December 08, 2006
The crying and gnashing of teeth -- not to mention the harsh accusations -- can cease now. The Fit is Fixed. I picked up our 2007 Honda Fit Sport from Burke Auto Body in Long Beach, California, and you can never tell it got hit. All's right with the world again...
I suppose it is high time that I confess that I am the knucklehead who liked the Fit so much I bought one as our family car. I bought it partly because I loved the versatility of the seats. I bought it partly it because I love Hondas. I bought it partly because it handles so well. But mostly I bought it because it is inexpensive and I am -- I admit it! -- a cheapskate. It was $15,170 before tax, title and license fees. Yes, I could have bought a car that cost less. But not one I could get excited about.
Do I wish it had more power? Only if the fuel economy remained the same. Do I wish it was bigger? No, I like squeezing into small parking spaces. And so far there hasn't been anything I wanted to haul that wouldn't fit into it. Do I feel safe on the freeway? Absolutely not. But that has more to do with the other drivers than the car I'm driving.
So, aside from a few really picky things, I like our Fit, which looks exactly like the Edmunds long term Fit. More importantly, my wife likes it. And the key to inner peace is to have a happy wife.