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The Fit has an impressive amount of interior space. Honda freed up room for four adults and created flexible folding-seat options by placing the fuel tank under the floor beneath the front seats. The smooth powertrain returned impressive fuel economy with both the manual and automatic transmissions. However, road noise is pronounced, the driving position is flawed, and acceleration is slow with the automatic.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS, side and head protection air bags standard. ESC available from 2009, standard from 2011.
Road Test

The Fit has an impressive amount of interior space. Honda freed up room for four adults and created flexible folding-seat options by placing the fuel tank under the floor beneath the front seats. The smooth powertrain returned impressive fuel economy with both the manual and automatic transmissions. However, road noise is pronounced, the driving position is flawed, and acceleration is slow with the automatic. Standard ABS and side-curtain airbags are commendable in this price range.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 (109 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Honda Fit owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

“Hesitation during warm weather”

David N., NY (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced 2 spark plug coils”

Larry H., NC (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car hesitates and dies while cold. Cost estimate $950 to repair”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Coil failure caused cylinder to misfire, hard to diagnose”

Anonymous, NM (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Ignition coil failed and led to the check engine light. Had to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine would start missing and running rough, and the engine light would come on. Took 3 trips to the dealer before they found it was a bad coil-pack. Also had it looked at by an independent auto electric repair shop who did not find the problem”

John K., NC (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Coil packs #1 & #2 failure. This made the car sputter, hiccup, or jump. I had bought the all-inclusive extended warranty, and so the repair was covered. But they didn't replace all 4, only the 2 that failed. I replaced the other 2 myself, along with”

Anonymous, NV (2008 Honda Fit)

“4 coils had to be replaced as the car was missing and stalling. Very expensive! $1000”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car was hesitating periodically, we had one coil and all spark plugs replaced”

Joseph C., PA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Coils failed causing misfire”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car would "stutter" either on the highway at high speed, or when stopped at a stoplight or sign. The dealership couldn't find the problem, but a different autoshop correctly diagnosed it as bad coils, we replaced two and it's been fine ever since”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed new boots for coils”

Ilene F., TX (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engineer misfire. Coil package replaced by dealer, cost me almost $1000”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine ran but would intermittently skip. All coils replaced”

Anonymous, AL (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car missed when cold. Hard to diagnose, put in new emissions valve (didn't help) and new coils, which helped, but car still misses at times”

Stephanie I., NY (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car misses during wet weather, check engine light comes on . No one has been able to figure out what is wrong”

Ed G., OH (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Thermal failure of spark plug ignition packs, had to replace all four, $150 each”

Richard S., MO (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Ignition seized up. Had to be replaced. Charged $100 each for new keys. Keys don't work in all doors”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine continues to have an error for cylinder 3 misfires. At one point all cylinders misfired. Had all coils and plugs replaced ($1,000), but cylinder 3 problems continue”

Anonymous, CT (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Spark plug coil failed(2nd time) Was down to 3 cylinders”

Anonymous, NV (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When first started, especially in cold weather, the car stalls out when put in gear, requiring restarting”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Starter coil packs #1 & #2 failed, thus after their replacement, I had to replace all four spark plugs. The coil packs were covered under extended warranty”

Anonymous, NV (2008 Honda Fit)

“@ 180000 needed a tune up. Dealer replaced spark modules, plugs and wires and adjusted valves. Car runs like new again”

Frank D., PA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine ran rough above 60 mph. Ignition problems with 3 cylinders”

Leo D., MO (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed new spark plugs. Partly because I put in bad gas”

Ilene F., TX (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One of the spark plugs installed at 100000 miles fouled, needed replacement”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace all spark plugs and ignition coils”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

“It was beginning to fail”

Peter M., FL (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Occasionally, car does not start in hot weather after running for 1 hour+ and then attempting to restart. Waiting for hour or more and still no start. Dealer had no solution, suggested might be in electronics”

Paul H., BC (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“By 2010 this car was having problems starting in the winter. It was repaired repeatedly at dealers and chains for various supposed problems costing several thousand dollars with no improvement. Finally last winter, a small shop replaced the harness, and it has worked well ever since”

Ruth L., NY (2008 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“front trim falls off”

Anonymous, KS (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had a minor parking accident that required repair of the back fender. At the same time I had that repaired, I repaired the rear fender that had become somewhat loose from parking too close to low concrete parking stops. The fenders on this car are”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The problem is the front of the car is way too low. It always scrapes curbs and parking spot concrete blocks. It also bottoms out in many places. I have replaced the front at least twice to the tun of $1000, and I will never buy this car again. AND I”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The whole rear bumper has been trying to pop off for some time. No reason, no accident or other trauma. Dealer told me they used to have clips to keep it on that could be replaced, but now would need to replace whole bumper. I just keep pushing it in”

Judith T., NY (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We have had chronic problems with the plastic splash guard under the front end of the car coming loose. Same thing happens to the splash guard around the front tires. This is mostly because the front end is so low that it gets scraped by bumps in t”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The front bumper cover has ripped out of its retaining clips by both front wheel wells. This has been a source of annoyance since year one. This year an air dam inder the front bumper came loose and started making a horrid flapping noise above 30mph”

Michael M., SC (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Either the clips holding the parts together were not there at time of delivery or they have fallen out during driving”

Christine R., NY (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer fix of window(elect) update; loose plastic arm rest cover; could glue down; but it is a little loose and not falling off or down, etc. Outer trim takes a lot I-10 road hazards (truck tire pieces) that bang the trim; 35 miles daily for work;”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“FRONT COWLING IS TOO LOW AND BUMPS INTO CURBS POPPING THE PLASTIC CLIPS”

Randy B., BC (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Fender liner fell out. Front bumper came off”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The trim under the front bumper cover broke. It cost more than $300 to replace it”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear bumper is plastic and is not securely fastened to the body of the. Ar. It tends to work loose”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Clips that hold the front fender in place have cracked and fallen off. It was an easy replacement, but it was still a repair needed”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Gravel guard came off, wheel well protector and flap came off, cover that fits over the electric window came off”

Lisa M., TN (2008 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Interstate #10 large truck tire pieces are everywhere; you cannot avoid all pieces in El Paso, TX's, heavy traffic; steel cable, Juarez pick-ups sharp pieces, etc. have caused three tire flats since a year ago and four the year before that. Mexican”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“BLUE METALLIC PAINT IS PITTING (TINY CHIPS)”

Randy B., BC (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint is fading badly on upward facing surfaces”

Anonymous, KY (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Serious oxidation on hood, roof and other panels”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The entire cars paint chalked/faded and took a few visits over a year to get all the surfaces repainted. Some covered under a courtesy warranty and some not”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the paint on the hood (but not the bumper) is faded to the point that when I take it to the car wash, they worry they're process damaged my car. I have to tell them it was already like that when I drove in”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“within 2 years rust began to appear around the keyhole to the hatch otherwise the paint has help up as expected”

Eric O., NY (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust developed around the hatchback lock”

Anonymous, NS (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Getting puddles of water in the back seat floor up to one inch deep. Unsure from where or why”

Bob C., TX (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Experienced significant water leaking into rear seat floor area and spare tire well (beneath luggage compartment) during rains and when washing vehicle”

Parker L., FL (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We had what is a common problem in the car. Small cracks formed in the metal around the back hatch. Water seeped into the car via those cracks. I poked around online & found a cheap & easy fix (silicone filler). However a cracking car is not cool”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear hatch hinge leaks were not entering the user/hatch cabin but were going through the pillar and pooling in the spare tire well. It is a great thing to review the exceptions in an extended warranty to find the things that are likely to break”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear vents behind the finish panels at the back sides of the vehicle leak. They are obviously check valves, but the soft rubber parts that are supposed to close are missaligned and don't fully close, resulting in water in the vehicle”

Rod S., ON (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“During a steady rainstorm, water will leak in from the window sill and through the interior door trim. I started noticing this after my rear floor panels were soaking wet and metal rear passenger seat rails were starting to rust”

Amy T., MA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At the last dealer checkup at 90k miles, we had the upper and lower radiator hoses replaced. But they weren't installed correctly and introduced air into the system, causing a sloshing noise”

Don H., IL (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Water leaks into the trunk area of the fit. The dealer syas they fix it but every year there is water in the trunk and spare tire area. The water drifts from the back of the car to the front and soaks the floor mats and the floor is wet. The Honda dealer has resealed the back door with silicone, the roof with silicone to no effect. The car still leaks during the winter months and if the car goes through a lot of water. This is a problem that other fit owners have acknowledged and are frustrated”

Robin M., ON (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rear hatch back leaks water into spare tire area”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Seals on driver side door on frame are badly worn and torn”

Robert B., HI (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Failure of sealant/adhesive used to adhere plastic film sheeting to inner rear door sheet metal. Plastic film's purpose is to prevent water intrusion into vehicle interior through openings in door inner sheet metal”

Parker L., FL (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver side door gasket excessive wear and movement”

Anonymous, HI (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

“An aperiodic "thump" sound at idle combined with a very small lurch forward with the transmission in "drive". This did not happen when idling in neutral, The dealer could not identify the problem but it stopped after the dealer tried to locate th”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Locks randomly lock and unlock”

Jeffrey R., GA (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wrist pin rattle. Started around 4500 miles. More pronounced in cold weather, 1 minute after engine start. Honda says it is "normal". The engine has not blown up yet, after 180000 miles”

Matthew D., CA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We had to replace the serpentine belt TWICE because of noises when the A/C was turned on”

Don H., IL (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had a frequent loud rattle under the dash which was fixed by the dealer and replaced by an infrequent minor squeak”

Gale G., OR (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This car had wind noise issues from date of purchase”

Anonymous, CT (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Just really noisy and highway speeds”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“from front passengers door seal, loose right front inner fender and aftermarket roof rack”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Clock

“Liquid Crystal display on clock/radio has several blotches making it difficult to see time, radio station. Also, display is quite dim and hard to see during the day”

Robert B., HI (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“1 blown headlight bulb”

R S., NY (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Honda issued recall about headlight ans electric windows”

Rusty H., AZ (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front right headlight burned out at 190000, dealer replaced”

Frank D., PA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sometime turn signal switch will activate high beam”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Randomly a turn signal or headlight will go out. Sometimes it starts working again”

Chris E., VA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“You have to remove the wheel well panel to change the front bulbs”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The light that shows what gear (D,R N) on the floor between the front seats doesnt work anymore”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Failure of interior dome lights”

Bill P., CA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

“TPMS light stays on no matter what you do. Correct air pressure is in all tires”

Chris B., CT (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“tire pressure monitor is a pain. Every time I change a tire whether due to a flat or rotation the sensor breaks or is rendered inoperable and I have to go to Honda to get it fixed. Ridiculous needless cost. Also, generally monitor does not work often”

Judith T., NY (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The TPMS sensor warning stays on. That means the tire pressure monitor won't work. No one seems to be able to fix it”

Chris E., VA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“TPMS indicator remains on even after technician services the tire”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

“Front Washer pump leaked & had to be replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
12V power plug

“Ground cable to engine deteriorated and power from battery was not available”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Steering suddenly starting pulling to the left. Local muffler/alignment shop unable to repair. Had to drive 50 miles to my Honda dealer for repair”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I hit a curb. The tire needed a new sensor, and the axle needed repair. My fault. However, it was hard to tell what went wrong, until the oil began to leak several months later. Not safe”

Anonymous, VT (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“Replaced the front struts”

Bob C., TX (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Struts changed incidental to spring repair”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to replace the struts and something associated with them, but I don't recall what that was called”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both rear shocks totally gone”

Kathryn H., MN (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Struts needed replacing”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Seems shock replacement at 25000 was quoted at $1200. Seemed to me to be a design flaw or possibly a reason for recall”

Gerald L., DE (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Just wore out and seemed dangerous. Changed myself and saved $1000”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

“Broken coil spring (probably from hitting a pothole)”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The Fit was making noise on bumps and left spring was busted through. Our mechanic replaced it”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noise and contributes to rough ride”

Anonymous, OK (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Electric power steering rack and pinion had to be rebuilt. Unusual and expensive !”

Anonymous, QC (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Stiff shocks cause wheel bounce leading to flat spots and excessive vibration. Happened at first 25000 miles and continues to be a problem. Rotation of tires every 5000 miles is economically inconvenient and excessive”

Gerald L., DE (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“209000 miles the front sway bar bushings went bad and had to be replaced. The first and only non routine maintenance I experienced”

Judy D., PA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“EGR reconditioning required Throttle body needed cleaning full tuneup made, problem with idle missing still exists”

Anonymous, QC (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel gauge/sender

“fuel gauge inaccurate and has been for 4 years. Honda has not been able to fix it”

David A., MA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“clogged ejectors”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“oil sensor in the cylinder head failed”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“First the "check fuel cap" message came on; then the check engine symbol. Honda can't find the problem and assumes it is an air leak which will require removing and perhaps replacing the gas tank. Grumble, grumble”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Check Engine Light came on. Diagnosis at dealership indicated failed oxygen sensor. Replaced”

Robt M., ON (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light came on. Diagnostic indicated that the O2 sensor was malfunctioning. It took overnight for the part to be deliverey to the dealer service. Cost was over $500”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Already discused the problem”

Jane D., NY (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replace O2 sensor, needed valve adjustment”

Anonymous, CT (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“a cash grab Honda CA oo2 sensor $388.00+tax, I bought the sensor online for $172.00 us dollars including shipping”

Bannon A., ON (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the sensors o3 and oxygen sensors were BOTH REPLACED 2YRS AGO---the cause of the sensors failing I am told is my cars motor needs 89 octane rating-all regular gas is rated 87--also it contains Ethanol which ruins the sensors--why would the manufacturer design a better sensor?”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“car cant run with bad fuel pump”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

“calipers failed, problems with counterfeit Honda parts made of soft metal”

Mark W., HI (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

“Serious wobble in when you apply the brakes. Honda mechanics unable to fix it except at very great expense”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Original Master and slave cylinders needed replacing”

Robert G., FL (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had all pads replaced and rear drums lubricated”

Keith D., PA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“needed brake servicing”

Stephen H., MA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced disc's”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the front brakes need to be changed several months after they were changed. My mechanic told me that should not happen and suggested we change the calipers and monitor it”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“brakes would not stop quickly when car had set overnight. After engine warm up or driving a few feet, they operated normally. Attributed to improper valve adjustment. Now operating correctly”

William S., AZ (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rusted out, but are not genuine Honda”

Joao S., MI (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“they just worn out from usual use”

Nate G., OH (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“was a direct result of sticking parts with rear brakes”

Keith D., PA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Compressor has a temperature sensor that is designed to shut it off if it is overheating. Mine corroded and failed preventing AC operation”

Joao S., MI (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“blew cold air for only a couple minutes then blew warm air”

John K., NY (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Conversion to new refrigerant caused multiple leaks, failed compressor. Conversion kits are junk. Buggy”

Mark W., HI (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Stopped working without warning, suspect corroded wiring or broken clutch/compressor drive”

Joao S., MI (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Stone hit the compressor, putting a hole in it requiring replacement”

Anonymous, VT (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The compressor in my Fit failed. It cost me about $1,000 to have it replaced. Overall, this was "serious" because it cost me $1,000, but in light of the excellent performance and reliability of the vehicle over the past 9 years, I'm pleased with it”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“Control switch stopped working in 2013. Replaced control switch. A/C stopped working in 2015. Had AC serviced, drained AC and recharged AC. Was told there is a slow leak”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Something broken in the AC causing leaks last year and this year. We found it it would cost $500 to fix and replace the part so we didn't fix it yet. Maybe we'll get another opinion”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Recharged A/C about 10 months ago - still cooling”

Anonymous, HI (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It seems if the AC is not used regularly the system only gets cool and during the summer in Florida, it is really notceable. A recharge helps”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“There was a recall on some switch in the drivers door. They took the door apart four times and now the armrest is about 1/8th inch away from the rest of the door. Looks tacky”

Anonymous, SD (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver side door lock tumblers wore down and lock needed replacement”

Anonymous, NB (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Lock will not work from the outside with a key on driver's side. It is not one of the recalled models for a similar problem and the dealer charges close to $400 to get it fixed”

Gale G., OR (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The driver side key & lock needs replaced. I can open it from the inside, but cannot unlock it from the outside. One rear door does not respond to auto button lock or open”

Anonymous, OR (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

“Front passenger power window motor failed”

Anonymous, OR (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A rock hit my windshield in May of 2014 and left a big crack. I eventually got the windshield replaced, after driving with the crack for almost a year”

Heather L., CA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Factory recall for leak that caused shorting in Drivers window control. Dealer fixed according to recall protocol”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The hatch latch for the Fit has not been able to open in over a year. We have tried various things to pry it, including WD40 in the lock, but it still won't budge. We will have to take it to the dealership in order to get it fixed, but we suspect it will be a substantial cost”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Replacement of wires and hoses before the problem of the coils was identified. Expensive and unnecessary”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light turns on during cold weather”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine "idiot" light comes on. Computer indicates problem with the catalytic converter, but testing of the converter indicates that it is functioning properly”

Joseph G., NY (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light came on two separate times requiring the replacement of two different sensors at a total cost of nearly $1,000”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

“The engine hesitated while driving (perhaps misfiring). The auto repair shop performed a repair which did not totally cure the problem”

Jerry A., MD (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

“oil pan plug was stripped and began leaking oil. The Honda repair shop tried a temporary fix and then I had to buy a new oil pan”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“"3rd gear pressure switch" failed, causing rough shifting, inop paddles, inop Sport mode, flashing "D" light, CEL. Non-warranty item per Honda”

Douglas H., DE (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Difficult to start smoothly from a full stop with out slipping the clutch alot, the engine has torque enough, but the gearing in first is not practical”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“"3rd gear pressure switch" failed, causing rough shifting, inop paddles, inop Sport mode, flashing "D" light, CEL. Non-warranty item per Honda”

Douglas H., DE (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sensor for upshifting”

Rick B., BC (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“Clutch is just starting to slip. Dealer quote over $1800 for replacement of Clutch, Pressure plate, Flywheel, throw out bearing and pilot bearing”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One day while driving, I was unable to shift into a different gear. Turns out that there was a major defect in the clutch”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car started bucking and kicking out of gear. No garrentee that replacing clutch would fix the issue....but it did”

David S., CT (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“no problem with the replacement. the clutch failure was probably due to significant hard mountain driving”

Anonymous, IA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“The CD player stopped working”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“The sound system stopped working. This is most especially a problem for me since I drive a lot and really loved connecting my iPod or iPhone to the system and listening to audiobooks and music through them. About six months ago, that input failed and”

Heather L., CA (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

“part of the screen turned white and is unreadable in that area. Display is washed out during bright daytime driving”

Wayne G., AL (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Parts of the LCD display no longer function”

Mann D., NM (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

“Had to replace at a cost of $1,400”

Anonymous, KY (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“twice it became loose causing a scraping sound. The clips that hold it on came off....twice....my regular mechanic seeing it about to come off a third time drilled holes and screwed the part in so that it would not come off again and it hasn't”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noise/rattle became noticeable while driving vehicle”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Had a valve job done. Improved acceleration”

Anonymous, KS (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

“Car would idle low and stall when first started. Result was replace head gasket”

Sandra V., CT (2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“All of a sudden, the car would not shift into reverse gear. I took it to the dealership for repair in early December and, because it needed a new driveshaft and those were critically short in supply, it was not returned to me until the second week of January, at a cost of about $3,000.00. (Now the driver's side control for the front passenger window does not work. A minor inconvenience, I'll ask about it at next service, which will be soon.)”

Carl S., CA (2008 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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