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Old 05-27-2021, 02:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater [was "Picking up my..."]

For those who didn't read about it in our cheap 35 MPG highway beater megathread, I bought this 2008 Honda Fit 5-speed a week or so ago:





This will be my Winter Beater 2021/22.



I'm going to pick it up this weekend... and that will be the first time I've laid eyes on it, never mind driven it!

I've never bought a car in a different city via email and e-transfer of funds before.

It's only mildly alarming though -- I'm getting it from friends who have a used car dealership, and they've been using it as their personal car for a month or so. They tell me it's a fine little beater that was traded in at the local Honda dealer [they get many of their used cars from the new car dealers].

Normally they would invest some time & money to recondition and put it up for sale on their own car lot, but this one's got a number of strikes against it, not least of which is...




HondaRust [TM] !


That's strike one.

Strikes 2 through 4 are:

- AC doesn't work [don't care]
- 255k kms = 158k miles is getting up there
- Manual transmission [nobody wants those these days]


Annnnnnnd... yer out!

On the plus side, the Carproof shows no accidents, and the last owner seems to have been on a 5000 km oil change schedule right up to 250k kms. It also comes with 2 sets of wheels & tires, winter & summer flavour. The winters are supposedly in OK condition. Not sure about the summers. Oh, and a full set of Weathertech style winter floor mats. So maybe the carpet isn't ruined.

Anyway, I will find out much more on Saturday morning. It's not far - about a 400 km round trip. Wish me luck!

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Old 05-27-2021, 04:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 05-27-2021, 04:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have had many fits! This will be my first capitalized one, though.


What could go wrong?
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Old 05-27-2021, 04:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Will the fit fit in your garage ? That would be fitting for the fit to fit.
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If the fit doesn't fit can he make the fit fit?
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Old 05-28-2021, 09:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'll have another fit if the Fit doesn't fit.
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Old 05-28-2021, 09:50 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Is it just me, or does that right front bumper corner look like it's had a badly matched re-spray? Either that or a weird shadow/reflection... but I don't think so.


Will find that out [and more, no doubt] tomorrow AM!
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Having a fit because the fit didnt fit where the fit should fit would be provoking a fit.

Tha is a rattle car spray job.
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If that's a rattle can job, the fit and finish is poor.
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Old 05-29-2021, 09:27 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Well, it's a surprisingly decent $800 car!


Aside from this...





Yikes!! That's worse than I was expecting! The Mirage would have easily been upper 50's for the same trip.


[Mostly scenic route driving into a moderate headwind @ 80 km/h PSL, including multiple small towns with 60 km/h speed zones, plus about 5 km of freeway driving at 105 km/h. EOC used where practical.]



Granted, the Mirage has many, many mods, and the Fit was rolling on terrible old snow tires at 36 PSI that made it feel like it was driving through wet concrete.



I put the summers on this evening and pumped them up, and it rolls much better.

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