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#150 of 152 Honda Fit 5 speed manual, smooth shifting?
Jun 17, 2011 (1:30 pm)
I have test driven two Honda Fits, a 2008 and a 2010. I'm sold on Hondas and have previously owned three Civics--I think they are great. All lasted past 250,000 miles before I had to retire them.
Now I'm enthusiastic about the Honda Fit, but I have been holding back on purchasing one because on both Fits I drove, the 5 speed manual transmission / linkage seemed mechanically sticky, cumbersome, rough to the feel. When I push it into gear, it seems to mechanically hang up for a moment before it goes into gear. The shifting just doesn't feel as smooth as the 85, 89 and 97 Honda Civic Hatchbacks that I have previously owned.
It that a characteristic of the Honda Fit or did I just run into a couple that were not so smooth in the shifting?
Thank for you input
#151 of 152 Re: Honda Fit 5 speed manual, smooth shifting? [robinhenkel]
Aug 07, 2011 (11:42 am)
Bought a 2011 Fit Sport 6 months ago. 5-speed MT. Absolutely love the tranny. No problems whatsoever.
#152 of 152 Re: Honda Fit 5 speed manual, smooth shifting? [robinhenkel]
Oct 21, 2011 (4:07 pm)
Honda switched from linkages to cables on the Civic manual transmission in 2001. I had a 97, and then a 2001 (still going with 202,000 miles).
The cable linkage very occasionally will stick a bit and the shifter will pop back into my hand, but this happens once every year or so--literally, about a dozen times in 11 years.
I have a 2009 Fit, and the shifter seems similar. I find the cable linkage actually lighter and more responsive in most situations, but it's definitely a different feel. I'm now well used to it and enjoy driving both sticks.