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Honda Fit, Brakes, Hatchback
#67 of 81 Re: fit accident a blessing in disguise [nomorefitforme]
Feb 27, 2011 (8:45 pm)
Hello, No More Fit For Me. I'm glad that you've unloaded your Honda Fit so that you can be safe. But please, make your complaint to NHTSA. Complaints to Honda (or any car manufacturer) go nowhere and NHTSA will only intervene once they see a pattern. If everyone on this forum would file their complaint with NHTSA, they might do a recall. I got rid of my 2008 Honda Fit more than a year ago because of brake problems that caused one accident and almost a second one. I have posted on here several times. Please go back and read my experience if you haven't already. Venting helps some of us feel better, but ultimately it accomplishes nothing. It only takes a few minutes to make your NHTSA complaint and it could save lives. Thanks.
#68 of 81 Bad experience with my 09 Fit
Mar 02, 2011 (5:19 pm)
Thanks for the discussion and forum. I've had ABS prior to this car, then a Civic without ABS (a relief), but now my Fit with ABS. Don't ask me why. I am used to stopping early because the braking action takes so long to finally stop the car with ABS. Tonight in a slippery snow squall I was a highway exit ramp, which goes downhill somewhat, lots of cars in a row--I was third up, getting to the stop sign at the bottom. I stepped on the brake well ahead of time but the pedal wouldn't depress more than half way. I leaned on it heavily, could hear the braking system but it wouldn't budge any more and I hit the car in front of me. I'm somewhat freaked out. No damage to my car I could see but a dent in the other car's bumper. Honestly felt as if I did everything right and had to just watch as I crashed. Really minor damage except to my ego and the inconvenience to the woman I hit. It was just so odd. I got home and looked at my records: the tires were replaced at 28K miles and it's gone 48K now. I'll have them checked again along with brakes. Any insights? I just am not feeling confident living in NH snows with this car. I will contact NHTSA, good suggestion.
#69 of 81 Re: Bad experience with my 09 Fit [janester]
Mar 02, 2011 (9:19 pm)
When I had my 08 Honda Fit, I had to change the tires prematurely as well. More importantly was the brake failure and subsequent accident. When I narrowly missed crashing into another car (only because he cleared my path) I decided I had to get rid of the car. I took a huge loss on the car, but my life is worth it. My suggestion to you is to get rid of the car and report it to NHTSA. They will eventually have to do something if we all voice our safety complaints. It is easy and only takes a few minutes. Your complaint could help make a difference. Thank you and NEVER drive an unsafe car.
#70 of 81 2008 Honda Fit Brake Issue at Start-up
May 23, 2011 (9:18 am)
2008 Honda Fit Sport, 35,500 miles
Recently, the brake booster on my Fit seems to be sporadically malfunctioning for the first 30 seconds after starting the car. During this time the brake pedal is VERY hard and it requires a huge amount of force to get the car to stop (and I'm a big guy).
It only happens occasionally (about 20% of cold starts) and it "fixes itself" after 30 seconds or less.
I took it into the dealership and they could not find any problems. I did report this to the NHTSA.
Has anyone else experienced this, and what was the resolution?
#71 of 81 Second time around
May 28, 2011 (1:42 pm)
Went to Honda dealer and was told there is nothing wrong with brake calipers and just needed new brake pads. Have them changed and paid for the pads. Went to my mechanic for the usual oil change and he was aware what I was told by the Honda mechanic, today. He examined the brake, they are still wearing unevenly and there are still the same constant noise when I brake and brake loosened itself when braking, the car was going at 20 miles an hour before me hitting my brake to stop the car from hitting a car. I did report this to NHTSA. today. Calling Honda again on Monday, since customer service on the weekends.
northernfit. Yes I have experience the same thing, since I am in North California. Weather is not as cold in NH mind you, which volumes of what may be wrong the brake system.
#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.