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#338 of 377 Re: Front seats in relax mode [ithantech]
Jul 16, 2007 (10:48 am)
Yes, I had a problem with this at first, and I know some others have, as well. There's a few posts about it here somewhere, but here's the deal:
There's actually 2 positions for the back seats. Try lifting the lever for the back seat and pushing it back a little. It should go into a slightly reclined position, which will allow you to recline the front seats all the way. Worked perfectly for me.
#339 of 377 Re: Front seats in relax mode [ithantech]
Jul 16, 2007 (10:49 am)
The rear seats actually have two settings; in one of them the seat bottom is slightly further forward than the other. Use the seat back lever to adjust them so the bottoms are as far back as possible, then the front seats should recline all the way.
Jul 17, 2007 (12:11 am)
My new Fit (four days old to me) is a hit with family -- and they're picky. When we drove up to the dealership (we had to drive past three others, there are so few Fit in the DFW area right now) we saw the car and said (from our lofty seats in our trade, a tall and tricked-up F-150 4x4) "oH, that car's too small -- this won't work."
But once we got in -- my husband, 6'2" and son, 6'4" in the BACK SEAT, we loved it.
The drive is great. Also, my husband's back revolts against a lot of seats, but the Fit seats were great.
We miss the arm rest a bit, and the steering wheel position took a bit of getting used to, but we love it and would happily add another to our stable of vehicles.
#341 of 377 Re: New Honda Fit Owners - give us your report! [anahita61]
Jul 17, 2007 (4:03 am)
and keep the windows up to eliminate drag (some say this really doesn't matter, but I notice a difference),
IIRC, for a typical modern car driving at highway speed the A/C uses less power than the drag from an open window. So yes, an open window does increase drag by a significant amount.
#342 of 377 Re: Front seats in relax mode [ithantech]
Jul 19, 2007 (7:37 am)
Thanks, we got it, although it's a really tight fit. The instruction manual makes it seem like after reclining the front seat, you'll need to move the front seat back until it reaches the back seat.
But still, it is a nifty feature. And the seats are pretty comfy.
Thanks to those who responded.
#343 of 377 mountain driving
Jul 20, 2007 (8:38 pm)
I've owned my Fit for seven months, and I just took my first mountain trip to Sedona AZ. I was not impressed with the lack of power going up some of the hills or even the steep highway grades. Granted we had to use the a/c, which saps a lot of power on the Fit, but I noticed I was stuck with the trucks while all the cars were passing me. I guess the price to be paid for higher mpg.
#344 of 377 Re: mountain driving [jkandell]
Jul 23, 2007 (8:00 am)
So you're saying that on the steep mountain roads, you couldn't go uphill at 60-75mph even in 3rd gear? I drove my Fit in the Applacian mountains, and while not as big as the Rockies, I still never had any problems going uphill, although the car would downshift to 4th or 3rd gear.
#345 of 377 Re: mountain driving [bobw3]
Jul 23, 2007 (9:14 am)
I think I was having trouble going up in fourth and perhaps needed third. But I was afraid of going 75 mph in third... the rpm's sounded too loud at that speed in third. So I opted for third going slower. But maybe I just don't know how to drive mountains.
Jul 23, 2007 (1:44 pm)
I took my AT up the 87 to Payson. You won't be at the head of the pack. I had to wait until a 8-10 car cap before I felt comfortable merging left to get around the trucks. Like you, I just didn't feel comfortable consistenly running over 4k rpms.
#347 of 377 Re: uphill [fitman548]
Jul 24, 2007 (7:48 am)
Maybe you've never driven small cars with small 4cyl engines, but there's nothing wrong with driving in the high RPMs for extended uphills as long as you're not in the redline. These engines, especially the Honda Fit's engine, is designed for these RPMs. This is not a V-8 or big V-6 engine that can run at 2-3000 rpm consistly.
Plus I've noticed that even on steep uphills, the auto will downshift to 3rd for a little bit but once the speed is up in the high 60s then there's enough engine torque for it to upshift back to 4th. You may not fly up a really steep hill at 75mph, but then there shouldn't be any need to creep along at 50mph with the trucks.