2nd Generation Hond Fit

Discussion in 'Fit' started by datumj, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. datumj

    datumj Guest

    Anyone have an opinion on the new Honda Fit that's on sale in Japan?
    I was considering on getting one as a commuter car but when I read
    about the redesign from Autoblog, I'm now wondering if it's worth the
    wait for car that's 9hp more than the current one in the U.S.
    datumj, Nov 26, 2007
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    highkm Guest

    I am in the same boat. The new FIT is much more car with a much better
    fuel consumption than the current FIT. The current FIT has the same
    consumption as the CIVIC. It also costs almost the same as CIVIC. In
    fact here in Ontario some car salesmen are claiming that it is a bad
    buy. Also, it would appear that HONDA screwed up the gearing for the
    current FIT as some articles indicate. I have also read that the 2nd
    gen FIT has a 1.3L and a 1.5L engine. The 1.3L engine will not be
    destined for US or Canada, just the 1.5L. The consumption (Honda
    claims) for 1.3 is 1L of gas for 25Km, while the 1.5L FIT is 20Km per
    1 liter of gas. This is still much better than the current generation
    FIT. It is worth waiting for as gas in 1 year's time will be $1.5 per
    highkm, Nov 26, 2007
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  3. <giggle>

    So, the venerable 1300 is being produced once again. I would guess that
    my 2nd gen Civics are pretty close to a FIT comparatively...

    Grumpy AuContraire, Nov 26, 2007
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    santos Guest

    As an owner of the current Fit ('07 US Spec), I think the other
    posters here are on to something. The Fit is really what the Civic
    was 2 generations ago. The current Civic has been upsized to be what
    an Accord was a few years ago and the Accord is quite the mid-size now
    bordering on to what full size was a few years ago. I don't know if
    this trend is because consumers demanded more for their money or if US
    consumers have gotten too fat to fit in the cars. Only half kidding

    Anyway, either model isn't bad (the 08 or the 07) and if you go
    towards the Civic, you won't be disapointed either, really. I think
    it comes down to what you like, can afford, and feel comfortable in.
    Have fun!
    santos, Nov 27, 2007

  5. You got it! Honda, like most auto manufacturers is a "growth" company.
    That is, their models grow in size, weight and features.

    BTW, what is the weight of your FIT?

    Grumpy AuContraire, Nov 27, 2007
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    Tegger Guest

    That's because models tend to move upmarket and be replaced by new ones as
    the years go by.

    Toyota does this too. The last Tercel of 1999 was -- almost to the inch --
    the same size as the 1975 Corolla. The Corolla has grown substantially
    since 1975.

    I haven't checked, but I'd bet the new Civic is about the same size as the
    '76 Accord.
    Tegger, Nov 27, 2007

  7. I'll betcha it's bigger.

    Anyway, my yardstick as to "growth," was the '55 Thunderbird. A nimble
    (sort of) two seater that later bacame a four seater and eventually a
    full sized goliath. Remember the Falcon? It grew and grew eventually
    reing replaced by a smaller car with a "horse" name. No, not the Mustang!

    Some of us just strive for a simple car to get us to where we need to go
    without breaking the bank. Others must have the latest 'n greatest which
    evidently is not always the best...

    Grumpy AuContraire, Nov 27, 2007
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    Tegger Guest

    That was very much on purpose. McNamara figured he had more sales in a
    4-seater. He was right, actually.

    Interesting that the Thunderbird eventually came to share the same
    chassis as those gargantuan Lincoln Mark cars. Like the one Detective
    Frank Cannon drove...

    The Maverick! I saw one of those the other week. It was sitting by the
    road with a For Sale sign in the window. I always liked their styling.
    They were a bit small on the inside for their outside size, but you
    could get them with a 6 or a V8, which wasn't true for any of the Jap
    cars back then...

    Mine is seventeen years old, has no options and power nothing but the
    steering. Just fine by me. I didn't even want the power steering, but
    the Integra came with one regardless.
    Tegger, Nov 28, 2007
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    Dave Garrett Guest

    I'm temporarily driving an 07 Accord sedan - it's a rental car being
    (mostly) paid for by insurance while my CRX is at the body shop after an
    SUV failed to pay attention while backing up. The Accord's a nice enough
    car, and it's quiet and comfortable, but it's bigger than I'd prefer.
    Our 99 Accord sedan doesn't feel nearly as large, and the blind spots in
    it aren't nearly as pronounced as in the 07 (I find the A-pillars in
    particular way too wide for optimum visibility, but I guess that's
    partially the result of having to house side-curtain airbags, which I'd
    just as soon not have).

    Other nits to pick: I've always hated the radio/climate control console
    in the 03-07 Accords. I can't understand why Honda did away with the
    nice-looking, intuitive climate control in the 98-02 Accords, which had
    automatic temperature control, and replaced it with the current

    I really like what I've seen of the Fit (I have yet to drive one).
    Perhaps it has to do with your observation that it's the latter-day
    version of an earlier-generation Civic - I'm one of those people who
    tends to prefer older Hondas over the newer ones.

    Dave Garrett, Nov 28, 2007
  10. Yes, I think GM's contender was the Vega which could have been a pretty
    good vehicle had they sleeved the engines instead of having simple
    aluminum bores. I know several people that sleeved 'em and after they
    were real good cars.

    Then, there was the Chevette that got great mileage but rode like a
    lumber wagon and was a nightmare to work on...

    Yep, and you can chuckle all the way to the bank regarding the money you
    got to spend on other things. And you have to be commended for keeping
    it up in the rust/snow belt. I would never dream of it.

    Maybe if your body finally rusts beyond repair, you can import a Texas
    beater and revitalize it for another seventeen years...


    Grumpy AuContraire, Nov 28, 2007
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    Dave Kelsen Guest

    The Pinto (which does refer to a horse, whereas maverick refers to a
    cow) was Ford's response to Chevy's Vega, which they boldly thought was
    the worst POS they could make. Ford showed them otherwise. Chevy
    responded with the Chevette, correctly surmising that even Ford couldn't
    make a crappier car that anyone at all would buy.

    Dave Kelsen
    Dave Kelsen, Nov 29, 2007
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    Tegger Guest


    For thirty-seven years now I thought the Maverick name had to do with
    horses (I'm a slow learner).

    Suddenly the "horns" in the Maverick logo make perfect sense.

    Boy do I feel stupid.
    Tegger, Nov 29, 2007
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    Tegger Guest

    It's an uphill struggle. And ultimately a losing one. The 'Teg will have a
    finite life. I just don't know when will be "enough". Might be another ten
    years, maybe less.

    There is no rust at all where you can easily see (including in all the
    usual Honda trouble spots), so the car still looks good.

    The body's fine, but I'm now developing a tranny whine. I believe it to be
    the bearings. The noise is only between 45 and 50mph, on acceleration in
    any gear. It's only really noticeable once the tranny oil warms up, like
    when I come off the highway.

    However, I think 296,000 miles is a pretty good lifespan for a
    transmission, don't you? It'll be over 300,000 when I replace it in the
    Tegger, Nov 29, 2007
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    Dave Garrett Guest

    The three worst cars I've ever driven were a Vega, a Chevette, and a
    Pontiac Sunturd, er, Sunbird. The latter gem was the car I learned to
    drive in after an initial preference for motorcycles during my formative
    years. It featured Pontiac's infamous, asthmatic "Iron Duke" four
    coupled to a seriously agricultural 4-speed manual. After driving it
    halfway across Texas one particularly hot summer, without the benefit of
    a working air conditioner and with a cracked exhaust manifold that made
    any conversation quieter than a shout practically impossible, the AMC
    Gremlin that temporarily replaced it felt like a Bentley.

    Dave Garrett, Nov 29, 2007
  15. Don't feel so bad Tegger, I thought it was a horse also, and my 84 year old
    mom owns a '74 Maverick. I feel even more stupid ;)

    Robert A. Cunningham
    Robert A. Cunningham, Nov 29, 2007

  16. Oh yeah....... The Pinto, Ford's infamous firebomb.


    Grumpy AuContraire, Nov 29, 2007

  17. No need to feel so... UNLESS you believe everything claimed in them
    thar' car ads..



    (Whose splel chekkah wants to turn "tegger" into "egger")
    Grumpy AuContraire, Nov 29, 2007
  18. Sounds like pinion noise. I'd ignore it until the radio can no longer
    drown it out...

    Grumpy AuContraire, Nov 29, 2007

  19. In the mid 1980's, my '76 Honda Civic rusted out from under me and I
    wanted another winter beater. I found a '76 Gremlin with the 258 cid
    (2bbl) for $300 and drove it nearly trouble free for four years until I
    took an overseas job.

    It was practical, dependable but not so economical as the best I could
    do was about 18 mpg. Even though it was an automatic, it didn't wait for

    That was back when I lived in salty RI and drove my Studebakers during
    the summer. Now that I'm in TX, rust (thankfully) is no longer an issue
    but gas mileage is, hence the gen2 Honda Civics for most tasks.

    Grumpy AuContraire, Nov 29, 2007

  20. ....and I always thought that it meant a "wayward" cowboy...


    Grumpy AuContraire, Nov 29, 2007
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