A: I have a Honda Fit Base model, I got it the first month they were available. It is equipped with an automatic transmission, and all the other standard features, AC, Power Windows and mirrors, radio with CD. It has been rated as a best buy for the money in the small car category by several national automotive magazines. I have around 12,000 miles on mine, I get 33-34 MPG around town and on a recent 1200 mile trip I got 41 MPG (the car was loaded with stuff and two people running 70 MPH most of the trip.). For the money, it is a great car, zippy, handles great, fun to drive, easy on gas and easy to park. The greatest compliment I can give it is; if something happens to this car, I will immediately buy another one just like it. Maybe the next one would be the sport model, which is what I wanted but I could not find one so I bought the base model.
The only downside of the car is it is hard to find and many dealers want to add a premium to the window price.
I have talked to a couple of other Honda Fit owners, without exception, all are of the opinion that it is a terrific car for the money. By the way, we also have a 06 MB CLS500, I would rather drive the Honda Fit.
I just checked the owner’s manual, there is no requirement to change the timing belt, there is a service light indicating when oil change is due, displayed in percent left till change is required, the brake fluid is to be changed every 3 years and the idle speed is to be adjusted every 160,000 miles. The Mini is a cute little car that does not come close to the amount of “Stuff” the Fit can carry, I paid $16,000 out the door for my Fit, is there a Mini for that price? Ebay has a used 07 Mini for $25,000, nice car, but a drastically different type of car from the Honda Fit.
Q: How is the Honda Fit on the freeway/ highway?
Hi, I’m a new driver (18) just got my license and planning on purchasing a car. I was wondering how the Honda fit is on the freeway? Is it fast enough to keep up? I would probably use it on the freeway for long trips (8 hours) occasionally.
Thanks in advance.
A: Honda is really a good car.
i recommend for it.
it fits really good and it helps to keep up.
but i dont really think it is a good idea to drive for long trips as you are a beginner on the roads believe me it is for your safe.
know the roads and how to get over and deal with the fools on streets, know the traffic problems by driving for short distances and non crowded ones, then you will know ur real ability.
Q: How well does 2009 Honda Fit interior do against rain or spills?
Moving into Seattle, and thinking about buying the 2009 Honda Fit, but the cloth trim for the seats concern me. I wouldn’t want to buy a car that would start to smell moldy once it rains.
Also, clearly, I wouldn’t be spilling coffee on the seats on purpose, but with leather seats, coffee spills might be less concerning.
If you’ve driven a 2009 Honda Fit, or just know a lot about it, please help! Thanks!
A: Well, the rain will be kept out of any new car, and Hondas are particularly airtight (pops my ears if someone slams the hatch when all the windows are up). I can’t help you about the leather, we have cloth seats, and I hate leather, so you have to weigh your own opinions and values on that count. Our dog is in our car a lot, and we carpool an hour (one way) twice a week with coffee drinkers, and have had no problems so far. The cup holders are all secure (I love the backseat ones, especially), and the advent of insulated, capped mugs seems to do a good enough job of keeping coffee spills in check.
[EDIT - I wanted to add, this carpool has been going on for 3 months now, and there have been no spills in any of the vehicles, not just ours. I guess your worry depends on the hygiene and/or clutz-factor of your intended driver or riders...]
Q: Can a Honda Fit be mofified to make it perform better in the snow?
I like my Honda Fit now that it is summer; but I dread the winter. Last winter I repeatedly got stuck in the snow; the wheels are too small and it is too low to the ground. I actually had to get towed one snowy night. can anything be done to help; like snow tires or another modification? I have had 3 Civics and an Accord and never had the trouble in the snow that the Fit has had.
A: Studs don’t help with snow, they are for ice. You may have touring tyres on your Fit, which are useless in snow. At the minimum, you need an all-season tyre with a HIGH snow rating, which can only be attained if your tread has good cleats on the outside edges of the tread. All-season tyres are not all equal, some are actually very poor in winter, no matter what the advertising says.
I suggest you buy actual winter tyres for that vehicle, tyres that go on just before the snow comes, and are taken off in the spring. The difference is amazing, they grip snow better, but, even better, they grip ice better because of the tread that doesn’t harden at low temperatures.
NEVER deflate the tyres at all, unless you are actually stuck. It is a trick to use to get moving only when stuck, not while actually driving, whether or not the roads are clear. In 43 years of driving, well over 1 1/2 million miles, living in Edmonton, Saskatoon, and rural Manitoba, all snow belt areas, I have never once had to resort to deflating tyres.
Q: How much would it cost to retro fit a 2007 honda fit sport with a drivers seat from a 2008 model?
Just bought a 07 honda fit and love it… but wish it had pump in driver’s seat for comfort and seating position adjustment like the 08…can it be retrofitted with one and how much would that be?
A: as far as i can tell everything is basically bolt on. so it all depends on who you get to do it, plus the price of parts. it can be done. But i cant give you a price
Q: How much would it cost to install an iPod jack in a Honda Fit?
I have a brand new ‘08 Honda Fit which has auxiliary controls and equipment, but lacks the jack itself. How much would it cost to have the jack installed?
A: go to circuit city and if you buy an aftermarket Sony radio(>$99) the install will be free……. the Sony radio has the jack in the front of the radio and you have to control the songs off the ipod…..
Q: What is the actual labor effort to install 2010 Honda Fit car accessories?
I’m shopping for a 2010 Honda Fit and would like to add some Honda accessories.
When I go to the Honda car website to look at the various accessories I can add, there is a note that says the costs shown do not include the installation cost.
I was wondering what is the actual labor effort, in terms of manhours, to install the following accessories:
- Door Edge Film
- Body Side Molding
- Door Visor
- Center Armrest
Thanks for the help!
A: This one is hard. Every dealership is different from the other. From what I can tell is about 4 to 6 hours. but again every dealer is different. In some dealers it’s 80 dollars an hour and in other is 110 dollars that makes a big difference too. In some dealers the flat rate techs do this kind of work and they get paid more $$, In some other dealers they have a pdi tech (pre delivery inspection) that’s on salary not flat rate that will do this kind of work for less $$. I guess it will be better for u to call other honda places were u live and ask and also use that info for your advantage u know like; Hey the other Honda place will do it for less.. That always works . Good luck!
Q: How do you work the paddle shifters in a Honda Fit Sport?
I have never driven a manual car and my understanding of shifting gears is small. I picked up a Honda Fit Sport, but I’m not sure how to work the Paddle shifters?
A: Check the owners manual.
Q: How would the Honda Fit fair going up mountains is it to underpowered to handle these type of things?
I’m currently in the market to buy a hatch back and the two that I’ve narrowed it down to is the Honda Fit and the Toyota Matrix however the Honda Fit has significantly less hp however it has vtec (boost? lol)
A: We commute/carpool from Pahrump (elev 2,600′) to Death Valley (elev -200′), roughly 60 miles and two passes around 3,000 feet, with 3 or 4 people (and on a couple occasions 100-pounds of sand, too), speeds usually 65MPH, and A/C on most afternoons (meaning, on the uphill run), and I can keep our Fit in fifth gear almost all the way home, except when I have to slow down for curves and stops. The only time I ever had issues was coming out of the valley during a 50+MPH windstorm with a full load against the wind — on that day I occasionally had to use 4th gear to keep speed.
Q: Are there any honda fit models that come with a leather interior?
I’m going to get my first car soon and I’ve choosen the honda fit. It’s the perfect car for me. The only problem is that alot of them come with cloth interiors and I prefer leather.
A: There is no standard leather or leather option on the Fit/Jazz, your only real choice is aftermarket leather, some dealerships can handle this though so it is worth asking them, if not find an auto upholstery company.
Q: Does anyone know where I can rent a Honda Fit in Southern California?
I am considering buying a Honda Fit and would like an extended test drive. Most renal car companies don’t rent Hondas. If you know of some rental company that does rent them please let me know.
A: I doubt you will find any rental agencies that have them.
they don’t usually buy Honda’s because Honda will not sell to them at fleet prices.
the used ones are selling at very high prices due to gas going up up up.
check with a few enterprise rent a car places they might have one from a few years ago as they occasionally buy cars at auctions but it’s a long shot at best.
it’s a fine car much better than the Toyota Yaris.
Q: What would be a good semi small sound system for a Honda Fit car?
I’m going to get a Honda Fit. Preferrably the sport model. I want to up the sound system that comes stock but I don’t want anything to over the top that takes over a huge amount of space in the car either. Any good ideas?
A: go to crutchfield.com and itll tell you what you need to know
Q: What is the best gas mileage you have gotten driving your Honda Fit?
I own a Honda Fit and am impressed with the gas mileage I get compaired to the advertised mileage.
A: I have gotted 49mpg with my Fit!!!
Q: What type of bike rack should I get for my 2008 Honda Fit?
I have never owned a bike rack, which has put me at a disadvantage of searching for one for the fit. I have seen some things online in forums, but nothing really thorough that lets me know it will fit okay on the honda fit.
A: There are lots of choices of bike rack types and each one has its own advantages and disadvantages. You really need to figure out what type of rack you want first, then find the rack that provides the best fit for your car. The basic choices are: roof top, trunk and hitch mounted.
A roof top rack is great if you are going to be carrying your bike around a lot. The great things about a roof rack is you install it and largely forget about it and it doesn’t get in your way like a trunk or hitch mounted rack. Roof rack companies make a wide variety of mounts that can hold nearly any type of bike quite securely. As well, they make boxes, mounts for boats, unruly relatives etc. A roof top rack gives you lots of flexibility, but is the most expensive option, may need a fairing to reduce wind noise, and will reduce your gas mileage.
A trunk rack is inexpensive and great for occasional use. Just pull it out of the garage (or trunk), unfold, mount it, load your bikes and go. Impact on gas mileage will be less than a roof rack. On the downside, the straps and clips that affix the rack to your car are a real pain and will scratch your car’s paint. Trunk racks are also prone to scratching and/or rubbing the paint on your bike. The straps will make a tremendous racket in the wind if they are slightly loose. Forget access to your trunk when bikes are loaded. Furthermore, it may be nearly impossible to mount certain types of bikes on some trunk racks, so be sure your bike fits on the rack before leaving the store.
A hitch rack is easy to mount and dismount. They can hold bikes quite securely, as well. Cost is between a roof rack and a trunk rack. Your car will have to have a receiver hitch. Most hitch racks fold down, somewhat out of your way, to give access to your trunk. Because the bikes are held low and largely out of the wind stream, impact on mileage is usually minimal.
My recommendation is to think about the type of rack you want first and study the literature at the websites of Thule, Yakima, and Saris. All three of these companies also provide fit information for a variety of vehicles.
For your information, I had great luck at our local REI. They really knew racks there.
Hope this helps you out.
Q: What is the purpose of the circle in the front of the Honda Fit?
I just bought a 2009 Honda Fit and on the driver’s side of the front bumper there is a indented outline of a circle. Does anyone know what the purpose of this feature is? The owner’s manual does not mention it.
A: The cover pops off and the tow hook that is located in your hatch with your spare tire tools screws onto there.
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