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#223 of 536 Re: Is a Fit good for arthritic 85 year old? [kiawah]
Mar 16, 2008 (1:56 am)
If you can wait, the new redesigned 2009 Honda Fit would be a much better car for your mother for what she'll be using it for because of a few key upgraded features that aren't availible on the current model. The front quarter windows are three times bigger which will give her a better 360 view of what's going on around her and the winshield will be moved forward to give her better visibility plus you'll be able to buy one where the entire drivers seat rotates around (click on link below for picture) which would dramatically help a senior citizen get in and out of the car.
Just a thought.....
#224 of 536 Re: Is a Fit good for arthritic 85 year old? [widetrack2000]
Mar 16, 2008 (11:39 am)
Unfortunately, that swivel front seat feature is only available as a special order item in the Japanese market, and then only for the passenger-side seat (which is on the left-hand side there). It is extremely doubtful that this feature will show up in the U.S.
Also, my feeling is that the old (current) Fit is probably slightly easier to park because it is narrower than the new (next-gen) Fit. I have not driven the new one, but that's my impression. I would be happy to be proven wrong, though!
#225 of 536 Re: Is a Fit good for arthritic 85 year old? [jacksan1]
Mar 16, 2008 (8:29 pm)
I hadn't heard about the swivel seat only being offered in the Japan market, only that we weren't going to get the glass roof or the smaller engine options they do so thanks for the info!
#226 of 536 Re: Is a Fit good for arthritic 85 year old? [widetrack2000]
Mar 17, 2008 (3:42 pm)
No problem. The swivel seat feature for physically-challenged individuals has been available in Japan for the Fit since 2001, and just about any car in Japan can be special-ordered with the same kind of seat as a manufacturer's option. If there is enough marketing push for it, then who knows? It may show up here as well. But it has never been a standard equipment for any car even in Japan, except for a few kei-class cars that almost exclusively market for women (make it easier with skirts, seriously).
This is a good example of Honda Japan's "barrier free" vehicle offering:
#227 of 536 Honda Fit Carpet Floor Mats
Mar 17, 2008 (10:30 am)
So, I just had the carpet floor mat system installed in my Honda Fit Sport, and I have to say I am quite annoyed. I paid $160 ($100 + installation) to have mats installed, thinking that the "hook" system mentioned on the website was something much grander and worth my money than it actually was.
However, it is simply a few awkwardly and inconveniently placed hooks holding the mats in.
I am assuming this is for safety reasons, but if this is true can someone explain to me why the mat behind the driver has no hooks at all?! If that one doesn't need hooks, why do the others?!
I could have purchased the mats and skipped the installation altogether, saving $60.
#228 of 536 Re: Honda Fit Carpet Floor Mats [sportyfit]
Mar 17, 2008 (2:06 pm)
In most cars it is only the drivers mat that has hooks, to keep the mat fom inching forward and potentially causing the gas pedal to be depressed, or the gas pedal to jam on the mat.
You paid for some of that marble at the dealership.
See if you can get a 'free' oil change from the salesman.....to avoid a dissatisfied CSI survey.
#229 of 536 The Fit: Dogmobile?
Mar 20, 2008 (12:24 pm)
There I was, fat, dumb and happy, planning to replace my ancient Ford Windstar later this year with a Honda Element in order to continue to occasionally cart around my two Newfoundland dogs when I recently discovered that the Fit has "Magic Seats" that fold down low and flat enough to possibly qualify the Fit as a dogmobile for my two beasts. Though the Fit would still not have the cargo volume of an Element I wonder if any of you Fit owners have large dogs and do you find the space adequate to take them on short jaunts with at least a modicum of comfort?
Also, does anyone know if the 2009 Fit will also have these Magic Seats? Thank you.
#230 of 536 Re: The Fit: Dogmobile? [kjaba1]
Mar 20, 2008 (1:16 pm)
Also, does anyone know if the 2009 Fit will also have these Magic Seats?
The answer is yes.
If you transport dogs in your car, you may find the following Japanese Honda Fit site interesting:
It's written in Japanese, but click on photos, and you will have a pretty good sense.
#231 of 536 Re: The Fit: Dogmobile? [kjaba1]
Mar 20, 2008 (2:47 pm)
You bet. The only reason that a car made it onto my Look At list was if the back seats went down in a way that made a flat floor for taking my dog (Rottweiler) and all her equipment to shows. The Fit was the first of 6 models on my list to look at and when I got to the dealer's I almost turned around and drove away because from the outside the car looked too small to be what I wanted. Imagine my surprise when I found that the fabric folding crate that I carry to shows tied to one side of the back not only fit, there was more room all around it than in my previous car (Subaru Impreza wagon).
Then I drove the Fit (Sport MT) and fell so in love it was hard to force myself to look at the other cars on my list. I did do that and probably didn't judge any of the others fairly. And then went back and got the Fit. That was 5,000 miles and 4 months ago and I'm still in love with the car. My back seats are never up. I have a foam pad covered with blankets on the back floor and the dog rides there. Foloded crate tied flat against driver's side in the back. Dog cart when I take it tied back against the hatch and shafts run along the passenger's side all along the back to the front and along the passenger's front door. Cooler and gear bag also all the way in the back against the hatch door. That still leaves plenty of room for the dog in the back and room on the front passenger seat and floor for even more.
#232 of 536 Re: "Fit as Dogmobile" replies
Mar 21, 2008 (9:20 am)
Thanks so much, Jacksan1 and Ellenoc, for your quick replies. You have not only answered my questions but also, if all goes well, will have saved me thousands of dollars on the purchase price and about fourteen extra miles per gallon by choosing the Fix over the Element. Such a deal!
Jacksan1, I'm intrigued by the pictures of that yellow cover the Golden Retriever is resting on; it looks as if it is designed for the Fit. Do you know if and where this cover is available for purchase?
Again, thanks to you both. I really appreciate your help.