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    Quote Originally Posted by DrDon View Post
    If I had to travel long distances on four lane highways on a regular basis in the mountains, I would choose a more powerful car. I have taken it on occasional long trips with one through the WV mountains. Maintaining 80mph was achievable but I had to work the engine to do so. My milage according to the computer is 33mpg.
    I do not even drive 80mph in my Outback. lol You got balls. I still want to get a FIT and trade my Ouback in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickK View Post
    I do not even drive 80mph in my Outback. lol You got balls. I still want to get a FIT and trade my Ouback in.
    I always seem to pass other FIT drivers, but those Prius drivers have lead feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrDon View Post
    I always seem to pass other FIT drivers, but those Prius drivers have lead feet.
    Not bad. Are you happy with your FIt? How many miles so far if I may ask? Any mechanical issues?
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    Reliable, inexpensive. What's not to like. But seriously, the only issue I had was some knocking from one of the rear suspension struts which was cured with lube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrDon View Post
    Reliable, inexpensive. What's not to like. But seriously, the only issue I had was some knocking from one of the rear suspension struts which was cured with lube.
    I am looking forward to it then.
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    Will a medium frame Specialized stumpjumper fit inside the fit with both wheels on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdiff View Post
    Does anyone have anymore feedback as far as performance in the mountains/hills? Also, any pics with a hitch rack? I'm looking at moving to CO in a few months and want to make sure I'm not suffering with the hill climbs too bad. Thanks!
    If mountains are involved, u might want to think about something with a turbocharged engine like a Sonic. A NA engine will "work", but definitely at lower performance.
    whatever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AREK28 View Post
    Will a medium frame Specialized stumpjumper fit inside the fit with both wheels on?
    Yes, if you lower the seat. And cut the frame in half.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AREK28 View Post
    Will a medium frame Specialized stumpjumper fit inside the fit with both wheels on?
    One wheel, yes. Both, quit dreaming

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    One wheel, yes. Both, quit dreaming
    a bike with the front wheel removed is too long to fit crossways, isn't it? it would be sweet to flip up the back seat seat bottoms, and stand the bike up crossways in there. but now that i think of it, it's definitely too long, huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steadite View Post
    If mountains are involved, u might want to think about something with a turbocharged engine like a Sonic. A NA engine will "work", but definitely at lower performance.
    That's what I was thinking with a small NA engine. Thank you. I should probably find a place to rent both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AREK28 View Post
    Will a medium frame Specialized stumpjumper fit inside the fit with both wheels on?
    Not sure on the stumpjumper, but a medium epic 29er definitely will. Slide the bike in as far as possible from the hatch then go to the side door and turn the bars so the front wheel points up. It fits with room to spare. The front passenger seat has to be moved forward and the car pretty much becomes a one-seater, but it works great if that's all you need.

    Edited to add: That's with a driver that's around 5'8. For someone much taller it may not work.
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    I went to a dealership to sign paperwork for a Honda Civic Coupe Si for my wife and checked the Fit Sports in red out. I am really impressed with the car. It feels more roomy than Outback which made me sad. If I get a good deal on my trade in I am getting one for myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Idea View Post
    Not sure on the stumpjumper, but a medium epic 29er definitely will. Slide the bike in as far as possible from the hatch then go to the side door and turn the bars so the front wheel points up. It fits with room to spare. The front passenger seat has to be moved forward and the car pretty much becomes a one-seater, but it works great if that's all you need.

    Edited to add: That's with a driver that's around 5'8. For someone much taller it may not work.
    hate to say it, but that's just not a practical way to do it. I'm usually going riding with at least one other person (my wife) so I need at minimum both front seats to be usable. For one, it's not hard to put a fork block in the back and just take the front wheel off. plus, that method lets you secure the bike so it's not sliding around in the back due to "spirited driving" which the car tends to beg for.

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    How does the Fit handle in winter weather? Seems like it would become a plow in 3 or 4" of snow.
    Anybody run a 2nd set of wheels with real snow tires in winter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GT_guy View Post
    How does the Fit handle in winter weather? Seems like it would become a plow in 3 or 4" of snow.
    Anybody run a 2nd set of wheels with real snow tires in winter?
    I've been looking for winter wheels and tires for my Fit. They don't make a studded snow tire for the 16" wheels that will fit the Fit. I have to buy some steel 15" if I want to run studs. The tires and wheels are cheap in 15". I'm getting steel wheels and studded snow tires for $490 delivered. I haven't had any problems in the snow and ice so far this season. The traction control works really well.

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    how much do regular all season tires cost? is the 16" tire expensive or difficult to find?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    how much do regular all season tires cost? is the 16" tire expensive or difficult to find?
    It depends on your budget and what you want. I went with 185/55R16 Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated) Blackwall Grand Touring All-Season Tires and 16x6.5 Rial Murago Anthracite Painted from TireRack.

    If you want winter tires you may want to go with 185/55R16 BridgeStone BridgestoneBlizzak WS60.

    I am not an expert when it comes to cars but I would say I know enough to be advise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickK View Post
    It depends on your budget and what you want. I went with 185/55R16 Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated) Blackwall Grand Touring All-Season Tires .
    oh, definitely. how much were the avids?

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    16" tires are more expensive especially in the stock Fit size.

    Local tire shops wanted $180 EACH for winter NON-studded 185/55/16. ($720 total)

    It was cheaper to order 15" steel rims and 185/65/15 studded snow tires. ($490)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    oh, definitely. how much were the avids?
    There you go. Those guys are great.

    Tire Rack - Your performance experts for tires and wheels

    I paid $420 for a set of 4.
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    okay, thanks. i like the look of the Sport, but I am not convinced that a 2500lb vehicle needs 16" wheels and the more expensive tires that go along with that. I guess tires ought to last a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    okay, thanks. i like the look of the Sport, but I am not convinced that a 2500lb vehicle needs 16" wheels and the more expensive tires that go along with that. I guess tires ought to last a long time.
    Stock tires are mediocre and create a lot of road noise.
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    yeah, OEM tires are seldom worth a hoot.

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    I have had good luck with some 15" kumhos from tirerack. Noticeably better than the stock rubber at a good price, and they were highly rated. They were only rated as mediocre for snow use so I might look for some 15" steel wheels for winter tires in the future. Have to put new tires on the wife's car this winter, though

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    Wow. I think the best mileage I've ever gotten was when I filled up on a road trip and put in only highway miles. I got 36 mpg.

    Normally I get about 30-32 mpg max. But I live in LA where I split my time equally between the freeway and ridiculously heavy city traffic. I admittedly have a lead foot when driving on the freeway. But I can't seem to help myself. I spend so much of my time dealing with crazy traffic that when I have the opportunity to open it up on the freeway during non-rush hour times, I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speckledtrout View Post
    Wow. I think the best mileage I've ever gotten was when I filled up on a road trip and put in only highway miles. I got 36 mpg.

    Normally I get about 30-32 mpg max. But I live in LA where I split my time equally between the freeway and ridiculously heavy city traffic. I admittedly have a lead foot when driving on the freeway. But I can't seem to help myself. I spend so much of my time dealing with crazy traffic that when I have the opportunity to open it up on the freeway during non-rush hour times, I do.
    I am about to take a long road trip. Gonna take the Thule roof rack off to see if I can break 35mpg. Won't happen in TX with the 70mph hilly country highways but maybe once I hit a tailwind in AR or the Mississippi river valley flatlands. I, too, usually average about 30-32, but my driving is very little highway and more 3-7 mi trips in town.

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    At 8,000 miles and a trip to BC from CA and back, going strong. Great car, highly recommend, plenty of room for bikes with the backseats folded down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nafrod View Post
    At 8,000 miles and a trip to BC from CA and back, going strong. Great car, highly recommend, plenty of room for bikes with the backseats folded down.
    Sounds like a fun trip! Any idea what your mileage was around?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdiff View Post
    Sounds like a fun trip! Any idea what your mileage was around?
    The car was loaded up with about 600-700 pounds (wife and I at around 300 combined, plus bikes and food/supplies for a 30 day camping trip and we got 35ish highway. Now that I'm commuting around town everyday, its closer to 31, but I drive aggressively. 1 passenger and freeway driving expect around 37 mpg...

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    Not too bad. Thank you for the info.

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    super old thread, but I'm new here so I thought i'd chime in where i can

    2010 Honda Fit (base model, baby!). I regularly stuff our two bikes in the back to head down to the beach.

    If you wedge the bike's rear tire between the seat and the b-pillar, the bike will stay upright with no straps or anything needed. Do that on both sides for 2 bikes.

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    I love my wife's Fit (2008, finally paid off). Just used it to bring home my new Big Dummy. Yes, a huge cargo bike fit within the uber-tiny Honda Fit. I swear these two were made to go together. You can see a picture over in the Cargo-bikes forum: A New Dummy

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    I currently have a 2011 Fit with a Yakima Rack. I love the rack because I use it for MTB and snowboarding. The rack does kill MPG though. Prior, without the rack, I would average anywhere from 29 to 32 mpg in town. With just the rack on, I have found it hard to surpass 27.5 mpg. With bikes on for longer trips, I get around 25-26mpg. Although there is a significant drop, it still does better than most larger cars.

    Having the rack for about a year now, I wished I would've invested in a tow hitch style rack. I now have a dent over the driver side door where the q-tower sits on the car. I suspect I either cranked the towers down to tight or the kinds in the apartment complex hung on the bar end. Moreover, I have paint scratches under each ledge where the metal latch latches to the car. The reasoning is because the q-towers do not tighten down hard enough and with a load, like two bikes, on longer road trips the rack tends to shift a bit. It does not shift a lot where it'll dislodge off, but it does have enough movement to scratch the paint to the metal.

    Looking to get a hitch after Christmas and get a hitch rack. Although it will not fix my dent or scratches, I wont have to worry about taking the front wheel off and putting the dirty wheel in my car. I also wont have to worry about putting any more dents and having to take it off when driving through a drive-though carwash when I get lazy. LOL!

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    I'm shopping for a new car and the Fit is on the top of the list. One question: I plan on putting the bike in the car, mostly for security reasons. Are there any type of seat back protectors available? Subaru has hard plastic pieces that screws into the back of the seats. I can see my gear tearing up the interior pretty quick.

    Edit: nevermind. Looks like the cargo liner takes care of this.

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    I too will be shopping for a new car/hatchback - but I'm a year away. The Fit is at the top of my list(behind it is the Ford Focus and Kia Soul). I'll use a hitch rack(the one I have for my truck should work).

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    Well guys, I brought my new Fit home today! It's an 07 Sport, red, with only 45k on it. I've been driving Jeeps for 20 years and some sort of truck for almost 30 so this will be a bit of an adjustment. I think it will be fun though, especially not having to stop at the gas pump every 3 days.
    The posts in this thread helped seal the deal, so thanks.
    Now...where is the best source for parts/accessories (need some mats asap) and suggestions for a Honda / Fit forum?

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    GT guy, let us know how you're liking the Fit(and the adjustment to a smaller vehicle). The Fit is at the top of my car shopping list.

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    GT_guy,check out fitfreak.net,lots of good info and pictures of what your fit could be.My wife has an 09 LX(Canadian,eh!)and loves it.50 k and zero issues,great car.

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    My first month with the Fit

    Quote Originally Posted by trek7100 View Post
    GT guy, let us know how you're liking the Fit(and the adjustment to a smaller vehicle). The Fit is at the top of my car shopping list.
    Just wrapped up my first month with my Fit. Since you asked, here is my review.
    First, this car is a blast to drive! It's like driving a go-cart, especially coming from a lifted Jeep. It's surprisingly quick for having such a small motor (it is only 2500lbs!). It's not going to win any 0-60 races, but it's good good 40-60 acceleration so you don't feel like you're going to get run over on the highway entrances.

    It feels much bigger on the inside than it looks. There's lots of headroom and lots of glass, so it feels very open and spacious. The doors are big and open wide so getting in and out is very easy, even in the back. Of course the cargo space is legendary. The interior looks good, the plastics don't have that cheap look to them. The seats are not very thickly cushioned but still comfortable. The steering wheel is very comfortable. The carpet is thin - almost more like a blanket than a carpet. Mats are a necessity.

    The OE stereo is adequate, at least for my needs. The only knock is the radio reception, it's not very good for distant stations, probably due to the itty-bitty antenna on the roof.

    The biggest drawback on the interior is the placement of the pedals. There's not much legroom up front, so by the time you move the seat back to where your legs are comfortable, the steering wheel is too far away (and I'm only 5'9"). Adjusting the seat for arm reach makes the pedals (esp the gas) feel close. It's been OK so far but I could see it being uncomfortable on a long highway trip. Good thing the car has cruise control.

    There's good storage - cupholders for all 5 passengers, big door pockets, good size glove compartment.

    The best part about this car? I've put $70 worth of gas in it in a month. That's less than I was putting in my Jeep in a week! 34mpg avg. That would be enough to sell me on this car even if I wasn't having so much fun driving it.
    It does beg for some mods though. There doesn't seem to be as big an aftermarket for the Fit as for Jeeps, but I'm not going crazy on it either. For now I just want to get a slightly deeper sounding exhaust and I already have an appt to get the rear windows tinted (too easy to see in the back, and it should help in the summer). I'm going to need some new tires soon and so I'm thinking about some new wheels too. (not a big fan of shiny silver wheels).

    Bottom line - as long as you don't expect this to be a super fast, super plush car I don't see how you can go wrong. Plenty of room, very economical and reliable, and fun to drive. Fit is Go!

    @relic - I've been reading and learning a lot on fitfreak.net - thanks for the tip.

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    Have you seen any of the forum threads where someone has painted their wheels with Plasti-dip spray? It changes the looks and peels off when you are tired of it. I'm sure you can google it up. Of course there are more permanent solutions too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    Have you seen any of the forum threads where someone has painted their wheels with Plasti-dip spray? It changes the looks and peels off when you are tired of it. I'm sure you can google it up. Of course there are more permanent solutions too.
    I've had success painting aluminum wheels with Duplicolor wheel paint. I've never worked with Plasti-dip.
    I plan on a set of winter tires for next year, so I might "need" new wheels anyway.
    I kinda like the look of the Integra LS webs, so I'm watching for a used set nearby.

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    On my wife's Fit there's a lever on the bottom of the steering column for tilt and telescopic adjustment.Not sure if it's model specific or on all Fits,take a look at yours GT_guy,could solve your problem.

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    Telescoping, very helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by relic View Post
    On my wife's Fit there's a lever on the bottom of the steering column for tilt and telescopic adjustment.Not sure if it's model specific or on all Fits,take a look at yours GT_guy,could solve your problem.
    On my '07 it only adjusts tilt. The tele feature must only be on the 09+ models.

    Trek7100 (and anyone else shopping for a used Fit) - I forgot to mention in my other post that it's worth looking for a Sport model rather than the Base. It's much better equipped and there was not much of a price difference in the used car pricing.

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    I'll add to the Fit discussion. At Christmas-time, we bought a 2012 Fit Sport w/ 5 speed manual transmission. For bike purposes, I added a Yakima Whispbar and two rails. My mileage going back and forth to work (35 mile round trip, mixed city/highway) is 37 mpg calculated, not using the trip meter. I did do a trip to Phoenix which was 360 miles round trip with one mtn bike on top and averaged 30 mpg at 75 mph. So far this car has been pretty amazing, but also keeping in mind that it's an economy car.

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    The engine in my 2000 Nissan Frontier grenaded and now I'm looking at the Fit after reading this thread. It has all the stuff I want - better gas mileage (was getting a 17mpg best in the old truck), cargo capacity (yeah, it's not a truck bed but its close) and cheap (really don't wanna spend more than I need to). I got a lead on three Fit Sports of various vintages but keeping it within 2010 on up with under 75,000 on the odo. If all goes well, there should be a new car (Fit?) in the garage at the end of the week!
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    The Fit is probably one of the greatest vehicles ever made. We love our 2008 Sport, and have driven it all over the country with bikes and dogs and all kinds of gear. First thing I installed was a Hidden Hitch and a Thule 2-bike hitch rack. I really only use the rack when I need to haul extra passengers... otherwise, it fits two bikes and a ton of gear inside just fine.

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    I did a 400 mile road trip this weekend and drove 85-90 mph the entire way and still got 33 mpg. On the way back I slowed it down to 75-80 and got almost 38mpg!

    The fit gets its best mileage around 55-65. I can get 40-42 if I keep it under 60.

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