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#200 of 209 Re: Some quirks so far.... [hungarian83]
Jun 02, 2006 (11:22 am)
I also have the Fit m/t (Sport). This morning I rolled down both windows and turned off the fan and radio. I really listened for it when I was starting out. I didn't hear a thing out of the ordinary. The shifter is actually seeming even smoother to me now that I've been driving it for a while. (This is my 4th m/t vehicle, but my last car was an automatic so I'm a bit out of practice.)
Do you hear it when the windows are rolled up? Is it a high-frequency tapping sound? Repetitive or occasional only?
#201 of 209 Re: Some quirks so far.... [jrlnc]
Jun 02, 2006 (4:17 pm)
Thanks for your response. The sound is easier to hear when the windows are up since much of the outside noise is filtered out. It is not a terribly loud noise and having the fan noise on 2 or higher, having the A/C on, or especially having the radio on will drown it out.
The sound is occasional, but still it is the first time I have heard it in the cars I have driven, so I was somewhat concerned. Still, it's not that big of a deal that can't wait until oil change. Relatively high frequency...I am wondering if a slight valve adjustment is in order. However, if the dealership service department determines it will not affect reliability, engine longevity, and driveability, I won't worry about it. Performance is not affected.
The sound only happens when starting from full stop when I am releasing the clutch into first gear. Even then it doesn't happen all the time. It seems like it occurs around 1500-2000 rpm. If I fully release the clutch before or above that engine speed it doesn't make the noise. The sound does not happen when I rev the engine while the car is in neutral or the clutch is fully depressed...or any other time for that matter. The conditions that I am describing seem very exact, but combining my habit of full clutch release at start-up around 1500 rpm on this car, combined with lots of stop/go driving in traffic, it does happen enough that I am interested to find the source of the sound.
All this said, this is one of the smoothest engine and transmission I have ever owned (or driven for a long period of time). Granted I haven't driven many luxury cars , but this car really is fun to drive!
#202 of 209 Re: Some quirks so far....(shifter) [carfanatic007]
Jun 06, 2006 (3:37 pm)
When I first got the car, the shifter was very smooth. Now there are definite catches. Sometimes I'm not sure that it's in neutral, and there's a lot less play in it when it *is* in neutral.
I also have to jiggle back and forth sometimes to find fourth gear.
Definitely not as smooth as it was in the beginning, and I'm only up to 2300 miles.
My sport has also developed a very annoying rattle in the right rear (I think). I need to have my husband drive while I pinpoint the source of the noise, or vice versa. For now I'm just turning up the radio.
#203 of 209 Re: Some quirks so far....(shifter) [sfinster]
Jun 06, 2006 (6:58 pm)
Regarding the rattle in the rear... make sure nothing is rolling around in the spare tire well. Anything loose in that section will echo through the rest of the car, given there's just metal and paint around the spare, and nothing to muffle the noise.
#204 of 209 Re: Some quirks so far....(shifter) [sfinster]
Jun 06, 2006 (9:47 pm)
I thought I had a rattle today in the rear. It was a clothes hanger banging into the seat belt connector!
#205 of 209 Honda Fit 'Gripe'
Jun 21, 2006 (3:08 pm)
The rear wiper is on the right side of center when viewed from the rear. In operation, it does a marvelous job of cleaning the right 2/3s of the glass. That makes it really useful for those cars sold in Japan and the U.K. but it leaves the left 1/3 of the glass obscured for those of us in the U.S. It looks to me like the wiper on the USA cars was inherited from UK/Japanese markets. I called Honda American customer service line about this but no reply yet.
#206 of 209 Re: Honda Fit 'Gripe' [sgroff]
Jun 21, 2006 (6:02 pm)
The rear wiper is right of center on our CR-V, and on our Toyota Sienna. I don't think it's that unusual.
#207 of 209 Re: Honda Fit 'Gripe' [sgroff]
Jun 21, 2006 (7:42 pm)
All Fit/Jazzes have it this way. I think it is a cost saving measure. Since the wiper base (the hole in the hatch) is not centered, they would have to store two sets of hatches.
By making just one hatch they reduce inventory...and aggravate one of the two sets of consumers
#208 of 209 Re: cruise control - a sporty feature? [moggydot]
May 28, 2008 (8:19 am)
Consumer report says the number 1 overlooked vehicle is the Mazda5, check it out. You'll get all you need at the best price out there. I'm getting rid of my sport fit and as soon as i do I'm going for the M5. Go to a dealer and see it for yourself you'll be amazed and understand why CR says it's the # 1 overlooked vehicle. If you wait for the 2009 you'll get even more for your money, do some research and you'll see what I mean.
#209 of 209 Re: Seat Belt Chime [wvwolf]
Nov 18, 2008 (8:44 pm)
Just purchased a 2009 Fit Sport. Anybody out there figure out how to "de-program" the seat belt warning chime? I talked to someone who has a 2007 and was able to do it.?