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#1 of 377 New Honda Fit Owners - give us your report!
Apr 21, 2006 (3:54 pm)
Have you picked up your Fit? We want to know...
#2 of 377 Our new Fit... first impression
Apr 21, 2006 (3:35 am)
We are now the proud owners (1st in N. MI we are told) of a Storm Silver 5 spd Sport. I drove it home last night about 60 miles. I can tell we will love this car, and it's right at home & garaged sitting next to our 02 Odyssey. I'm impressed with the quality look all around. And it's a solid feeling car to be sure. May take a while to get used to the bug-eye headlamps, but they sure do light up the road (very advantageous in deer country up here). This is a peppy vehicle and I forsee a lot of fun zipping around on some curvy roads. Too bad it is really my wife's car! For now I will take it easy as break in is 600 miles according to the Honda manual.
What I like... great transmission tied to a eager 1.5 VTEC. This car wants to go! The large shifter knob feels great. Of course, the expected fuel economy was a big draw too. Quiet & solid feeling. Seats are very comfortable. No doubt, the car feels big from the inside, and the seating position feels elevated too. The alloy wheels are sharp looking too. We saw a base model and the wheel covers are inexcusible. The dash looks cool too; the blue light effect looks good. Safety features are key too, wouldn't buy a small car w/o side curtain airbags.
What is disappointing... not much really. But I expected better of the 200 watt stereo. Speaking of the stereo, the large blue lit interface is too much. It could be 1/2 the size. It's hard to see in the sun too. For some reason the headrests on the back seats are larger than on the front. This obscures visibility somewhat looking in the rear view mirror. RPMs were at about 2800 rpm at 60 mph! What's up with that Honda? Fortunately, this is an intown car for us 98% of the time. This car is geared for the city. Also, they didn't have carpeted floor mats in yet, so we will need to drive back 55 miles to get them. Why they don't include them, I don't know.
Our dealer experience was just fine. We paid MSRP and were in & out in less than an hour, including the test drive. They threw in a free oil change too.
For those tracking demographics, we are mid 40s professionals. Love Hondas, could afford much more expensive cars, but hey, they are just cars. Rather buy a $16,000 new car and retire earlier. Also think it is ridiculous & wasteful how many people drive around in these huge OPEC-friendly trucks & SUVs while US soldiers are dying in Iraq. It's a disgrace... OK, off my soapbox now.
Love the car! And wow... just $16K.
#3 of 377 Re: Our new Fit... first impression [johnd15]
Apr 21, 2006 (6:10 am)
We are now the proud owners (1st in N. MI we are told) of a Storm Silver 5 spd Sport.
5 spd automatic or 5 spd manual?
#4 of 377 Re: Our new Fit... first impression [johnd15]
Apr 21, 2006 (7:08 am)
My first impressions and reasons for buying are nearly identical to you alls - except I am 48 and the car is for me, we got her a CRV in 98 and she still loves it.
I have been an audiophile and found the stereo rather cloying, but not worse than expected. I think changing speakers might help.
My dealer took an extra 40 minutes trying to figure out the paper work, it being their first Fit sale, but that was OK.
They threw in splash guards free. Problem was they were designed for the Base Fit. So if I remove the body skirts I can use them.
Only major complaints so far: 1) Wish it had 14" alloys not 15" (from what Ive heard on this forum; how can I tell when the tires are low on air? they already look flat!)
2) Need that seat height adjustment and or steering wheel extension. I am 6'1" with long legs so my arms get tired when I have the seat back as far as I like it. Moving it forward at bit helps, but then I have less "resting space" for left foot than I would like.
Anyway, I bought it sight unseen to be among the first (really tired of waiting for the "perfect" car!) and can get used to the quirks. Safety and performance beats my 76 hp 87 Civic sedan (will be tough to get rid of, great car) hands down.
If they come out with an Fit HX version next time and trade off some of the sportiness for say 46 mpg hiway then I will upgrade. Otherwise I can be happy with this one for a long time.
#5 of 377 Re: Our new Fit... first impression [johnd15]
Apr 21, 2006 (9:41 am)
Hi! Thanks for the demographic info. We are cohorts. We too are looking to retire early, so I had to think long and hard about trading our perfectly good Tercel for a new car. Thought about a used Matrix, but it just wasn't going to be that much cheaper. I have justified the Fit using safety. I have one air bag in the Tercel....or maybe two!!!!! Congrats on your car. I wait impatiently for ours.
Right now I use an IPod with a RoadTrip in the cigarette lighter. Does the IPod just plug in somewhere and play on an FM bandwith?
#6 of 377 Another New Fit Report
Apr 21, 2006 (10:04 am)
Picked up a Storm Silver manual sport yesterday (bought in a Portland, OR suburb). I have been on the waiting list for about a month for a blue manual sport, but the first shipment that my dealer received didn't have that color/model combination. They did reserve the Storm Silver for me to see and test drive, giving me the option of buying it or letting them try and trade with another dealer for the blue model.
I liked the silver color a lot more than I thought, so I didn't want to play the waiting game any longer.
REALLY impressed with the car. Meets all of my needs (safety features, mid-30s mileage, flexible cargo space). Many others have posted their plusses and minuses on the vehicles, and I thought I'd contribute to the conversation.
+ The magic seats work incredibly well. I didn't really have a sense of how easy it would be to flip the seats up. We have a 2005 Odyssey and I expected that I'd have to grunt my way through manipulating the magic seats, similar to the effort involved in taking the 2nd row seats out of the Odyssey. My fears were unwarranted. The seats flip up with no effort and you don't need to trigger any mechanism to unhook the seats from the floor. My 4-year old son could probably figure out how to flip the seats up.
- The only issue I have with the seats is that putting it in lounge mode is the trickiest. The fit between the rear seat cushion and the top of the front seat is quite tight and the front seat has to be in a specific location for them to fit together. Unlike the other modes (which I'm able to do right the first time), it seems that half the time I don't have the front seat forward enough when I try to put it in lounge mode. That said, I imagine that lounge mode is not going to be a mode I'll be using too much.
- I am disappointed in no daytime running lights, or at least headlights that turn off when the keys are removed. All my cars since 1990 have headlights that turn off automatically and I like driving in the daylight with my lights on. I imagine that I'll be stuck with a dead battery multiple times. Speaking of the battery - it's tiny! Seriously, it looks like a battery that you'd put in a remote control car. That's not a negative - just something I noticed (however, I can imagine that it won't hold out too long if I leave my lights on).
- Really wish it had an arm rest for the driver's right arm.
- I can see why it doesn't have a dead pedal (the wheel well would be in the way) but I sure wish it had one.
+ Coworkers and friends all rave about the car's good looks and features. This will be a popular model once the word gets out that it's not just for 25-year old tuners (like Honda seems to think the car is designed for). I'm in my late thirties with a family who commutes to work and I feel that this car was made for me.
+ Pleasantly surprised about road/engine noise. I was worried that the little engine would drone on at highway speeds, but it's really not noticeable. The engine doesn't strain at 65-70, which is usually where I'm driving it on the highway. General road noise (mostly a function of the tires and soundproofing) is a bit pronounced, but not unbearable. When the OEM tires wear out, I'm hoping that there's a good alternative tire that might be a bit quieter.
+ Sport wheels are really nice looking. I'm not one who would really ever considering buying aftermarket wheels, but holy cow are the base model's wheels ugly. I mean, we're talking UGLY. They look like temporary spare tire wheels with plastic covers tacked on that don't really hide the ugly black steel wheels.
? Haven't decided if this is a plus or minus - (black) cloth interior is very nice looking now but I imagine that it will be a bear to keep looking clean.
- Floor mats are a necessity with this car. As noted, it will be hard to keep the interior looking clean and the carpeting seems to be about as thick as a t-shirt (slight exaggeration). It won't take too much driving before your passengers wear a hole through the carpet with their feet. I'm also buying a cargo mat since the floor of the cargo area doesn't look very rugged.
I've listed a number of negatives on this car, but the fact is I couldn't be more pleased with it. I knew some of these issues going into the purchase. For the money, it's wonderful. Probably the only thing in the car that looks/feels cheap is the carpeting. Everything else appears to be typical good Honda quality. Yeah, I have some wishes (things I wish the car had) but I have absolutely no regrets about buying it.
#7 of 377 Re: Another New Fit Report [dksmartin]
Apr 21, 2006 (10:17 am)
Is there at least a buzzer/chime if you leave the lights on?
#8 of 377 Re: Another New Fit Report [dksmartin]
Apr 21, 2006 (11:36 am)
"I imagine that I'll be stuck with a dead battery multiple times."
All the Hondas I have ever driven have a chime or some sort of noise that indicates you left the lights on. The Fit is no different. There is a two-tone chime. You will definitely know if you forgot to turn them off.
#9 of 377 Re: Another New Fit Report [backy]
Apr 21, 2006 (11:41 am)
Yes, the car has a beeping tone when you leave the lights on that's different than the tone that dings when you leave the keys in the car. I need to train myself to react to that tone - For some reason, I find it easy to ignore/not notice those sorts of warning signals in cars.
#10 of 377 Re: Another New Fit Report [hungarian83]
Apr 21, 2006 (11:42 am)
"There is a two-tone chime. You will definitely know if you forgot to turn them off."
Unless you're parked next to a busy, noisy thorough-fare. It may be more helpful if the warning is a continuous, loud buzzer, rather than just a chime.