Fun Factor...Civic coupe Ex or FIT Sport??

Discussion in 'Civic' started by alfred, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. alfred

    alfred Guest


    If anyone wanted to get a bargain priced car which was reasonably safe and
    versatile, yet FUN, and it had to be a Honda, would you choose the FIT Sport
    or the Civic coupe Ex? I am thinking the 5 speed manual for either. I know
    the civic has a sunroof on the Ex as opposed to the FIT which is not
    available. Civic has more HP and more options like xm, better brakes and
    stereo and other comforts. Would the civic rate much higher for fun factor?
    I am measuring fun by ability to zip around streets and highways with higher
    revs, not drag racing.

    alfred, Jun 9, 2007
  2. alfred

    BlackGT2000 Guest

    Fun factor I can not really rate, simply because I have not driven the
    FIT. I own the EX and I love it. I also think its interesting that
    the Manual equiped civic gets the same MPG as the FIT (the auto civic
    gets better.) The FIT has its place and is undoubtedly a good car, but
    the civic is better because its the higher model...... just like an
    accord is better than the civic.
    BlackGT2000, Jun 9, 2007

  3. I just bought an 07 Civic Ex Coupe with a Stick. Love it. It
    corners very well. And for some reason I seem to be driving
    faster than I did when I was in my Dodge Dakota. :)
    Tim McBride A.K.A \Numan\, Jun 13, 2007
  4. Well, I have not driven the Civic so I can't comment on that, but I just
    bought a Fit Sport 5-speed Manual Transmission, and I have to say the "fun
    factor" is really great, especially for zippikng around streets and
    hightways with higher revs, not drag racing. Some of the new cars I have
    owned are: a 1965 289 Mustang 4-speed, 4 barrel carb; a 1969 Fiat 850
    Spyder, a 1978 Datsun 280-Z. The most fun to drive of that bunch was the
    rear-engine Fiat (though I won't get into it's reliability, thank God), but
    this Fit is just as much fun, a lot more economical, and I'm sure, a lot
    more reliable. I suggest you take a stick shift Fit for a test drive, and
    decide for yourself. Oh, one other thing, while I think either the Civic or
    the Fit would be a great car, I don't think the Civic is nearly as versatile
    as the Fit.

    Just my opinion. Enjoy whatever you wind up buying.

    Robert A. Cunningham
    Robert A. Cunningham, Jun 13, 2007
  5. alfred

    ACAR Guest


    neither; a 2005 Honda Accord V6 6-speed coupe costs about the same.
    WAY more fun.

    New cars? I prefer the Scion tC to either the Civic EX or Fit but the
    (more expensive) Civic Si is the one to buy.

    How's your local dealer pricing that Fit Sport? Any markups?
    ACAR, Jun 14, 2007
  6. I requested internet quotes from 3 different Honda dealers on my fit. All
    were within $100 of each other, but none of the cars were in stock at the
    time. I decided to go with Long Beach Honda because they said they could
    get the Fit in my color by the next day. I drove down there, and we were
    close to signing a deal at the agreed price when they tried to up the price
    by more than $1,100 ($480 for wheel locks and $697 for some special paint
    treatment). I adamantly refused. Then they offered me $500 less on my
    trade-in than I had received from Honda World in Downey and Car-Max. I
    refused again. Finally, they asked me if I would buy it from them if they
    offered me the same trade-in as the other dealers. Rather than reward them
    for their deception, I told them no, and went to Honda World and signed the
    paperwork that afternoon, and got the car 3 days later. Carlos Murillo,
    fleet manager, at Honda World was totally honest and ethical. .

    Having had many bad experiences in buying cars over the last forty years,
    the Internet, and full page ads in newspapers showing specific price quotes
    are the only way to buy new cars, at least for me.

    Robert A. Cunningham
    Robert A. Cunningham, Jun 15, 2007
  7. alfred

    alfred Guest

    Well thanks, but I am only considering new cars here. Already went the used
    car route a few times and that was enough for a lifetime thank you!
    I'm still considering the Civic Si. My biggest concern is usage in the snow.
    I know its front wheel drive and has all the right safety like VSA, ABS and
    EBD etc, but I am wondering about the 17" 45 series tires is thats going to
    be a problem in snow? I live in RI and the snow can be anywhere from none to
    6 feet in the winter, but cold weather (like 25 below) and ice are more the
    normal problems in winter.
    In my area there are no markups on the FIT Sport that I am aware. The Civic
    Si also also going for the same price thats online.
    alfred, Jul 1, 2007
  8. Get a separate set of winter tires. Problem solved.
    High Tech Misfit, Jul 1, 2007
  9. alfred

    alfred Guest

    So are you saying that without getting a seperate set of winter tires there
    would be a problem? I know the basic civic ex without winter tires is
    passable in the snow, about the same as an accord of the same year. I'm just
    thinking that the Si has more features like VSA and Traction control that
    could make for better traction although it does have 45 series on it, so not
    sure how that would work out??

    Would it be feasible to get 215/60HR 17" in a snow tire or something like
    that for a reasonable price?
    alfred, Jul 2, 2007
  10. alfred

    BlackGT2000 Guest

    The SI and the EX have different tires. The EX has all season tires,
    and the SI has sport tires that may not be rated for snow. Its likely
    that the car itself will not be the weak point.
    BlackGT2000, Jul 2, 2007
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    Joe LaVigne Guest

    I just went through a Buffalo winter in my 06 Si. It did ok. It stops very
    well in the snow and ice, compared to other vehicles I have owned. The
    weakness is in acceleration. Because of the power, it has a tendency to be
    very quick to lose grip on acceleration in slippery conditions.

    My recommendation is to get a set of 16" snow tires/rims for the winter, and
    put the 17's back on when the snow goes away. That's my plan for this
    Joe LaVigne, Jul 3, 2007
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