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#265 of 294 WHAT? No Spare Tire.....!
Sep 06, 2008 (6:35 am)
OK, so a puncture on a tire CAN be managed by a repair kit until....BUT, what about more serious damage--like a slash. No perfunctory repair kit will enable you to drive to a shop. PERIOD. Nervous. What does HONDA think? That people will only be driving this car in heavily commercial areas? Not at all realistic.
#266 of 294 Re: WHAT? No Spare Tire.....! [nrborod]
Sep 06, 2008 (7:36 am)
Spare tire is officially present in 09 Fit. No more misleading rumors.
#267 of 294 Re: WHAT? No Spare Tire.....! [nrborod]
Sep 06, 2008 (10:42 am)
Hmmmmm. The last time I needed a spare was back in 96. How about you?
How much fuel did I use hauling it around. How much space did I give up for that very seldom used jack, lug wrench, extra rim and tire, etc?
Funny, cause it seems like I was always jacking up my air-cooled Beetle... back in the day
#268 of 294 Re: WHAT? No Spare Tire.....! [mainemanx]
Sep 06, 2008 (8:09 pm)
"Hmmmmm. The last time I needed a spare was back in 96. How about you?
How much fuel did I use hauling it around. How much space did I give up for that very seldom used jack, lug wrench, extra rim and tire, etc?"
When did you last use you Life Insurance? Would you cancel your life insurance plans since you haven't used it yet?
Anyway, looks like Honda does offer a spare in the 09 Fit - so all can rest assured. Otherwise it would have been idiotic for Honda not to have a spare in a econo/compact that most of its owners will use as a primary car.
I drive a 330i with run flats and no spare - and let me tell you - I have never been comfortable not having a spare. In my last cross long distance trip, I threw a full size spare and jack in the trunk, as I did not want to be marooned in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere, that too with my family along.
PS: Have been following this forum for a long time - excellent info and discussions.
#269 of 294 Re: Selling 09's [clynch]
Sep 07, 2008 (12:22 pm)
Test drove the midline Sport MT. My wife drove (sadly, I can't drive a stick), and I was quite impressed, as was my 6 year old daughter. The car seems solidly built, and I like the improvements for this year. My dealer got more in Saturday, so I'm going to go test drive an automatic tomorrow.
#270 of 294 Re: WHAT? No Spare Tire.....! [kittyworld]
Sep 10, 2008 (1:05 pm)
... Except in Canada, where you get a repair kit only. This is stated in the '09 manual.
#271 of 294 2009 has a spare.
Sep 15, 2008 (9:09 am)
I've got one and I specifically checked before I signed on the dotted.
#272 of 294 Re: WHAT? No Spare Tire.....! [cruzitude]
Sep 15, 2008 (11:35 am)
Strange that the Canadian version of the Fit would not have a spare but the US version would...
#273 of 294 2009 Fit Sport/Nav Trip
Oct 04, 2008 (7:55 pm)
Just got back from an extra long weekend checking out the wife’s new 2009 Fit/Sport/Nav. I zeroed out the trip indicator, with 71 permanent miles showing on the odometer and drove north from Albuquerque-Santa Fe, on Hwy 285 etc., until we were deep into Colorado’s golden aspens and other Fall colors before reaching I-70, an hour west of Denver. Much of this leg was a fairly slow go, while traversing Colorado’s national forests and mountain roads, which held our new Fit’s slushbox 4-banger to a 45-55mph range. The 2nd day was a mixture of freeway & urban sightseeing in and around Mork & Mindy’s old stomping grounds (Younger TV viewers may disregard!) .
This morning (4 Oct) we turned & burned out of Colorado Springs onto southbound I-25, where I generally had the Fit’s snooze-control pointed to 78 mph for most of the 6+ hour drive back to Albuquerque. The total trip burned 1050.1 miles of new rubber, while I kept a strict gas log for our few fill-ups. The bottom line was a trip- average of 37.33 mpg. Bear in mind, much of the driving was done on (Colorado’s stingy!) 85 octane regular gas, and at altitudes ranging between 9 and 11,000 feet, as we crossed many well known mountain ski towns. To be sure, the Fit’s auto tranny frequently kicked itself down a notch or two, which set up a noticeable engine buzz, but not an unpleasant one. (We also drive a Forester that, when dropping to a lower gear, wakes the dead as it puts a major dent in your ear drums. )
At 5’11” (and too much belly weight), I didn’t find the driving position quite as comfortable as our 2004 Subie – but for over 1100 miles, it was certainly acequate and never unpleasant. The Sport’s stiff suspension could be described as either akin to a lumber truck – you can roll over a dime and call it for heads or tails - or, confidence inspiring when canyon carving the twisties at higher velocities. Lastly, the Nav was a joy to use, as it guided us through some of Denver’s more convoluted by-ways to avoid the worst of Friday afternoon’s rush traffic. My criticisms of Honda’s wonderful 2009 Fit are really minor, with the worst one being that you have a better chance of winning the lottery than getting any dealer discount on this pint-size winner. Good Hunting!
Oct 16, 2008 (8:28 am)
A reporter is interested in talking with owners of a 2009 Honda Fit. If you are interested in commenting on your experience, please reply to jwahledmunds.com no later than Monday, November 3, 2008 and include your city and state of residence, the model year of your vehicle and the age of your child/ren.