2008 Honda Fit

Base FWD 5-Dr Hatchback I4 man trans

2008 honda fit Reviews and News

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The Honda Fit is the smallest and most economical car from a company known for building small, economical cars. The Fit is essentially a modern interpretation of the CVCC, the car that popularized Honda in the United States when it became the first car to meet the strict regulations of the Clean Air Act (regulations that several automakers said couldn't be met). Over the years, the CVCC Civic grew larger and more sophisticated, leaving room for a new subcompact car in Honda's lineup. Debuting in 2006 as a 2007 model, the four-door Fit hatchback is rated at 28/34 mpg by the EPA (with a manual transmission) and is incredibly roomy, given its compact dimensions. Although it is due for a redesign on 2009, the current Honda Fit is still one of the most popular subcompacts on the market. With prices starting at $14,620 for a manual-transmissioned model (the uplevel Fit Sport starts at $15,940), the Honda Fit isn't the cheapest small car available, but high resale values largely negate the price premium.
STYLING
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Like most cars in the subcompact category, the Fit is more about functionality and packaging than about styling--which is not to say that the Fit is unattractive (well, actually, we HAVE heard some people mention its slightly awkward dimensions). The Fit's sharply sloping roofline makes the front end look a little stubby, but from the driver's seat, that sloped front end greatly enhances visibility. And the upswept line at the rear window (similar to that on the Honda CR-V), is a good example of a familial design cue. The Fit Sport adds a rear spoiler, a body-colored underbody kit, fog lights, and 15-inch alloy wheels, all of which enhance the Fit's appearance.
INTERIOR
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Like the exterior, the interior of the Fit is more about function than form. Having said that, the plastics that are used on the dash and door inserts don't look or feel cheap, the backlit blue gauges on the instrument panel are simple and legible, and the HVAC and stereo controls are intuitive and easy to use. The most glaring example of cost-cutting can be seen in the Fit's "carpet." That word is in quotation marks because whatever the material is that covers the floor of the Fit, it doesn't resemble a carpet in any but the most generous of descriptions. In fact, it looks and feels more like an odd carpet/cardboard hybrid, and is a definite reminder that the Fit is an economy car.
Where the Fit really shines, however, is in its interior packaging. The Fit is only 157.4 inches long, yet it has 90.1 cubic feet of passenger volume. Because of the Fit's tall roofline, headline rivals that of an SUV. Rear-seat legroom for such a small car is exemplary, and even with both rows of seats occupied, there is 21.3 cubic feet of room in the cargo area behind the rear seats. With the 60/40-split second row lowered, cargo volume goes up to 41.9 cubic feet. In addition, the front passenger seatback can be lowered to provide even more space when you're transporting extra long items.
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On the safety front, the Fit (which gets a five-star rating for frontal collisions) has side and side-curtain airbags standard on all models, along with ABS and a tire-pressure monitoring system. On our wish list for the Fit is stability control, but as of yet, there is no sign that stability control is on the Fit's horizon.
ENGINE/POWERTRAIN
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It might not sound like a lot, but 109 hp is sufficient to haul this 2500-pound hatchback around town and at highway speeds. Although you won't exactly rocket up to speed, cruising on the highway at 80 mph in the Fit feels quite comfortable, if a little loud. The Fit's SOHC 1.5-liter four-cylinder VTEC engine is mated to either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. We prefer shifting for ourselves, and Honda's manual transmissions are among the best on the market. The shift and clutch action are precise and well-weighted, and they allow the driver to wring the most out of the four-cylinder engine. We realize that most drivers will likely opt for the automatic transmission, however. The good news is that automatic transmission in the Fit Sport model comes with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, giving the driver the option to shift for himself. No matter which transmission you order, however, you can feel comfortable in knowing that your fuel economy will be among the tops on the market. Manual transmission models are rated at 28/34 mpg by the EPA, automatic models get 27/34 (without paddleshifters) and 27/33 (with paddleshifters).
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
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The Honda Fit can an entertaining drive, which is saying a lot for a car in this category. The Fit feels nimble and surefooted on two-lanes, and the fun factor goes up if you keep the revs up in the curves. Steering is very precise, and there is minimal body roll. On the highway, the Fit feels stable, although we noticed some buffeting during a stretch where the wind was gusting heavily and we were passing a semi. That's not unexpected in a small car, however, and compared with, say, a Smart car, the Fit practically felt glued to the pavement.
CONCLUSION
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The Honda Fit is among the best cars on the market in the subcompact category. Although more expensive than most of its competitors, it makes up for it with great reliability and brilliant packaging. If that's not enough for you, however, you might want to wait a few months for the 2009 Fit. The new model will be slightly larger, will have a bump in horsepower from an all-new 1.5-liter VTEC engine, and will be available with a navigation system. For audiophiles, the new model will also have a USB audio interface, so you can listen to the music on your iPod. As is typical for Honda, it is taking a good thing and making it even better.
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2008 Honda Fit Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
1.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
28 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
34 MPG
Horsepower:
109 hp @ 5800rpm
Torque:
105 ft lb of torque @ 4800rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS (optional)
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control (optional)
  • Electronic Stability Control (optional)
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:01
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS:HIGH/LOW BEAM DIMMER SWITCH
Summary
HONDA IS RECALLING MODEL YEAR 2007-2008 HONDA FIT VEHICLES. DUE TO AN ERROR DURING INSTALLATION OF THE WIRING HARNESS FOR THE COMBINATION SWITCH THAT CONTROLS LOW HEAD BEAM FUNCTION, THE WIRES FOR THE LOWER BEAM CIRCUIT WERE PULLED TIGHTER THAN INTENDED. AFTER REPEATED USE OF THE HEADLIGHT SWITCH, THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR TERMINAL FOR THE LOW BEAM HEADLIGHT CIRCUIT CAN BECOME WORN AS A RESULT OF THIS TENSION, WHICH CAN RESULT IN LOW CONDUCTIVITY AND CAUSE AN ACCUMULATION OF COPPER OXIDE IN THE AREA OF THE CONTACTS.
Consequences
THE LOW BEAM HEADLIGHTS CAN BECOME INOPERATIVE DECREASING THE DRIVER'S VISIBILITY AS WELL AS THE VEHICLE'S VISIBILITY TO OTHER DRIVERS, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE LOW BEAM TERMINAL AND PERFORM NECESSARY REPAIRS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JANUARY 24, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009.
Potential Units Affected
143,083
Notes
HONDA (AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.)


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
VISIBILITY:POWER WINDOW DEVICES AND CONTROLS
Summary
HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007-2008 FIT VEHICLES. UNDER SEVERE CONDITION, WATER MAY ENTER THE DRIVER'S WINDOW AND REACH THE MASTER POWER WINDOW SWITCH. IF THE MASTER POWER WINDOW SWITCH IS DAMAGED AS A RESULT OF THE WATER INTRUSION, OVERHEATING AND FAILURE OF THE SWITCH MAY RESULT.
Consequences
AN OVERHEATED SWITCH CAN CAUSE SMOKE, MELTING AND FIRE.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE SWITCH AND INSTALL A COVER AROUND THE SWITCH HOUSING TO PREVENT WATER FROM ENTERING THE SWITCH. IF THE SWITCH IS DAMAGED, THE SWITCH WILL BE REPLACED AND A COVER WILL BE INSTALLED. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON DURING MARCH 19, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009.
Potential Units Affected
141,000
Notes
HONDA (AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.)


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:31
Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Summary
ON CERTAIN VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA , WISCONSIN AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THE WIRE HARNESS FOR THE OCCUPANT DETECTION SYSTEM (ODS) AND THE OCCUPANT POSITION DETECTION SYSTEM (OPDS) IS ROUTED UNDERNEATH THE CARPET ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE FLOORBOARD. IN AREAS WHERE ROAD SALT IS USED, SALT FROM THE SNOW ON THE DRIVER'S SHOES WILL MELT AND MAY PENETRATE THE CARPET AND LEAK INTO THE WIRE HARNESS. IF THE HARNESS IS EXPOSED TO SALT BRINE, CORROSION MAY OCCUR AND THE WIRE MAY BREAK CAUSING THE SRS INDICATOR LIGHT TO ILLUMINATE. A FAILURE OF THE ODS AND OPDS MAY NOT DETECT THE PRESENCE OF A CHILD SEAT OR AN OUT-OF-POSITION PASSENGER AND DEPLOYMENT OF BOTH THE FRONT SEAT PASSENGER'S FRONTAL AND SIDE AIR BAGS WILL NOT BE SUPPRESSED.
Consequences
IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, A DEPLOYING FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAG OR FRONT PASSENGER'S SIDE AIR BAG WILL INCREASE THE RISK OF INJURY TO SMALL OR OUT-OF-POSITION OCCUPANTS.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE WIRE HARNESS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON DECEMBER 12, 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA AT 800-999-1009.
Potential Units Affected
34,300
Notes
HONDA (AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.)


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
VISIBILITY:POWER WINDOW DEVICES AND CONTROLS
Summary
Honda is re-recalling certain model year 2007-2008 Fit vehicles covered under previous recall 10V-033. The remedy applied in this earlier recall may have been insufficient. In the affected vehicles, over time, the plastic cover may separate from the master power window switch allowing water to enter the driver's window and reach the master power window switch. If the master power window switch is damaged as a result of the water intrusion, overheating and failure of the switch may result.
Consequences
An overheated switch can cause smoke, melting and fire.
Remedy
Honda will notify owners in July 2013 and will instruct owners to take their vehicles to dealers to have a free inspection conducted. If the switch is damaged, it will be replaced free of charge. If the switch is not damaged, the owner will be instructed to await a second notification that will instruct them to return to the dealer to have a replacement switch installed free of charge. Honda anticipates it will have sufficient parts inventory to notify owners of vehicles with undamaged switches to return to dealers for replacement switches in Fall 2013. Renotification was sent out to owners on July 23, 2014. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's recall number is JA6.
Potential Units Affected
143,083
Notes
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)


NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Applicable
IIHS Best Pick
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
3
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Poor

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