About Honda Fit
Honda Fit, as a mini MPV (multi-purpose vehicle), has been produced by the renowned Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda Motor Co., Ltd. since 2001. It could be referred to as Honda Jazz and marked as a 5-door front-engine and front-wheel drive hatchback. The first Honda Fit was introduced in 2001 to replace the Honda Civic in North America. It is quite remarkable vehicle that has won tons of awards and recognition such as Car and Driver's 10 Best Small Car from 2007 to 2013, U.S. News & World Report Best Economy Car and so on. At present, Honda Fit has gone through for three generations.
As soon as the second generation Honda Fit (2007-2014) made its debut at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, it had won Car of the Year Japan Award for the second time. It was longer and wider in appearance than previous generation. LX, EX, and EX-L were available trim levels. And Honda Fit was powered by a 1.3 L i-VTEC I4 engine that could produce 98 hp and 98 pound feet of torque or a 1.5 L i-VTEC I4 engine with output of 117 hp and 106 pound feet of torque. 5-speed manual and automatic as well as CTV transmission is available. Then the third generation North American Honda Fit (2013-present) unveiled at 2014 North American International Auto Show retains the overall design idea of previous generation as well as the trim levels. Now, Honda Fit is offered in a 1.5 L DOHC i-VTEC engine that is attached to a 6-speed manual or CVT.
Honda Fit Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
As a hatchback, Honda Fit is quite popular among people with families. And that is why people valve its quality so much and keep a close eye on its problems:
First, power steering failure. Steering system in Honda Fit is the first to get hurt by natural beat. Fit drivers told that the steering problem could pop up at any time on an expressway, side street, and alley and so on and it could cause drivers to lose control of the steering, which potentially put lives of driver and occupants at stake. Difficulty steering due to loose and shaky steering wheel and unintentional steering are also very dangerous. For your reference, if you can also hear clunking noises and feel excessive vibration from the front, you had better get the Fit power steering hose, steering knuckle, control arm bushing and tie rod end checked thoroughly.
Second, Check Engine Light stays on. This phenomenon speaks for itself that the engine goes wrong. At CarComplaints.com, many Honda Fit have reflected about this problem. Some said it is caused by the spark plug blew out cylinder head, some said the air filter and oil filter get clogged, others complained about the defective ignition coil. Moreover, if engine performance reduced, believe me, it would happen if engine does have something wrong, fuel consumption increased, starting issue arose as well, the Fit oil filter, air filter, spark plug, head cylinder, ignition coil all could be the reasons.
For an overall excellent Honda Fit, more efforts need to be spared. Wiper blade made of soft rubbers but works in open environment under harsh weather conditions such as downpour, snow, sandy, stormy and so on, it is succumbed to wear and tear easily, so please get your Fit wiper blade changed at lease every six months. Same goes to Fit cabin air filter, Fit wiper arm and Fit headlight.
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