2009 Honda Fit Long-Term Road Test

2009 Honda Fit Sport: 10,000-mile service

August 21, 2009


"This is our slowest day all year. We don't know why. See the four guys standing around outside trying to look busy? Those are our mechanics. Your Fit will be finished in no time" explained our service advisor at Honda of Santa Monica.

We delivered our 2009 Honda Fit Sport to address its 10,000-mile service. In Hondaspeak this is service A1. It includes the oil and filter change, tire rotation and various safety inspections. And in Santa Monica that sort of thing costs $85.41.

Upon handing over the keys we noticed a bubble on the sidewall of the right-front tire. We chose not to mention this to our advisor as a test. And the dealership passed, sort of. The tire rotation was completed, since the bubble moved to the right-rear position at the time of pick up. But the dealer apparently didn't notice the tire damage, since it was not brought to our attention.

In the meantime a spare tire was ordered through a more affordable channel than the dealership. We'll report how that goes when the replacement tire is mounted. For the time being we are running on the spare.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 10,587 miles

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