Fit with a manual transmission and routinely got in the 37mpg range and much higher during other times, depending on the way I drove and the route I drove. I also never use any of the "hypermiling" techniques that I read about either and routinely drive at 70-80mph (and well above those speeds too :blush:) on the hwy. The engine obviously felt a bit buzzy at such higher speeds but I have always felt Honda engines to be fully upto the task of high rpm cruising. At those times I always wished for a 6th gear in the Fit, to be quite honest.

    PS2: However, since it is a manual transmission, I always coast downhill or on level ground, with clutch pressed in (like with all of my manual transmission cars) which probably dramatically allows the raising of the mileage (something that the EPA probably does not factor into its MPG rating in their manual transmissioned cars).
  • rgf42rgf42 Posts: 3
    Are there any improvements for the 2010 year? Like 4 wheel disk brakes and a larger fuel tank.
  • stephen987stephen987 Posts: 1,994
    None whatsoever, and one real loss--you can no longer get nav with the manual transmission.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    Why do they do goofy thlings like that. They should at least let people pay a small price to get the less popular option combos. We are in a computer age - a little flexibility should be a piece of cake.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    Hmmmmm. The last time I needed a spare was back in 96. How about you?

    Sunday after Christmas was the last time I used spare. During a snowstorm, in a very rural area, nearly 200 miles still to drive to get home. Without a spare I would have been stranded on the side of the highway with my wife and dog. Not a good situation. We have AAA and due to the snowstorm the estimated time for a service provider to arrive was Monday morning!

    A spare is mandatory in my judgement.

    Best thing that could happen would be for all manufacturers to include a full size spare just as VW does.

    Prior to the latest incident, a spare was needed in three of previous 5 years. Pot holes and nails and screws and other road hazards!
  • ickick Posts: 16
    edited March 2010
    Just test drove the car. I got disappointed. I like the cargo space so much but I don't think I can stand the noise when I hit the gas pad. Is it just me or it is a common problem? Is there a set up or a different way to drive so you won't get that much noise?
  • wrjoycewrjoyce Posts: 51
    Besides acceleration, car noise entering the cabin is the big problem with the Fit. But I must admit it is common in a lot of small cars. Not all but a lot. Some or most get use to it but if you don't then not the car for you
  • erik_jerik_j Posts: 1
    Moparbad, I'm glad you all made it home safely and I wouldn't suggest getting rid of the spare tire but I would suggest buying a tire pump that runs off dc from the car. That way if you just get a tire puncture that can hold air for a couple hours you can spare yourself the effort of changing the tires and just pump it up to get you home. I got mine for $20 at Target.
  • kagedudekagedude Posts: 407
    edited August 2010
    Hi all, my 2007 Honda Fit Sport has 111k miles and still going but I think I need to plan ahead and look into refreshing to the new gen Fit Sport. I checked out the 2010 Honda Fit Sport yesterday and found the new gen more substantial and definitely bigger. The only drawback that I found was the Sport audio is now down to 160w from 200w (anyone get a chance to hear both audio's to see if there is a big difference in quality?) and the gas tank is just a push level from the outside vs a locked gas tank cap with release lever inside which is very important here in NYC.

    I am definitely attracted by Honda's .9% 60 months on the 2010's but anyone know if the 2011 will have any changes (mid model refresh) that would be worth waiting for?

    Thanks in advance!
  • Just took in my 09 Fit Sport for 15,000 service. They alerted me to the fact that a safety recall was just announced and that they would go ahead and do the recall service which amounted to inspecting and replacing the lost motion springs within the engine valvetrain. This was just the third one they had done at this particular dealer. The link for the recall message:
  • I just received the recall notice. Called the Service Advisor. He said this is a 4 hour job minimum even though Honda says its can be done in 2 hours he said. The SA said that its very extensive engine work that needs to be done and they can only do max 4-5 cars a day.

    Did you have yours done?
    How did it turn out?
    Did they need to drain and replace the engine oil again?

    I am concerned about this type of work being done on a newer engine.

  • carattorneycarattorney Posts: 62
    edited March 2011
    I just received the recall notice.

    Talked to the Service Advisor at the dealer and he said its a pretty extensive repair on the engine--taking up to 4 hours min. although Honda tells dealers its a 2 hour "book" repair.

    Here is Honda's Official Statement:

    "Statement by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Regarding Lost Motion Spring Recall: 2009-2010 Fit

    TORRANCE, Calif. – February 16, 2011 – Honda will recall 97,201 model year 2009-2010 Fit vehicles in the U.S. to replace the lost motion springs, components within the engine valvetrain. The lost motion springs, which are compressed by rocker arms in normal engine use, may bend or break over time resulting in abnormal engine noise and potentially causing engine damage or stalling. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this defect.

    Honda is announcing this recall to encourage all owners of affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda by mail. Notification to customers will begin in early March 2011."
    • Is anyone concerned about this type of engine repair having long term effects on the performance and longevity of the FIT engine?

      Is it better to do nothing and wait until there is a problem first, than to subject the engine to this type of repair?

      Thanks for your input.
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