I too have a base (but 2011), with the manual gearbox. No problems so far, have about 13K on it since last year.
You apparently have to use synthetic oil when changing, as the 0w-20 recommended is apparently only sold as a synthetic. The good news is you only have to do it once every 10K miles. I would say however, that is a trend that annoys the hell out of me. The revs do not immediately fall off between shifts for whatever reason (be it emissions, DBW, flywheel weight, whatever).
I have had to completely retrain how I drive stick because of this car, because if you grew up shifting quickly, you will buck your way through the gears as the revs stay up. Also, this is NOT a great shifter, no matter what the "Honda loving" reviews would have you believe --- it is VERY notchy, and often will throw you off as it hesitates to slot into the gear, resulting in embarrassing grinds.
Car is a bit on the noisy side as well (probably not much sound insulation to save weight), although the engine sounds nice when it revs, so it is at least enjoyable noise.
Good news is that other than the aforementioned issues, the car is a blast to drive for an econobox - it's not fast, but it feels very peppy, and the overdrive gearing in the manual is sufficient enough for most highway grades without need of a downshift (base model with 15" tires, RPMs are about 3100 @ 65mph in 5th). First gear is VERY short - when making a left across an intersection, you will NEED to shift to 2nd, which can be rather disconcerting the first time. Sometimes I just start off in 2nd when on flat grades. Steering is unusually responsive and connected for electric assist - I would have guessed it was hydraulic.
So far, averaging 33 mpg since the day I took it home from the dealer, over LOTS of city driving, with some highway sprinkled in.
I have a 2009 Sport, 55.000 km manual. So far so good, trouble free except for one recall. Very roomy, practical, good mileage. It's noisy, but Honda has fixed a bit the problem on the 2012 model.
Yes, I can agree about the road noise. I drive 39 miles each way a day, and most of my mileage has been highway (approx 90% hwy 10% city). I monitor my mileage religiously, and have an entire years worth of data now. I averaged 35.51 MPG. Not bad, and it has a lot of utility to boot!
I often assist friends in buying new cars. The Fit is an excellent car with only one major drawback: It is grossly overpriced. It can't even compete with cars in the compact class, let alone the sub-compact class. Today I accompanied a friend to buy a new fully loaded Ford Focus. It was three grand less than the base Fit.
I totally agree that it's pricey in comparison. Hopefully the reliability/resale/gas mileage can offset that somewhat. Also Ford doesn't offer a wagon in the states anymore. If they did I probably would have bought the Focus instead.
Just an update at the sysop's request.
My Fit's MPG has been steadily improving. As it's become broken in, I've been attaining more in the 39-41 MPG range now. I do drive mostly (90%+) highway.
And for those who find utility a plus, I needed to buy a stove and it fit right in the back. It's got a lot of room!
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