Last post on Jul 14, 2013 at 7:11 AM
You are in the Honda Fit
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Honda Fit, Brakes, Hatchback
#72 of 81 Re: curious brake problem [kate1z]
Jun 27, 2011 (2:28 pm)
Alright.... I registered just because I couldn't take all of the misinformation and people saying the same things. I needed to set the recored straight. Please dont think that I don't like Fits. I have and 08 Fit. I love it, but Honda Fits are not made to be driven IN THE SNOW! They are light, have skinny tires, and yes their ABS "Anti lock Breaking System" isn't awesome, but ABS in your, and everyone elses, Fit is doing it's job. It annoys me too. However, this ABS keeps your car tires from locking up in which case you will go from very little control to no control at all. Which would you rather have? And yes you "slide" a long way on the ice or snow because the Fit is light and the tires are skinny. Perhaps the reason you feel unsafe in those conditions is because you are driving the absolute wrong car for those conditions. People do not buy submarines to water ski, airplanes to scuba dive or motorcycles to explore the wilderness, The reason being....they are the wrong vehicles. I had an Expedition. It was a beast in the snow and the ABS was awesome.
#73 of 81 Odyssey too!
Jul 03, 2011 (9:12 am)
Honda seems to have a brake problem with most of their vehicles. Unfortunately nothing will be done until a lot of Honda drivers are killed when their brakes fail. Waiting for the 2012s. Our next vehicle will NOT be a Honda. Too bad; we had a 20-year relationship. In the meantime we will not let the incompetent dealerships near our Ody. What happened to Honda?
#74 of 81 Honda Brakes - All Models Defective
Jul 10, 2011 (11:05 am)
After reading the posts in this forum and others, we won't be buying a Honda again - any Honda. Real scary stuff! Our Odyssey was OK until the recall was performed. All the brake fluid leaked out. Is Honda out to kill it's customers?
#75 of 81 Re: 2008 Honda Fit Brake Issue at Start-up [northernfit]
Aug 28, 2011 (12:03 am)
My fit use to malfunction as well. It started only 2 weeks after I bought the car. very similar to your issue. I took it to the dealership explaining similar accounts to yours. yet they could not replicate it. This has been a very huge burden for me. It has happened more than 5 instances since bought new in July of 2008. I've even gotten into an accident because of the malfunction. Yet I can not prove its the brakes. From July 2008 - about Dec 2008, I have seen countless amounts of 2007/2008 fits being towed with front end damage. some far worse than mines. but yet i see no recalls on this issue!! I think more fit owner need to report theses type of incidents
#76 of 81 Re: 2008 Honda Fit Brake Issue at Start-up [808guy]
Aug 29, 2011 (3:56 am)
I traded mine in for a nissan rogue. Needless to say, due to the two accidents on record, I didn't get a lot on the trade in, but I honestly couldn't put my child in that lemon another day. I will never buy another honda again.
#77 of 81 Re: Second time around [xfit08]
Aug 29, 2011 (2:41 pm)
Thank you. I will print out these messages and take to dealer. Keep thinking I did something wrong. Luckily, I only had one accident 2 years ago. Since then, whenever it is wet or cold I slow down way before. Also, I have a manual and take foot totally off clutch even if stalling results. Thank you for keeping at this. I have a fit07.
#78 of 81 Re: Crashed due to brakes? [shelley04]
Mar 14, 2012 (9:05 pm)
I wonder if that is the same problem I am having. It has only happened a few times when I have had to slam my brakes as when someone cuts in front of me. It sounds and feels like I am driving on those bumps installed on roads to tell you when you cross a line. I haven't crashed, maybe because I have been lucky to have enough space to stop first?
#79 of 81 Re: 2008 Honda Fit Brake Issue at Start-up [northernfit]
May 09, 2012 (7:30 pm)
Here I am replying to my own message a bit over a year later to get an update online.
I've had the Fit into the dealer 4 times in the last year, and the dealer has tried a few things to fix the issue, but with no resolution.
At start-up there seems to be enough brake booster vacuum for one braking; the next time I hit the brakes it goes to the floor as if there is no power brake assist. There are brakes there, but it takes a HUGE amount of force and if you're not expecting it it would be easy to hit something. It happens 50% of the time I start the vehicle (after sitting 8+ hours). The issue is worse when in reverse (lower gear and thus more power from the engine?).
The second dealer I went to said this is a known issue with no known repair. While at the dealership, a Civic owner said she has the same problem and the dealers told her that it is "normal". The service manager told me to let the car warm up for 2-minutes before driving.
A year ago, I had 32,000 miles and now I have 76,000 miles. The problem is worse with no resolution in sight. And it scares me that if my wife drives the car (I usually drive it) she might not be ready to hit the brakes as hard as needed. Unless this gets fixed by a dealer, I won't be buying another Honda.
#80 of 81 Honda Fit Brake Issue
May 10, 2012 (2:52 pm)
I have posted here before about my crash and another near miss due to brake failures. You can read those posts for more detail if you like. Please report your issue to NHTSA. It only takes a few moments. They are the only entity that can make a recall happen. Honda isn't going to voluntarily recall their cars.
As far as you or your wife driving the car, an emergency can never be anticipated. If it could, it wouldn't be an "emergency." No matter your skill or anticipation of a problem, if the car doesn't stop in time, you or someone else could be seriously injured or die.
I sold my car to a dealership...and yes, I disclosed the problem with the brakes. Though I suffered a significant financial loss because the car was only about a year old, the money was not worth my life or that of my daughter. Please be safe.
#81 of 81 Type of Brake System???
Jul 14, 2013 (7:11 am)
I'm setting up my 2013 Fit to be towed behind an RV. With my auxiliary braking system, I need to know whether the Fit has "Vacuum" or "Active" brake system.
Thanks for any help.