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Old 02-15-2014, 07:13 AM   #1
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Honda Fit - got one?

Thinking about replacing my Sienna with a brand new Fit. Very low lease of $79 bi-weekly. I'm thinking the money saved in fuel expenses would offset the cost. Plus, the money I get for my van could pay down some debt. Crazy?
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:36 AM   #2
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Stepmom has an '09.

Bought new, only issue I'm aware of in 70-some thousand miles was a loose wiring connection that killed the electric power steering assist. She had it towed, I'd have driven it to the dealer. She's happy with mpg, but I don't know the number.

I drove it once or twice, rode in it a few times...drives and rides like a small car with a small engine. I don't mean that in a bad way.

Interior space appears to defy physics- I'm pretty sure you could park the thing inside itself. It swallowed a full-size Lazy-boy with ease.


(That said...I did the math on one of those dirt-cheap lease deals- might've been a Civic at $99/mo, but I can't remember- to see if I could about pay for parking one beside my 4wd pickup with the fuel savings. Insurance quotes were an eye-opener.)
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:40 AM   #3
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:47 AM   #4
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Paying down debt is never crazy. Is the van paid for? Are you really going to save $158/month in fuel costs?
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:51 AM   #5
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I had one for about nine months. Absolutely hated it! So did my wife. To be fair, if I had gotten the manual tranny I might have felt differently, but the auto with the paddle shifters drove me nuts. We have a lot of hills. I use engine braking a lot. When I downshifted in the Fit it upshifted right away. Fuel economy was so so. We had a little Civic DX hatchback several years ago that got 10mpg better than the Fit (and better than the EPA sticker) so I was expecting more of the same with the Fit. Not so. On a good day under ideal conditions it almost made what the EPA claimed, but typically was 5-6mpg less.

But the big thing - which may not be an issue where you live - was it was perhaps the suckiest car in snow I've ever had. Even with top of the line snow tires it floated on top of the snow and wandered all over the road. We now have a Prius C which is a dream in the snow.

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Old 02-15-2014, 09:25 AM   #6
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Wife has one.

Manual. DO NOT GET THE AUTO.

Good passenger room. Good organization, split seats, hatch etc. Good MPG, small tank.

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Old 02-15-2014, 09:29 AM   #7
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What they said. The paddle shifters/automatic blows the flies off a dead goat's nutsack. Get a stick, in the Sport package. I own a 2013 & love it.

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Old 02-15-2014, 09:43 AM   #8
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Paying down debt is never crazy. Is the van paid for? Are you really going to save $158/month in fuel costs?
Van is paid for. I could probably get $6000 for it based on my local market conditions.
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:06 AM   #9
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Thinking about replacing my Sienna with a brand new Fit. Very low lease of $79 bi-weekly. I'm thinking the money saved in fuel expenses would offset the cost. Plus, the money I get for my van could pay down some debt. Crazy?
Is that with 0 dollars down? And I mean a real 0 dollars because there can be some fine print in there. 150+/month seems like a high amount for that lease, since you're leasing any car could work and you lost out on that Honda reliability.

I just checked it out and if you do a lot of highway miles the Fit is a bad choice, it only gets 33 MPG which is less than the new mid sized cars get. Other small cars get into the 40's and a Chevy Sonic for example has a nicer engine.
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:47 AM   #10
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Is that with 0 dollars down? And I mean a real 0 dollars because there can be some fine print in there. 150+/month seems like a high amount for that lease, since you're leasing any car could work and you lost out on that Honda reliability.

I just checked it out and if you do a lot of highway miles the Fit is a bad choice, it only gets 33 MPG which is less than the new mid sized cars get. Other small cars get into the 40's and a Chevy Sonic for example has a nicer engine.
Ya, zero down, first months payment due on delivery. My wife drives the Sienna, it's mostly around town. She usually spends $90 / week on gas. Other considerations: Mazda 2, Civic or a used car. I drive a 2002 Camry, bought 2 years ago for just over 4 grand. Trouble-free, comfy, still going strong. I've leased a few vehicles over the years, always feels like a waste ending up with nothing (but new and a low monthly payment is also appealing).

I also have a Miata that I drive 8 months / year. When I do, the Sienna just sits because my wife takes the Camry.

Someone mentioned the Fit sucks in the snow. That's good to know because we get a lot of it in Newfoundland. It's why I was also considering a used Saab 9-2x Aero. Sadly someone got it before me.

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Ya, zero down, first months payment due on delivery. My wife drives the Sienna, it's mostly around town. She usually spends $90 / week on gas. Other considerations: Mazda 2, Civic or a used car. I drive a 2002 Camry, bought 2 years ago for just over 4 grand. Trouble-free, comfy, still going strong. I've leased a few vehicles over the years, always feels like a waste ending up with nothing (but new and a low monthly payment is also appealing).

I also have a Miata that I drive 8 months / year. When I do, the Sienna just sits because my wife takes the Camry.

Someone mentioned the Fit sucks in the snow. That's good to know because we get a lot of it in Newfoundland. It's why I was also considering a used Saab 9-2x Aero. Sadly someone got it before me.
Oh Canada, then the price might be right I know you guys pay a good chunk more for vehicles than us.

Are you planning to get a manual transmission? That can usually help in the snow, I've taken my Passat which is no Subaru out in blizzards without much in the way of issues. I'm not bombing down the road but with all the new electronics I see when there is any slip going on and know that's my limit and haven't had any issues.
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:29 AM   #12
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My oldest daughter has a Fit and loves it and my fat ass fits in the back seat so I'm okay with it too.

But, there is not a whole lot of ground clearance.
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:47 PM   #13
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Oh Canada, then the price might be right I know you guys pay a good chunk more for vehicles than us.

Are you planning to get a manual transmission? That can usually help in the snow, I've taken my Passat which is no Subaru out in blizzards without much in the way of issues. I'm not bombing down the road but with all the new electronics I see when there is any slip going on and know that's my limit and haven't had any issues.
Manual, definitely. Every small car or truck we've ever had over the years had a manual transmission, for the reason you mentioned (plus they're just more fun).
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:50 PM   #14
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My oldest daughter has a Fit and loves it and my fat ass fits in the back seat so I'm okay with it too.

But, there is not a whole lot of ground clearance.
My first brand new car was a '93 Civic hatch with a 5-speed manual. I loved the car but the ground clearance in the snow took some getting used to. Sounds like the Fit is much the same.
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:50 PM   #15
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I've driven a friends a fair bit. Around town they're a zippy little car. They are gutless on the highway at California speeds. Between that and the road noise, I'd only consider one if I made mostly short around town trips. I can't imagine commuting any distance in one on a highway, road trips, etc.
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