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#275 of 294 Re: press request [kirstie_h]
Sep 07, 2009 (9:12 pm)
I just test drove the 2009/2010 honda fit sport and the 2010 honda civic lx. I compared them, head to head, and found the fit to be more towards my liking. I was quoted, as a *SPECIAL* price of: 18,557$ at Clearlake honda in texas. Since it was 300$ off original 18,857$. It was optioned as follows.
1.) 499$ tint (i looked at the web, said it was STANDARD FEATURE....wtf?)
2.)189$ wheel locks (really? think i'm that dumb?)
3.)240$ cargo tray (wow, again, 103$ on web.)
4.)0.00 Free oil changes for life ( goes by milage... date... ???)
I told them there was no way i was paying that for this car. I talked, and talked, and the guy ran back and forth. Finally a manager came over and offered me 17,857$. I said, not no, but hell no. I want to pay, what they told me was there BARE MINIMUM price of 17,401$. (no way thats what they own it for..... they have to make more money...) I said, I'm walkin out, so i did. They called me about 3 hrs later, saying they need to make a sale, and said they will over it to me, as it sits, with the oil changes, 17,500$ even, but i had to do it by 8:00 pm. I said i can't make it. Then they said, well, come in tomarrow..... thats where I'm at now.
When i go back, i want to see WTF was with the 499$ tint, the lug locks, IF they charge for a spare tire or W/E, how much mats are, The cargo tray price, more info about the oil change for life thing, and something about mud flaps on the fit... I never saw an option for flaps or guards on the fit. I did on the civic, but not the fit. This is where i am now. I will get back to you, about 10:00pm cst tomarrow maybe with the car, and all the details. see ya then!
#276 of 294 Re: press request [devindied]
Sep 08, 2009 (6:33 am)
1. There is a factory tint, but it's not very dark. If the dealer has done an aftermarket tint, be sure it's a very good quality.
2. Yes, wheel locks are a Honda optional accessory. Not worth that kind of money, imho.
3. The cargo tray is overpriced at $240, or even at $103, in my opinion. I would have paid maybe $50 for it--it's a glorified floormat. But I didn't like it anyway.
4. The Fit has a "maintenance minder" system--based on driving style and conditions, it tells you when it needs an oil change. Depending on conditions, anywhere between about 5k-12k miles.
The Fit Sport has a body kit that is not compatible with mud flaps, so Honda doesn't offer any. Factory carpet-type floor mats should go for about $90. If the dealer wants to jack these up, try collegehillshonda.com for better deals.
Were you looking at a manual or an automatic?
#277 of 294 Re: press request [stephen987]
Sep 08, 2009 (8:01 pm)
I'm looking at an automatic in blackberry pearl. I now got an offer of 17,500$ with 6% interest.
#278 of 294 Re: press request [devindied]
Sep 09, 2009 (4:15 am)
That's not a bad deal. Fits are in pretty short supply.
#279 of 294 18,000 for a SUBCOMPACT!!!!!
Sep 13, 2009 (10:26 pm)
People, I'm sorry, but honda's are overhyped and WAY overpriced. -Yes, the fit is roomy and yes it get's good gas mileage and is reasonably zippy - but that's where it ends. I have'nt felt that much cheap HARD plastic on an interior since i rented a chevy aveo 3 YRS AGO! and that ride- ouch! every bump is an event - i live in Spokane, WA - we've got plenty of potholes. The best car i've owned? the 2000 ford focus zx3 hatchback we traded in on the fit - 126,000 miles and NO problems- that car had way more soft touch materials on the interior (which isn't hard as the fit has none) - and the ride struck the right balance between sport and comfort - oh yeah, it was $12,000 brand new- we bought into the honda hype and have been regretting it since 2006- furthermore, i never hear anyone complain about the turning circle! the circle in our focus was MUCH tighter than the fit (which turns as tight as a minivan). This will probably be our last honda.
#280 of 294 Re: 18,000 for a SUBCOMPACT!!!!! [georgiemabel]
Sep 14, 2009 (4:36 am)
Guess if the 17.1 foot turning radius of your Fit reminds you of a MiniVan then your ZX3 17.9 turning radius must have felt like a Full Size Van. Even the larger 2nd generation Fit has just a 17.2 foot radius. Maybe you need to get yours looked at.
Both the Fit and Focus are/have been good vehicles in two different classes. Take a look at the Ford Fiesta which is coming out shortly and will be a direct competitor to the Fit if you are a Ford fan. Only problem is you will have less cargo space and versatility with the Fiesta.
#281 of 294 Re: 18,000 for a SUBCOMPACT!!!!! [georgiemabel]
Sep 15, 2009 (2:38 am)
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion because everyone's needs are different. The FIT is not a perfect car but in my opinion its plusses far outweigh its few minuses. It may be somewhat overpriced (as are most Hondas, Toyotas, and the like) but it is certainly not overhyped. Its interior versatility alone makes it as functional as the SUV I gave up for it and its fuel economy is just outstanding. Slight differences in the turning radius are not prime issues for me or for most drivers. The FIT is a winner for me! I have a feeling that it is for most people who have purchased it as well.
#282 of 294 Purchased an 09 Fit last week
Sep 27, 2009 (9:02 pm)
I had an 08 Fit that I drove for over 17,000 trouble-free miles and traded it in, for a 7-seater (the trade-in price was just $3000 off what I paid for it brand-new and does not include the $800 savings in sales-tax !). As soon as I drove off the lot, I sorely regretted letting go of the Fit (base with a manual trans).
I went back last week and bought an 09 Fit Sport with a manual Trans (could not sleep well without a fuel-sipping swiss-knife-like Fit in the garage ). The car seems to drive with a bit more of a quality feel than my prior 08 Fit. Seems more "substantial", if I were to put it differently. I am still on the first tank of dealer-filled fuel, and hence I will probably wait till it is re-filled (with my customary Shell or BP gas) before starting to check the mileage.
PS: In case of the Honda Fit, the EPA mileage is just plain BS, based on personal experience. I never got less than 35MPG in combined city/hwy driving, in my 08 Base Fit with a manual transmission and routinely got in the 37mpg range and much higher during other times, depending on the way I drove and the route I drove. I also never use any of the "hypermiling" techniques that I read about either and routinely drive at 70-80mph (and well above those speeds too ) on the hwy. The engine obviously felt a bit buzzy at such higher speeds but I have always felt Honda engines to be fully upto the task of high rpm cruising. At those times I always wished for a 6th gear in the Fit, to be quite honest.
PS2: However, since it is a manual transmission, I always coast downhill or on level ground, with clutch pressed in (like with all of my manual transmission cars) which probably dramatically allows the raising of the mileage (something that the EPA probably does not factor into its MPG rating in their manual transmissioned cars).
#283 of 294 Changes in 2010 Honda Fit?
Oct 30, 2009 (11:13 am)
Are there any improvements for the 2010 year? Like 4 wheel disk brakes and a larger fuel tank.
#284 of 294 Re: Changes in 2010 Honda Fit? [rgf42]
Oct 30, 2009 (11:21 am)
None whatsoever, and one real loss--you can no longer get nav with the manual transmission.