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    Honda Fit

    I might be buying a Honda Fit this week. How are you guys hauling bikes on your Fits? How is your mileage? Any pics and info appreciated.

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    I have an 08 Fit with 250K miles on it and I haul up to 3 bikes on the back with a Yakima KingJoe 3 rack. Hangs perfectly off the back and has enough room for the 3 bikes easily. I average about 38 miles to the gallon driving city/highway and just a little more if it's strictly highway driving. The more people you add to the the car the worse the mileage. If I load the car up with 4 riders and three bikes the mileage drops to about 30 mpg. The bikes hanging off the back don't seem to affect the mileage unless they're 29'ers as the wheels on those stick out on the sides of the car. As for reliability the Fit cannot be beat! I'm a hotshot courier and put at least 350 miles on the car every day including weekends. M-F are for working and Saturday and Sunday are for out of town bike trips. Besides the usual maintenance of fluid changes, brake service, and a few batteries the only part that has gone bad on the car was an ignition coil. $95 dollar repair. No oil leaks, don't need to change the timing belt as it has a chain, and get this - I start the car at least 30 times per day M-F and I'm still on the same starter! 4 years times 240 work days per year times 30 starts = 28800 starts not including weekends. The Fit is listed as the number 1 most reliable car in America and my car proves it. Only drawbacks are road noise and it's not the most comfortable car to ride in. Get one.

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    I picked up the Fit yesterday. I love this thing.

    Anyone have pics of how they haul their bikes on their Fit? I ordered a hitch yesterday, too.

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    What year and model Fit did you buy? I'm looking at one too, also considering Kia Soul, Toyota Matrix, Ford Fiesta, Ford Fusion, but the Fit has the best ratings. Did you order a roof or hitch rack?

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    I have a 2010 Fit. People made fun of me until gas prices went up. Some feel that it is over priced within its class but I wanted Honda reliability.. It's more reliable than my 07 Vette. I use the 1upUSA rack. If need be, it can be folded up at placed in the cargo space.

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    I got a brand new 2012 Honda Fit Sport. I ordered a hitch. I already have a Thule T2.

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    carries bikes just fine. be it 26er or 29er.


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    How bad does your mileage drop when you have the bikes on top.

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    New question here.

    Quote Originally Posted by kntr View Post
    How bad does your mileage drop when you have the bikes on top.
    I would have to estimate because I never drive beyond 20miles when transporting mike bike. I think it drops to about 25-28mpg while I usually get 30-33mpg.

    I would go the hitch route if my car wasnt lowered but, imo hitches and hitch racks don't look as good as roof racks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailmax View Post
    I would have to estimate because I never drive beyond 20miles when transporting mike bike. I think it drops to about 25-28mpg while I usually get 30-33mpg.

    I would go the hitch route if my car wasnt lowered but, imo hitches and hitch racks don't look as good as roof racks.
    Ya, Im not too worried about looks. I want mileage and I already have a hitch rack. It will cost me about $150 to buy a hitch to haul 2 bikes rather than $1200 to add a roof rack. I would rather have a roof rack someday.

    Any pics of the car with the rack without bikes on it?

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    Ask and you shall receive.

    I usually leave the king cobra on and take off the front loader when the bikes are down.


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    First tank of gas and I got 34 with about 50% hwy and town. Im pretty happy with that. I intentionally drove slow and easy to see what Id get.

    I did throw one bike in the back with the wheel off and it fit perfect.

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    Any other Fit owners?

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    Not yet, soon

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    I have a Fit w/ a hitch. Used to have a roof rack but it is super lame on mileage which is why I have the car so...

    It does a great job carrying our dogs as well. Love this car.

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    can a mtb with the rear tire on go in at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    can a mtb with the rear tire on go in at all?
    Yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    can a mtb with the rear tire on go in at all?
    Yes one bike with front tire off will fit with one seat folded down. I think you could fit 2 with both seats folded down. I love this car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racerwad View Post
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    Good looking white Fit!

    I have a 2012, get 37mpg city avg. Just went in for my 1st free oil change, they sent me away saying the computer % is what indicates need (at 15%), not the 4k mi on it. Even though it uses synthetic, that still struck me as not right... anyway.

    I am going to order a hitch soon, either the Hidden Hitch or Draw Tite, have to read up on each.. there is a good vid on here:
    Trailer Hitch for 2012 Honda Fit | etrailer.com

    Trailmax, mind if pick your brain about offset via PM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kntr View Post
    Yes one bike with front tire off will fit with one seat folded down. I think you could fit 2 with both seats folded down. I love this car.
    Yup, sure can! Of course, I'm sure this varies with bike size (medium SlopeStyle and small 5.5 shown).

    Although there are countless ways of holding them down, I usually threw a towel between the bars and used a cord to tie the bars together, and the bikes never moved. The gear bags (not shown) kept the front wheels from going anywhere.
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    Nice, blaster. I saw on another forum where someone used a piece of plywood w bar nailed on it to stabilize the wheel less fork.

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    look at that, right in there. my 29er barely fits in my Element, so i figured no way in the Fit... what a great little vehicle.

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    I have a 2011 fit and haul my mt bike in the back, front wheel removed. I lay it down instead of sitting it upright. I average 35 mpg city/highway

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    Specialized Pitch (wheels removed)
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    3 full-suspension bikes (size medium), gear, and 3 people. Didn't take long once we got the arrangement down too.

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    I got 41 mpg all hwy this weekend and 37 mpg with mixed driving and yes I checked by hand when I filled it up. It was almost exactly what the computer said. Im loving this car. To get good mileage you have to keep it under 70mph.

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    I have one also. Just got back from Leadville where my wife was passing SUV's on the jeep trails going to the halfway point during the Silver Rush 50. I have a Saris hitch rack(the one with the big plastic hoops for the wheels) and I love it!

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    I have a 2012 Fit Sport I bought brand new in February and I love this car. I get almost 36 mpg and around 39 with straight highway driving. I now need to figure out how I am gonna haul my bike and I think I am going with the hitch. Can anyone give me the hitch model number, where did you get it from and how much. Thanks.
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    Can I ask you guys how these do in the mountains? I ride in Florida (no worries there) but rock climbing trips usually involve going up the side of a couple, and with 2-4 people in the car plus gear I can't see the little engine doing so hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougalicious View Post
    Can I ask you guys how these do in the mountains? I ride in Florida (no worries there) but rock climbing trips usually involve going up the side of a couple, and with 2-4 people in the car plus gear I can't see the little engine doing so hot.
    Mine does fine in east coast mountains. Just drop it a gear and keep on moving.

    I love my fit. I have a hitch rack.

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    I thought the Honda Fit was too low to the ground to add a hitch rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bee View Post
    I thought the Honda Fit was too low to the ground to add a hitch rack.

    Nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiveonomo View Post
    I have a 2012 Fit Sport I bought brand new in February and I love this car. I get almost 36 mpg and around 39 with straight highway driving. I now need to figure out how I am gonna haul my bike and I think I am going with the hitch. Can anyone give me the hitch model number, where did you get it from and how much. Thanks.
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    I have the Hidden Hitch
    http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2010_Honda_Fit.htm

    I drove through WV with two passengers averaging eighty mph. In sport mode the tranny doesn't hunt like the Chrysler 200 rental I recently had. It's no Accord V6 but it handles occasional long trips well.

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    Thanks for the info. I have decided to haul mine inside, it fits perfect. Not happy about mud and dirt but I have laid down a poncho liner and hopefully that will catch all of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougalicious View Post
    Can I ask you guys how these do in the mountains? I ride in Florida (no worries there) but rock climbing trips usually involve going up the side of a couple, and with 2-4 people in the car plus gear I can't see the little engine doing so hot.
    The Fit uses the same 4-cylinder engine that the Civic and Accord use if that helps. I have a 2011 and love this little car. I average around 33 if I'm a little throttle heavy, 35 mixed and around 38 highway using non-ethanol 87 octane.

    It is absolutely amazing how much cargo space this car has! I researched all the similar offerings before I bought the Fit. Hard to argue with Honda quality and, as mentioned, was rated the best value of all cars. I have to agree.

    Anyone using a Saris Bones to hang off the rear hatch? I have the base model without the Sport's spoiler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bee View Post
    I thought the Honda Fit was too low to the ground to add a hitch rack.
    If I can put a hitch on my A4 with Sport Package (factory lowered an inch), you could probably dump a Fit two inches and still clear stuff just fine.

    There is very little overhang past the rear axle on a Fit.You got clearance for days.

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    I just picked up a Civic LX last night and I love it.

    I was thinking about the Fit, but just couldn't get over the looks... hideous, no offense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cinco View Post
    The Fit uses the same 4-cylinder engine that the Civic and Accord use
    nah, it's smaller. just go look at specs.

    Quote Originally Posted by cinco View Post
    It is absolutely amazing how much cargo space this car has! I researched all the similar offerings before I bought the Fit. Hard to argue with Honda quality and, as mentioned, was rated the best value of all cars. I have to agree.
    glad you like it.
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    Anyone using a Saris Bones to hang off the rear hatch? I have the base model without the Sport's spoiler.
    I have used the Bones 2 on my Element and Odyssey. Had to thread it under the spoiler on the Odyssey. It works well. Just have to retighten the straps once everything jiggles around some.

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    Just bought a Drawtite hitch and Highland Wing 2 bike rack for our 2009 Fit Sport. Anyone with experience of this setup?

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    I have an 07 Fit Sport MT.

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    I also have a couple Thule T2's on top right now. I go back and forth between putting the bikes inside and putting them on the roof. depends how much I'm hauling the canoe around, because I don't like swapping rack accessories all the time.

    I want to get a hitch rack eventually to make it easier to carry the bikes on multiple vehicles.

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    Fit is like the Tardis. Just keeps swallowing gear. I managed to bring home a 51in plasma tv upright and still in the box. Store looked at me as if I was insane when he brought it out and looked at the Fit but it went in without a hitch (excuse pun).

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    Quote Originally Posted by crst4 View Post
    Fit is like the Tardis. Just keeps swallowing gear. I managed to bring home a 51in plasma tv upright and still in the box. Store looked at me as if I was insane when he brought it out and looked at the Fit but it went in without a hitch (excuse pun).
    I put a double-wheeled wheelbarrow in mine once. Employees at Lowes frequently think I'm nuts because of my car

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    Yeah, I am amazed at the amount of space in my fit. I haul my bike and all gear inside and my daughter still has her seat in the back and it is not cramped. I love the car, got about 37 mpg on the way to work today.

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    I have 5000 miles on my 2012 Fit now. I have checked the mpg every tank. The least Ive gotten is 32 mpg and the most Ive gotten is 42 mpg. I love this car.

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    I have a stick shift sport 09, and its a great car. I get 38-40 mpg, it's kinda sporty, I am at 144k and the only problem was the starter around 140k.

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    Love mine. Thinking about putting some lighter wheels on it and some 205s. Anyone have a Progress sway bar?

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    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!

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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!
    I think you should get either a stick shift or an auto version with paddles. I am taking about Honda Fit Sport. I have been reading a lot about Fits since I am trading in my Outback.
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    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.

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    Thank you guys for the feedback!

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