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Old 11-04-08, 03:17 AM   #1
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The Fit is Go.

I went to the local Honda store to check out the newly re-designed Honda Fit in person last night. My racing bicycle fit in the back (seats all folded down of course) with both wheels on.

I've been into cars for 30+ years, and was in the car business for a decade. This vehicle was one of the coolest cars I have ever seen. You can buy it loaded to the gills with Navigation for $19400 (less with lesser equipment, $15-$17.5K), it is EPA rated for 33 mpg+ on the hwy (most owners get high 30's to 40mpg). The build quality and fit and finish were on par with $30K cars, not $15K cars. Quite impressive. Honda really has its **** together.

I think it may be our next car, we need a third vehicle. Probably in the next 6-12 months. The road tests have been very positive. We'll see.
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Old 11-04-08, 03:25 AM   #2
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Lets ilustrate...

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edit: better pics here -> http://automobiles.honda.com/fit/exterior-photos.aspx

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Old 11-04-08, 05:58 AM   #3
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So you fit your bike in with both wheels on? Thats impressive! How hard was it to manoeuvre the bike to slide it in the back?
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I saw a 1960's Morris Minor sedan yesterday. It's 1100 cc. It gets over 40 mpg on the highway and over 35 around town. Much cooler than my Corolla. Maybe he'll trade even.

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anyone remember the civic wagon, today and life?
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Old 11-04-08, 06:39 AM   #6
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Pcad... is that with the front seat folded too? The Fit is very cool, but possibly a little small overall for us.

I've been eyeing a Honda CRV for a while thinking I could possibly get two bikes in upright on a deck mounted skewer/holder (one wheel off each with rear seats folded) but I haven't actually taken one of the bikes into a dealership yet. Does anyone have experience with bikes in CRV's?
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As my wife and I sit around watching these Fit commercials, all we do is sit and laugh smugly when they proudly proclaim that 33 mpg highway likes its the greatest thing since sliced bread. Unless that car is getting mid 40's or better mpg (like my Jetta TDi), Honda should really tone it down. 33 mpg aint that farging great. The Smart Car is another one that cracks me up. As small as the thing is it should also be getting better mpg than my TDi.

Pay the extra 5k and get an '09 TDi.

My 70 year dad just bought one two months ago and he loves it.

you can get your bike in the trunk along with 2 dead bodies and have room for a spare set of wheels.
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I didn't like the Fit when I looked at it. There were a lot of things missing that I have come to take for granted on a car, like cruise control, heat for the rear occupants, a center console, a lumbar support at least for the driver, a lever to open the trunk from the inside, map lights, floor mats, remote entry... and so on.

For about the same price, I got a car with 40 more horsepower, better style, fit, and finish, and I at least know I get better mileage than the Fit is estimated for (knowing full well I have no idea what I would get out of the Fit). The Mazda also doesn't look like the three-letter name for a Donkey.

The Fit also had skinny-***** seating that I couldn't fit my wide load into. The Mazda has 2 more inches of hip room, and I need every bit of both of those inches.

I can also change the oil in 10 minutes without using a jack. That's a huge bonus.
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33 mpg aint that farging great.
Especially for a 2300lb go-kart that has a 1.5L engine and only 109 horsepower.

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Do you mean the Wagovan? Yep. Car could not get out of its own way for anything.
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MORE vaporware, Uncle Pcad?
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Pcad, How do ya think that Fit will do on the hill(s) to your homestead esp. in bad winter weather?
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dam that looks like my Mom's new little Aveo! I got my full suspension in it - but I took both wheels off - basically too so I didn't leave any marks.

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I just like to think about pcad bringing his bike to a text drive.
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I went to the local Honda store to check out the newly re-designed Honda Fit in person last night. My racing bicycle fit in the back (seats all folded down of course) with both wheels on.

I've been into cars for 30+ years, and was in the car business for a decade. This vehicle was one of the coolest cars I have ever seen. You can buy it loaded to the gills with Navigation for $19400 (less with lesser equipment, $15-$17.5K), it is EPA rated for 33 mpg+ on the hwy (most owners get high 30's to 40mpg). The build quality and fit and finish were on par with $30K cars, not $15K cars. Quite impressive. Honda really has its **** together.

I think it may be our next car, we need a third vehicle. Probably in the next 6-12 months. The road tests have been very positive. We'll see.
It's a great auto. I hope you get it. I hope you're not trying to out-don O'Donnell and his Prius/Cervelo combo!!!!!! :-D
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MORE vaporware, Uncle Pcad?
Nope. He had one in stock ready to roll. Could have bought it last night.

The car will do fine on the hills here. Front wheel drive and traction control. Like I care. It's a third car. I have two other cars, one is AWD, one has four snows for the winter.
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I like Honda's, however the Fit is too small. Now the Odyssey, that's more like it for me.
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why not an accord wagon?

oh wait... I don't think that was sold in the NA market...
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it really is a great car.
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Especially for a 2300lb go-kart that has a 1.5L engine and only 109 horsepower.



Do you mean the Wagovan? Yep. Car could not get out of its own way for anything.
this ugly thing. It wasn't attractive, but it sure got the job done. my family's ran for about 12~14 years until the radiator broke... then the crank shaft broke.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:H...ivic_Wagon.JPG
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Man, I'm still driving a '91 CRX HF with the 62 HP 12 valve 1.5 liter motor. Gets 46 Hwy/36 City with a lead foot.
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With the price of diesel you have to get much better mileage. Also a new tdi costs a good bit more then the Fit.
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Read this thread this AM and then went to the dentist office to remind me how much I wish humans were toothless, and read a very glowing report of the Fit in MotorTrend.

Then I got my gums stabbed with stainless steel probes.

The wife is in need of new wheels soon. The Fit will be looked at by the jsharr's.
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this ugly thing. It wasn't attractive, but it sure got the job done. my family's ran for about 12~14 years until the radiator broke... then the crank shaft broke.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:H...ivic_Wagon.JPG
That's the one! Ugly, slow, and amazingly inept at everything a car is supposed to do...

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We had an 87 CRX HF and my Dad's record was 72 MPG on a 300 mile trip with a tail wind. that was freakin amazing. The car turns what, 1800 at 65MPH in top gear?
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I went to the local Honda store to check out the newly re-designed Honda Fit in person last night. My racing bicycle fit in the back (seats all folded down of course) with both wheels on.

I've been into cars for 30+ years, and was in the car business for a decade. This vehicle was one of the coolest cars I have ever seen. You can buy it loaded to the gills with Navigation for $19400 (less with lesser equipment, $15-$17.5K), it is EPA rated for 33 mpg+ on the hwy (most owners get high 30's to 40mpg). The build quality and fit and finish were on par with $30K cars, not $15K cars. Quite impressive. Honda really has its **** together.

I think it may be our next car, we need a third vehicle. Probably in the next 6-12 months. The road tests have been very positive. We'll see.
Go for it. I was going to get one but I was very picky (White, Manual Transmission and Navi) and they were not going to be able to get me one for a couple of months (since that is the most rare cmbination) and I needed something ASAP as my other car was stolen. It is a great car. I personally only buy Honda and Acura cars. I ended up with the Element as it can fit my bike standing up with both wheels on and also my 8 foot surfboards and other items. Plus my other car required premium fuel were the element requires regular so the cost/mile is actually lower then the 30+mpg civic I had.

ehidle did you get the Mazda 3? If so good luck. I looked into them too and have heard such horrible things about them. Atleast they fixed the engines falling out of the car (i think lol) although you are still stuck with the cheap rattling interior.
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why not an accord wagon?

oh wait... I don't think that was sold in the NA market...
The accord wagons were sold in NA. Not sure what years but if you look around you can find used ones.
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