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#170 of 209 rear view visibility? Too/two big rear head rests?
Jun 17, 2006 (5:42 pm)
I'm only 5 feet tall so visibility is important. I test drove a Fit and was a bit concerned because of the rear seat head rests in the way. If you are short and have a Fit, do you get used to it or is it a hazard?
#171 of 209 Re: rear view visibility? Too/two big rear head rests? [neednewwheels]
Jun 17, 2006 (6:30 pm)
We don't carry back seat passengers very often, so we've removed them. We keep one in the back seat, the other is in the house.
#172 of 209 Re: rear view visibility? Too/two big rear head rests? [neednewwheels]
Jun 17, 2006 (8:58 pm)
The center headrest is down very low and I get plenty of visibly between the two outer headrests. boatfloyd
#173 of 209 Re: rear view visibility? Too/two big rear head rests? [neednewwheels]
Jun 19, 2006 (10:38 am)
I'm 5'1". I took the headrests off and perfect visability. When I did have them up I had to get used to the very limited view and relied on side mirrors more often. I prefer headrests off though but I don't have passengers usually.
#174 of 209 Re: rear view visibility? Too/two big rear head rests? [moonchild]
Jun 19, 2006 (1:14 pm)
Yes, for any potential buyers, take note that the amount of road you see behind you in the rear view mirror is very narrow.
It drives me nuts when I get in my wife's or mom's car, and the side mirrors are adjusted to see the side of the car. You're asking for trouble!
When stopped at an intersection, make note of the cars around you in the Rear view mirror. Take the object that is to the most-left in the RV mirror, and adjust your driver's side view mirror so that same part of that same car is in the far right of your side mirror. Then put the the right-most of your RV mirror in the left-most of your passenger's SV mirror. This way you know that you are getting the mirrors as wide as possible while still overlapping with your RV mirror.
In my Fit I did this, and now when a car approaches from the side, by the time that only the tail lights are in the SV mirror, I can see the nose of the car just out my driver's side window. ELIMINATING THE BLIND SPOT.
#175 of 209 Re: rear view visibility? Too/two big rear head rests? [fitman548]
Jun 19, 2006 (1:48 pm)
You pretty much nailed it. Blind spots can be eliminated. It's much more effective to use your SV mirrors than always turning your head to check for traffic if they're adjusted correctly. Head rests are irrelavent.
#176 of 209 Re: rear view visibility? Too/two big rear head rests? [gearhead1]
Jun 19, 2006 (4:53 pm)
I can understand short people's concerns with the back seat head rests (being 5'1" myself). It's not the over the shoulder view I worry about - it's the view out the rear view mirror that bothered me - I only see the part of the lane directly behind me, and very little of the lanes on either side, unless they are at least a quarter mile or more behind me. It's not the view of the car right beside me, it's the view (lack thereof) of what's coming behind that car that bothers me. And the fix is simple - remove the rear seat head restraints unless you have someone in the rear seat.
#177 of 209 Re: Car Reviews [johnnyvj]
Jun 22, 2006 (1:29 pm)
Today I am going to the Suzuki dealer and buying the dead petal for the Aero. Maybe that will fit in my fit.
I am 6'1" and really think I need this, my foot goes goofy when resting it on the wheel well and if I bend my knees up I have problems with the steering wheel.
If it works, I will put together an installation package (who knows, maybe I'll start up the deadpetalforfit.com website)
#178 of 209 Re: Car Reviews [rodstickman]
Jun 23, 2006 (11:07 am)
LOL. It would be slightly embarrassing for Honda if something like that really took off.
Still, you're definitely serving a need, so more power to you. Hope it works out.
#179 of 209 Re: Addressing the Fit's shortcomings [johnnyvj]
Jun 23, 2006 (12:00 pm)
Having done additional research on the Fit (and having been in several now), and with a couple of months to think about it, I'm going to update my 'Fit shortcomings' list:
1) Ergonomics, ergonomics, ergonomics. The Fit really does need:
- a dead pedal
- a seat height adjuster (manual is fine)
- a center armrest/console (and w/sufficient storage to hold sunglasses, cell phone, etc.)
2) Additionally on the ergonomics front, a telescoping steering column would be EXTREMELY good to have, as the 'Honda standard driving position' (which I know well from my CR-V) often has the steering wheel positioned too far away from the driver.
3) Still more ergonomics: The Base model really should have cruise standard. Its cheap, its a ticket saver, and its an ankle/foot saver as well on long trips. COMFORT is important, Honda.
4) The very limited availability of the light-colored interior on the Fit Sport needs to be fixed... many folks living in hot/sunny climes actually prefer a light-colored interior (and no, tint does not solve all issues with summer heat + a dark interior for many of us).
Currently, the Sport only offers the light interior with a white exterior- ugh. Availability should be expanded to the black and red exteriors, with which it would go well (not to suggest that the availability of the dark interior with those exterior colors should go away- just that a choice of interiors should be available).
5) Interior carpeting is very thin, 'felt-like', and cheap-feeling. Doesn't need to be plush, but some kind of upgrade here would be welcome.
6) The hideous wheel covers on the Base continue to be an embarrassment. No one expects too much here, but something non-retina-scarring would be welcome, at least. The covers on the Japanese base Fit, for instance, are at least adequate... why not use those instead?
7) Anything that can be done to get even a few more degrees of recline in the rear seatbacks is welcome, for a more refreshing 'refresh mode'.
For example, the 'removable side bolsters' trick of the Mazda 2 could be useful here, as it'd allow you to lay the Fit's rear seatback flat or nearly flat, I'd think. Now THAT's refreshing.
8) Improve rearward visibility. Larger rear windows, even bigger side mirrors, smaller form factor for the rear headrests?
9) Offer an 'EX' model with a moonroof, rear disc brakes, and 15-20 more HP. I think Honda would be suprised at how well it would sell.
Criticisms I've dropped from the list:
- Limited range/small gas tank: Yes, the tank is small, but the mileage has been proven to be good enough so that it really isn't that big a deal.
- No 'LE' model for grown-ups: While I still think it would a good idea, an 'EX' model could do the same job (in 'dressy Base' trim), and even if the EX never happens, the 'boy racer' looks of the Sport do tend to grow on you.
- 14" alloys offered as an option on the Base: Not really all that useful, as the cost would wipe out about half of the cost delta between the Base and the Sport, so... why not just get a Sport instead? Also you can get these aftermarket in any case.
Hope that covered everything.