2013 Honda Fit Consumer Review: '13 Fit base 5MT

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Base 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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'13 Fit base 5MT
By rzepczynski on

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2013 Honda Fit 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 5M)

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'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. Air conditioner lost refrigerant @ 26,000 miles--mystery as nothing found wrong with the AC unit itself.
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.
3 years in, its still running perfectly, Original Dunlop tires wore unevenly, replaced @ 28K mi, Bridgestone Eco___ significantly quieter riding and a great improvement, Recall for Takata airbag replaced after 2 month wait, Dealer provided free loaner/rental during wait, Note: those with rental/loaners are prioritized to the top of the waiting list. At 39,000 on the odometer the car is getting 1-2 mpg less mileage on a gallon of gas. Lifetime mpg is still slightly over 31, which is 2 mpg OVER the EPA estimate. Engine feels as if it's finally "loosening" as in it finally feels "broken in", Engine feels freer revving since it's last servicing. Similarly, the shifter feels a bit looser and not as tight as when new, although it still functions perfectly, When asked, the car cruises effortlessly @ 75-85 mph. Further note: dealer installed side window visors have NOT reduced wind noise with the windows open--a disappointment. At nearly four years and 40K miles in, the car is still worth MORE than the blue book value in my opinion. The only negative to the car is that it performed poorly on the IIHS small offset frontal crash test. A test that was initiated in 2013-2014, The 2013 Fit was designed and in production over 4 years PRIOR to the creation of this new crash test. Hard to design for something not yet devised or invented. Much to the credit of Honda, the 3rd generation Fit, introduced as a 2015 model mid year 2014, they recalled the first 14,000 units sold and refit them with newly designed front bumpers that passed the new "small offset frontal crash test". Subsequent units were all outfitted with the redesigned bumpers. Kudos to Honda who was willing to redesign "on the fly" as it were. Many other manufacturers rather than redesign non conforming models, simply waited until the current non conforming model ran its course and didn't redesign until the next iteration or update of the non conforming model. Other information on the Honda Fit 3rd generation 2015-present. Honda's new manufacturing plant in Mexico was designed to fabricate the 3rd generation Fit and the new compact CUV the HR-V which is based ton the Fit chassis. Initial units had a lot of uncharacteristic (for Honda) quality control problems. In addition, cars were being stripped of parts in transit to the United States. More recently, it has been my observation that the new 3rd generation Fits have been made in Japan, although the HR-V is still being produced in Mexico. I firmly believe the quality control of cars from Japan exceed those made in Mexico, based on my own personal experience.

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By rzepczynski
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.

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By harrys1
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.

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By sapper268
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.

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