Vehicle2013 Honda Fit 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
Review'13 Fit base 5MT. So far, 10 months, 10,000 miles, no problems. Despite display indicating 50% oil life left at 5K miles, oil was changed @ 5K mi. Oil changed at 10K mi. (again display indicating 50% oil life remaining) with full synthetic. Engine seems to run better on full synthetic. Concerned that after 10K mi. there has been no dash display for maintenance (wrench symbol). As there are no mileage recommendations for maintenance in the owner's manual, you are wholly dependent on the car computer for maintenance scheduling. Wondering if computer is working properly. Can't believe no service is required after 10K miles. Very satisfied and happy with the car.
Best FeaturesDash simplicity. Intuitive ergonomics. Plethora of storage spaces. Unquestionably the rear seat configurations, which allow for various storage options. Shifter. Outstanding visibility. Ease of ingress/egress. Exterior design. Excellent exterior lighting
Worst Features6th speed would lower revs below 3K rpm @ 100 kph (62 mph). With 5 speeds it's a bit busy/buzzy (not noisy) at highway speeds. Without a more powerful engine, a 6 speed would require a 2 gear downshift for freeway passing. A more powerful engine. Cabin noise is primarily transmitted through the tires. A different choice of tires with more compliant sidewalls would lessen cabin noise. Clutch pedal engagement point touchy. Tire pressure monitor that indicates WHICH tire is low.
on 04/26/14 06:39 AM (PDT)
First - manufacturing processes and the tolerances achieved have changed for the better. In the old days you had to change oil after the first 500 miles (or sooner), because the manufacturer wanted to flush out the metal fragments left over from the engineering processes and also the fine dust left over from the polishing that occurs between the rings and the cylinders. These days this is not required. But one should do what you think is best. Second - all cars run better as the various moving parts 'smooth out' to use a non technical term! So your mileage should improve and settle down by about 30000 miles. I personally think that the folks that make the car and are responsible for its good running during the warranty period know more about what maintenance to do than your average mechanic. They have an incentive to be accurate - it costs them if the car does not live up to expectations. Again this is a personal opinion - yours can be different. I had a 2008 Fit , traded in for a 2008 CRV which now has over 130000 miles on it. The only maintenance I do is what the manufacturer recommends (the codes you see A or B and 1 etc all have a meaning. My CRV runs and looks like new. I just wash it regularly, nothing else. My oil changes come at about 11000 miles, the distance depends on how you drive, the road conditions, dust etc. If you want to change the oil avery 5000 miles you should have them NOT reset the maintenance minder - that way at almost every second oil change you will see the code and can get what Honda recommends done.Report it
on 04/01/14 08:42 AM (PDT)
To harrys1's comments: As mentioned, the car runs markedly BETTER after two oil changes at 10,000 miles, that is, the mpg is higher (avg. 32) than when new & the engine revs freer than when new. Numerous articles (>10) all recommend the first oil change in the hundreds, not thousands (>10K) of elapsed miles. Granted the articles are written by actual mechanics rather than engineers, I personally have never used oil older than 5K miles, let alone 10K miles.Report it
on 03/28/14 19:20 PM (PDT)
I have changed the oil 7 times in 78,000 miles on my 2009 Fit 5 sp manual. It runs as new. There is nothing wrong with rzepczynski's car. There is irony here. rzepczynski comments somewhat negatively about a feature that accurately determines when an oil change is needed, based on how the car is actually driven rather than a less accurate predetermined mileage. The other irony is that he may have unwittingly damaged his car. The manual clearly states that the first oil change needs to take place based on the maintenance minder and not earlier. Honda clearly does not want the break-in oil flushed out early. It never ceases to amaze me how some drivers think they know more than the people who design and build them.Report it
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