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#284 of 536 TORTURE CHAMBER alias Honda Fit (and the clutch is lousy too)
Aug 30, 2010 (9:49 am)
To anyone seriously considering [the mistake of] buying a Honda Fit :
Please take very seriously the comments about seating position. I quite literally cannot drive the car anymore -- it is torture. At first, it may just seem like you have to get used to the position, but this is not so. The more you dirve it, the worse it gets. Indeed the comments about needing physical therapy are not exaggerations--and I am NOT prone to such ailments.
And the clutch is a joke. I have driven nothing but stick-shift car or the past 40 years, and this is THE worst cluth I have ever driven. Honda "service" -- pathetic -- claims that since they can't fix it, they do not consider it a problem. Whether my clutch happens to be a bad one, or whether all (2007) are like this, I don't know, but in any event Honda refused to do anything about it.
#285 of 536 Re: TORTURE CHAMBER alias Honda Fit (and the clutch is lousy too) [cosmography]
Aug 30, 2010 (6:00 pm)
In the time I spent with my 2010 Fit Sport (as I have since traded it for a 2011 CRZ due to styling preference) My Fit was flawless in every way - it was a fantastic little car that never ceases to amaze me in terms of its quality.
#286 of 536 Re: TORTURE CHAMBER alias Honda Fit (and the clutch is lousy too) [accordguy0325]
Aug 31, 2010 (6:41 pm)
Thank you accordguy0325 for the posting, and hope you are enjoying your 2011 CRZ.
I should add that I have always driven small cars (beginning with a 1963 bug...), so my issue is not one of any characteristic related to small cars. The problem, as I see it, is that the pedals are much too CLOSE, and too HIGH.
A minor issue, but adding to the sense of being contorted, is the placement of the gas tank directly under the front seats.
#287 of 536 Re: TORTURE CHAMBER alias Honda Fit (and the clutch is lousy too) [cosmography]
Aug 31, 2010 (11:08 pm)
I'm 6'3" and have over 38,000 miles on my '09 Fit. I love it and have never had any personal issues with the seats being painful or anything like that. I drive all the time and the seating position works just fine for me. To each their own obviously - I just wanted to get in a positive endorsement for a great little on the outside bigger than you'd ever think on the inside car.
#288 of 536 Honda Fit A/C problems
Jun 01, 2011 (4:24 pm)
#289 of 536 Honda Fit A/C problems
Aug 15, 2006 (7:10 am)
Honda Fit A/C problems
#290 of 536 AC jerkiness
Jul 20, 2006 (8:13 am)
Pehaps I am just hyper-sensitive to this seeing as this is my first new car in quite a while (I have been driving a Ford Festiva since 1994), but it seems when the AC is on it cycles quite frequently (every 8 or so seconds) and drastically. Also the cycling is quite noticable as far as a pushing and pulling feeling when driving. It is especially noticable when accelerating from a stop. When the AC is turned off (but fan still on) I feel none of this. I have a manual sport. The sensation when the compressor turns off and on is like the feeling of an automatic shifting gears. One other slight thing I noticed is that when going fairly slow and then braking (to go over a speed bump) the fan drops dramtically for about a second then comes back up. This seems to correspond with the rpms dipping momentarily below 1000. Again this is only when the AC is on. I am just wondering if anyone else notices these things at all. I absolutely love my car, so I just want to make sure everything is working as it should. I have only driven 200 miles or so, trying to keep it below 2500 rpm as much as possible. Thanks.
#291 of 536 Re: AC jerkiness [marbs]
Jul 20, 2006 (8:20 am)
Sounds normal to me. AC does steal some HP from the engine.
#292 of 536 Re: AC jerkiness [marbs]
Jul 20, 2006 (8:49 am)
I have a manual base model. The AC does not cycle noticeably and does not noticeably impact the power. I would say you have something wrong. The only difference between our cars is some accessories.
Just in case, you might want to read up on the Lemon Law and keep a diary of all your interactions with your dealer. They get 3 shots to fix something, but you have to be able to prove each attempt.
BTW, I didn't start getting great mileage until after I had 2000 miles. Now I am getting 40-41 in mixed rural/highway driving. And I love "fitting" into those little parking places!
#293 of 536 Re: AC jerkiness [marbs]
Jul 20, 2006 (9:39 am)
I've noticed similar behavior with my base MT Fit. I would not say it is drastic, but I can feel it when the AC compressor cycles on. I have not measured the frequency, so I can't say if it cycles every 8 seconds or so.... I'll have to see the next time I have the AC on. Do you notice it cycling that frequently all the time or just on really hot days? I'll have to see if I notice the same behavior as your Fit....