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#148 of 263 Re: MAINTENANCE MINDER RIPOFF [pmedway]
Jun 23, 2009 (9:05 am)
I am in Canada and have a 1.5 year old fit bought October 2007. Only 20,000 kilometers and one service visit so far. I am a pretty conscientious person and read the manual pretty closely.
My MM is on 5%. I am going on a trip so I called the dealer for service appointment. None available for a week. So, I asked "What is the wiggle room in going on the other side of 0%?? He said "No, you're supposed to bring it in at 15%." and started giving me the SCARE STORY, "Brakes must be checked, etc."
I got off the phone, got the manual, and it does not say that it must be taken in at 15% but you can go to 0%.
So, back on the phone to him and I told him he was wrong according to the manual. "Well, that's what I'm told." So, here's a major car manufacturer and their service people do not even know the manuals. We are supposed to believe that!
So, transfer to the Service Manager who immediately backed off. Yeah, 0% and to the minus, he said 1500 kilometers on the negative side of 0% was okay to keep the warranty in force. BIG DIFFERENCE!! (Of course, if my tranny drops out on the trip, they would deny the warranty.)
So, there's much more to the MM than this. It is there so the CONSUMER can't know exactly when the thing needs servicing. On my first run with it, it went from 15% to 0% a helluva lot faster than from 100% to 15%. So, they are keeping the CONSUMER off balance and also, as they tried with me, to get you in earlier and make more MONEY. Over the life of the car, a couple extra UNNECESSARY service checks means big dollars for them.
Beyond that, there are two other points.
1. I suspect they may be playing with the MM chips to see what CONSUMER reaction is. They monitor that at there service centers. How many complaints? Do CONSUMERS swallow the stories like they tried to feed me? Soon, if you are a steady customer, car after car with them, they may customize the MM chips to the CONSUMER. Keep in mind they will have all their data on your cars at their fingertips. A chip calling for quicker and more frequent service for the less wary customer and another with longer intervals for the more watchful and questioning customer. Just change the chip when it is in for servicing.
2. We have a lot of telcenters here where I live and most of the job is to manipulate the callers. Well, Honda employs the same tactics with their employees who are taking your call, like the guy with me today. The name of the game with all these corporations is to maximize revenue and manipulate CONSUMERS.
At the end of the day, the MM is just another ripoff.
A simple DIY will blow a hole in your conspiracy theory.
time to roll up the sleeves and get dirty.
#149 of 263 Re: 30k Maintenance Suggestions ??? [bdye82]
Jul 20, 2009 (4:16 pm)
I've had my 07 Honda Fit Sport 5spd manual since April 2006 and it now has over 90k miles. Aside from oil changes at 6k mile intervals, new tires at 60k, manual tranny oil change at 84k miles, it still rides and drives like the first day I bought it.
I keep thinking every time I come in to the dealer that I would need new brakes but at the 84k dealer visit, they said I still had 60% of my front brakes and they don't recommend to change until 20% wear. I also said to change the radiator fluid but they said its rated at 105k intervals.
Looking at my Fit brochure, it has 100k mile or more tuneup interval. Definitely do not change anything aside from the fluids and filters unless the maintenance minder states so.
#150 of 263 Re: 30k Maintenance Suggestions ??? [fit2btied2]
Jul 30, 2009 (6:37 am)
According to 2009 Fit Shop manual, for "severe" driving condition, you should change A/T transmission fluid on 37.5 K miles and then every 25K miles after that. However, your fit maintenance reminder should tell you when it is time to change the transmission fluid (it's reminder #3). For "normal" driving condition it's 2x the number above (i.e 75K for first, and then at every 50k)
Sep 30, 2009 (3:50 pm)
I changed the oil in my 2008 Fit this morning. How do I reset the gauge to read 100%
#152 of 263 Re: Oil Change [houseofjon]
Oct 01, 2009 (12:59 pm)
1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON
2. Press the select/reset knob
repeatedly until the engine oil life
3. Press the select/reset knob for
about 10 seconds. The engine oil
life and the maintenance item
code(s) will blink.
4. Press the select/reset knob for
another 5 seconds. The
maintenance item code(s) will
disappear, and the engine oil life
will reset to 100.
#153 of 263 my car is shaking at 20 mph????
Oct 02, 2009 (1:19 pm)
I was driving today. All of a sudden, when I was driving close to 20 miles per hour, my car would shake. After it passes 20 mph, the car drives smoothly again. I try driving it again, around 20 mph to see if it was just the wind. It happened again, and I knew that from there on, that the noise was still there. I don't know exactly what happened to the car, but I'm worried and upset now, because my car has problems again.
Does anyone know what happened?
#154 of 263 2007-08 Honda Fit Coolant Reservoir Tank Question
Jan 18, 2010 (7:59 am)
Hi all, I just came back from the dealership and did the coolant service for my 2007 Honda Fit Sport 5sp man which just hit 101,866 miles. The service was supposed to be at 105k miles but I did it earlier since I noticed from visual inspection the reservoir tank looked empty.
After the service, I checked the reservoir tank again (unscrewed the cap) and it looked below min level. I also opened the radiator cap area and I can not see any visible coolant.
Honda's manual states "The coolant level should be up to
the base of the filler neck. Add coolant if it is low."
A question for the same gen Fit owners - The radiator cap area is connected to the radiator via a hose. Am I still supposed to fill coolant up to the radiator cap level?
Thanks in advance.
#155 of 263 Help with CC and Sport Feature
Jan 20, 2010 (11:49 am)
I noticed last week that my cruise control and the sport feature doen't work on my fit. The lights for CC doesn't turn on at all. When I put the gear to
S, the sports feature doesn;t show up and it drive like in D mode. Anyone have such problem? The horn and emergency lights work. Thinking it might be a switch problem?
#156 of 263 Re: How to remove rear wiper blade? [kagedude]
Feb 12, 2010 (12:50 pm)
I'm sure you've figured it out by now but I thought I'd pipe in... Trico makes the special rear blade for the Honda Fit, its called 'Trico Exact Fit Rear Integral Blade'. You can get them online. The removal and replacement instructions are right on the package. Hope this helps.
#157 of 263 Replacement Wiper Blades on Honda Fit - No Dealer Required!
Feb 12, 2010 (12:51 pm)
Honda did a pretty good job trying to get you back to the dealer for wipers...
The Honda Fits 14" passenger side and 28 driver side replacement windshield wiper blades are very hard to find in the newer-style beam blades. The 12" rear is also very hard to find because its a special rear blade that fits the special rear arm.
After a ton of research, I found an aftermarket set-up that works: 'Trico NeoForm Beam Blades' on the front (yes, they have a 14" & 28) and 'Trico Exact Fit Rear Integral Blade' for the rear (yes, it fits the special rear arm and looks like the original). All of the above come with step-by-step, illustrated removal and replacement instructions - easy install. Got the whole set-up online.