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#255 of 294 Re: VSA/NAV Bundle Availability in USA [tacostand]
Aug 25, 2008 (3:46 pm)
these are strange stories, it is pretty aggravating that these people give you such a hard time while taking your money. i have ordered a 2009 fit sport with vsa/nav etc, and in the color i want, and the dealer never gave me a hard time. he had to wait for the MSRP, of course, but honda confirmed the order long ago. it is possible that the dealers you are talking with don't have a good enough arrangement with honda to actually acquire the car you want. i can't believe some jerk dealer would make up all these ridiculous stories just to avoid putting in an order for your car. the problem isn't with the state, it is with your dealer.
#256 of 294 Is the 09 FIT at the dealers?
Aug 27, 2008 (8:47 am)
The 09 FIT should have hit the dealers today. Has anyone seen and driven one yet?
#257 of 294 Selling 09's
Aug 28, 2008 (11:25 am)
Stopped by the dealer over lunch and looked over the 09 Sport, Silver/Black. Don't know much about the previous car but this one looked nice enough. At 6'4" could comfortably sit behind wheel with lots of head room. Was impressed with cargo space, both amount and configuration. Window sticker was marked up by $595 for what they call a market adjustment. Turned me right off and out of the lot. I'm sure they will sell soon enough. MSRP is one thing for a hot car but market upcharges cures me from ever going back to dealer who does that.
#258 of 294 Re: Selling 09's [clynch]
Aug 28, 2008 (11:38 am)
amazing...I always thought the Fit was something that was supposed to be cheap to get into and had 'ok' mileage (comparable to the civic).
at 16k that's about a 3.5% increase...for market adjustment.
#259 of 294 Re: Selling 09's [ivan_99]
Aug 28, 2008 (12:14 pm)
Slap on a Navi and VSC and I think you are cracking 20K. Talk about ouch. All for the sake of mileage. It's probably worth looking at a Yaris S 5 door hatch. Might not be as handy but the mileage reports are much, much higher. Plus you don't get a huge front wheel overhang (which I have to admit didn't look so bad in person).
#260 of 294 Re: Selling 09's [clynch]
Aug 28, 2008 (12:18 pm)
The Yaris won't give you factory nav, ESC, or "magic seats", but if you're mainly looking for high FE in a small 5-door, definitely it's worth a look. But I think if you compare apples and apples, e.g. a Yaris 5-door with power package, 6 airbags, and ABS, to the base Fit, the Fit isn't much more.
#261 of 294 Re: Hard Choices and Demanding MSRP or Higher [skeptical]
Aug 28, 2008 (3:57 pm)
As to reasons to consider buying a Fit, I wonder whether anyone else shares my reason, in addition to your reasons:
Fun to Drive.
I'm considering a Base manual transmission, very close to 15K instead of the 20K threshold some postings talk about.
Fun to drive with good gas mileage, and a pretty good first cost, maintenance cost, and anticipated low depreciation and insurance cost. Youtube shows Fits racing, one passing an NSX in the tight portion, to be repassed on the straight.
#262 of 294 Re: Hard Choices and Demanding MSRP or Higher [andysd]
Aug 29, 2008 (7:20 am)
It has been a few years since I've driven something small. And I do admit I like my creature comforts so thinking of the Fit (in my mind) as fun to drive was not high on my list of must have or even must experience. I am looking for a 3rd car or a commuter car to 1) get better gas mileage, 2) save wear and tear on the other cars (they are northern european cars with high maintenance costs), 3) ability to load up dogs for short trips and not worry about getting it dirty, and 4) easy to run around for errands. But, I do not want a stripper! I don't need Navi but would love all the safety features available. My biggest gripe about small cars and I noticed this with the 09 Fit I saw yesterday is that the doors feel like aluminum foil over a popsicle stick frame. This item alone making me re-think my idea to add a 3rd car. From what I have seen, however, I think the Fit is way ahead of any legit competition (Toyo or Nissan). Honda will not have any problem selling all 80K of them.
#263 of 294 First View
Aug 30, 2008 (8:33 am)
Yesterday, I saw the new Fit Sport (they only had two Sports on the lot). I got a brochure, and note the Sport MT is only 31 poounds heavier than the base moel, and that there is a mini spare wheel. No seat height adjustment but I think it's a bit higher than in the '08.
The new Fit looks good, and side by side, not so different in overal perception as the outgoing model. They're asking $999 over MSRP, but I didn't start negotiating. Having previously driven an '08 Sport paddle automatic, I didn't drive the new one yesterday. The dealership was very busy at the start of the Labor Day weekend, and I didn't want to keep the salesman from a sale. (A year ago, he sold me an '07 SE Auto Accord.)
If I get one, it will be an MT, which is why I'm pleased to learn of the minimal weight difference, so now I'll think of a Sport MT.
To go to the next step, I would have to sell a car (not the Accord), which I hate to do, a possible deal-breaker.
#264 of 294 Re: Hard Choices and Demanding MSRP or Higher [clynch]
Sep 02, 2008 (12:45 pm)
I have a seat comfort review of the FIT for different sized drivers. If you are interested in taking a look, go to www.OCCUZONE.com. Completely free, super easy to use site, put together last week by a biomechanical engineering firm and seat design/analysis experts.
We are looking for feedback for this prototype site while we work to add the rest of our content.