2008 Honda Fit Reviews from North America

2008 Honda Fit LX 1.5

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired240 kilometres
Most recent distance176000 kilometres
Previous carMazda Tribute

Summary:

Best small car ever

Faults:

Oxygen sensor failed at 62,000 kilometers. Honda would not repair under warranty.

Front brake rotors warped at about 100,000 kilometers and were replaced. 2nd set of brake rotors is warped now and will have to be replaced.

Rattles and noises from the dash from day one, and it's worse when it is cold outside.

Gas mileage never lived up to Honda's claim of 51 MPG, and when I complained about it to the dealer, I was told that Honda used mileage information provided by Transport Canada, and to take it up with them.

General Comments:

This is one of the most dependable cars I have ever owned. Apart from regular maintenance and three sets of tires, I have only had to replace the oxygen sensor.

I have used my Fit for several road trips with my family, which consists of my wife and I and three girls. The Fit keeps up with highway traffic all day long, but there is quite a bit of road noise. Even at 176,000 kilometers, I would not hesitate to take it on a road trip.

There is tons of room inside, with the back seats that fold up for tall items, or fold down flat for bigger items.

Even though gas mileage was never as good as Honda claimed, I still get between 500 and 600 kilometers to a tank of gas. The most I ever got was 650 kliks.

All in all, an excellent little car. I'm going to pass it on to my daughter, and will buy myself a new Fit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2013

7th Jan 2013, 01:26

Very surprised the car rattled inside, why didn't you switch for another?

I love this fuel economy site; never go by window sticker.

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbsSelect

2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5 liter

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.5 liter Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance30150 miles
Previous carFord Contour

Summary:

Drives great, very inexpensive to own

Faults:

Engine air and cabin air filters got dirty. ~$30.

Nail in a tire, $0.

General Comments:

What can I say? This has been a fantastic car. It drives well, costs practically nothing to own, and holds its value well.

Steering is light and very accurate with loads of feedback. Can get a little imprecise on long highway trips.

Brakes have a very well balanced feel, and are quiet with low dust.

The shifts are short and the gears have a precise mechanical feel. Clutch takeout is a little tricky with the electronic throttle.

Handling is very good, although there is too much body roll to be considered as a true sporting car. Most people would consider the ride as firm, but not harsh.

The engine can get a little noisy, but it's very smooth. It only has about 4.5 horsepower (okay, a few more than that). The point is, you won't win any drag races; but it's quick enough for the average person.

I have averaged 30-31 mpg's in nearly pure city driving. Highway is 34-37, depending on how many people are in the car. Yes, the extra weight will make a big impact.

Interior space is simply excellent for a car of this size. My 6'4" father in law said he was very comfortable in the backseat during a relatively short trip. With half of the backseat folded, I can fit 3 mountain bikes upright with front wheels removed, 3 people and all our gear. That was a huge selling point for me with the car. I'm 5'11" and I am plenty comfortable. It really is amazing how much stuff this car will hold with the seats up or down.

Here's my wish list if Honda were asking: different seat material (attracts lint like crazy), better carpeting, dead pedal, arm rest, less body roll, stronger AC for 100*+ days, 6th gear, iPod controls through the stereo. Nothing major, just minor stuff you notice after 30k miles.

I would recommend this car for anyone who needs a fun to drive, spacious hatchback and doesn't want to pay a whole lot of money. It might cost you more than say a Kia upfront, but the lower service costs and LOW depreciation more than make up for it in the long run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2010

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 5 reviews