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#138 of 213 Can new tires (or bad installation) *reduce* mileage?
Feb 25, 2011 (6:06 am)
I have a 2008 Honda Fit Sport with about 27k miles, and recently replaced the tires. I bought Goodyear Eagle GT (195/55R15) from Merchant's Tire, and had them installed there.
Before the tire change, I used to get in the high 20's mpg around town; now I'm getting between 20-25 mpg. The tires have proper pressure (in fact, I usually fill them about 40 psi to reduce rolling resistance and increase mpg). Nothing else has changed on the car that would have affected mileage.
Is it possible these tires were installed wrong, and my mileage is thus being reduced? Any other ideas out there?
Thanks in advance for your help....
#139 of 213 Tires and Fuel Economy
Feb 26, 2011 (6:38 am)
First, worn tires give better fuel economy than new tires - all other things being equal. That means that merely rep[lacing your tires - even with the same make and model - is going to cause some loss in F/E.
But OE tires - tires that come on new cars - are designed to the car manufacturer's specs - and among those specs is one for rolling resistance. Typically, these specs call for a fairly low level of RR (sometimes extremely low!) and in order to achieve that, tire wear and/or traction (especially wet traction) is sacrificed! That's why there are so many complaints about the wear or traction on the tires that come OE.
But tires designed specifically for the replacement market do not have those sorts of requirements, and are not typically designed with RR in mind.
Further, if you chose to buy a tire with GREAT treadwear or GREAT traction, then that means the RR is further sacrificed.
In the final analysis, you took 3 hits in the fuel economy department, but you got a set of tires that will last longer.
And don't forget that winter weather also negatively affects fuel economy. Not only is the gas reformulated for the cold weather, but also the car takes more energy to heat up - AND - drivng through snow takes more energy. All those things cause more fuel consumption.
#140 of 213 Re: Tires and Fuel Economy [capriracer]
Feb 26, 2011 (6:32 pm)
Thanks, capriracer! All that makes sense ... I guess I'm just surprised that it translates to a difference of 5 mpg around town. Haven't done a highway trip on them yet ... I guess I'll see how much of an effect they'll have on that (I usually get 35-40 mpg on long trips at constant speed).
#141 of 213 Will not buy another Honda Fit
Mar 06, 2011 (11:15 am)
I am a grandma and bought 2009 Honda Fit with idea of good milage and plenty cargo space plus being able to get in and out of small places.
I have a 7 year old granddaughter and we like to take trips.. HOWEVER, after my experiences with the Honda Fit tires, I don't even feel safe to start on a trip of any lenght. I drive safe, but found out with the slightest little pothole or bump against curb, you will immediately see the Low tire gague on and that means to get to some car place immediately. Not easy if you are out in middle of country or on some long stretch of highway between cities. I am having to order a tire now..while my car sits in garage. Cost of the tire being shipped to town I live in plus the shop putting tire on will cost 170.00 Who can afford that? This is my second TIRE that has gone bad and I don't even have 20K on my car yet. IF I had known (but who knew to research tires on a car??) abt the car problem..which I think Honda should make many amends for...I would have NEVER bought the Honda Fit. I've owned 2 Honda Accords and they were great.. Thought a sporty little Fit would be good, but my mistake. Also, the car is too light weight and I feel like I'm on a roller coaster ride much of the time and way the car windshield/over to side windows are not good for viewing traffic when you pull out on highway. I will soon be purchasing a new car and you can bet it won't be a Honda. My new tire coming in is a Bridgestone and I am hoping that at 170.00...it will be a much better tire than the Dunlops the Honda dealer keeps telling me I really NEED.
#142 of 213 tires cupping on 2007 Honda Fit
Mar 31, 2011 (7:48 pm)
i have a 2007 Honda Fit and i had my tires rotated...regularly...now have cupping on 2 Dunlops that came with car they are at 26,000 miles and it is beginning on 2 new tires with 9,000 miles...car is always maintained, tires are balanced, alignment is fine...never in my life have i ever had a problem with tires...except once Goodyear invictas...i have heard that other Honda Fit people are having tire problems...any ideas...car is fine no potholes...no shock problems or alignment problems..or problems with under inflation...
#143 of 213 Bridgestone tires on my Honda Fit
Apr 01, 2011 (6:47 am)
An update since my previous posting. I went ahead and had all the Dunlop tires replaced on my 2009 Honda Fit. The Bridgestone "touring" tires had average total price of 170.00 each--by this, I mean the tires ran abt 140.00 & then the Shipping and Handling fee plus taxes) This is TWO TIRES from local Tire Company and the Two others from Honda Dealer. I am NOT blaming the local HONDA Dealership that I go to--as they have been nice and they do good work on cars. It is the HONDA COMPANY itself that I am making my complaints abt...about them having this particular 185/55 R 16 tire to go on the Fits. While they can be found...it's sure not handy and even the Honda Dealer had to order them. So, far I have been pleased with the Bridgestone and am getting as good or better gas mileage than I did with Dunlops. I can average 140 to 144 mpg....but that is driving around 55 mph on highway.. Which means every car passes me! Regular gas mileage with both town and highway runs around 38 mpg. And yes, I keep my car maintained at the Honda Dealer and have the Car Care Service plan where I take car in every 5,000 miles. I will add that it was cheaper overall for me to buy tires at local TIRE Dealer as they don't charge for putting the tires on. This is just a grandma's way of saying...You can find the tires at a decent price, but it is the added S&H and fees/taxes/mounting/balancing that drive price up to the 170.00 range.
The Honda Dealership charges 11.00 per tire to mount/balance. I am keeping my fingers crossed this will solve my problem.
#144 of 213 Re: 2009 Honda Fit Sport Tires [kagedude]
Apr 01, 2011 (7:28 am)
tks for sharing that...i also have a post on here about my 2007 honda fit sport and the dunlop tires that are all cupping...i really wonder if there was a problem in actually building the Fit 2007-2009...there are so many complaints about the tires..blow-outs, etc...most of which were Bridgestone and Dunlop...stock tires...your Fit seems to be ok...but so many others arent and people keep changing the tires and still have problems...i think people with all year Fits should complain to the National Safety Board...there could be something in the making of the Hondas that is repeated every year even thou the style changes...that is not right..
#145 of 213 Re: Bridgestone tires on my Honda Fit [judymalone]
Apr 01, 2011 (2:39 pm)
" I can average 140 to 144 mpg....but that is driving around 55 mph on highway"
WOW! That's great mileage, Judy!
#146 of 213 Car is "fine" for now...but I did take it in for the RECALL
Apr 06, 2011 (10:13 am)
HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009-2010 HONDA FIT VEHICLES. THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR ONE OR MORE OF THE FOUR SPRING ASSEMBLIES ON THE ENGINE'S VARIABLE VALVE TIMING AND LIFT ELECTRONIC CONTROL "VTEC" SYSTEM TO FAIL.
A FAILURE OF THE SPRING ASSEMBLIES MAY CAUSE THE VEHICLE TO STALL DURING OPERATION INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE SPRING ASSEMBLIES IN THE ENGINE IF NECESSARY FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE MARCH 7, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009.
#147 of 213 Honda Fit Sportt Tires suck!
May 16, 2011 (10:36 am)
I believe Honda should issue a recall for the rims and tires on the Fit Sport, They are virtually unobtainable (usually have to be specially ordered - impossible to find when away from home), very expensive ($175/ tire w mount and balance) and very poor quality (3 blowouts in 10,000 miles). I consider this a serious design flaw,affecting the vehicle's safety.
Has anyone gotten any satisfaction from Honda on this subject?n The tires on this car turn an otherwise decent vehicle into a road hazard in my opinion.