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Honda Fit, Hatchback, Wagon
#31 of 2642 Questions
Jan 21, 2006 (7:31 am)
I am going down to make a deposit on the Fit at my dealer and have a few questions that he dealer doesn’t know the answer to. I am trying to decide between the base and the sport models.
1) Does anyone know if the cruise control will be an option on the base model?
2) Does anyone know if the tacky underbody spoilers on the Sport model can be easily removed without leaving holes, or unpainted trim showing?
3) Does anyone have any thoughts on the 15 inch tires? What would they do to the cars fuel economy, ride, and road noise vs. the 14inch tires? (btw much cheaper to replace)
I am leaning towards the base model but those 3 items (in particular the cruise control) may force me into the sport.
#32 of 2642 Re: Questions [mebman]
Jan 21, 2006 (10:53 am)
Dealer told me that aftermarket cruise control was most likely the only choice on a Base Fit.
One post I read stated that there were some holes in the sheet metal to attach the skirts. Also adhesive tape.
About the tires you might want to call Tire Rack and ask them for advice. They told me last week they were ordering some special wheels for the Fit.
#33 of 2642 Re: Questions [mebman]
Jan 21, 2006 (12:00 pm)
bigger tires are better in fuel economy.
Plus get the rims now. hub caps are weak and look ugly. but the steel rims are more durable. taking off parts will always leave holes. They are not meant to be removed. You could but holes and marks will remain. It looks like cruise will not be availble on the reg. car. GL
#34 of 2642 Does Honda Really Know About Pre-Orders?
Jan 21, 2006 (7:44 am)
Spoke to a dealer Friday. He told me their dealership is getting two Fits, one Sport and one Base. Order is going in Monday - he changed the Base model order to the one I want, and they will order that. I don't think Honda has specific knowledge about pre-orders. Did not ask me for a deposit either, though I offered at one point.
#35 of 2642 It's the latter...
Jan 21, 2006 (11:58 pm)
Honda wants long-term customers, much like Volvo and Mercedes used try to obtain to a deacade ago as well.
The rest - they want to not get beat in that segment and boost their CAFE numbers and nothing else. They really want everyone to buy the next model up. Take Toyota - their smallest "normal car" is the Matrix. It's engineered to actually be an all-in-one car without any compromises other than size. The Yaris or even the Colorrl - feel like a compromise from a design standpoint the second you sit in them. NIce, but budget.
Compare a Mini. It's exactly the opposite "feel" - it's small, clean, and fun. Too bad it's smaller than a teacup. Families and students won't actually but a Mini, because they need what the Fit offers - a true microwagon that's under $15K.
I think the Fit will sell like crazy, myself.
#36 of 2642 Re: It's the latter... [plekto]
Jan 22, 2006 (6:23 am)
I dropped into my local Honda dealership and put down a deposit yesterday. The debate about whether or not to put down deposits early has been interesting to read.
In my shopping, I have had some very particular specifications: Less than a foot longer than my current car (an older Miata), MPG over 30, and a back seat area that can be used as air-conditioned cargo space if necessary. Doesn't sound hard, right? That knocked my list down to the Mini Cooper, Aveo, Xb, Yaris, xA, and Fit. (I think there's a Kia, but it's not on my "how long are they" spreadsheet at the moment.)
Mini Coopers are costly for what you get. Aveo feels like it's made of legos. xB, I admit, lost due to its aesthetics. If the Yaris is more cheaply made than the Echo, I don't trust it to hold up. So that left the xA and Fit. I'm not a huge fan of the center instrument cluster, but the xA is an option. But the Fit's magic seats and safety features brought it out on top of the list.
Will I buy it when it comes in? I hope so, but if I don't care for it when I test drive, there's a Toyota dealership literally across the street with plenty of xAs in stock. The internet sales manager I worked with had a moment of not knowing what to say because he kept trying to say I had bought a car, and I kept pointing out that I had not purchased anything but had secured opportunity to buy a car once they showed up if it suited me.
So we will see what little blue Honda shows up in April. I hope it's worth the wait, but nothing is set in stone.
#37 of 2642 Deposit& Refundable
Jan 23, 2006 (6:23 pm)
Just put a $250.00 refundable deposit on a Black Sport model. The dealer I went to here in SA, TX was great w/ our '06 Odyssey purchase & I just need a "commuter/utility" vehicle w/ the gas prices as they are now. # 1 in line w/ them telling me it'll be March production w/ April delivery. This board has been very useful...
Viva San Antonio!!!
Jan 25, 2006 (10:43 am)
FYI, here's a recent article on the Fit and competitors. Things we already knew, but this is one of the more in-depth analyses I've seen lately on the small car category.
Also, I have a question - and suspect I might get some differing answers When I put down a deposit on the Fit last week, there was nothing in the agreement about price. My assumption is once pricing is known, we can revisit this - and I'm assuming MSRP, and/or the opportunity to negotiate (but fully expecting I'll pay around MSRP). We still need to add options, for instance, which will affect the price. The deposit puts me in line to get one of those first orders... why were some people emphasizing getting agreements with dealers to buy the car at MSRP? How would I spell that out?
#39 of 2642 Re: Article [bostonjazz]
Jan 25, 2006 (11:01 am)
There was nothing on the agreement about price? So..what exactly did you agree to?
#40 of 2642 Re: Article [bostonjazz]
Jan 25, 2006 (11:20 am)
I think the size of the deposit and the conditions varies from dealer to dealer. I paid $1000 (fully-refundable) with no guarantee on price. I am expecting to pay MSRP since I am number 1 in line, and I don't really care either. I am looking specifically at the Fit, and a car that will possibly last me 15+ years (if my previous Accord is any indicator, that goal will be reached with ease). I am not looking for some kind of bargain. Having said that, I don't want to pay for any premiums or ADMU nonsense either.
I specfically asked about the price and the dealer said the deposit guarantees me the first spot for the Fit of my choice (base 5-speed manual in Storm Silver Metallic). Final price will be determined at delivery.
About the article...
Interesting that the US Yaris will be built in France.