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Aug 28, 2007 (7:54 am)
Hey all! My wife an i just picked up our vivid blue pearl 5AT fit sport on thursday night! we just moved out of our apt as well, so its been kinda hard to find the time to jump back on the pc to type up some reports!
We already have about 450 miles on him (Jayme, as we have so lovingly named him) and our first tank of gas (assuming the dealer pumped at least 8.5 gallons) gave us 30.1 mpg driving in 100 degree weather with the back filled up with heavy boxes and pieces of furniture, and driving almost exclusively in the city. (coming from a rabbit that ecked out 26-28 mpg with being driven about 80% on the highway in cooler weather, this is fantastic!)
My wife and i will be travelling to florida to go on a cruise for our one year anniversary, so this will be a great time to stretch his legs and see what he can do milage wise!
Love the magic seats, the perfect steering, the quick transmission, and the handling! oh the handling! what a fun communicative car!
love our fit!
#359 of 377 You Won't Believe This One!
Sep 02, 2007 (7:47 am)
I picked up my new 2007 Fit Sport AT about 2 weeks ago. The 2nd day I had it, I was working in the yard and got really dirty and sweaty, so when I came in I took everything off in the laundry room and put in the washer. When I transferred the load to the dryer, I had the shock of my life! My new car's key was in the bottom of the washer! It was in my pants and went through a complete wash and rinse cycle! I had a friend that recently had to pay over $200 for a replacement key. After a few choice words, I tried the key and it worked and it's still working just fine! Everyone I've told this story to says I was extremely lucky. Even the manual says not to get the key wet.
Anyway, aside from the "magic" key, I am very happy with my new car, after 750 miles. Only have 2 issues, which are not the car's fault, but would be interested in any possible solutions.
1. The seats act like magnetic velcro for dog hair, attracting it even when my dog is always confined to the rear section. Even the vacuum has a hard time getting all of the hair to come off.
2. I live on a gravel road and the rear of the car seems to collect an inordinate amount of dust even after 1 pass on the road, which is only about 2 blocks long. Unless I move back to the city, am I doomed to never having a clean car again? Front and sides stay reasonably clean ... only the back collects the dust, especially under the closed hatch and even on the rear glass.
I have put gas in twice. 1st time - 32mpg 2nd time 30mpg this is with the AC always on and very mild city driving during the breakin period. After reading the reports on this forum, I am hoping to do better.
Also, I believe there is excessive road noise on concrete highways. Asphalt is fine. Anyone else feel this way?
All things considered, I believe that this is the absolute best value available in a car ... period! I investigated just about everything before making my choice.
Anyway, glad to be part of the Fit fraternity,
P.S. I'm in Chapel Hill, NC
#360 of 377 Re: You Won't Believe This One! [aussiepup]
Sep 02, 2007 (8:18 am)
The rear is a natural dust collector, due to the aerodynamics of a car like the Fit. I see the same thing on my wife's MPV, which is basically the same shape as the Fit, but much larger of course. I solved the problem by finding a nearby gas station that has an all-cloth car wash for $5 with gas purchase.
#361 of 377 Re: You Won't Believe This One! [aussiepup]
Sep 02, 2007 (12:59 pm)
I also live on a gravel road. It seemed like I had to wash the back of the car every time I drove down the drive. I have had several cars and none of them had this problem on this driveway.
After washing my Fit Sport a bunch, I discovered a trick. I would always dry off the car after washing, but I think a little moisture must have remained. The dust was able to stick to this moisture. Now, I wash my car before work and it sits out in the sun for 9 or 10 hours before I drive it on the gravel road. Now I can go a week to ten days before I need to wash it again.
#362 of 377 Re: You Won't Believe This One! [ifit]
Sep 02, 2007 (1:45 pm)
thanks for the suggestion .. I will try it. One for you - I have been blowing it off with an air hose, which works pretty good, but if you don't have an air compressor .. oh well. The air is not as good as washing and so the drying may be culprit. I'll let you know.
Sep 04, 2007 (2:01 pm)
yep, dog hair. I have one of those red lint collectors that you drag one-way across the fabric. It works good on the seats.
The cargo area is much harder to remove hair from. I end up just vacuuming/removing with fingers.
Sep 05, 2007 (8:29 am)
i have a beagle, and he does shed a bit, but i remember that the fabric in my rabbit was awful for getting his hair out because it was very solid feeling and was not...well, 'fluffy' the way the fit's fabric feels.
while the fit may attract more hair, its not hard to get out AT ALL.
Sep 17, 2007 (7:37 am)
Hey eldaino! I have been reading the Edmunds forums for a number of months now and really enjoyed reading your Rabbit log. I am debating the purchase of a new Fit or Rabbit and think you're the guy to help me make my decision since you have owned both (although obviously your Fit is really new). If anyone else out there wants to chime in, please do.
Here is my dilemma: My head says Fit but my heart says Rabbit! I have always driven Acuras and have appreciated their reliability over the years. I've also appreciated their ability to go fast on the highway when needed (my 1996 Integra was certainly not a racecar but plenty fast for me). So, I figured I'd look at Honda since it's the same family as Acura. I looked at the new Civic and the Fit and while I liked how they both drove, neither impressed me. I left the dealer with a "ho-hum" kind of attitude. Test driving the Rabbit was another story. I loved the interior/exterior look immediately. Driving took some getting used to thanks to German engineering--for ex. slower initial acceleration in city driving, strong brakes, etc.--but I think I could get used to that. The one problem w/ both test drives is that I wasn't able to drive on the freeway in either the Fit or the Rabbit. I plan on visiting the dealers again in order to do this, but in the meantime I would appreciate your thoughts on how these cars handle the freeway. I do mostly city driving and don't have a big commute to worry about. However, when I do take road trips, I like to cruise in the 70s and sometimes need to get into the 80s+ for passing, etc. I live near mountains so need a car that can handle them w/ ease. Any thoughts? Also, I need a relatively inexpensive compact car so that's why I've narrowed it down to Fit/Rabbit (I also looked at Versa, Elantra, Mazda3, Corolla, and Mini). Obviously the Fit (Sport, AT) is cheaper, gets much better gas mileage than the Rabbit, and has Honda's reliable name to back it up. The Rabbit (4dr, AT) has a few more features, more horsepower, and just looks better aesthetically to me. It sounds like maintenance on the Rabbit might cost more over the long run; however, I probably won't put more than 7-10K on the car each year.
Thanks in advance for your 2 cents!
#366 of 377 Re: New fit! [compactconvert]
Sep 17, 2007 (7:54 am)
I'd say if the interior space of the Rabbit is sufficient and MPG isn't a big priority, then go for the Rabbit. Another issues is that I'd say reliability of the Fit is likely to be better than the Rabbit based on manufacturer history, but that's more of a trust issue in some ways.
#367 of 377 Re: New fit! [compactconvert]
Sep 17, 2007 (8:06 am)
thanks for the kind words! looks like that log did a bit of good after all!
jaime, as we have named our fit, is less than a month old, but i've really scrutinzed every aspect of driving him in comparision to my old bunny (sammie as we named him too ).
I'll give you a rundown of the pros/cons, and my generalized experience with both cars.
Its interesting to note how often these cars get compared, especially since the fit is a b segment car, and the rabbit actually competes with the civic,mazda3, sentra etc.
When my wife and i bought our rabbit, the sticker was 17095, for a 2 door united grey automatic with the 16inch alloy wheel package.
The great things about the rabbit are as follows:
1. The interior: without a SINGLE DOUBT, regardless of what ANYONE tells you, it does not take a rocket scientist to realize that the materials VW chose to put in the rabbit are top notch, and the best in the segment. The honda civic is a very very close second, but the vw does without pretty much anything that isn't nice to the touch. The downside is that it looks very tuetonic; which is to say, kind of stark and bland, but elegant and classy at the same time.
2. The stability: There is a reason german cars have that 'feel' to them; the autobahn is a rigorous place to drive, and you need a car that can top out at high speeds and still be solid;...the rabbit again, is fantastic in this regard. I can't tell you how many "Geez, we are really going THAT fast!!?" 's i have gotten when people would come with me and my wife places. And the car is quiet too. Very quiet. It has very low drag, and this helps it as well.
3. The cheap purchase price.
4. The ability to accesorize: with real accesories, not the ricey scion stuff either. Its nice knowing you have 7 different alloy wheels to choose from in about 4 sizes all the way up to 18's!
5. the exclusivity: is it a lambo or ferrari? no ofcourse not. But you will have very little chances of finding another one that you will encounter often. and thats always a good feeling.
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