Deactivating Big Brother - 2009 Honda Fit Sport Long-Term Road Test

2009 Honda Fit Long-Term Road Test

2009 Honda Fit Sport: Deactivating Big Brother

November 16, 2009

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I can see the logic/appeal of automatically-locking power door locks. Maybe you have or regularly transport little kids, or maybe you have to regularly drive through sketchy neighborhoods. I have neither of those concerns and find the auto-locking locks an annoyance.

The Fit's default setting is that they automatically lock at 9 mph (why 9 and not a nice even 10, I dunno, but that bugs me too). And on manual-transmission cars (like ours) they automatically unlock when you turn off the engine (automatic-tranny cars auto-unlock when you put the gear selector in Park). So why the pet peeve?

A number of times over the weekend I had to quickly drop people off (friend at his car, girlfriend at the mall's entrance, girlfriend in front of restaurant to put our names in while I parked). We're talking just letting them hop out of the car -- a few seconds event that doesn't warrant shutting off the car. And every time, said passenger would grab the door release lever in vain, followed by both of us fumbling for the lock button. It could also make for a rather embarrassing, Seinfeldian scene on a first date, too.

Long story shortened, I grabbed the manual and in 3 quick steps (turn ignition to 'on' position, press and hold power lock button until you hear a click, release switch and turn ignition back to 'lock' position) easily canceled the auto-lock function, leaving the decision of when to lock 'em up, up to me.

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