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The Fit is roomier on the inside than you might expect, with an interior that is unusually versatile and flexible. It also has easy cabin access and a panoramic outward view. Well equipped, the Fit also has comfortable seating. Lightness and agility make it fun to drive, plus the powertrain is smooth and willing and fuel economy is enviable.
Alerts
There are 10 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 is roomier on the inside than you might expect, with an interior that is unusually versatile and flexible. It also has easy cabin access and a panoramic outward view. Well equipped, the Fit also has comfortable seating. Lightness and agility make it fun to drive, plus the powertrain is smooth and willing and fuel economy is enviable. Road noise is pronounced though, and the ride is a little choppy, especially in the Sport version. Look for a 2011 or newer Fit; stability control became standard. This generation of the Fit scored a "poor" in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.

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 (118 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Honda Fit owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

“System freezes up (Stops blowing cold air)”

Peter B., VA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“AC no longer works. Repair quoted as over $1000. Can get cheaper temporary fix which I may do again this year. I live in VT, so AC needed only for a few months. It worked fine until 2016”

Catherine D., VT (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I believe it was the clutch related to the air compressor. About $1000 to fix”

Dixon-Warren S., ON (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Evidentially compressor has been leaking coolant for several years. Was told it would cost over $1500 for a new compressor”

Craig M., NJ (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“On hot humid days, the a/c begins to loose power -- air warms, and less air through. (Probably fins freezing over.) Must turn off and wait a good while before turning a/c back on again. Then it repeats”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“No cold air. Honda replaced compressor”

Charles T., WA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Failed to provide cooling”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The a/c quit blowing cold air”

Scott G., FL (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The clutch for the A/C compressor stopped working, it was a $1,000 repair”

Kenneth L., ME (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“unsure of the problem but the solution was a new compressor”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“AC compressor failed. Dealer wanted $1500 plus to replace. They did not even have manufacturers part available. I had system de-activated by local garage”

Mary P., PA (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Air conditioning is weak, air it blows out isn't very cold. Started last fall, will have to fix it this spring”

Michael P., MA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“No grill protecting radiator; stone strikes caused leak, large replacement bill”

Anonymous, BC (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“compressor seized”

Kevin W., NL (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“From the start the heating and cooling system of the car seems weak. Particularly the a/c system never really cools down the car well enough. This is in comparison to other Hondas I have owned”

Monica C., MI (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The AC would die when it got really hot and had been running for a long time”

Anonymous, MN (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“failing(noisy)blower motor and defective fan speed relay”

Andre B., IL (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“repaired under waranty”

Diane H., QC (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Failed”

Daniel M., NY (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I have had to have the blower motor replaced twice, the first time was under warranty, but the second time was a month ago, to the tune of $350. Still, at maximum performance, the AC does not keep up with demand on long trips in hot weather”

Anonymous, SC (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Stopped working. Had to be replaced. It costed around 500”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The Dash Vent Blower seized up.I replaced it with an OEM part”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The blower worked on high only”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The fan quit working on settings 1, 2, and 3. But works on 4”

Anonymous, MS (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“only works at full speed”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Stopped working except on highest setting. When the dealer found out, they told me there was a service bulletin from Honda about the problem (it was failing on almost all cars to due a defect in the motor), but it would cost $500 to fix despite bein”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“fan speed resister block failed and then the fan motor failed. Later the AC compressor fail. The whole system is unreliable”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Resistor that controls fan speeds went out twice. Honda recommends replacing whole fan motor when this happens. I did not replace the motor the first time, but the air compressor had gone at that time. Over $200.00 repair costs in the end, both tim”

Coleen L., CO (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Fan only worked on highest setting”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“fan is ok after two replacement”

Diane H., QC (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Blower motor jams, blows out blower motor resistor, fan only runs on high”

Anonymous, BC (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The only worked in the highest setting and made a dreadful noise. It had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“blower fan would not work for speeds 1-3, only on speed 4”

William C., UT (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“it had a leak”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Something hit the underside of my car and caused damage”

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“A Honda mechanic informed me that my compressor was destroyed and the condenser was filed with metal shavings. My best guess is that refrigerant leaked. This is used to cool the compressor so the compressor failed and spewed metal shavings into the condenser. The whole system had to be replaced”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Recharged AC system after 7 years of operation. Seems to be holding the charge one year later”

Tim F., TX (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The AC wasn't cooling properly and there was fluid on the garage floor. The service dept said they had to replace a lot of hoses. Cost $380”

Michael A., ON (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to recharge coolant”

Diane P., ON (2009 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“IN very hot weather the A/C doesn't work well. Recently I had all the coolant changed and any leaks repaired. This car has a history of A/C failure in weather over 100?”

Julia M., AZ (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“O-ring failure”

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“system lost a fair amount of coolant. Dealer refused to admit low levels and sent me away without repairing. Went to another dealer months later to complain about hot air vent with AC on. They checked and found coolant level low and fixed”

Jeff G., AZ (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Refrigerant leak requires replacement rather than repair of parts. Work is not yet done--dealer's quote was over $1000 because this system is particularly difficult to reach in this car”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I took in for repair once to the dealer. They fixed it but the problem has returned”

Anonymous, NS (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“leak has yet to be repaired”

Anonymous, QC (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The hose underneath the car is not protected, so at some point a rock must have made a hole in it. It leaks refrigerant and needs to be replaced. However, there is no guarantee that it won't happen again, since the hose is not protected”

Laura S., IL (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“AC gradually weakened due to slow leak. Problem seems to be fixed for now by Canadian tire who I think added something to plug it”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“Enefective over 90F”

Charles T., DC (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It could not keep cool in Texas weather. It's a good thing I didn't have far to travel to work”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“AC button is inoperable. Seems to be something a lot of Honda Fit's have even though the dealership won't own up to it. Found numerous instances with other owners via web and in person”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

“Defrosting system is poor in the Fit and in previous Hond produxts due to design and/or power. In cold/windy weather the side windows ice up badly. The front nd rear windiws are okay”

Hal B., ON (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Poor heating system that was never repaired by Honda. Told it was normal for winter driving”

Anonymous, QC (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“takes forever to heat up, not practical around town”

William C., UT (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“The roof molding would come off when I went through a car wash”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The roof mounted antenna allows water to leak into the car and pools on the interior roof liner during rain storms”

Brian R., NV (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“strip along lower edge front passenger window. strip longitudinal roof btwn roof & body”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“a piece of trim at the bottom of the windshield came off on the passenger side”

John L., WI (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“The same issue described in "loose exterior trim..." Water leaks into the interior from the roof mounted antenna and pools on the roof liner during rain storms”

Brian R., NV (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint is fading all over”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The varnish on the hood paint is peeling”

Anonymous S., QC (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The paint on roof and other skyward-facing surfaces of my car started peeling within the first few years that I had it and it has only gotten worse. I am finally at the point where the clear-coat is completely gone, the paint has been eaten through, and there are pin-points of rust starting to appear. Now, I am forced to repaint my roof or else risk having it rust through and face and even more expensive repair”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The paint on this Fit has ALWAYS been a pain. It shows scratches far more easily than any other car I've owned and it never seems to look fully clean. The paint is peeling right off of the front left bumper despite being less than 10 years old”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The paint on the rear bumper is prone to peel away after relatively minor dings. This is a bad aesthetic, although the bumper still works (obviously). If you park on the street and often find that you tap others while sliding in to small spots, be aware that you may want a bumper cover to prevent these unsightly marks”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Many stone chips that the dealer took care of”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“On the roof the protective clear coat has worn out and makes the roof look like the paint is gone”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint chips easily”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hood and roof paint fading and chalking. Dealer repainted car outside of warranty period with no cost, they, Honda, covered the cost”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Clear coat gone on roof and hood, paint fading”

Mark A., AZ (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint has faded severely in some areas. Red car is now splotchy pink in places”

Russell T., TX (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint is poor quality, cracking, peeling and easily scratched”

Martin G., NY (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It was a red car, but now looks faded”

Donna S., GA (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Roof and hood discolored from blue to white and became rough”

Andrew E., CA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A very small section of the hood started to whiten (car is blue, so clear top coat is what I think whitens) and started to flake and peel. In one year?s time, this has extended to 95% of the hood and also about 90% of the roof top”

Michael B., HI (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint faded on hood and top. Ugly. The sealant was purchased when bought but warranty was only 3 years. The car is kept in garage when not using. Very dissappointed with Honda”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The clear finish on the paint started to peel on the hood”

S S., QC (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The clear coat on the roof broke down resulting in severe peeling and fading over the entire roof. The rest of the car's paint looks fine for a car its age”

Robert C., TN (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver's side exterior door has a 1 1/2'' trip that has faded and/or rusted”

Linda K., MA (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Clear coat and paint on roof fading. Similar to known problems with civic, accord, and odyssey. Hoping for a recall”

Ferdinand A., CA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint/Clearcoat deteriorated fast in the last 12 months. Much worse than you would expect for a 6 year old vehicle”

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Stain on hood would not come out. We had to have it replaced”

Anonymous, ID (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“Had a spot on the good which rusted completely through”

Daniel M., NY (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Left rear wheel well has rusted through in the lower front corner. Have never had this problem on car less than 10 years old”

Anonymous, KS (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Back right fender is rusting and will need repair ASAP”

Anonymous, IA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Steel components under hood rusting; Frame rusting. Car resides close to coast”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust spots appeared all over body”

Anonymous, ON (2009 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“I have NUMEROUS problems with the battery and alarm system in this car since it was 18 mos. old. It has been nothing but trouble”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I've had problems with the battery for over 4 years.Most recently, I found out that all the problems stemmed from a Bluetooth system the dealer had installed before I bought the car.Since that was removed I've had no more problems”

Kathleen M., CA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“It is actually quite minor: we have replaced more headlight bulbs in this Honda than in any other car we have ever owned. Each time we a bulb goes, I have found that it has gotten hot enough to have bulges in the glass”

Bernard A., MN (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bulb burnt out”

David C., MB (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“FRONT signal light is out”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I have to replace the exterior lights what seems like every few months. I'm not sure why they have such a short lifespan”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Suddenly started to automatically turn on alarm (without locking doors) whenever opened the door, so that alarm has inadvertently gone off numerous times”

Mark B., IL (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One rear door lock and hatch lock would not respond to electronic key”

Mike S., GA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The last time we attempted to jumpstart the battery the system shorted out.I took it to someone other than the dealer to fix.They discovered the problem with the Bluetooth while replacing the keyless entry and removed the Bluetooth. It's fixed now”

Kathleen M., CA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

“Dealer-installed remote starter wire was apparently rubbing itself (and tearing off the wire sheaths) against the steering assembly undernearth dashboard. Only found out after it caused an electrical short/burnout of the main relay/fuse that prevented the entire car from starting. Self-repaired by replacing relay and taping/typing electrical cables so they no longer rubbed each other”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Does not matter how I change the pressure or resets the pressure if always seems to be on. Since it does not tell you which tire it is you have to do all 4 tires it a pain”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had tires replaced. They seem to have broken the sensors in the rims. Dealer will not take responsibility and after market garage is too expensive to repair/trouble shoot”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Have replaced 2 of the TPMS in the passed 12 months”

Anonymous, AK (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

“Intermittent failure of windshield wipers required replacement of wiper motor”

Darrell T., GA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

“failed completely - had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NV (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Gauges failed”

Neil P., IL (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

“I have replaced interior dome light but it doesn't last long”

Anonymous, MS (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I don't have any, I changed fuses and tried everything I asked the dealership and they could not even guess the cost to the fix the problem .. I fixed it with a small flashlight I keep in the car”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The center console gear shift light is out. It's labor intensive to get to that light, so it will cost a lot of money to replace”

Laura S., IL (2009 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

“usual wear in the Ottawa climate”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Seized up and froze up during cold weather. One side caused premature wear on rotor and pads”

James F., MN (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“cause greater pad wear on one side of rotor”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

“At the age of the car, I wasn't surprised that the brakes needed replacing. The master cylinder went out shortly after”

Denise W., FL (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

“Couldn't be engaged. Apparently some corrosion on cable. Dealership fixed at no charge”

Anonymous, AL (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced Pads and Rotor at 40K miles. From previous experience, this seems kind of early”

Robert F., NJ (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rotors became warped but, they were not replaced when the brake pads had been replaced 15000 miles earlier”

Doug N., NY (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“intermittent screeching - then disappeared; dealer adjusted some brake component, but it's unclear that this was the problem; hasn't returned, could have been a little rock that got between something;”

Anonymous, NV (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The brake pads needed to be replaced”

Warren C., NY (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“wear, only issue is cost”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brake pads needed to be replaced, and rotors machined. Seemed a little early by mileage, but most of our driving is local, much brake USge”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rear brakes have worn unevenly and have been replaced twice in the last 25000. more annoying than anything”

Ben A., MN (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Frequent brake maintenance and repairs”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front brake pads needed replacing at 39K miles - not unusual. But it seemed premature to have to replace the rotors at the same time”

Anonymous, VA (2009 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

Squeaks or rattles

“Noise in the front end was due to sway bar linkage. I had it fixed when I changed from winter to summer tires. And the tires re-aligned. CAUSE: potholes! I do my best to avoid them...but in central NY it's not possible”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Heat shield underneath car was rattling. Looked like it was about to fall off. Used steel wire to tie it back into place”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rattles and buzzes”

Ronald B., CA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When accelerating there is a loud noise; my local mechanic cannot find the source, but believes it is a loose heat shield, and not mechanical”

Kenneth L., ME (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rattle fixed”

Diane H., QC (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“Very noisy car above 40 mph”

Patricia M., VA (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It always seems to sound like a door is open”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Highway driving creates wind noise at windows”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“wind noise very loud on highway”

Anonymous, LA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Water leaks from the outside in case of heavy or persistent rain on the floor of the front passenger side”

Ricard V., SC (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear passenger side window weather stripping slides down when window is opened. Front driver side window has infrequent drip - doesn't matter if it's pouring rain or a light rain. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“In cases of heavy rain (or after a long drive in the rain), the front passenger side floods (up to an inch of water)”

Ricard V., SC (2009 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

Bushings

“At 87000 miles both links between torsion bar and springs had to be replaced”

James F., MN (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed to replace the lower control arms”

Anonymous, NV (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“My own fault for over loading the vehicle on weight because it can take so much volume”

Anonymous, VT (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“shock absorbers got shot, had to change them”

Michael T., TX (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear struts make noise, on bumps, and while driving normal. Can tell they are about shot. I'm disappointed, normally Honda parts last longer”

Ronald H., AZ (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“old and worn out. needed replacing”

Roy L., MA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

“Needed broken spring fixed”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

“Sway bar links were worn and needed to be replaced”

David L., WI (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“Got noisy - took it to a local mechanic who replaced it. pretty simple!”

Patti D., ME (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed replaced”

Brian R., OH (2009 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

Locks and latches

“Driver's door lock wouldn't open with key. Needed replacement. Tumblers wore out or were dirty”

Anonymous, AB (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Drivers auto lock stopped working. Approx $800 for dealer to fix. Because its the drivers lock, it controls all the doors, It doesn't work, none of the other doors worked properly. Purchased part myself (online for ~$180) and repaired myself. Everyth”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hatchback latch was rusted. Replaced at dealership cost CAN$120.00”

John B., ON (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Trunk (hatch) sometimes won't unlock - have to use doors instead at these times”

John R., PA (2009 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The hatchback latch failed and my fabulous mechanic repaired it at an affordable price rather than replace it (at an exorbitant cost)”

Anonymous, IA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“couldn't get hatchback to open. went to dealer, thery did something to release it, said it probably would happen again. as I recell repair would have been several 100 dollares, so Ii've not purdued. Has happened a few times since but has released in”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hatchback latch gets stuck frequently, have to wiggle it while I lock and unlock the doors with the key fob remote”

Michael P., MA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Glass defects

“Door windows rattle constantly while driving”

Martin G., NY (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Back window would not go down”

Mary S., CA (2009 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

CD player

“CD player failed completely and required replacement”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It's the second factory CD player and it only worked right for a few days. It took to long to replace it the first time, so I didn't bother to bring it back”

James T., CA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“will not play a CD”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“It's wonky. Sometimes reads my iPhone, sometimes not. " device unsupported" comes on”

James T., CA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“It stopped working”

Guy W., MA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Navi stopped working Entirely! - Time and money estimate for investigation and repair was unacceptable, so the car continues to have an inoperable Navigation. - Very disappointed, will not buy a Honda again!”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The navigation system refuses to function. It quit working when the warranty expired. Evidently Honda's are known for this problem”

Scott G., FL (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“needed to replace”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Static”

George B., NV (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

“#3 coil intermittent, but very difficult for dealer to determine as it never showed up as a trouble code in the ECU. Finally it failed while on a trip. It needed replacement. FIT has 4 coils (one for each cylinder) it is highly recommended to replace all 4 coils when ever one fails. Cost: just over $1000.00”

Charles M., VA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When the plugs come loose they blow the coils, killing the engine”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

“Around 125000 miles, Ignition coil packs failed like dominoes. One in December (Dead) , one on January (Intermittent), did the last two (Intermittent) proactively, in February. $300 & $300 & $500. Forums suggest that coil-pack replacement should be planned for between 120 and 130 k miles”

Edwin A., NY (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“See previous page. I cant remember the part but my power left me in a lurch”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Honda Fit)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“It threw a plug during driving. Had to have the spark plug fixed via heli-coil”

Anonymous, NE (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The failure was not the wires exactly but I have forgotten the term. I was driving 70 MPH and I lost power except for ability to drive 30 mph on a busy highway. They replaced (2) parts that allow power through the spark plugs”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Honda Fit)
Alternator

“Needed new alternator and battery at 49,000 miles and five and a half years of driving. Cost $1000”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Battery got weak, had to replace”

Mark B., IL (2009 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

Gear selector or linkage

“In 2014 I noticed that it was starting to become difficult to put my car into gear. At first, it didn't happen all of the time and, when it did, all I had to do was take it out of gear, let it roll a little, and then try to put it into gear again, which usually worked. This issue worsened rapidly, however, and within days I was unable to force my car into gear no matter how much I rolled or how pressure I used on the stick”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I have experienced an intermittent leak between the engine and xmsn. Was told early on by a dealer that it was nothing to worry about(while still in warranty) usually happened only after driving for extended periods. Is mainly a nuisance”

Ronald H., AZ (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Pressure sensor switch failed”

Anonymous, LA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car ck engine lite came on, D(drive) lite flashing. Won't shift from 3rd to 4th gear. Had to have senor & its connector replaced ( $300). found a lot of complaints on internet about this problem w/Honda vehicles”

Anonymous, LA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“transmission for sensor for 3rd gear”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

“Harsh downshift when coasting”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission needed to be replaced. i bought a rebuilt transmission”

T D., ON (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission locked up two days after check engine light went on. Vehicle would not shift out of Park and had to be towed”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Clutch replacement

“First a slipping clutch. Replaced the clutch and a cracked flywheel”

David A., PA (2009 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

“Valve leak $1200 repair”

Anonymous, IN (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“this is my second 2009. They both have problems with the sparks plugs backing out and blowing the coils”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“At normal speed, the engine "ejected" a spark plug, causing an engine failure to the tune of $2400 in labor to rebuild the engine. Was lucky the problem wasn't worse”

Anonymous, ME (2009 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

Electrical failure

“A/C button would not engage unless held down; real fix was $100's of dollars, but we keep a role of masking tape in the car to tape it down when we need the A/C on”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Honda Fit Base 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Engine light came on and off”

Mitchell K., NJ (2009 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

Engine knock or ping

“Engine has a persistent knock at idle. Runs fine, doesn't consume oil. Just annoying and mildly worrisome”

Pete A., ON (2009 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

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